January 2018 GLOBE News Brief 

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GLOBE Students! Will you Attend the 2018 GLE in Ireland?

Be a Keynote Speaker!


GLOBE students! Will you be attending the 2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) and the 22nd Annual Meeting in Killarney, Ireland? Want to share your experiences as a GLOBE student? Then apply today to be considered for the honor of representing your region at the 2018 GLE! One student (registered for the GLE) from each GLOBE region will be selected to present a keynote address (5-10 minutes). (The videos of the selected speakers will be hosted on the GLOBE YouTube channel and will be shown live for GLOBE’s Earth Day celebration in 2018.)

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2018.

To learn more about becoming a keynote speaker, the GLE registration process, costs, and accommodation information, please visit the  GLE information page.

We look forward to seeing you in Ireland!




The GLOBE Annual Meeting in Killarney, Ireland: Call for Presentations 

 Presentation applications are now being accepted for the 2018 GLOBE Annual Meeting, which will be taking place on 01 July 2018 in Killarney, Ireland. All presentations at the Annual Meeting will be oral presentations (no posters this year!).


  • Presentation applications due: 01 March 2018 (Note: No late applications for presentations will be accepted.)
  • Presentation acceptance notification: 15 March 2018
  • Presenter confirmation of time and attendance at the Annual Meeting: 01 April 2018

Theme: (Presentations should align with the GLOBE Strategic Plan and the meeting themes.)

  • Education
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Community
  • Communications

To learn more about the GLOBE Annual Meeting, click here. To fill out the application form, click here. (Please note: Registration and travel funds are not available for presenters.)


 GIO Issues Invitation to submit a Global 2018-2019 GLOBE Field Campaign: Submissions Must be Received by 28 February 2018

From now through 28 February 2018, the GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) will be accepting proposals for Global Field Campaigns (starting between August 2018 and December 2019). GIO hopes to announce the new Global Field Campaigns at the GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) in Ireland in July 2018.

GLOBE’s Global Field Campaigns provide students with hands-on opportunities to explore and learn about Earth through a network of students, teachers, and scientists – projects designed to promote collaboration and to increase Earth science awareness.

To submit a proposal, please click here and fill out the Global Field Campaign Proposal Form. (As necessary, please refer to the GLOBE Events-to-Campaigns planning document and checklist, available here.) If you have any questions, or need additional information, please send an email to communications@globe.gov.


2018 GLOBE IVSS Updates 

 Are you preparing for the 2018 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS)? Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

 Reports accepted for submission: 01 January 2018 to 01 March 2018

  • Reports and presentations due: 01 March 2018
  • Judging webinar: (TBD)
  • Judging period: 18-24 March 2018
  • Feedback and virtual badges released: 06 April 2018
  • Live drawing for stipends: 06 April 2018

Did you miss, or would you like to revisit, the IVSS informational webinar that was held in October? The recording is available, just click here. (The slides are also available, just click here.)

Have a question for a scientist or another STEM professional? Visit the Student Groups Looking for Mentors page and fill out the form.

Need a mentoring scientist? Scientists have volunteered to help – click here.

Want to share information about the 2018 IVSS? Click here and share downloadable images.

New information about the 2018 IVSS is being added to the GLOBE website on a regular basis, so be sure to keep checking back.


 Miss an ENSO Phase III Science and Research or SODA Webinar?

Recorded Versions Are Available

Have you missed a Phase III GLOBE ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) Student Research Campaign Science and Research webinar or a Short Observation and Data Analysis (SODA) webinar? They are all being recorded and archived – for you to watch at your convenience. Just click here!

During Phase III of the campaign, there are two types of webinars being offered:

  • Monthly Science and Research Webinars – These webinars will focus on our guiding questions as we learn about research currently being conducted by scientists at NASA and around the world. We will also explore a variety of both GLOBE and non-GLOBE resources that can be used to enhance students’ understanding of the science behind the guiding questions.
  • The SODA Webinars – These webinars will focus on the data collected during the SODA protocol measurement period. Several schools (teachers and students) will present their data collection and what the data has told them about “Water in Our Environment.” Each school presenting at a SODA webinar will then collaborate with another school or schools taking some of the same measurements, answering the same questions. Schools can participate in more than one SODA event during the campaign. There is no limit on data collection.

To learn more about Phase III of the ENSO Student Research Campaign, click here To receive emails and to sign up for the webinars, click here.

The next Science and Research webinar will be held on 09 January. It will focus on the impact of water in Asia and the Pacific. To find out more, and to get updates on what time the webinar will be held, click here.


GLOBE Students/Alum: Share Your STEM Stories with the GLOBE Community 

GLOBE is gathering stories of students, teachers, and alumni who have been influenced by their GLOBE experiences to pursue STEM education. We want to hear from:

  • current GLOBE students who intend to pursue further education in STEM;
  • former GLOBE students who are currently engaged in higher education in STEM areas or who have gone into STEM careers; and
  • teachers who have sought further training in STEM subjects, either through GLOBE training or through other professional development training, in order to enhance their capabilities as teachers or for new careers in STEM.

Download the template here. Need assistance? Send an email to help@globe.gov.


 Opportunities for Teachers

 (U.S. opportunities are often highlighted in the News Brief because we are more aware of them through our local media; however, if there are opportunities for GLOBE students and/or teachers in your region that you would like us to highlight, please send the information to us at:

communications@globe.gov. Thank you!)


 NASA STEM Educator Webinars  

 The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) is presenting a series of webinarsopen to all educators. All pre-service, K-12, and informal educators, as well as university faculty, are invited to join NASA education specialists to learn about NASA missions, activities, lesson plans, educator guides, and online resources that integrate NASA and STEM into the classroom.

An upcoming webinar, “How NASA Plans to Get Humans Back to the Moon,”  is geared toward educators in grades 4-10. On Monday, 22 January (6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT), the NASA EPDC at Texas State University is providing a one-hour webinar. It’s been 45 years since a crewed spacecraft journeyed toward the moon with a “trans-lunar injection,” but NASA plans to make that happen again in just a few years. The mission will take roughly 25.5 days, and its highlight will be putting the spacecraft in a lunar orbit that will take it farther from Earth than any other crew-capable spacecraft has been. Orion’s peak distance will be 270,000 miles (435,000 kilometers) from the planet – about 1,000 times the distance from Earth to the International Space Station. Find out how NASA will be doing this. Maybe a student in your classroom will be on board when we head to Mars.


Applications for the American Meteorological Society’s Early Career Leadership Academy Due 12 January

Applications for the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Early Career Leadership Academy (ECLA) are due 12 January. The ECLU aims to build and sustain a diverse network of early career leaders in weather, water, and climate science. ECLA will bring together a select group of early career individuals (in particular, women and underrepresented minorities) for an immersion experience in leadership, such as creative problem-solving; conflict resolution; and building trust and enhancing communication skills. ( For more information, and to complete the application form, click here.

Opportunities for  Students

NOAA Announces Scholarship Opportunities for U.S. Undergraduates: 31 January Deadline!

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission.

Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship programs. These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country. For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit the following:

 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship; Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

For additional information, contact the Office of Education Scholarship Programs at: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov.


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The GLOBE Program depends on you to let us know what is happening in your regions, countries, communities, and classrooms.

Send us news that you would like to share with the GLOBE community and we’ll include it in next month’s News Brief. Be sure to include photos, too. Email us at: communications@globe.gov. Be sure to follow us on social media! Just click on the icons below.

Keeping Up with the Community Blogs?

Share Your Story

 Have you been keeping up with what’s going on in the GLOBE community? A great place to start is the Community Blog! As a vital part of the GLOBE community, you are cordially invited to respectfully voice your opinion, ask questions, share tips and tidbits – and make meaningful connections with members of the community.

Recent blog posts include:

The GLOBE Community Support Team (CST) has recorded a demonstration video on how to create a blog post, including how to add images and “tags” to your text. Simply click on the following link or visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwu7DaSJMgY If you prefer, you can follow along with the set of instructions by clicking here.


U.S. Community: U.S. Community:  Here’s the 2018 Student Research Symposia Schedule! 

 Getting ready for the 2018 United States Student Research Symposia (SRS)?Here is the 2018 Schedule:

Need travel support to attend your region’s SRS? Teachers may apply for travel funding by completing this Funding Application by 01 February 2018.

Information regarding SRS webinars, blog posts, teacher resources, student resources, FAQs, and updates is being added on a regular basis. Bookmark the SRS webpage today.

Want to read about United States GLOBE-related 2017 accomplishments? Click here.


GISN Members and STEM Professionals: Judges and Mentors Needed for the 2018 IVSS

 Calling all GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) members/STEM professionals – your skills, abilities, and expertise are needed for the 2018 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS): 

  • Scoring Projects: In March 2018, the GIO will need your assistance with scoring the student projects. There will be an informational webinar in March, and judging will take place from 18-24 March. Judging will consist of filling out a Google form with your scores and feedback. (NOTE: You do not need a GLOBE account to score projects.)
  • Mentoring Students: We need volunteer STEM professionals to assist student researchers. Students may have questions about a science topic or the research process in general. Please view the “Students Needing Mentors” page for mentoring opportunities.

If you are interested in judging or volunteering, please fill out this form. You will be contacted in February; however, if you have any questions please send an email to: help@globe.gov.

(NOTE to GISN Members: Remember, starting in 2018, all GISN members will be required to do one GISN-related activity per year. This is a great way to pay it forward!)


 Participating in the GLOBE Urban Heat Island / Surface Temperature 

Student Research Campaign? Read Dr. C’s latest Blog – Thanking You

This year, the Urban Heat Island Effect – Surface Temperature Field Campaign studied the urban heat island effect in seasons – October, December, and March (2018). The campaign is focused on looking at the impact urbanization has on the Earth’s surface temperature and how the surface temperature changes the dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere. Studying the energy cycleis fundamental to understanding how the Earth’s spheres function within its system.

In a December blog, Dr. Kevin Czajkowski (Dr. C, from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA), the developer of the surface temperature protocol, posted a blog – thanking all who have been taking observations for this campaign. As he states in his blog, “It is your data that will allow other students to create interesting research projects as well as providing a database for me and my students to conduct research. We have schools all over the world taking surface temperature observations to contribute to the campaign.”

By mid-December, 69 schools had entered 1,323 observations!

To read the blog, click here. To learn more about the campaign, click here.


GLOBE Community: Need Media Release Forms? Events Made Easy!

 Are you hosting a GLOBE-related event that will be photographed and/or videotaped by GLOBE or NASA and its representatives? Here are the required Media Release Forms for Adults and for Parents and Minors.

  • Click here for the Media Release Form for Parent (Legal Guardian/Legal Representative) and minor child.
  • Click here for the Media Release Form for Parent (Legal Guardian/Legal Representative) and minor child in English and Spanish.
  • Click here for the Media Release Form for Adults (not to be used for minors).

If you have questions about this, or need assistance, please send an email to help@globe.gov.


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 Upcoming 2018 GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops

 Upcoming GLOBE teacher training workshops include:

  • Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NCSU Center for Marine Science and Technology): 17 January 2018 (open to all teachers
  • Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NCSU Center for Marine Science and Technology): 21 February 2018 (open to all teachers)
  • Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NCSU Center for Marine Science and Technology): 14 March 2018 (open to all teachers)
  • Millersville, Maryland, USA (Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center): 19 March (restricted to teachers in the region)
  • West Lafayette, Indiana, USA (Pedosphere Workshop for U.S. GLOBE Partners/Held in Conjunction with the North American Regional Meeting): 26-27 March 2018.

No training workshops in your area? Check out GLOBE’s protocol eTraining. (In order to enter GLOBE data, GLOBE users must complete the necessary training either by attending a GLOBE workshop or by completing the required online eTraining modules. Once your training is complete, you will be ready to start entering your measurements – and will be joining a community of thousands of teachers around the world!)


Congratulations to the six GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful GLOBE implementation during the month of January:

Fiji – 21 years

28 January 1997

Italy – 21 years

21 January 1997

Latvia – 20 years

27 January 1998

Moldova – 23 years

30 January 1995

Palau – 21 years

30 January 1997

Philippines – 19 years

14 January 1999


News Brief Archive
All past issues of the GLOBE News Brief are available in the online Archive.


GLOBE Clouds Team at NASA Highlights Top 10 Observers for 2017

 The GLOBE Clouds Team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, USA, would like to highlight the top observers of 2017.

The GLOBE Program, and NASA, would like to thank all observers for submitting your observations and using the satellite matching of data.