Earth Science Week Update January 2017

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 15, No. 1: January 2017


Earth Science Week 2017: 'Earth and Human Activity'

AGI is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is "Earth and Human Activity." This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.

Earth Science Week 2017 learning resources and activities are engaging young people and others in exploring the relationship between human activity and the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). This year's theme promotes public understanding and stewardship the planet, especially in terms of the ways people affect and are affected by these Earth systems.

"Human activity has a huge impact on Earth, and the possibilities open to humanity are, in turn, shaped by Earth's natural processes," says Geoff Camphire, AGI's Manager of Outreach. "The geosciences are essential for understanding how we can make the most of opportunities and manage challenges offered in areas such as energy, technology, climate change, the environment, natural disasters, industry, agriculture, recreation, and tourism."

To mark the occasion of the 20th annual Earth Science Week, AGI and key program partners are launching a slate of new initiatives, materials, and other offerings for participants throughout the year. Details will be announced online in the coming months.

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

Dig Into Earth Science 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 2017 theme of "Earth and Human Activity," for example, the "Land and People" site allows middle and high school students to look at interactions between people and the environment in three regions of the United States: Cape Cod, Los Angeles, and the Everglades.

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.

AAPG Offers Educator Opportunities in April

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is celebrating its 100th anniversary by offering a variety of opportunities for geoscience educators of grades 6-14 during its Annual Convention and Exhibition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on April 1-4, 2017.

The convention's Earth Science Educator Program offers opportunities - including field trips, an educator symposium, convention and expo participation, and a geology and architecture tour of downtown Houston - for middle school, high school, and community college instructors, as well as science coordinators and directors, and pre-service teachers.

Stipends and convention and expo registration are available for a limited number of participants. Also available are opportunities to receive professional development and gifted-and-talented credit hours. Visit online for details or register here.

Earth Science Week Links You to Education Resources

Where can you find the widest possible collection of Earth science curricula, classroom activities, teacher professional development opportunities, science education standards, virtual field trips, teaching ancillaries, and much more?

Earth Science Week participants need look no further than the Education Resources Network of AGI's Center for Geoscience & Society. The free geoscience education resources featured on this website, provided by a variety of sources, are available with the click of a mouse.

To visit the Education Resources Network, now you can simply go to the Earth Science Week homepage and click on "Resources" link at the top of the page. Or go directly to the Education Resources Network right now!

NASA Sites Illuminate Timely Topics in Science

As Earth Science Week participants have come to learn, NASA offers a dazzling array of learning resources for students and teachers interested in the geosciences, including materials focusing on the Earth Science Week 2017 theme of "Earth and Human Activity." 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.

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 figures into the Earth Science Week 2017 theme of "Earth and Human Activity." See videos online.

AGU Resources Advance Education and Outreach

The American Geophysical Union (AGU), an Earth Science Week partner and 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 such education and public outreach efforts, please visit AGU.

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 today!

AGI Powers Geoscience With Information Services

AGI is a premier provider of comprehensive, reliable, and timely geoscience information for geoscientists, public policymakers, educators, the public, industry, the media, and students:

  • AGI publishes a wide range of books on a number of geoscience topics. From our Environmental Awareness Series with its look at how the environment and geosciences intersect on various societal issues, to critical reference books like the Glossary of Geology and the Geoscience Handbook, AGI Publications help you be a better geoscientist.
  • EARTH Magazine is the flagship publication of AGI. EARTH brings the latest news on Earth, Environment, and Energy in an easy-to-read format. Available both in paper and digital, EARTH Magazine keeps you on top, monthly, of the latest research and discoveries.
  • The Glossary of Geology is the definitive reference for students and professionals in the geosciences. With over 40,000 terms and definition, the Glossary is built on the published geoscience literature to ensure that the definition is precise and accepted by the community.
  • AGI has published a large portfolio of popular books on the issues of how the geosciences support the needs of environmental stewardship. From topics as diverse as water and metal mining, to geologic maps and remote sensing, the Environmental Awareness Series brings the most critical information to you in an easy to use format.
  • GeoRef is the premier bibliographic database for the Earth Sciences. An indispensible tool for researchers and students alike, GeoRef lets you understand the entire historical record of research on any topic in the geosciences.
  • AGI hosts a number of both free and subscription-based online databases. GeoRef and its associated thematic databases such as AusGeoRef and CanGeoRef are available for subscription, while the GeoRef Previews Database freely allows a sneak peak at new articles that are working their way into GeoRef.

New Report Examines Nitrogen in Our Air

"Nitrogen From the Atmosphere," a new educational resource from the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, provides information on nitrogen present in our atmosphere and land through the "Nitrogen Cascade," how human activities contribute to nitrogen, what effects are associated with nitrogen deposition, and more.

This is a useful resource for the classroom (appropriate for middle to high school and early college) and informal education. Find the report online.

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.

Recognizing that the future of geology rests in the hands of our nations' teachers is the fundamental building block of GSA's GeoTeachers program. Teachers can take advantage of GeoVenture trips, offering field experiences in geologically dynamic locations. See online to learn more.

Apply by February 1 for Congressional Fellowship

Not much time left! AGI is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 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. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, 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, 2017. Learn more.