Indian Ocean tsunami: The devastating megathrust earthquake of magnitude 9.0 that occurred on Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 2004, off the coast of Sumatra set off a tsunami that crossed the Indian Ocean, creating human death tolls that are currently exceeding 200,000 and causing severe damage in eleven countries. The threat of disease increases the liklihood of more deaths, and remains a serious concern. While extensive recovery and aid efforts are underway to care for survivors, scientists are examining the series of events that resulted in this natural disaster. General information on tsunamis can be found at Tsunami! and an animation at the Waves of Destruction site looks at the relationship between earthquakes and tsunamis. Additional teaching materials can be found at Understanding Tsunamis, Tsunami: The Big Wave, and Tsunami Visualizations.
Langley Research Center will host a hands-on workshop for educators
at the 6-12 grade levels, from July 25-29, 2005. The workshop will focus
on the use of Earth Science data sets for student researchers in grades K-12.
The data sets are taken from the archive
of remotely sensed data retrieved from NASA's Earth Observing
System satellites and the Research, Education and Applications
Solution Network (REASoN). Participating teachers will explore topics
in atmospheric science, educational application of data sets, use of weather
measurements, and hands-on classroom activities. Participants will also explore
how data sets can be used to enhance their curriculum and how students can
utilize these data for inquiry-based learning and research.
For more information, visit http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov.
The application deadline is April 8,
In October and November 2004, the DLESE Evaluation Core Service administered surveys to teachers and librarians who had entered their names in a raffle at a DLESE booth at the National Science Teachers Association meeting, the Texas Library Association meeting, or other similar conferences.
One-hundred and thirty four teachers (the majority of them at the secondary level) responded to the teacher survey. Sixty percent said they logged onto DLESE as a result of visiting the DLESE booth. Of the teachers who had visited, 20% had already used a resource they found through the discovery system, 23% had found a resource they intended to use in the near future, and 32% intended to visit DLESE again in the near future. Twenty-eight percent of the respondents said they had given their students an assignment to use DLESE; the most frequent assignment was to do research. Six percent of the teachers had assigned students to do lab activities. More than half of the respondents had told someone else about DLESE (most frequently other teachers).
Only 18 librarians responded to the librarian survey, so caution is recommended for interpreting results. Five librarians found DLESE as a result of visiting the booth and six had told others about DLESE. Three librarians indicated an interest in putting a customized DLESE search tool on their library’s home page; nine more were uncertain. Six were interested in a selectable DLESE logo for their home page with direct access to DLESE and seven more were uncertain. More surveys are in the works; stay tuned to find out more about uses of the discovery system!
impromptu meeting at the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual meeting
in November brought together people with an interest in educational standards
and their association with electronic learning resources. Discussion was initiated
about how to coordinate efforts and share information among NSDL collections
and projects working in this area. There are numerous groups working
on different aspects of the issue, including technical development, assessment
of user needs, and interface/display
issues for search and browse. Participants agreed that
a mechanism to facilitate collaboration would be helpful, and a face-to-face
workshop was proposed to provide a focused look at how collaborative
development might be fostered. In response to this need, an email list has
created, with the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
To subscribe to this list go to
Mark your calendars—the 2005 DLESE Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 9-13, 2005. The meeting will be hosted by the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. The Planning Committee for the 2005 Annual Meeting will meet in St. Petersburg on January 24-25, 2005. More details about the 2005 meeting and registration will be provided as they become available. Set aside the date to take part in this informative and productive DLESE community meeting!
A reminder to the community that the submission deadlines for the 2005 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) are approaching. January 27, 2005 is the deadline for full articles, papers, and tutorial proposals; February 10, 2005 is the due date for short articles, poster, demonstrations, and workshop proposals. The revision deadline for accepted articles and papers is April 5, 2005. DLESE plays a prominent role as co-host, along with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), and the Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. A major forum for digital library research, JCDL 2005 is a great opportunity for geoscience educators, scientists, and technology specialists.
The 2005 DLESE Data Services Workshop will be held April 18-20, 2005 at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge, Colorado. Sponsored by DLESE Data Services, the workshop is a great opportunity for data providers, tool developers, scientists, curriculum developers, and educators to work closely with one another to further the effective use of data in education. Please complete the Call for Interest, which remains available until January 28, 2005.
The first EarthScope National Meeting takes place March 29-31, 2005, at the Tamayo Resort at the Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Funded by the National Science Foundation, EarthScope is an unprecedented multidisciplinary study of the structure and evolution of the North American continent, and the physical properties controlling earthquakes and volcanoes. The EarthScope web portal contains a wealth of information about the effort and about the National Meeting. The application and abstract deadine is February 15, 2005, and all hotel reservations should be made by February 22, 2005. Take this unique opportunity to participate in a scientific meeting that will synthesize the results of over a dozen EarthScope-related workshops, present cross-cutting research, and identify important issues for EarthScope science and education. Opportunities for participation include panel discussions, short courses, interactive formats, poster sessions, social events, and field trip.