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May 2014 GLOBE News Brief

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The 2014 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) and 18th Annual Partner Meeting will take place from 3-8 August in New Delhi, India.

It's time to commit to being part of GLOBE's biggest event of the year. Find information about the GLE, including the draft agenda, visa and travel information and links to post-GLE touring options, on the GLOBE GLE webpage.

Click here to register.




Call to the Community: Join one of five GLOBE Working Groups (WGs) on Science, Education, Evaluation, Technology and Communication

Join a Working Group

Five Working Groups are being formed to enhance the role of GLOBE U.S. and Country Partners/ Coordinators and GLOBE Scientists and Educators in shaping the future of the GLOBE Program and supporting the development and implementation of GLOBE worldwide.

We are calling on you to participate in the nomination process for representatives of the Working Groups. You can nominate yourself or anyone in the GLOBE Community. Nominations are due 24 May 2014. Read more here.


Near East and North Africa (NENA) Regional Meeting

Near East and North Africa (NENA) Regional Meeting

Representatives from Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Mauritania, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates met in Bahrain from 26-30 April for the annual Near East and North Africa (NENA) Regional Meeting. In the photo on the left, students of Bahrain's Abd Al-Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa School explain their research on the effect of water quality on biodiversity in the region of southeast Tubli Bay, to GLOBE Director Dr. Tony Murphy at the Tenth Annual GLOBE Science Fair in Bahrain, held in conjunction with the NENA meeting.

SciGirls = Girls in Science!

SciGirls, primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, has developed a series of public television programs highlighting the processes of science and engineering and offers girls a glimpse of exciting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career possibilities.

Dr. Julie Malmberg, GLOBE Program Office (GPO) Science and Education team member, will be attending a SciGirls Train-the-Trainer workshop in Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA, from 13-15 May. She will be sharing resources and activities with the GLOBE Community. Find more information, including links to the online programs, read more here.

GLOBE Alumni Represent Uruguay at 2014 ISE Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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Melissa Cristobal and Claudio Lacuesta, GLOBE Alumni of Montevideo, will represent Uruguay at the Intel ISE International Science and Engineering Fair in in Los Angeles, California, May


GLOBE / NASA Satellite Partnerships - Don't Miss the Opportunity to Become Part of a NASA Mission

Along with the ongoing CloudSat and CALIPSO missions, the GLOBE Program is involving educators and students in activities related to two new NASA satellite missions in 2014:

  • Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), which was launched on 28 February
  • Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), scheduled for launch in November

Precipitation Measurement Missions


During a major rehearsal of the SMAP calibration and validation system during May and June 2014, the SMAP science team encourages GLOBE schools to collect soil moisture measurements that could be compared to the simulated SMAP observations.




Budburst Image

The GLOBE Program Office (GPO) science and education team has been tracking green-up of a box elder tree (Acer negundo) just outside the office in Boulder, Colorado. The tree experienced budburst on Earth Day! Follow green-up on Twitter as we document the green-up cycle of this tree. We encourage you to share your own green-up or green-down observations on Twitter, year-round, too. Be sure to include the hashtags #GLOBEgreenup and #GLOBEgreendown, and follow us @GLOBEProgram


Community Spotlight

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Christopher Newlan
Find out what this award-winning GLOBE teacher has to say about how to make science meaningful and engaging to students. Read more here.

GLOBE Earth Day Video

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Have you seen our Earth Day 2014 video? We think you'll enjoy viewing our tribute to the amazing GLOBE Community. View the video here.


Congratulations to the eight GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful GLOBE implementation during the month of May:

Turkey - 19 years
05 May 1995

United Kingdom - 18 years
01 May 1996

Mongolia - 17 years
06 May 1997

Denmark - 17 years
29 May 1997

Iceland - 17 years
20 April 1997

Spain - 16 years
21 April 1998

Guinea - 16 years
21 April 1998

Ukraine - 15 years
21 April 1999


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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office