Quarterly Message to the Community
Transcript of the 2019 3rd Quarter Video Address -- recorded in the UCAR Media Center.
9 July 2019
We are now halfway through the year of 2019. Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing the dog days of summer. Enjoy the longer days! For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll be as busy as ever, during your July winter. Let us know what you are up to.
Next week, 234 participants from 36 countries, will meet in Detroit, Michigan at the 2019 GLOBE Annual Meeting. If you aren’t able to attend this year, follow along on The GLOBE Program Facebook page where we will post video coverage twice daily.
Since my last video letter to you In April, great things have been happening all throughout the GLOBE universe. Here are a few, but definitely not all, of the many activities and events in the regions in recent months.
- In Africa, students from Kenya and Madagascar were selected to present their mosquito research at the GLOBE Annual Meeting in Detroit.
- GLOBE Partners co-authored publication about creating public awareness among the residents of Cotonou, Benin about mosquito-borne diseases was published by the International Journal of Entomology Research. (We encourage everyone to inform us when you have authored a publication and that you credit GLOBE's contribution.)
- In the Asia and Pacific region, the Annual Regional Meeting took place in Korea, in May.
- Thailand conducted the “Shut Down Mosquito Population” workshop and the region is actively engaged in local Zika education and prevention trainings.
- In Europe and Eurasia, as part of the GLOBE Air Quality Campaign, students from 30 schools across Ireland measured air quality at locations around their schools.
- GLOBE Games were held in the Croatia and in the Czech Republic.
- The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region continues to demonstrate strong regional collaboration in the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project. Colombia, Brazil, and Peru organized a “Triple Frontier” Country Mosquito Training in Colombia
- GLOBE Argentina led the Eclipse Observation Campaign across the path of the total solar eclipse, visible throughout much of Latin America on July 2.
- In Near East and North Africa, Earth Day in Wadi Rum, Jordan, was a special event. GLOBE Kuwait held a meeting of the many Kuwaiti students headed to Detroit.
- In North America: The fourth United States Annual Student Research Symposia were a huge success. 261 students, in six locations throughout the United States, presented a total of 107 GLOBE research projects to their peers and local scientists.
- GLOBE in the U.S also produced its first Yearbook for US partners.
Here at the GLOBE Implementation Office in Colorado, my staff has been incredibly busy this past quarter managing the
- The International Virtual Science Symposia (with 238 projects and 132 judges from all regions);
- The Zika Education and Prevention Project;
- Writing and compiling of the Annual Review; and
- The preparations for the Annual Meeting in Detroit
… again, some but definitely not ALL of what has been accomplished!
We’re already starting to plan for the 2020 Annual Meeting which will be a special one, as we’ll be celebrating GLOBE's 25th Anniversary. You’ll be hearing more about how to become involved in those celebrations in the months ahead.
Lastly, we have a very special anniversary to celebrate this month.
On July 20th we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing when astronauts aboard NASA’s Apollo 11 lander became the first human beings to set foot on another world. Years of hard work, dangerous experiments, and bold missions led up to the Moon landing, one of the most spectacular achievements of humankind … a collaboration of thousands of people led by our illustrious sponsor, NASA.
The moon… we never stop being mesmerized by it. We marvel at its bigness and brightness, visible to us from more than a quarter of a million miles (or 384,000 kilometers) away. We feel secure in its soft glow. The moon is a reassuring presence, our constant companion. Even when it hides behind clouds we know it is there.
I know what I’m going to be doing on the night of July 20th. I’m going to be moon watching… as millions of people do every night; and as most of the whole world did on the night of July 20th, 50 years ago, when NASA delivered the first humans to the moon.
I am grateful to NASA, and to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of State, -- GLOBE’s constellation of sponsors for 24 years. They have always been there for us… GLOBE’s constant companions.
Dr. Tony Murphy
Director, GLOBE Implementation Office