January 2019 GLOBE News Brief 

 

Happy New Year

 

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From the Staff of the GLOBE Implementation Office
working every day
to keep The GLOBE Program strong and our community connected.
 
Wishing you all the best in 2019!

News 

Join the Trees Around the GLOBE Campaign Webinar 15 January: “Investigation of Park Mlaka: Live from Croatia”

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On Tuesday, 15 January, the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign webinar “Investigation of Park Mlaka: Live from Croatia” will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST (7:00 p.m. UTC).
 
During this webinar, current and former students of Marina Pavlic (from the Prirodoslovna i grafička škola in Croatia) will be discussing their investigation of Park Mlaka in Mlaka County, Croatia. Students developed an overarching hypothesis: "The trees in Park Mlaka produce enough oxygen for the inhabitants of the entire Mlaka County." The initial research took place from 2016-2017, with students that are now at university. Current students are engaging in research that extends the research on this hypothesis, using biometry, carbon cycle, and aerosol GLOBE protocols.
 
To register for the upcoming webinar and to receive emails about future webinars,
click here. All the webinars can be joined at https://zoom.us/j/7578241037.
If you missed previous webinars, click here.
 
To learn more about the Trees Around the GLOBE campaign, including how to start taking measurements, how to retrieve relevant data, how to view ICESat-2 Satellite data, and how to connect to the campaign community, click here.

It’s January! The First Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Intensive Observation Period Has Begun!

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The January Intensive Observation Period (IOP) for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign is on! During the month of January, students will:
 
  • Take measurements of tree height and one additional protocol (from the suite of campaign protocols found here)
  • Take measurements at least three times per week for one month at the same study site for both protocols; 
  • Report the number of tree height measurements and identify the additional protocol measurement and number of measurements by the fifth day of the following month.
Every participant will receive a Virtual Tree Height IOP Badge! The GLOBE school with the most collected tree height data and additional protocol data will receive a Virtual Tree Height IOP Winner Badge, and a virtual one-on-one Q&A session with a NASA scientist, researcher, or engineer.
To learn more about the Trees Around the GLOBE campaign, including how to start taking measurements, how to retrieve relevant data, how to view ICESat-2 Satellite data, and how to connect to the campaign community, click here.

Judges Needed for the 2019 IVSS! Projects Accepted 01 January through 10 April 2019 

Attention GISN members, STEM professionals, GLOBE alumni, GLOBE teachers, and other GLOBE community members: Would you like to help judge projects for the 2019 International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS)? If so, please fill out the form on this page to let us know you are able to help. Also, please share this link with anyone you know who may be interested in helping score projects. More information will be sent to judges in early 2019. 

Need Assistance?
 
Attention GLOBE students and teachers! Do you need assistance from a mentor scientist or STEM professional? Let us know by filling out the form on this page
 
Timeline:
 
The 2019 IVSS Timeline: 
  • Informational Webinar: 25 October 2018 
  • Reports Accepted: 01 January 2019 to 10 April 2019
  • Due Date for Student Reports: 10 April 2019
  • Judging Webinar: 25 April 2019
  • Judging Period: 26 April to 05 May 2019
  • Feedback and Virtual Badges Shared: 17 May 2019
  • Drawing for Stipends: 17 May 2019       

For more information on the IVSS, click here


2019 Regional United States SRS Funding Application is Open! 

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Are you participating in the 2019 U.S. Regional Student Research Symposia (SRS)? Did you know that you can apply for support to travel to your region’s SRS? You can! Funding priority will go to eligible schools first; after that, funds will be distributed until they are expended. The 2019 SRS is generously supported by grants from NASA and YLACES (Youth Learning As Citizen Environmental Scientists).
 
The 2019 SRS will give students (grades 5-12) from across the United States the opportunity to come together, face-to-face, and share the results of their field investigations using GLOBE protocols (or data from the GLOBE database) with peers and professional scientists. The SRS will enable students to learn from each other, receive feedback on their research, and explore STEM careers.
 
To learn more about the SRS, click here.
 
 Attend Upcoming SRS Watercooler Meetup: 09 January
 
SRS Watercooler.Join the GLOBE Professional Learning Community (PLC) and hear how other GLOBE teachers use GLOBE with their students during a Teacher Watercooler meet-up on Wednesday, 09 January (7:00 p.m. EST). Watercoolers are a casual, collaborative, and supportive environment. They are scheduled once a month throughout the academic year.
 
At this Watercooler, GLOBE teacher Vicky Gorman will talk about doing GLOBE at Medford Memorial Middle School in New Jersey, and the "The Citizen Science Education Program."
 
Share your story at a Teacher Watercooler! For more information, and to signup, click here.
To register for the 09 January Watercooler, click here.

Participating in 2019 IVSS or U.S. SRS? Check Out This “Science Practices: Analyzing Data” Resource Page 

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Are you participating in the 2019 IVSS or the 2019 U.S. Regional Student Research Symposia (SRS)? Then you’ll want to check out GLOBE’s “Science Practices: Analyzing Data” resource page today!
 
On the page, you will find: 
  • Recorded webinars on data visualizations, how to access GLOBE data, and how to use the research question as your guide in deciding what graph to make; and
  • Resources on graphing activities, GLOBE data access tutorials, visualization color tools, and more! 
To visit this page, click here!
 For more information on the 2019 IVSS, click here!
 To learn more about the 2019 SRS, click here!

GLOBE Partners, Scientists, Teachers: Have You Completed the Annual GLOBE Survey? Deadline is 01 February!

Take the Survey

Have you completed the survey yet? This survey is a more streamlined and shorter version of the survey that has been sent to the GLOBE community in years past. It has been revised to align directly with the new GLOBE 2018-2023 Strategic Plan – and will help determine The GLOBE Program's progress toward the strategic goals.  
 
This is the first year of sending out this revised survey, which makes your participation especially important. Each year we will review the survey results to assess whether we should continue with current activities or make changes, as needed.    
 
To enter the survey in English, click here.
For the Arabic translation, click here.
 
The deadline to complete this survey is 01 February.

U.S. Partners/Country Coordinators: Monthly Email Summary of Partner Dashboard Will Provide Insight into Your GLOBE Activities! 

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U.S. Partners and Country Coordinators: You have begun to receive, and will continue to receive, an important monthly email that will give you a deeper insight into the status of your GLOBE-related activities.
 
This monthly email summary will provide relevant and number-based insight into your community work via the Partner Dashboard (which can be found within the administration bar at the top of the www.globe.gov website, when you are logged in.)
 
This new tool will allow you to manage organizations and people under your direction and will serve as a reminder for any action items you need to address.
 
If you have questions about this effort, send us an email at help@globe.gov.

Tech Update 

Tech Update.

 

Over the last few months, GLOBE’s website had several new updates! For example, GLOBE Country Coordinators and U.S. Partners can now receive email notifications concerning new accounts, such as: 

  • GLOBE accounts awaiting their approval; and
  • A monthly member report. 

Also new this past month is the ability to send out workshop email reminders, such as: 

  • A pending workshop reminder email; and
  • A workshop completion reminder email.

In addition, users can now retrieve photos (clouds, mosquitoes, and land cover) on the GLOBE website using the Advanced Data Access Tool. ADAT via mobile is now responsive as well.

Looking Forward:

GLOBE’s technology team is working on:  

 

  • Enhancements to the Student Research Reports application (which will improve filtering and the ability to associate reports with multiple report types);
  • Adding Google translations for Spanish (with additional languages possible) to the entire website;
  • Giving GLOBE Observers the ability to create and manage special groups that they can associate with their data; and
  • Making layout improvements to the workshop administration tool.

GLOBE Publications – Your Data in Action

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Did you publish about GLOBE data in 2018 – or would you like to learn what the GLOBE community published in 2018? 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.)
 
To see GLOBE data in action, click here.

 
Have a GLOBE Item or Event to Share? We Want to Hear All About it!
 

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Want to share a GLOBE news item or an event – or how about a page on the GLOBE website that you find interesting? You can easily share GLOBE by using our sharing tools. Simply click a button on any GLOBE website page to share via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or to send us an email. Share GLOBE today.
 

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Highlights from the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project: Latin America and Caribbean Region
 

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Participants at a recent CMT in Suriname.
 
The GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project is well underway in the GLOBE Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region! Funded by the U.S. Department of State, this invaluable project enlists citizen scientists in Zika-affected regions in the collection and mapping of mosquito data. The GLOBE LAC region has successfully completed its Country Mosquito Trainings (CMTs), which train public health officials, teachers, and community leaders in using the Mosquito Habitat Mapper, within the GLOBE Observer app, to limit the spread of mosquito-borne disease.
 
A recent CMT took place in Ayolas, Paraguay; it was held in collaboration with the hydroelectric power station, Yacyreta. Teachers, public officers, and environmental and health professionals participated in the training. For most participants, it was the first time they were introduced to The GLOBE Program. One participant, Marisol Viana, said that training in the Mosquito Habitat Mapper protocol is important because it makes it possible for citizens to prevent and fight diseases that have already caused many deaths at the country level. Professor Dalia Salinas de Fernández, another participant, said that the Mosquito Habitat Mapper App is useful for city officials in Ayolas, as well as for officials belonging to larger institutions and government departments.
 
The next phase of the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project will be the Local Mosquito Workshops (LMWs), where those trained at CMTs will engage in the “train-the-trainer” approach in order to expand the number of citizen scientists involved in the project.
 
The GLOBE Zika and Education Project would like to thank the following schools for their exceptional data collection efforts: 
 
  •  J. Haselhoef, Anton de Kom University/ Environmental Science, Suriname: 22 data entries
  • A. Zeitune, CEF 08 Sobradinho DF, Brasila, Brazil: 13 data entries
  • N. Ridaie, Anton de Kom University/ Environmental Science, Suriname: 10 data entries
To learn more about this critical project, click here.
 

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 communications@globe.gov.  Thank you!)

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