Earth Science Week Update May 2012

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 10, No. 5: May 2012


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Earth Science Week 2012
Toolkit: Pre-Order Today!
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Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2012), which celebrates the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences.”

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* National Park Service items on geologic time and careers
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* NASA education resources on climate, careers, and contests
* A geoscience careers poster from Soil Science Society of America
* A detailed cloud chart by GLOBE
* Educational material from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* A temporary tattoo of the JOIDES Resolution research ship
* A GIS-in-science-education resource from Esri
* Activity sheets from the Association for Women Geoscientists
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

The Toolkit will ship beginning in August 2012. 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.

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Earth Science Career
Resources Now Online
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If you became an Earth scientist, what would you actually do? What funds are available to help pay for your studies? How could you get real-world work experience while still a student? You’re invited to explore such questions during Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2012) by celebrating the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences.”

For the answers to questions like these, look no further than “Geoscience Career, Scholarship, and Internship Resources.” This new page on the Earth Science Week web site can help you learn how to build a geoscience career - in fields such as oceanography, paleontology, seismology, mineralogy, meteorology, geophysics, petroleum geology, environmental science, and space science.

The site includes dozens of links to online resources offered by AGI member societies, program partners, and other governmental, corporate, and nonprofit organizations in the geoscience community. To learn more, visit

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GeoConnection Network:
Join on Facebook
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You are invited to join the AGI Geoscience Workforce Program’s GeoConnection Network on Facebook. Allow the network to link you with related university departments and AGI contacts as you prepare to celebrate the theme of Earth Science Week 2012: “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences.”

Become a “fan” of GeoConnection, and you can receive updates about geoscience events, new data from the workforce program, and other intriguing geo-tidbits in your Facebook news feed. You can become a fan of GeoConnection at

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Make Connections With
Earth Science Organizations
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Want to organize a field trip or a classroom presentation led by a professional geoscientist for Earth Science Week? Start preparing by networking with local scientists, professors, employers, nonprofit representatives, environmental educators, and government leaders in the geosciences!

To facilitate partnerships between educators and others in the Earth science community, AGI has launched the Earth Science Organizations (ESO) database. Use this online tool ( to identify potential geoscience partners near you, access relevant information, and network with colleagues.

Don’t wait until autumn. Now is the time to reach out to potential partners and invite them to collaborate during Earth Science Week 2012 (Oct. 14-20). The ESO map pinpoints local contacts for AGI member societies, state geological surveys, agencies such as USGS and NASA, universities offering geology programs, parks, museums, and other Earth science groups. To recommend an organization (or have one removed), contact AGI’s Filla Baliwag (

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Get Ready Now for
National Fossil Day 2012
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Time travel is in your future! The National Park Service and AGI are collaborating to kick off the third annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week 2012. On Wednesday, October 17, you and your students can participate in events and activities taking place across the country at parks, in classrooms, and online.

Ever look at a fossil and see into the past? Understand why paleontologists protect the locations where fossils are found? Know what fossils can tell you about climate change? National Fossil Day resources and activities help you answer these questions, celebrating the scientific and educational value of fossils, paleontology, and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

Look for fossil-themed activities and materials in the Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkit. And stay up to date on emerging resources and events through the National Fossil Day web site at

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Ponder Paleontology
Through PRI’s Resources
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The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), an AGI member society, isn’t just a natural history museum based in Ithaca, New York. PRI offers many education materials and opportunities for science teachers and students at all grade levels.

The online “Teacher Friendly Guide” gives brief geologic histories of every region of the United States. Also available online are photos and descriptions of the museum’s fossil collections. In 2003, PRI opened a new museum, the Museum of the Earth, which focuses on all of Earth’s history and its life forms with particular focus on the Northeastern United States.

Additionally, PRI has programs in research, publications, collections, and public outreach. Its paleontological research journal, “Bulletins of American Paleontology,” first published in 1895, is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, email The museum’s web site is a great place to learn about paleontology, geology, and the Earth. Check it out (

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Reaching Out to
Spanish-Speaking Students

Many geoscience educators have distributed AGI’s “Why Earth Science?” brochure to promote awareness of the importance of Earth science in K-12 education over the years. To ensure that this vital message reaches the widest possible audience, AGI has translated the publication into Spanish.

The geoscience community encourages minority participation. America’s more than 40 million Hispanics comprise the nation’s largest race or ethnic minority, a population that is rapidly growing. What’s more, most Hispanics ages five and up speak Spanish at home, says the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Why Earth Science?” explains the importance of Earth science education for success in school, careers, informed decision-making, and civic engagement. English and Spanish versions of the brochure also are available online as downloadable files at

Become a Proud Sponsor
Of Earth Science Week

Would your organization like to join longstanding Earth Science Week Sponsors such as the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Park Service, the AAPG Foundation, the American Geophysical Union, and Esri in supporting Earth Science Week? If so, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this year’s campaign as a Program Sponsor.

Reaching more than 48 million people a year, Earth Science Week is the geoscience community’s premier outreach campaign, promoting awareness of Earth science among audiences such as science educators, students, and professionals. Program Sponsors receive visibility through recognition on Earth Science Week’s web site, poster, kit, and other materials. To learn more, please visit

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NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring
Program: Apply Now

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators! Women@NASA’s G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science) mentoring program offers a unique experience for girls in grades five through eight.

Participants will explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program will feature one-on-one mentoring from women working at NASA, and participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applications are due by June 15. The program will take place over five weeks during the summer. For more information and to register online, visit

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Visit Your Nearby
National Wildlife Refuge

Overlapping Earth Science Week this year, National Wildlife Refuge Week also is being held October 14-20, 2012. The event celebrates the richness of the 550 units that make up America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.

Whether you prefer to study Earth science firsthand, admire the fall colors, thrill to a skyful of migratory birds, explore a mountain trail, or learn about the cultural resources that are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation mission, you can find what you like at a National Wildlife Refuge.

Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an Earth Science Week partner, this week focuses on lands and waters where wildlife and habitats are under federal protection. For information and educational resources, see online. Go to the National Wildlife Refuge Locator’s map at to find refuges near you.

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 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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