March 2018 GLOBE News Brief

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March 2018 GLOBE News Brief

Join the NASA GLOBE Clouds

“Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge”

15 March – 15 April!

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, USA, is excited to announce the Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge. Participants are invited to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from 15 March through 15 April using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or using GLOBE Observer app. Participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

To learn more, including how to participate, cloud identification resources and tips, and data collection and data entry help, click here!


Registration Deadline is Fast Approaching for

2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition/Annual Meeting!

 Space is Limited!


The deadline to register for the 2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) and the 22nd Annual Meeting is 16 April! Spaces are filling up fast. Do you need a Visa to attend the GLE? For a guide to help you determine which GLOBE countries need a Visa to travel to the meeting, click here. To request an Invitation Letter from GIO, contact Katy Lackey at


GLOBE Students: Be a Keynote Speaker at the GLE!

GLOBE students: Would you like to be a Keynote Speaker? From among the students registered for the GLE, one student from each GLOBE region will be selected to present a keynote address (5-10 minutes). The application deadline is 15 March. (Regional Coordination Offices will make their selection from all submissions and send them to the GIO by 01 April.)

To learn more about the GLE, click here.

Keep up with the GLE news on social media: #IrelandGLE2018.

It’s Time Once Again for the GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign: 01-30 March

The Northern Hemisphere Spring and Southern Hemisphere Fall Urban Heat Island Effect/Surface Temperature Field Campaign has begun! It will run from 01-31 March. It is time once again to collect observations of surface temperature, clouds, and snow – and add to the extensive data set that students and scientists, including Dr. C (Professor Kevin Czajkowski at the University of Toledo) can use to study the urban heat island effect. Whether you are at an urban school, suburban school, or rural school, your observations are vital to this campaign.

To learn more about the campaign, including what data to collect and when, and what to do and how to do it, click here.

GLOBE Thanks Everyone Who Submitted Reports for the 2018 IVSS

Judging Webinar on 16 March

GLOBE would like to sincerely thank everyone who dug deep into the questions and the research and – submitted their reports to the 2018 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS)! Your work, and your dedication to the scientific adventure, is a step forward for all of us on this planet.

The Informational Judging Webinar for the IVSS will take place on 16 March at 10:00 a.m. MT/12:00 p.m. ET. (Participants should save this link and join on the 16th.) The webinar will be recorded and shared with all judges.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

·     Reports and presentations due: 01 March

·     Informational judging webinar: 16 March

·     Judging period: 18-24 March 2018

·     Feedback and virtual badges released: 06 April 2018

·     Live drawing for stipends: 06 April 2018 (to help with attendance at the GLE in Ireland)

 Thank you for your contributions to research and science!

Keeping Up with the Phase III ENSO Campaign?

Then Join These March Webinars!


08 March (1:00 p.m. EST/18:00 UTC): Science and Research Webinar “Connections and Collaboration”

During this webinar, participants will hear from GLOBE students who work with Mrs. Audra Edwards in Hawkins, Texas, USA, and from two groups of GLOBE students in Nigeria. Dr. Oluwafemi and his students will join us from Jos, Central, Nigeria; and Dr. A.S Akinwumiju and his students will join in from the southwestern part of Nigeria. These students will give participants a glimpse of what their school looks like, and will share pictures of their local environment and information on how they have used GLOBE protocols to learn about water in their environment this year. To join this webinar, click here.

22 March (1:00 a.m. UTC, 23 March): SODA Webinar “Transitioning from Data to Action: The Genesis Project”

During this webinar, participants will hear from Bob Connick, a recently retired teacher (and GLOBE teacher since 2009), who has been working with students and educators since 1999 to take measurements within the New York, USA, watershed. Through the water measurements taken, a grant was awarded to fund “The Genesis Project.” The students took water quality information using GLOBE protocols as part of their local ecosystem measurements. The data indicated that the water quality in the stream was impaired. The student presenter will be Emily Pope (now a student at Nova Southeastern University).To join this webinar, click here.

To learn more about Phase III of the ENSO Student Research Campaign, click here.

To receive emails and webinar announcements, click here.


U.S. Student Research Symposium Updates

U.S. Teachers: What is the 2018 United States Student Research Symposia (SRS)? Why should you bring your students to one? Is it the same as a Science Fair? Watch this two-minute video and learn more about the SRS. Or read this flyer, which explains it all!

SRS Webinar: “Giving a Poster Presentation/Open Office Hours” will be held on Monday, 05 March at 7:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will be hosted by Kiley Remiszewski and Clarice Perryman, PhD students in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. As a participant, you will hear tips and tricks designed to help students prepare for a poster presentation, and stay on the line to ask questions. To register for this webinar, click here.

Have a question about Student Research or SRS? Ask the Hotline Team! Fill out this short form and you will be connected with an experienced GLOBE teacher who can help!

For the latest information regarding SRS webinars, blog posts, and resources, click here.


GLOBE Instrument Shelter Installed at Foreign Service Institute in Virginia, USA

[Left to right: Kristin Wegner, Project Manager, GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) and United States Department of State; Lyn D. Wigbels, International Coordinator, GIO; Kathleen Morenski, Director of Economic and Commercial Studies Division, FSI; Dr. Tony Murphy, Director, GIO; Dr. Lin Chambers (kneeling), Director of The GLOBE Program at NASA Headquarters; Deborah Klepp, Special Advisor, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES); and Jim North, Dean, School of Language Studies]

On 02 February, a GLOBE instrument shelter was officially installed at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington County, Virginia, USA. The shelter was donated by NASA to the United States Department of State to benefit Earth Science Technology and Health (ESTH), public diplomacy, and language students. FSI is the government’s premier foreign affairs training provider.

The new GLOBE/FSI shelter will serve as an interactive way to teach students in FSI’s language and professional courses about the environment. Students can use the shelter instruments and barometer to take weather readings. Training on the equipment will also help students serve as mentors for The GLOBE Program in their eventual overseas assignments.

GLOBE is happy to welcome FSI to our worldwide network of over 31,000 GLOBE schools, and thousands of citizen scientists, reporting on the environment.

U.S. Community: GLOBE Mission EARTH Satellites Student Conference on 01 May (Toledo, Ohio, USA)

U.S. Community (K-16 students and their teachers): Join the GLOBE Mission EARTH Satellites Conference on 01 May (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). The event will take place at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, USA. Register by midnight on 11 April to qualify for a $10 student scholarship (after this date, a $10 student fee will apply).

At this event, students will present their research papers in a poster session. Awards will be given to the best research projects in each grade category.

GLOBE Mission EARTH is a collaborative of multiple institutions across the United States formed to increase involvement in The GLOBE Program. The mission is to improve education and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by increasing participation of students and citizens in The GLOBE Program.

To register for the conference, click here.

For more information, contact Sara Mierzwiak at


YLACES Offers Awards, Scholarships, Grants, and Support

for U.S. Science Education

Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES), based in the United States, offers awards, scholarships, grants, and support – all to assist and reward the implementation of inquiry-based, experiential science education where students do science and contribute to understanding of our natural world.

Grants range from support for taking simple measurements to teacher professional development and working for pervasive inclusion of student research projects in science teaching. In addition, support is provided for prizes recognizing student achievement and effective teaching; for infrastructure necessary for contributing, storing, and sharing data and methods; and for science fairs/symposia that assess student work. (Are you a member of 4-H or Girl Scouts? YLACES offers grants for equipment to individual chapters, councils, and State organizations.)

For more information on YLACES, click here.

Opportunities for Teachers


(U.S. opportunities are often highlighted in the News Brief simply 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 in the coming months, please send the information to: Thank you!)


NASA STEM Educator Webinars


The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) is presenting a series of webinars open 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, “Technology Drives Exploration: Engineering Design in Your Classroom,” is geared toward educators in grades K-12. On Thursday, 15 March (6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT), the NASA EPDC at Texas State University is providing a one-hour webinar. Participants will explore Engineering Design and the Engineering Design Process (EDP) with its application to real world problem solving. Participants will also explore NASA engineering design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources.


GLOBE Mission EARTH Offers Professional Development Opportunity for Career Tech Teachers: 11-15 June (Toledo, Ohio, USA)

U.S. Career Tech Teachers (grades 7-12): Join GLOBE Mission EARTH’s STEM Institute this summer (11-15 June) at the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) and become a GLOBE-trained teacher. Learn how to collect environmental data and produce geographic visualizations. The deadline to apply is 30 April. Space is limited to 15 participants!

Participants will learn how to use an Aeropod attached to a kite in order to capture a variety of atmospheric data and visual imagery. Teachers will receive: official certification as a trained GLOBE teacher; free GLOBE-approved testing equipment; information on connecting student data and research with NASA satellite missions; and a $500 stipend (upon completion of the requirements).

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Questions: Contact Janet Struble at:

Opportunities for Students

2018 Summer Internship Opportunity at SEES Program (Texas, USA)


U.S. GLOBE teachers/partners: Applications are now being accepted for a GLOBE intern at the STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) 2018 Summer Internship Program. This opportunity is open to U.S. high school sophomores and juniors. Selected interns will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data and work with scientists and engineers at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research.


You must apply through U.S. GLOBE – for more information and instructions regarding essay questions and video submission, click here. Application deadline is 15 March.

Upcoming 2018 GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops

Upcoming GLOBE teacher training workshops include:

·     Denver, Colorado, USA (Auraria Campus): 03 March (restricted to teachers in the region)

·     Auburn, New York, USA (Cayuga Onondaga BOCES): 12 March (open to all teachers)

·     Grasonville, Michigan, USA (Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center): 13 March (restricted to teachers in the region)

·     Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NCSU Center for Marine Science and Technology): 14 March (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.

·     Watsonville, California, USA (Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve): 14-15 April (open to all teachers)

·     Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology): 18 April (open to all teachers)

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 twelve GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful GLOBE implementation during the month of March:

Belgium – 23 years

24 March 1995

Egypt – 23 years

20 March 1995

Finland – 23 years

23 March 1995

Ghana – 20 years

20 March 1998

Hungary – 19 years

10 March 1999

Israel – 23 years

24 March 1995

Kazakhstan – 23 years

27 March 1995

Liechtenstein – 15 years

26 March 2003

Morocco – 22 years

27 March 1996

Nepal – 18 years

03 March 2000

Panama – 18 years

02 March 2000

Senegal – 23 years

17 March 1995


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