NASA IGCCE Funding Opportunity Workshops – Draft RFP is Available

(Dec. 3 & 6)

NASA recently released a funding opportunity under its Innovations in Global Climate Change Education project. The IGCCE project is part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program. A draft of the solicitation is available through NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (look for “Innovations in Global Climate Change Education). A final version of the proposal will be available in the coming weeks. IGCCE will be accepting proposals from minority institutions, community colleges, K-12 school districts with high minority populations, and nonprofits focused on underrepresented minorities. It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for partnership and collaboration to leverage past and current climate change education efforts. Majority institutions are encouraged to seek partnership opportunities.

NASA will be hosting a series of workshops about this funding opportunity on Dec. 3 and Dec. 6. Workshops will be held at locations across the U.S. These on-site workshops are designed to facilitate networking among organizations and provide information on the proposal submission process for projects under the upcoming NASA solicitation. The workshops will also be available, in part, via webcast. For more information and to register for the workshops, visit: https://gcce.larc.nasa.gov/.

AGU Fall Meeting: Education and Outreach Sessions/Workshops

(Dec. 12-18; San Francisco, Calif.)

Following are NASA-related education and public outreach events and presentations at the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco. Read on for details on each of these or visit http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm10/

Exploration Station At AGU: Dec. 12, 12-4pm PDT

Exploration Station is a 4-hour open house for everyone to learn about new developments in Earth and space science. During the event, participants will have a chance to meet scientists, do hands-on science, visit the Discovery Dome and take home lots of cool resources collected during their visit, including free copies of the “Space Weather” CD. Exploration Station provides a venue where the local community and AGU members can come together to share the excitement of science. Dr. Dean Pesnell, project scientist for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, will present a public lecture entitled, “The Many Colors of the Sun.” This lecture will be held at 12noon PDT in the Moscone Center South Gateway Ballroom, Room 102.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/families/explore/registration.php. To learn more about the Exploration Station, visit: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/families/explore/explore.php

NASA’s Year of the Solar System: Science Isn’t Done Until It’s Shared! Dec. 14, Moscone South 102, 8am PDT

NASA’s Year of the Solar System (YSS) offers the opportunity to raise awareness, build excitement, and make connections with educators, students and the public about planetary science activities. YSS is designed to introduce the general public to the many planetary science missions that will take place over the coming Martian year. This session will focus on the themes of the Year of the Solar System, and the resources available to present planetary science to a larger audience.

AGU-NESTA Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop – Hot Topics in Geoscience: Registration Deadline Dec. 3; Dec. 16-17, 8:30am-5:30pm PDT

This two-day workshop for current and pre-service middle and secondary school teachers includes talks by leading research scientists coupled with take-it-to-the-classroom activities. Timely topics range from earthquakes to oil spills, climate change and sustainability on Earth to the next generation of lunar exploration. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with experts from NASA, NOAA, IRIS Consortium, U.S. Ice Drilling Program, and more. The workshop will be held in Moscone South Mezzanine Rooms 250 and 262. Register at: http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm10/outreach/gift_workshop_registration.php

NASA Earth Science News Team Blog, “What On Earth?” At AGU: Dec. 13-17

NASA’s Earth science news team will spend the week of Dec. 13-17 blogging from the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The largest international meeting for Earth science – in addition to planetary science and heliophysics – AGU provides insight into the latest research. Follow the news from the meeting at http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=whatonearth

ASP Invites Nominations for 2011 Awards for Excellence in Astronomy Education

(Deadline for Nominations Dec. 15)

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is now accepting nominations for the Society’s 2011 awards honoring accomplishments in astronomy education and public outreach. Recipients receive a cash award and engraved plaque, as well as travel and lodging to accept the award at the Society’s 2011 Meeting, to be held in Baltimore, Md. July 30-Aug. 3. You do not need to be a member of the Society to make or second a nomination. For more information on the awards, submission guidelines, and a list of past recipients, visit http://www.astrosociety.org/membership/awards/awards.html

BSCS Announces Field-Test Opportunity for Science Teachers Grades 9-12

(Application Deadline Dec. 17)

Scientific studies of land, atmosphere, oceans, and ice caps show that Earth’s climate is changing. To understand these changes, BSCS, in conjunction with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), is developing Carbon Connections, an online module to help students better understand the carbon cycle and the science of Earth’s climate. The materials investigate carbon in past, present and future contexts. The project, supported by NASA, consists of three interactive, internet-based units, combined with hands-on investigations. The field test will take place April through June 2011, with an estimated teaching time of 3-4 weeks. Carbon Connections targets high school Biology classes, but would also be highly relevant for Earth Sciences or Environmental Sciences classes.

Applicants will be contacted about the field test in mid-January. To learn more and complete an application, visit http://www.bscs.org/carbonconnections

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate System

(Next course: January 2011)

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System (ECS), a semester-long, graduate-level, pre-college teacher professional development course. DataStreme ESC uses NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) data and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Modeling (EdGCM), developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a Plan of Action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts. DataStreme ECS is administered through 21 courses Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country.

For a listing of courses offerings by state, please visit: http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/WebECSLIT.html

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program Accepting Proposals for 2011-2012

(Proposals Due Feb. 1, 2011)

This call for graduate fellowship proposals, entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program – 2011-2010 Academic Year, solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

For more information on the solicitation, visit: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B6803E463-A6EF-3164-F103-A1E4178E430D%7D&path=open

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2011)

(Deadline for applications February 11, 2011)

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for participation in the third NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2011). The program is managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the University of North Dakota. The program begins June 19, 2011 and concludes July 29, 2011. The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. The three research areas include atmospheric chemistry and evapotranspiration from agricultural crops in the California Central Valley and ocean biology along the California coast.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $2,500 stipend for 6 weeks of participation in the program. Full travel and living expenses will also be provided. Selection criteria will include academic performance, evidence of interest in Earth system science and hands-on research, potential for contributing to U.S. future workforce as judged from career plans, diversity, and ability to perform as part of a team. Applications can be found at: http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2011.html