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April 2014 GLOBE News Brief

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Visitors to the Taj Mahal - image by Raghubir Singh

Registration for the 2014 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE), and 18th Annual GLOBE Partner Meeting is open! Join us in the GLOBE community's most exciting event of 2014, in New Delhi, from 3 - 8 August. Our hosts in India have been hard at work to make this a memorable experience and we invite all of you to take part.

New Delhi's importance lies not only in its past glory as the seat of empires, but also in its modern mix of traditional culture and fast-advancing global technology. It is against this backdrop that GLOBE students will present their scientific research before an international audience of students, teachers, partners and distinguished guests; take part in field investigations; and make connections that can last a lifetime. Don't miss this opportunity to spend nearly a week with the international GLOBE community in New Delhi, India, at the 2014 GLE and Annual Partner Meeting.



Technology Updates:

Reintroducing the GLOBE Science Honor Roll

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A new and improved Science Honor Roll system is being re-introduced to the GLOBE website. The original recognition system was termed the GLOBE Chief Scientist's Honor Roll. The GLOBE Science Honor Roll is a way for GLOBE to recognize the data contributions of GLOBE students and schools. The more data entries made, the higher the Science Honor Roll level achieved. Read more here.

Workshop Application and News and Events Enhancements

In response to feedback from the GLOBE community, a number of enhancements have been added to the workshop application. Also, changes are coming to the News and Events pages. Read more about these improvements on the lower part of the New and Revised Website Features page.

Opportunities from GLOBE's Satellite Partnerships:

Join the GPM Master Teachers Cohort for the 2014-2015 School Year

Precipitation Measurement Missions

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is looking for a small cadre of "GPM Master Teachers" to help develop and pilot STEM lessons to be used with elementary, middle, and high school audiences. Selected teachers will earn a stipend for their participation, which will run from 1 July 2014 through 1 June 2015. All of the training and participation will be conducted online. It is anticipated that teachers will spend approximately 10 hours per month working on this collaborative project. This is a great opportunity for GLOBE teachers to become involved with this NASA mission. Contact NASA's Janney Dorian if interested. Read more here.

NASA's SMAP Science Team Needs Your Soil Moisture Data

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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is scheduled to launch in November 2014. The SMAP science team needs soil moisture data collected following a modified soil moisture protocol, the SMAP Block Pattern Soil Moisture Protocol to calibrate and validate the instruments on board the satellite. A test of these measurements will take place during May and June of this year. For more information see the SMAP Satellite Partnership page.

GLOBE Earth System Poster

GLOBE Earth Science Poster

For those who use the GLOBE Earth System poster and related learning activities, a new NASA resource is now available. A digital version of the Earth System poster, which includes monthly data on the 6 Earth system parameters for 2005-2013, is now available from the MY NASA DATA team at NASA Langley Research Center. This digital poster will allow you to extend the learning activities in time, as well as enable new explorations of these data through a web-based Live Access Server. Check it out on the MY NASA DATA - GLOBE Digital Earth System Poster webpage.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment Review

A team of experienced GLOBE Community Members met for a GLOBE/Next Generation Science Standards Alignment Workshop in November 2013. Over the course of two and a half days, they aligned GLOBE learning activities and protocols with NGSS. The resulting documents are now up on the GLOBE website. We invite you to review each grade level and provide feedback by clicking here. If you have any questions, email GPO Project Manager Kristin Wegner at:


Congratulations to the 18 GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful implementation in the month of April.

Norway - 19 years
05 April 1995

Romania - 19 years
11 April 1995

Croatia - 19 years
12 April 1995

Austria - 19 years
20 April 1995

Czech Republic - 19 years
20 April 1995

Australia - 19 years
21 April 1995

South Korea - 19 years
21 April 1995

Uruguay - 19 years
21 April 1995

Bolivia - 19 years
22 April 1995

Benin - 19 years
28 April 1995

Costa Rica - 18 years
22 April 1996

Ecuador - 18 years
22 April 1996

Tanzania - 17 years
01 April 1997

Canada - 17 years
07 April 1997

Poland - 17 years
22 April 1997

Chile - 16 years
16 April 1998

Switzerland - 16 years
22 April 1998

Kuwait - 15 years
12 April 1999


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News Topics: News Briefs type: globe-news

News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office