DLESE: A Teaching and Learning Tool
Interested in opportunities for professional development and shaping the future of the library? The DLESE 2004 Annual Meeting is being planned for teachers at all levels, resource and library developers, data and service providers, as well as researchers. The meeting will take place July 10 -13, at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison and will focus on making effective use of the library and its services. Your participation can also help the library develop strategies to reach new users, enhance its diversity, and develop quality comprehensive collections. Support is available for a limited number of participants. Please complete the Call for Interest and submit it at your earliest opportunity to maximize your chances of attending! Keep an eye on What's New at DLESE for further information.
Rajul Pandya has recently been selected as the Director of the SOARS program—Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science. The SOARS program is devoted to expanding diversity and providing research and education opportunities, guidance, and support for underrepresented minorities in pursuing careers in the atmospheric and related sciences. Raj's enthusiasm for people, dedication to teaching and learning, and his love for awakening in students a vital intellectual curiosity and interest in the atmospheric and related geosciences are a certain benefit to SOARS.
While serving as Director of Outreach for the DLESE Program Center in the previous 18 months, Raj has shown a strong commitment to diversity issues, and to advancing Earth system science education at all levels. Raj was instrumental in convening and forwarding a plan and proposal for DLESE outreach activities, and worked in support of the development of the Ambassadors program with Ed Geary, and Bryan Aivazian, of DLESE Community Services-designed to create strong proponents for DLESE on the local level among K-12 teachers; plans are in development by Ashanti Pyrtle for an Ambassador program at the undergraduate level. Raj will be missed—but in his new position, DLESE gains a strong advocate and ally for the library, for geoscience education, and for diversity within DLESE.
Raj replaces Tom Windham, director of SOARS for the past eight years, who joins the NSF in a newly created position as the senior advisor for science and engineering workforce. SOARS was established by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) through a partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and support from the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the UCAR university community.
Mission Geography curriculum support materials link the content, skills, and perspectives of Geography for Life: The National Geography Standards with NASA missions, research, and science. The project uses existing NASA data and images to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students’ understandings of environment-society relations and Earth science. Grade level-specific modules are available to download on a variety of topics including volcanoes, remote sensing, water resources, and human interactions with the Earth.
The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) offers a unique opportunity for geoscience educators to contribute their expertise and forward Earth science education. NSDL and Virtual Reference Desk have developed an AskNSDL service, and would like to engage educators in answering questions via the service. You may choose the topic area and sign up to have relevant questions forwarded via email. To register to become an AskNSDL expert, go to http://asknsdl.askvrd.org and click on the “experts” tab. Select “register as an expert” and follow the instructions.
This ongoing service will be particularly important in support of the Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education (ESTME) Week, from March 16-20, 2004. The NSDL will exhibit at the ESTME Expo in Washington DC on March 16. This event is expected to attract 600-800 teachers, administrators, and other K-12 educational leaders, and the NSDL booth will feature hands-on interaction with a variety of NSDL projects. NSDL is in "recruitment mode" for AskNSDL experts to be on-site to answer questions in person for children, parents, teachers, and others during the Expo. See the AskNSDL flyer (PDF file) for more information about the program, or contact Susan Van Gundy (303-497-2946 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or Blythe Bennett (315-443-5445 / email@example.com) for more information.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California is hosting a two-week summer workshop open to middle and high school teachers who teach Earth science. Teachers with prior experience or interest in the NSDL are encouraged to apply. Support includes a stipend for travel and living allowances. Here's a chance to help enable your students to design their own personal voyages of discovery. The workshop will concentrate on the ideas of plate tectonics, using real shipboard data and state-of-the-art global Earth science models. Beginning with the discovery of magnetic seafloor spreading stripes, participants will explore the scientific inquiry process of hypothesis and testing. Throughout the workshop, you will be immersed in the researcher's view of the world, as you work side-by-side in daily sessions with a group of researchers and advanced graduate students. Working in a digital library context of national and state standards, scientific concepts, and a rich collection of supporting data and materials, teachers will build learning experiences for classroom use. The deadline for registration is March 1, so register soon. The workshop dates are July 11-24, 2004. For further details and to register, please go to the website at http://www.earthref.org/.