Earth Science Week Update November 2007

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 5, No. 8: November 2007

* Is Earth Science Education at Risk in Your State?
* You Can Help Improve Earth Science Week 2008
* Earth Science Week Now on Facebook

Is Earth Science Education
At Risk in Your State?

Public schools have dropped Earth science from the required curriculum in recent years. Colleges have closed geoscience departments. Employers have said they need more qualified candidates for geoscience jobs. Does your public education system ensure that all students learn important Earth science content?

AGI now allows you to track the status of Earth science education nationwide. The new “Pulse of Earth Science” website, which launched during Earth Science Week 2007, offers detailed, up-to-date information on geoscience education in every state, as well as guidance for advocates. View the website online at

You Can Help Improve
Earth Science Week 2008

Want to help make next year’s Earth Science Week an even better experience for you and your fellow participants? Just take a few minutes to fill out the survey indicated in the e-mail you receive today from PS International, an independent evaluation firm.

The survey invites you to weigh in on questions such as which Earth Science Week materials and online resources are most useful. If you support Earth science education, please invest a few minutes to help strengthen Earth Science Week.

Earth Science Week
Now on Facebook

Earth Science Week reached a whole new audience this year through Facebook, one of the Internet’s most popular social networking websites, connecting educators, students, and others with people who work, study and live around them. The Earth Science Week Group quickly attracted more than a hundred members from universities, high schools, and organizations in more than 20 states and seven countries.

The group’s page highlights this year’s theme, links, resources, and contacts. Recent news reports are posted, and members participate in a discussion board. Anyone can join the group by creating or using their own Facebook account. To check it out, see the Facebook link on the Earth Science Week website’s “What’s Going On?” page (

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit