Webinar: NASA’s Aquarius Studies Our Salty Seas

Educator Webinars
January 17, 2012 at 7pm ET
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Tuesday, January 17th, NASA scientists Gary Lagerloef and David Le Vine will kick off a two-part webinar series focusing on never-before-seen discoveries by the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission. By measuring our salty seas, Aquarius sheds light on the inner workings of ocean circulation as well as providing more insight into global system processes such as climate. The 90-minute webinar for educators will reveal some of the complexities of getting accurate salinity measurements from space, as well as the many challenges that have been addressed throughout the history of the Aquarius mission.

As part of each interactive webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session with the presenting scientists. The concept map-based webinars will also provide participants with a rich collection of educational resources relating to Aquarius, salinity and technology.

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

For more information about the webinar series, visit email Annette deCharon at annette.decharon@maine.edur.

New Physical Science Activities on the Hurricanes: Science and Society website

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website (HSS; is one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on hurricanes. HSS provides important information on the science of hurricanes and their impacts on people, buildings, and the environment. HSS also gives educators the tools to develop curricula and education materials about the importance of hurricane pre-disaster planning.

The HSS team is excited to announce the availability of new, inquiry-based activities about wind in a hurricane, building a coastal home, and utilizing hurricane imagery. In addition, there is a new and updated list of hurricane links for educators. You are invited to explore these activities and other educational resources available on the HSS site. New content describing NASA aircraft reconnaissance, the hurricane forecast process, and hurricane research models has also been added to the website.

Information presented on the HSS website is based solely on published scientific research and has undergone thorough peer review by a panel of scientific experts. The HSS website and its associated materials have been developed by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography with support from the National Science Foundation. To receive more information about the Hurricanes: Science and Society Project, please contact Holly Morin via email ( .

Educational Videos, Live Webcast, Multimedia Resources on Ocean-Climate Connection from NASA

Understanding Climate is the theme of NASA’s Earth Science Week 2009 (ESW09), October 11-18, focusing on the connection between climate change and our oceans. A series of five short educational videos, entitled “Tides of Change”, focuses on the ocean-climate connection. Each educational video features a specific aspect of this connection, such as the water cycle or life in the ocean, and includes custom animation, data visualization and expert interviews.  Watch the videos. NASA’s Global Climate Change website hosts a wealth of ESW09 content, including the interactive 3-D Eyes on Earth. This application allows users to fly around the planet on the wings of a satellite, observing the planet’s vital signs from space. The Climate site is also a one-stop shop  for all of NASA’s best Earth science education resources related to the understanding of climate.  One of the highlights of Earth Science Week is alive educational webcast on October 14 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.  Classrooms around the country will participate in this live event focused on Earth science discoveries and careers. NASA oceanographers will discuss their careers, illustrate NASA’s unique view of the oceans from space, and answer questions submitted by participants.

Ocean Videos and Webcast during Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is conducted annually by the American Geological Institute in cooperation with various sponsors, including NASa. The theme of Earth Science Week, “Understanding Climate,” promotes scientific understanding of the timely and vital topic of Earth’s climate. NASA resources and activities will be available to educators and students before, during and after this special week, which takes place October 11-17. Tides of Change: A five-part video series on the connection between ocean and climate will be posted during Earth Science Week. NASA’s Digital Learning Network will host a webcast October 14 with NASA oceanographers Marcianna Delaney and Gene Feldman on ocean science discoveries and careers.

NASA Funding Opportunity for Informal Education Institutions

NASA has announced a competitive funding opportunity for informal education that could result in the award of grants or cooperative agreements to several of the nation’s science centers, museums and planetariums. Approximately $6 million is available for new awards.  Proposals for the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums are expected to use NASA resources to enhance informal education programs related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. Full proposals are due Sept. 10.  Proposals for the program are expected to encourage life-long engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and focus on NASA’s contributions to these disciplines.  NASA will accept proposals from institutions of informal education that are science museums or planetariums in the United States or its territories. NASA centers, federal agencies, federally funded research and development centers, education-related companies, and other institutions and individuals may apply through partnership with a qualifying lead organization.  For detailed information about the opportunity, click on “Open Solicitations” and look for Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP) or solicitation number NNH09ZNE005N at: