Mid-April 2014 GLOBE News Brief
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GLOBE Director Dr. Tony Murphy, son Sheamus and wife Kate practice taking their Earth Day "selfie" in Boulder, Colorado, USA. They are using the location identification forms available in 18 languages on the GLOBE website
Read more about the #GlobalSelfie Earth Day event below.
You Too can become part of NASA's Earth Day Global "Selfie" Event!
NASA invites you -- and everyone else on the planet -- to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event.
On Earth Day NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper telling NASA where you are located. NASA has provided templates in more than 2 dozen languages. At GLOBE, we have added the GLOBE logo so that you can identify with the GLOBE Community. Find your form on the GLOBE website, print it, and use it in your selfie. Next, post your selfie to social media. Your #GlobalSelfie will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth -- a new "Blue Marble" built image-by-image with your photos. Read more>
GLOBE Celebrates Earth Day
The GLOBE Program was announced on Earth Day 1994 and began on Earth Day 1995. You can understand why Earth Day is significant for the GLOBE community, so join us in celebrating this special day. Share news and photos of your Earth Day activities on Facebook. We'll be posting something special too, so be sure to visit the GLOBE Facebook page on 22 April, Earth Day!
GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) and 18th Annual Meeting, New Delhi 3-8 August 2014
Planning continues for the GLOBE Learning Expedition and Annual Partner Meeting 3-8 August 2014. Registration is open and now is the time to commit to being a part of this uniquely Indian event in New Delhi. You'll find new information about housing and post-GLE touring options on the GLE/Annual Meeting webpage.
Join us in India in August!
Opportunities for Students
2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest
NASA satellites and other observing instruments are vital to monitoring environmental changes. The 2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges U.S. high school students to submit research projects focused on the use of remote sensing and analysis tools. Read more>
Opportunities for Teachers
View "Why Earth Science" Online with Your Students
AGI's "Why Earth Science" video is now available for free viewing online on YouTube and TeacherTube. For an exciting introduction to the geosciences, you can't do better than this six-minute clip, featuring eye-popping cinematography and computer-animation highlights from AGI's "Faces of Earth" mini-series on The Science Channel. The video, which won a Silver Telly Award, is ideal for illustrating the importance of Earth science to not only students, but also local education decision makers who may be weighing the subject's place in your curriculum. View the clip on YouTube or on TeacherTube
NSTA Provides LInks to Free Science Resources
Looking for teaching resources? Check out a page called "Freebies for Science Teachers" on the National Science Teachers Association web site. Updated periodically, this searchable "array of free resources for you and your classroom" frequently features online links to publications, CD-ROMs, DVDs, videos, kits, and other materials for Earth science education. Click here for more information.
Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM)
With a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observations campaigns, NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air and space. The GPM is one of two new NASA missions that GLOBE students will be connecting with in 2014. Currently in testing phase, the GPM Mission is performing normally and calibration of the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar and the GPM Microwave Imager are continuing.
Read more about opportunities for the GLOBE community to partner with NASA satellite missions here.
GLOBE students across the Europe and Eurasia Region have been focused on atmosphere since the Aerosols Campaign started in mid-September. Aerosols are tiny particles suspended in the air. They influence the air quality on both a local and global scale.
Aerosol air pollution comes from natural as well as human sources and it is hazardous for human health, causing, for example, respiratory problems. GLOBE students will help scientists monitor aerosols in the proximity of their school.
The second of two Intensive Observing Periods is occurring now through 9 May. Learn more about the Aerosols Campaign here.
Buds on the #Globegreenup tree outside the GLOBE Program Office are starting to swell. Follow along on Twitter at #GLOBEgreenup as we measure green-up.
The GLOBE Program Office depends on you to let us know what is happening in your regions, countries, communities and classrooms. Send us your news at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll include it in an upcoming issue of the News Brief.
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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office