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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign is finishing up its third year. During the first three years, the campaign has had great success in building and sustaining active participation from many GLOBE members from across, currently, 58 GLOBE countries. Check out the metrics below. Since the onset of the campaign on September 15, 2018 (coincident with the launch of the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 or ICESat-2 Satellite), there had been a huge uptick in tree height, land cover, and greenings (green up/green down) observations uploaded to the GLOBE Program's ...


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Hi! My name is Om, and I'm a high school junior. This summer, I participated in the SEES Internship Program a partnership with UT Austin and NASA, and worked with the Mosquito Mapper cohort. The goal of the Mosquito Mappers is to collect mosquito larva, analyze this data, and draw conclusions about mosquitoes and their land cover habitats.   I started the internship in early June with an introductory webinar where I met scientists, mentors, peer mentors, and more. I gained an overview of the expectations and outcomes that I would strive for during the following months. The goal of the ...


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Many protocol-trained GLOBE members may have noticed a recent update to the GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app. The change brings a new look and a new way to submit GLOBE atmospheric measurements.  If you were used to entering meteorological conditions in the Cloud Tool, you’ll see this option is no longer there. Don’t worry, you can still submit these observations through the Atmosphere Data Entry section. You just need to do a few extra steps to get it all set up. The new update gives you the opportunity to save your favorite or go to observations as a bundle, a step you ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE DATA INCLUDED GENERAL SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS TEACHERS TRAINERS


Hello, I’m Prayag Sreenivasan, and I’m a student in the NASA SEES 2021 MosquitoMappers internship. A big part of the internship is doing hands-on research projects ourselves. With the Mosquito Mappers team, we were to utilize land cover data and mosquito mapper data with GLOBE to study mosquito populations with our projects. The first project we were assigned was to cultivate mosquitoes in about five different traps and observe how a difference in the trap environment would affect the growth and development of the mosquito population for each trap. I have a large backyard, with a very ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: MOSQUITOES


Aseel, a SEES 2021 Earth System Explorer/Mosquito Mapper shares this research. This summer, I am delighted to have a unique opportunity to dig deeper and learn more about mosquitoes, trends in larval habitats, and environmental satellite data. It's giving me a chance to expand my knowledge about mosquitoes. Last year, I researched and developed a low-cost and environmentally sustainable mosquito larvicide for use in large-scale vector control. Because vaccines and specific treatments for most MBDs are not widely available, vector control, or the preemptive reduction of disease ...


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Paxton C, spent the summer of 2021 involved with a virtual NASA internship, the STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Program, through the Texas Space Grant Consortium. More specifically, I am working on the GLOBE Mosquito Mappers Earth Explorers Project, where I am studying mosquito habitats and vector-borne disease alongside mentors and fellow interns from all over the nation. To get going with the internship, our mentors directed us to set up our own local ovitrap experiment. I decided to investigate the effect of natural bait type on the oviposition preferences of Central ...


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Natural cycles are occurring all around us all the time-- but do you notice them? Place-based observation cultivates childrens’ innate sense of wonder while learning about data collection, ecosystems, climate, and plants. This series incorporates resources about leaf color change from the Natural Inquirer and Green-Down Data Collection Protocol from GLOBE to start off the school year engaging upper elementary students with seasonal change. These can be used as-is, or can be grounded in a year-long observation routine of a study site using GLOBE’s What Can We Learn About Our Seasons? ...


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Today I had the privilege to talk to Dr. Elena Sparrow, a valued member of the GLOBE community since 1996! Dr. Sparrow lives in Alaska and is committed to working on bringing relevant and meaningful learning for youth in rural villages. She introduces the scientific method without ever disregarding the knowledge the youth have acquired from their parents, their elders, and their community. As Dr. Sparrow pointed out during our conversation: “Accessing multiple knowledge systems allows for a richer experience”. She constantly tries to bring GLOBE and NASA assets like satellite data and ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


Ali Rospond, Museum Education Coordinator, American Philosophical Society.  Imagine Philadelphia in 1793. The growing city had a population of 50,000 of which around 2,000 were black Philadelphians, 310 of whom were enslaved. The city was the center of government, trade, science, and medicine. The country was still trying to find its footing; the U.S. Constitution was signed only six years prior in 1787. Then, tragedy strikes as yellow fever breaks out in 1793, killing 5,000 people, 10% of Philadelphia’s population.  Philadelphia’s doctors were debating throughout ...


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In a move that throws cold water into the dreams of some billionaire space explorers, the United States has toughened its definition of the word "astronaut." The new rules of the FAA (the agency that regulates civil aviation in the United States) say that astronauts must be part of the crew and contribute to the safety of space flights. This means that Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson cannot yet be seen as astronauts under the criteria of the US government. These are the first changes since the beginning of the "FAA Wings", a federal pilot training program, in 2004.Updates to the ...


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Please join us on July 22 @ 6EDT/3PDT! GLOBE Partner, Los Angeles Public Library, is hosting this family-friendly webinar for ages 8 and up on the upcoming Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge. The webinar is open to all-share with family, friends, and networks. Register at: bit.ly/july22mosquito For more information about the challenge: https://observer.globe.gov/mosquito-challenge Or watch this short (5min) video: https://youtu.be/1nmAdLdxzLE


Posted in: News Topics: CALENDAR NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS


Today is such a special day! The -new- GLOBE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group was formed at the beginning of this year and today marked their first presentation at a GLOBE Annual Meeting! This group has ambitious goals and is working hard towards breaking language and accessibility barriers to make GLOBE the most inclusive environment possible. Though still in the planning process, the working group is considering different ways to have volunteers from various language groups that can help translate and review materials that are currently inaccessible to many students ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


Alissa S. is a high school student from New Jersey. She is currently participating in the 2021 STEM Enhancement in the Earth Sciences Mosquito Habitat Mapper summer research intern cohort. Hi! My name is Alissa, and I’m an intern at the NASA SEES Earth Explorers/Mosquito Mappers internship. At this internship, we do research, and that research is based on GLOBE Land Cover and Mosquito Mapper data that we collect. One of the major projects in the internship is to make five mosquito traps and experiment with those traps (by varying one characteristic throughout the traps), logging each ...


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GLOBE friends, The 2021 virtual Annual Meeting is only a day away!  The Evaluation Working Group members are excited to share with you all the resources developed by this group during the past years, from 2014 to present. These resources can be found at : https://www.globe.gov/globe-community/people/globe-working-groups/evaluation On this webpage, you can find: Surveys for protocol training in atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover A survey for students' attitudes towards science A presentation about what the group does and how evaluation can benefit the GLOBE program ...


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Black holes are astronomical objects that have a gravity so strong that not even light can escape. Neutron stars are incredibly dense dead stars. It is estimated that a teaspoon of material from a neutron star weighs about 4 billion tons. Both objects are cosmic monsters, but black holes are considerably more massive than neutron stars. In the first collision, which was detected on January 5, 2020, a black hole that is six and a half times the mass of our Sun collided with a neutron star that was 1.5 times more massive than our star. In the second collision, detected just 10 days later, ...


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I've heard a number of folks wish they could track how many observations individual users have performed in a GLOBE team.  We're working on building that out on the website, along with tracking individual student contributions for schools.  In the mean time, I made this spreadsheet which will figure it out for you if you know the user's UserID.  Enter the date range, protocol and a list of UserIDs, and the spreadsheet will present how many measurements that user has performed for that protocol and date range.  As a reminder, UserIDs are located in GLOBE Observer under ...


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At GLOBE we present our science research very often, and recently I had the opportunity to share about some guidelines to help make presentations more accessible . It makes me very happy to hear about friends and colleagues that have started adopting small changes towards a more inclusive environment! During the presentation, a fellow member of the GLOBE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force group suggested to continue sharing accessibility tips, one at a time. So, I have decided to take her advice (thank you, Ana). About a month ago I shared about the importance of using ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


  Red-vented Bulbul's Nesting Cycle    Introduction: "Birds are a miracle because they show us that there is a finer, simpler state of being that we can strive for" And the red-vented bulbul ( Pycnonotus cafer ) demonstrated this reality by nesting inside our house. She used to observe each of us, attaining an understanding of our lifestyles, and then trust us as she was concerned about predators such as cats in the neighbourhood posing a threat to her nest.  In the beginning, she was just roaming around the house looking for a safer place, and ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE EARTH AS A SYSTEM SCIENTIST SKILLS   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


The forward view shows the landscape ahead of the robot as it sits on its landing platform; the rear-looking image reveals Zhurong's solar panels. The rover touched down on the Red Planet early on Sunday, Beijing time. In doing so, it made China only the second nation - after America - to successfully put a probe on the surface of Mars and operate it for a significant length of time. Chinese scientists hope get at least 90 Martian days of service out of the six-wheeled robot at its location on Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere.   China's National ...


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Posted in: Curriculum: LANGUAGE CULTURE AND ARTS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   Primary Audience: PARTNERS