Earth Science Week Update June 2011

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 9, No. 6: June 2011


Contests Add Fun, Learning
To Earth Science Week 2011

AGI is sponsoring three national contests for Earth Science Week 2011.
The photography, visual arts, and essay contests - all focused on the event theme of “Our Ever-Changing Earth” - allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and
compete for prizes.

The photography contest, open to all ages, focuses on “A World of
Change in My Community.” The visual arts contest, titled “Picturing Our
Ever-Changing Earth,” is open to students in grades K-5. Finally, students
in grades 6-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest: “How Change Shapes
Our Planet.” Essays of up to 300 words should describe how interactions among Earth systems - geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and
biosphere - change our planet over time.

Entries may be submitted any time up to the Friday of Earth Science
Week, Oct. 14, 2011. The first-place prize for each contest is $300 and
a copy of AGI’s “Faces of Earth” 2-DVD package. To learn more about
these contests, including how to enter, visit

Encourage Your Students
To Be Junior Paleontologists

The National Park Service’s Junior Paleontologist program seeks to
engage young people in activities that allow them to discover the significance
of fossils and the science of paleontology, introduces them to the national
park system, and to the mission of the National Park Service.

Besides learning about Earth’s history, ancient life, and past changes to
climate and environments, Junior Paleontologists explore the ways paleontologists work and protect fossils found in more than 230 national
park areas that preserve these scientific resources. This is a great way to prepare for the second annual National Fossil Day, taking place on
October 12 during Earth Science Week 2011 (October 9-15).
The Junior Paleontologist Program is a part of the National Park Service
Junior Ranger Program, which aims to connect young people to their
national parks. Download the Junior Paleontologist Activity Booklet for
children ages 5 to 12 at

Profession Development
Online Targets Geoscience

Middle and high-school teachers, both pre- and in-service, are invited to register for an online professional development course sponsored by
NASA missions exploring the universe across the electromagnetic

Participants will learn to use astronomical examples to describe the nature
of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
They will also learn to explain why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations, to identify NASA
resources for the classroom, and to understand how NASA resources
can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature
of light and color.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. To learn more or register, visit

Geoscience Workforce
Depicted in New Report

AGI has released its report on the "Status of the Geoscience Workforce
2011." The 2011 report has been updated and substantially expanded
from the 2009 edition, and integrates all available data sources, including original data collected by AGI, as well as data from federal, community,
and industry sources.

The report covers trends in K-12 education, community college programs, four-year institutions, employment sectors, and economic metrics of the geosciences. To download a free PDF of the 2011 Report Overviews and Samples, go to

For a limited time, purchase a PDF of the entire 2011 report for the
discounted price of only $10.00 at
The 2011 report is also available on both the Kindle and Nook eBook platforms. Just search "Geoscience Workforce" on either or The print edition (ISBN: 978-0-922152-86-5)
can be purchased for $50.00 through AGI's Publications Department at

Earth Science Week Kit
Available for Pre-Order

Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkits are available for advance orders. The
kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week
(October 9-15, 2011), which celebrates the theme “Our Ever-Changing

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkit

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* American Chemical Society global water experiment materials
* National Park Service items on fossils, air, and geologic heritage
* NASA education resources examining Earth from space
* A poster on earthquakes and seismology from IRIS
* A GIS-in-science-education resource from ESRI
* A poster by SPE on renewable and nonrenewable energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* Educational material from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* A USGS poster on the bicentennial of the New Madrid quake
* Activity sheets from the Association for Women Geoscientists
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

The Toolkit will ship in August 2011. Bulk discounts are available for
orders of 10 or more. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and
more information, visit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

Webinar Looks at Careers
In Minerals Exploration

AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, has posted the recent
GeoConnection Webinar “Geoscience Careers in Minerals Exploration”
online for viewing. Minerals exploration is, and will continue to be, a field requiring trained professionals to provide resources necessary for daily life
and economic growth.

Watch the webinar to learn what skills and academic background are
required to work in minerals exploration, what exploration geologists do in
the course of their career, and what the employment prospects are in the industry. To find the webinar online, see

Professional Development
Available From NSTA

Apply now for the New Science Teacher Academy, a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) program providing professional
development and mentoring to second- and third-year secondary science teachers.

Two hundred teachers will become Fellows in the 2011 Academy,
a cost-free program that offers consistent, online professional
development activities along with face-to-face experiences. The
Academy provides each teacher with a year-long, discipline-specific
mentor, web-based content development courses and other resources, membership in NSTA, and an opportunity to attend the National
Conference on Science Education.

The deadline for applications is August 1, 2011. Visit
or contact Project Director Damaries Blondonville at for more information.

Congress Needs to Hear
From Earth Scientists

In collaboration with geoscience society partners, AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, is inviting Earth scientists to come to Washington, D.C.,
for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day on September 20-21, 2011.

Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen
geoscientist and join your colleagues for this two-day event uniting
geoscience researchers, professionals, students, educators, engineers, and executives to raise visibility and support for the geosciences.

A constructive visit from citizen geoscientists about the importance and
value of Earth science research and education is the most effective way to inform and impact federal science policy. Visit
to learn more.

EarthScope Speaker Series
Explores Quakes, Eruptions

The 2011-2012 EarthScope Speaker Series is presenting scientific
results of EarthScope research to faculty and students at colleges and universities. EarthScope explores the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Speakers, who present science-based lectures on their own EarthScope-
related projects, are selected based on their outstanding research accomplishments involving EarthScope and their abilities to engage various audiences.

Travel and lodging expenses for speakers are provided by funds from the National Science Foundation. To apply for an EarthScope Speaker, go to For more information, contact EarthScope at

Explore Geophysics During
Earth Science Week 2011

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), an Earth Science Week partner and AGI member society, offers programs for educators and
students. For example, a distinguished lecturer series and an honorary
lecturer series both enable students to meet professional geophysicists, learn about groundbreaking research in the field of seismic research, and obtain valuable career information.

Short courses offered through SEG not only enable seismologists to continue their education, but also help teachers to study seismology with introductory courses on seismic data processing. Meetings, forums, and workshops are
also available.

SEG members have access to journals, an online digital library, reference publications, meetings, workshops, networking, and employment referral.
To learn more, visit


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 49 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, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with
the environment. For contact information, please visit


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