Online NASA-Funded Lab Earth Courses Available Spring 2011

Two NASA-funded courses will be offered through the University of Nebraska’s Masters of Applied Science program. NRES 898: Human Dimensions in Climate Change offers a practical understanding of the concepts and applications of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Remote Sensing Technologies. NRES 814: Laboratory Earth: Earth’s Natural Resource Systems applies fundamental concepts in the Earth and physical sciences to understanding Earth’s natural resource system. Each 3 credit hour course may be taken independently, or as part of the Masters of Applied Science Online Degree for Science Educators. For more information, visit


2011 ASP Education and Public Outreach Conference

(July 30-Aug. 3, 2011; Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore, Md.)

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific invites you to a national conference on science education and public outreach in conjunction with its 123rd Annual Meeting. The conference, with the theme of “Connecting People to Science,” will be held at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor. The conference will be held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 1-3, with special events the preceding weekend, July 30-31. Conference sessions will take place in the Baltimore Masonic Temple building, providing a unique setting for learning about new developments, sharing experiences and results, improving practices, and making connections across science disciplines. A call for abstracts will be released between now and early 2011. To learn more about the conference, visit

Comet on a Stick! Activity – Grades 4-8

Created in conjunction with the Deep Impact/EPOXI missions, this stand-alone activity allows students to examine their concepts of a comet using the scientific method by designing and building a model of a comet from common household items. The activity is aligned with national education standards.

December/January Topic for Year of the Solar System – A Family Affair!

Join NASA during December and January in exploring our planetary family tree. Conduct the “Explore the Celestial Neighborhood…In Your Neighborhood,” activity and others that examine what a planet is and how they are investigated. Observe the total lunar eclipse in December or simply note the change in lunar phases over the course of a month. There are many opportunities to find out more about our solar system’s family tree. Visit the Year of the Solar System website to find activities, events, mission milestones, and resources:

Aerosols: Tiny Particles, Big Impact

This resource from NASA’s Earth Observatory features background information on aerosols, their effect on the Earth’s climate, images and maps showing the distribution of aerosols worldwide, and information on how aerosols are measured.

NASA EDGE Live@A-Train Symposium Vodcast

The NASA EDGE vodcast, recorded at the A-Train Symposium, features interviews with scientists discussing the A-Train. The information presented includes discussion of the Earth observing satellites that compose the A-Train (Calipso, CloudSat, Parasol, Aqua, Aura, OCO, Glory and GCOM-W1), as well as discussion on what information is being collected and how that information is used to study the Earth’s climate.

Mapping Mangroves By Satellite

Nov. 30 – Mangroves are among the most biologically important ecosystems on the planet, and a common feature of tropical and sub-tropical coastlines. Now, scientists have used satellite images to compile the most comprehensive map of mangroves worldwide, which should help in future efforts in monitoring and conservation.