Earth Science Week Update January 2016

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 14, No. 1: January 2016

Earth Science Week 2016: 'Our Shared Geoheritage'
* Dig Into Geoheritage Education With USGS
* GSA Geoscientists Reach Out to Educators
* New App Explores Ice, Sea Level Change
* NASA Sites Illuminate Timely Topics in Science
* Resources Available Online Throughout the Year
* National Park Videos Explore Climate Change
* Science, Math Get Practical With PUMAS
* AGU Resources Advance Education and Outreach
* Arctic Science Event Hosts Art & Video Contest
* Apply by February 1 for Congressional Fellowship
* AAPG Offer Access to Distinguished Lecturers

Earth Science Week 2016:
'Our Shared Geoheritage'

AGI is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2016 is "Our Shared Geoheritage." This year's event will promote awareness of the many ways that science helps us understand, appreciate, and make the most of our geoscience heritage, or, as it is commonly known worldwide, "geoheritage." Geoheritage is the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively.

Earth Science Week 2016 learning resources and activities engage young people and others in exploring geoheritage throughout the Earth systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. This theme promotes public understanding and stewardship in many areas, including Earth science, energy, paleontology, water quality, conservation, and climate science.

"Earth Science Week 2016 celebrates 'Our Shared Geoheritage,' a concept that has become a rallying cry for geoscience-related efforts worldwide," says Geoff Camphire, AGI's Manager of Outreach.  "Geoheritage awareness is essential for all citizens of the planet, who are the 21st-century inheritors, managers, and protectors of a vast wealth of irreplaceable natural treasures, billions of years in the making."

Geoheritage sites, features, and resources are studied not only with the five senses, but also through sciences and technologies such as seismology, economic geology, remote sensing, mapping, computer modeling, and Earth observation. To learn more about geoheritage, see "America's Geologic Heritage," produced jointly by the National Park Service and AGI ( ).

Earth Science Week is supported by many organizations, including the U.S. Geological Survey; the AAPG Foundation; the National Park Service; NASA; Esri; the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; the Geological Society of America; and the American Geophysical Union; the Association of American State Geologists; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and the Archeological Institute of America. To learn more, go to .

Dig Into Geoheritage
Education With USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a longtime Earth Science Week partner, offers a wealth of information on virtually every Earth science topic, from natural resources and hazards to geospatial data.

The USGS education website ( ) includes lesson plans and other resources for K-12 students, educators, and others. Just in time for the Earth Science Week 2016 theme of "Our Shared Geoheritage," for example, Park Geology in 3-D allows students and teachers to view the striking effects of the atmosphere and the hydrosphere on the geosphere in our national parks.

USGS has thousands of free images and over 69,000 searchable publications such as books, maps, and charts online. If what you're looking for still proves elusive, just "ask a geologist" ( ). And don't forget to check out the rich archives of the USGS podcast series, CoreCast, featuring stories and insights on climate change, satellite monitoring, human health, wildlife disease, and more ( ).

GSA Geoscientists
Reach Out to Educators

Teachers and students alike can learn a lot from the Geological Society of America (GSA), an AGI member society and Earth Science Week partner. GSA is an organization of geoscientists in industry, government, business, and academia who are committed to the ongoing professional growth of Earth scientists.

One of GSA's major education and outreach programs is the GeoTeachers (Teachers as Advocates, or TAP) Program. For more information on TAP, visit . Teachers can take advantage of GSA's Teacher GeoVenture trips, offering field experiences in geologically dynamic locations. See to learn more.

New App Explores
Ice, Sea Level Change

Why does sea level change at different rates? How has it changed in the past? Who will be at risk from more extreme weather and sea level rise in the future? Geoscientists often hear questions like these from students, government officials, and the media.

A new free app called "Polar Explorer: Sea Level" lets users explore a series of maps of the planet, from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the ice at the poles. See how ice, the oceans, precipitation, and temperatures have changed over time and listen as scientists explain what you're seeing and why.

"We wanted to make climate data accessible and engaging to the public, for everyone from students to interested adults," says Margie Turrin, education coordinator at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who designed the app with Bill Ryan, Robin Bell, Dave Porter, and Andrew Goodwillie. "The data is displayed in interactive maps with just enough guidance to support independent exploration." Learn more at .

NASA Sites Illuminate
Timely Topics in Science

As Earth Science Week participants have come to see, NASA offers a dazzling array of learning resources for students and teachers interested in the geosciences. The agency, a major Earth Science Week partner, provides three resources specially designed to show the connections between space, weather, and climate:

* Space Place: NASA's award-winning website engages children in the upper-elementary grades in Earth and space science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and resources for parents and teachers, Space Place covers space, the sun, the solar system, our planet, and the scientists and technology that make discovery possible ( ).

* SciJinks: NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather website for middle-school students. SciJinks offers exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia. There are videos, printable images and posters, and help for teachers. The site also provides content by topic, such as clouds, tides, oceans, atmosphere, seasons, and satellites ( ).
* Climate Kids: NASA's website brings the exciting science of climate change and sustainability to life. Targeting students in the upper-elementary grades, the site features interactive games, hands-on activities, and engaging articles. With a special section for educators, Climate Kids offers much for parents and teachers as well. Learn how global changes affect the planet over time using the interactive Climate Time Machine ( ).
Resources Available Online
Throughout the Year

Come and take a look! Earth Science Week is more than one week of the year. If you've got Internet access, you can teach and learn about Earth science all year long.

The Earth Science Week website presents videos, webcasts, classroom activities, Spanish-language resources, research projects, local events and organizations, and careers information.

Most importantly, the site features hundreds of recommended lessons that teachers and parents can conduct with children. Check it out at today!

National Park Videos
Explore Climate Change

The National Park Service invites you to view videos on a variety of climate change topics, including citizen science, sea-level rise, glaciers, and more!

Through these educational videos, teachers and students can learn the basics about climate change topics, explore the National Park Service's unique position in responding to climate change, understand the challenges of managing parks in the face of climate change, and find out more about the science behind climate change.

Learn how climate change is shaping our geoheritage. See videos online at and .
Science, Math Get
Practical With PUMAS

PUMAS (Practical Uses of Math And Science) is an online journal featuring brief examples showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes - including geoscience topics - can be used in everyday life and other interesting settings.

"The examples are written primarily by scientists, engineers, and other content experts having practical experience with the material," says Ralph Kahn, who is PUMAS's editor and founder, as well as a senior research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "They are aimed mainly at classroom teachers, and are available to all interested parties via the PUMAS website."

The site's overarching goal is to capture, for the benefit of pre-college education, a sense of the vast experience that working scientists have with engaging, practical uses of math and science. To learn more, see .

AGU Resources Advance
Education and Outreach

The American Geophysical Union (AGU), an AGI member society dedicated to the furtherance of the geophysical sciences, offers an array of opportunities exposing students, teachers, and life-long learners to the freshest, most accurate scientific knowledge and the excitement of discovery.

This is accomplished through educational and career-focused events at annual AGU meetings, professional development workshops for teachers, special programs for pre-college and post-secondary students, awards for science educators, and printed and electronic resources. To learn more about the education and public outreach efforts of AGU, an Earth Science Week partner, please visit online.

Arctic Science Event
Hosts Art & Video Contest

Channel your inner Arctic artist and submit an original piece of artwork or video to help celebrate Arctic Science Summit Week, taking place March 12-18, 2016 (!

The Art & Video Contest is open to K-12 students everywhere, and cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place in each category. Winners and honorable mention entries will be featured online and on the University of Alaska-Fairbanks campus during the conference in March.

This year's theme is "Many Lands, One Arctic." The submission deadline is Feb 10, 2016. For complete contest rules, see .

Apply by February 1 for
Congressional Fellowship

Not much time left! AGI is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The successful candidate will spend 12 months in Washington D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee.

The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy.

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. A demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be a member of one of AGI's member societies. Applications are due February 1, 2016. Learn more at .

AAPG Offer Access to
Distinguished Lecturers

With members ranging from professional geologists and corporate executives to students and academics, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has plenty to offer Earth science educators. AAPG, a longtime AGI member society and a major Earth Science Week partner, aims to foster scientific research and promote the science of geology.

AAPG's Distinguished Lecturers program, for example, allows colleges, universities, and geological societies to arrange for a geoscientist to make a presentation. For details, see

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 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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