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June 2015 News Brief

June 2015 GLOBE News Brief

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Have You Registered for the Annual Partner Meeting in Los Angeles?

GLOBE's 19th Annual Partner Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, 20-24 July. Working Groups in Science, Education, Evaluation, and Technology will convene on 19 July. In order to participate, please be aware of the following:

  • Deadline for students and teachers who wish to register for the Student Research Experience is 10 June, with full payment due 19 June.
  • Deadline for the Hilton (conference) Hotel has CHANGED to 26 June. Be sure to book your room by this date in order to guarantee the special conference rate. We cannot guarantee availability and room rates, if you book after 26 June.
  • Deadline for general registration is 3 July.

All details can be found on the 19th Annual GLOBE Partner Meeting Webpage.


GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Host Student Video Campaign

The GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Regional Coordination Office has launched a video campaign to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The GLOBE Program.

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All GLOBE schools in the Europe and Eurasia Region have been invited to create a short video that that illustrates their involvement with GLOBE. Videos may be crafted by individual students or by student teams and deadline for entries is 15 June 2015. For more information, click here

Check Out the New Translated Materials Webpage

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Over the years, various GLOBE materials have been translated into multiple languages. The GLOBE website now has a Translated Materials Page where you can conveniently access all these materials in one place. If you are interested in volunteering to translate materials, please send an email to

Communication from the Evaluation Working Group

GLOBE's Evaluation Working Group makes huge strides for GLOBE teachers! Learn some of the exciting things the Evaluation Working Group has been working on this year in Nektaria Adaktilou's blog.

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission Has Begun Science Operations

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NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission has begun science operations. Launched 31 January on a minimum three-year mission, SMAP will help scientists understand links among Earth's water, energy and carbon cycles; reduce uncertainties in predicting climate; and enhance our ability to monitor and predict natural hazards like floods and droughts. SMAP data have additional practical applications, including improved weather forecasting and crop yield predictions.

For more information about this exciting new phase of the SMAP mission, click here.

Visit the GLOBE website to learn more about opportunities to participate in the SMAP mission.

Important Information Regarding Thermometers for Data Entry

Photo of a liquid-filled max/min thermo-meter.GLOBE no longer recommends liquid-filled maximum/ minimum thermo-meters for recording maximum and minimum air temperatures. It has been determined that this type of thermometer, which uses a magnet to reset the floats, becomes demagnetized and/or the floats stick within the tube, especially during fast temperature changes.

GLOBE encourages you to use a digital maximum/minimum thermometer for maximum and minimum air temperature measurements. If you are currently using a u-tube thermometer we highly encourage you to replace it with a digital mode

Free Webinars for NASA STEM Educators

NASA meatball logoThe NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) is presenting a series of no-cost webinars  open to all educators. All pre-service, K-12, and informal educators, as well as university faculty, are invited to join NASA education specialists to learn about NASA missions, activities, lesson plans, educator guides, and online resources that integrate NASA and STEM into the classroom.

An upcoming webinar, "Exploring Strange New Worlds: Exploring Ice in the Solar System" is geared toward educators in grade levels 5 through 8. This webinar is presented by John Weis, and will be held from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on 6 July.

2016 GLOBE International Virtual Science Fair

GLOBE 20th Anniversary

It's not too early to start thinking about the 2016 GLOBE International Virtual Science Fair! The deadline for submission of projects is 11 March 2016 and awards will be announced on or before Earth Day, 22 April 2016. Visit the Science Fair website for more details.

Partner News

Teachers in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.: you might be interested in this free STEM Institute workshop to learn about the quality of Lake Erie.

When: 27-31 July 2015

Where: University of Toledo Lake Erie Center in Oregon, Ohio

Who: Science, Mathematics, Technology teachers (for grades 5-12)


  • Become a GLOBE teacher
  • Receive Professional Development on water quality observing techniques and science, geospacial technologies, and project-based science that are aligned with Ohio STEM content standards.
  • Receive water testing equipement for your classroom.

Contact GLOBE teacher Mikell Lynne Hedley, for more information.

World Oceans Day- 8 June

World Oceans Day - 8 June

World Oceans Day, held every 8 June, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy Oceans,Healthy Planet.  A major goal this year is to help people reduce their disposable plastic use, to keep the ocean and its animals safer and healthier. Click here for more information


Congratulations to the ten GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful GLOBE implementation during the month of June:

Kyrgyz Republic - 20 years
9 June 1995

Ireland - 20 years
12 June 1995

Argentina - 20 years
28 June 1995

Estonia - 19 years
19 June 1996

Kenya - 18 years
9 June 1997

Madagascar - 18 years
11 June 1997

Dominican Republic - 18 years
20 June 1997

Monaco - 15 years
29 June 2000

Bahrain - 14 years
16 June 2001

Republic of Congo - 10 years
28 June 2005

GISN Webinars Online

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Did you know that GLOBE scientists use student data to learn about mosquitos in Thailand, aerosols in Europe and Eurasia, and to teach undergraduate students in the United States? GLOBE invites you to learn some of the ways that GLOBE student data contributes to our scientific understanding. Click here to access short video presentations by the GLOBE community!

NASA Opportunities for Students

NASA encourages students to engage in all sorts of challenging activities and competitions to expand their minds through creativity, innovation and attention to detail -- the same hallmarks of spaceflight.

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Read about several opportunities currently being offered in science, 3D modeling and film making, for U.S. and International students. Just click here.

Tell Us About Your Engineering Learning Activities

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Do you do engineering activities as part of your GLOBE curriculum or trainings? If so, we'd like to hear about it and share it with our larger community! Click here to access the "Engineering Learning Activity Template." Please fill it out and send to Kristin Wegner ( by 26 June 2015.

2015 GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops

Recent and upcoming GLOBE teacher training workshops include:

  • Uzhhorod, Ukraine (Zakarpatskyi Regional Ecology and Nature Center): 3-5 June
  • Tarapoto, Peru (Colegio Virgen Dolorosa): 6 June
  • Junction, Texas, USA (Llano River Field Station): 9 June
    (open to ACU graduate students)
  • Birmingham, Alabama, USA (UAB Huffman High): 17-18 June
    (open to teachers in the region)
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA (UA Summer Training): 22-24 June
    (open to teachers in the region)
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA (University of Sioux Falls): 22-25 June
    (open to all teachers)
  • Pierre, South Dakota, USA (GLOBE on the River): 26-29 June
    (open to South Dakota teachers)
  • Solan, India (State Council of Education Research and Training): 28-29 June
    (open to all teachers)
  • Reading, Pennsylvania, USA (Environmental Exploration Center at Angelica Park): 29-30 June
    (open to all teachers)
  • Huntington, West Virginia, USA (Huntington High School): 29 June (open to teachers in the region)
  • West Lafayette, Indiana, USA (Purdue University): 07-10 July
    (open to all teachers)

Map of Earth showing locations of webinars.

News Brief Archive

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Past issues of the GLOBE News Brief and letters from Dr. Tony Murphy to the GLOBE community can be found in the online archive.

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