September 2018 News Brief
The “Trees Around the GLOBE” Student Research Campaign Launches in Conjunction with the NASA ICESat-2 Satellite on 15 September!
In conjunction with the launch of NASA’s ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite), GLOBE is launching a new “Trees Around the GLOBE” student research campaign – and is now calling on all GLOBE students and teachers to start taking tree height measurements on the day of the launch: 15 September.
ICESat-2, which will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA, will use lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. By timing how long it takes laser beams to travel from the satellite to Earth and back, scientists can calculate the height of glaciers, sea ice, forests, lakes and more.
The GLOBE campaign will be focusing on one exciting variable that the ICESat-2 satellite will measure: tree height. Measuring tree height is a gateway to understanding many things about the environment. The structure of tree canopies has a huge effect on how ecosystems function and cycle through carbon, water, and nutrients. NASA scientists will periodically review the tree height data – and use it as satellite data validation, and in potential professional research.
The campaign will run from 15 September 2018 through 15 September 2021. It will create an organized community of students who take tree height measurements; compare these measurements to established NASA programs; research tree height data from other GLOBE schools and countries; and take supplemental protocol measurements like Green Up/Green Down and Land Cover Classification. Students are also encouraged to take location baseline protocol measurements of Air Temperature, Surface Temperature, Soil Temperature, and Carbon Cycle. (To learn more about these protocols, click here.) Once the satellite is in orbit and taking measurements, you will be able to compare your tree height data to the tree height data from ICESat-2.
To learn more about the NASA ICESat-2 satellite mission, click here.
To learn more about the campaign, click here.
GLOBE Selects Detroit, Michigan, USA, as Site for 23rd Annual Meeting
The 23rd GLOBE Annual Meeting will be held in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2019! Stay tuned for more information and updates!
Did You Attend the 2018 GLE in Ireland? Add the New Virtual Badge to Your GLOBE "My Page"
A winner, chosen in a random drawing, has been selected to receive free registration to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, USA: Reiko Nezu, a GLOBE teacher at Kanagawa Prefectural Ikuta High School in Kawasaki, Japan. Nezu was selected from among the group of people who completed the GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) survey.
GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) Website Pages Updated
The GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) pages on the GLOBE website have been updated! If you’re a GISN member, or would like to learn more about joining the GISN, then visit these pages today!
Specific updates include:
- The “GLOBE International STEM Network” information page (https://www.globe.gov/web/globe-international-stem-network/overview) now has more general information about the GISN, as well as specific material on how to participate and the requirements to become a member.
- The "Become a GISN Member Today!" page (https://www.globe.gov/join/become-a-globe-scientist) has been updated with additional information for potential applicants.
- The “Ways to Participate in the GISN” page (https://www.globe.gov/web/globe-international-stem-network/overview/outreach-resources/ways-to-participate) has a newly designed graphic that removes the misconception that different types of participation are hierarchical.
And, most importantly, there is now a form for members to report on their GISN-related activities over the past year. (You can find the link to the form under GISN Resources or visit: https://www.globe.gov/web/globe-international-stem-network/overview/outreach-resources)
Countries in Asia and Pacific Region Begin Conducting Country Mosquito Trainings for GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project
This summer, countries in the Asia and Pacific region – including India, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Palau, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines – are conducting Country Mosquito Trainings (CMTs) as part of the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention project.
This cutting-edge project is enlisting citizen scientists in 22 Zika-affected countries in three GLOBE regions (and beyond, as the project progresses) in the collection of data on mosquitoes for a global mapping project. Data collection on this scale will provide the information needed to help international scientists predict new outbreaks. The project, funded through support from the U.S. Department of State, is encouraging STEM studies and building networks with public health officials to better control mosquitoes and reduce mosquito-borne infectious disease.
Earlier this year, in order to launch this endeavor, participants from more than 45 countries attended Regional Mosquito Trainings (RMTs). The RMTs provided participants with hands‑on training covering which types of mosquitoes are breeding in their communities; how to collect larvae samples safely; how to upload photos/data into the global map tracker; and ways to eliminate breeding places. Using a “train-the-trainer” approach, those trained at RMTs are now conducting CMTs in order to expand the number of citizen scientists involved in the project; citizen scientists who will, in turn, conduct Local Mosquito Workshops (LMWs).
The first CMT was conducted in Nepal, on 07 June. Eighteen people participated in the training, which was held in Jwagal, Kathmandu.
GLOBE Nepal also organized a second training, which was held at the Dhulabari Higher Secondary School in Jhapa on 24 July. Twenty-five people participated in this training. The Nepal Country Coordinator, Yogendra Chitrakar, along with Upama Rai Tamla, conducted the trainings.
"With growing temperature and changing climate, mosquitoes have adapted in places where they struggled to survive before,” Chitrakar said. “Moreover, the grave threat of ZIKA is not yet fully discovered by people here. Thus, with this training, we aim to create a conscious group of trainers who can further spread the message for hazard prevention as well as the need for its scientific study of mosquitoes at the local level.”
“I think GLOBE is a wonderful learning platform,” Rupa, an undergraduate student in environmental science who participated in the training, said. “I especially liked the quiz session and the fact that the training had technical sessions with use of lens for larva study.”
Palau organized its first CMT in July (24-26). Thirty people attended the training, which was held at GB Harris Elementary and Middle School in Korar. Deborah Rebluud, the Palau Country Coordinator, organized the training. Sarah Sugiyama served as the trainer.
The Philippines has two CTMs scheduled, one in August (18-19) at the Batasan Hills National High School in Quezon City, and one in October (04-05) in Palawan City.
To learn more about this critical project, click here.
U.S. Student Research Symposia Helps "Two Stars from the Other Side of the Globe Explore GLOBE to Chart their Futures"
In the spring of 2017, GLOBE held six regional Student Research Symposia where teachers and students from schools across the country shared the results of their field investigations using GLOBE program data collection protocols. In a series of feature stories, GLOBE is highlighting some of the teacher/student teams who presented at these symposia.
The most recent feature story, “Two stars from the other side of the globe explore GLOBE to chart their futures,” highlights two Chinese high school exchange students, Andrea and Andy, who knew from an early age that they wanted to explore secondary education in the United States. In the spring of 2017, Andy and Andrea accepted the challenge of presenting their GLOBE-related work at the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Student Research Symposia (SRS) in New Jersey, USA.
“The project we took to the GLOBE regional symposium is called Escaping the Heat Island,” Andrea explained. “We live south of New Jersey, very near to Newark. We wanted to observe a heat island effect, the abnormal temperature in city areas from skyscrapers, buildings, and the movement of the wind. There are many causes that lead to the difference of temperature in this city of islands,” she said.
How did their SRS adventure turn out? To read the full feature story, click here!
Recent Article Discusses the Meaning Attributed to The GLOBE Program by Former Czech Republic Participants -- How Did They Interpret the Program
A recent article, “The GLOBE Program: Long-term Memories of Program-relevant Experience,” published in The Journal of Environmental Education, discusses a study analyzing the meaning attributed to The GLOBE Program by former participants in the Czech Republic.
The article, written by Karolina Winklerova, Jan Cincera, Sarka Krepelkova, and Roman Kroufek, presents data collected during interviews with 19 adult respondents who had left the program at least five years earlier. According to the abstract, “The respondents interpreted the program as a strong community shaped by routine as well as extraordinary program activities and by their relationships. The respondents linked their GLOBE experience with the feeling of being part of something meaningful. The program provided them with a special privilege to experience something different from their non-participating peers. Their participation in the program influenced the respondents' future life and in some cases their professional career. The study discusses the implications in respect to environmental education practice.
To read the full article, click here.
Interested in other GLOBE-related publications? GLOBE has a long history of sharing impact and science findings through peer-reviewed publications on the GLOBE website. The peer-review process ensures that published articles represent the best scholarship currently available. Each article that is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal is sent to other scholars in the same field in order to get their opinion on the quality of research, the relevance to the field, and its appropriateness for inclusion in the journal.
GLOBE Teachers: Can Your Students Differentiate Between Weather and Climate? Read this Community Blog and Take Steps to Find Out!
In a recent GLOBE Community Blog, meteorologist and educator Tina Johnson Cartwright describes her launch of an international research study seeking to understand how well students from around the world differentiate between weather and climate, and how well they understand the complex ideas of climate change.
In her blog, she is seeking teachers willing to have their students take 20 minutes to complete a 25-question feedback survey. (Students should be between 11 to 22 years of age. Survey responses are anonymous.) Survey results will be shared with the community through future blog posts.
To read the blog and connect to the survey links, click here.
To read other recent community blogs, click here.
What’s your GLOBE story? As a vital part of the GLOBE community, you are cordially invited to blog on the GLOBE website. Respectfully voice your opinion, ask questions, share tips, and tidbits – and make meaningful connections with members of the community today!
The GLOBE Community Support Team (CST) has recorded a new, updated, demonstration video on how to create your blog post. To watch the video, click here. We want to hear your GLOBE story today!
The GLOBE Social Team Would Like to Tell Your Story ... on Instagram!
There are so many great events, workshops, school activities, and more going on within the GLOBE community, and unfortunately, GLOBE’s social team cannot attend every event. So GLOBE is asking for your help (students, teachers, STEM professionals from all regions, countries, and schools) in showcasing these GLOBE experiences. Just take short videos and pictures, and then submit them to the GLOBE’s Instagram account. Share your story today!
To learn how – and to join in on the fun – click here!
GLOBE Teachers: Set Up Your Data Site Today!
Did you know that the GLOBE website offers a step-by-step video tutorial showing how to set up your school’s data site so that you can begin entering data into GLOBE? Well, it does and you can get started today!
Downloads and additional training materials available are:
- A video for offline viewing;
- A presentation (used in the video) download for offline use; and/or
- A download that offers a step-by-step guide to walk you through site creation and data entry (PowerPoint or pdf).
Join Millions Around the World on 15 September for World Cleanup Day! Let's Do it World!
On 15 September, join millions of people in more than 15 countries worldwide working to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up beaches, rivers, forests, and streets in one of the biggest peaceful civic actions in human history. This powerful “green wave” will start in New Zealand and will end 36 hours later in Hawaii, with participants working toward one goal: a clean and healthy planet.
Ten years ago, the “Let’s Do It World” movement started in Estonia, also a GLOBE country, when nearly 50,000 people (approximately 5 percent of the Estonian population) came together to clean up mismanaged waste in one day. The efforts that took place that day inspired people around the world to follow the same ambitious “one country-one day” formula.
To join this inspirational global cleanup initiative, please visit www.worldcleanupday.org.
Join the movement!
Opportunities for U.S. Teachers
U.S. opportunities are often highlighted in the News Brief simply because we are more aware of them through our local media; however, if there are opportunities for GLOBE students and/or teachers in your region you would like us to highlight in the coming months, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASA STEM Educator Webinars
Congratulations to the 06 GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful GLOBE implementation during the month of September:
Bulgaria – 20 years
08 September 1998
Chad – 23 years
27 September 1995
Qatar – 18 years
27 September 2000
Saudi Arabia – 16 years
30 September 2002
Taiwan – 05 years
06 September 2013
Thailand – 19 years
30 September 1999
News Brief Archive
All past issues of the GLOBE News Brief are available in the online Archive.
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