Earth Science Week Update July 2007

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 5, No. 4: July 2007

* Project Highlights Science of International Polar Year
* International Year of Planet Earth: Get on Board!
* Get a Free Trial Issue of Geotimes Magazine Online

Project Highlights Science of
International Polar Year (IPY)

Middle and high school students and their teachers in the eastern United States and Western Europe are invited to participate in “The Science of IPY,” a live, interactive, one-hour videoconference hosted by local science centers on Friday, Oct. 19, at 9:30 a.m. EDT (2:30 GMT).

Dr. Rhian Salmon of the IPY Programme Office and Dr. Waleed Abdalati of NASA’s Cryospheric Sciences Branch will take participants on a guided virtual tour of Earth’s polar regions and explore some of the key questions that scientists are trying to answer about how the poles are changing. Students and teachers will be engaged, including a question-and-answer period with featured scientists.

Participants will convene at select science centers in the eastern United States, the United Kingdom, and France. To learn how to register, stay tuned for instructions to be posted on the websites of Earth Science Week at and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) at ASTC’s IGLO (International Action on Global Warming) project is an international organization of science centers and museums furthering understanding of climate science.

This event will kick off a series of videoconferences to be served over Internet2 during the two-year span of IPY. The series is sponsored and conducted jointly by NASA, NOAA, the IPY Programme Office, and the Internet2 network service provider MAGPI.

International Year of Planet
Earth: Get on Board!

Earth Science Week participants are encouraged to take part in the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE). Spanning from February 2007 to December 2009, IYPE aims to demonstrate new and exciting ways in which Earth science can help future generations meet the challenges involved in ensuring a safer and more prosperous world.

While the IYPE science program concentrates on issues of complex interactions within Earth systems and their long-term sustainability, the outreach program includes educational ventures at all levels, such as lecture tours, geology excursions, articles, competitions, and many other items and activities.

IYPE is a joint initiative by UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences. To learn more about IYPE, visit online.

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