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September, 2004       Issue 16 Previous Issues

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DLESE welcomes Dr. Michelle Hall as Executive Director

Dr. Hall has been selected as DLESE Executive Director in a recently concluded National Science Foundation proposal solicitation process. She has long been an enthusiastic proponent of DLESE and a strong believer in its power to transform geoscience education.

Dr. Michelle Hall

Resource of interest: Hurricane info

Hurricane image and link to Tropical Prediction Center
Hurricane season is here! Whether directly affected or not, students can benefit from the engaging learning experiences these dramatic events can provide. Keep abreast of current storms at the Tropical Prediction Center, where you can view advisories, maps and forecast tracks. Middle school students can learn about hurricane science and safety with the Hurricane Strike! module, while more advanced students can utilize the multimedia technology of the online meteorology guide Hurricanes. One of DLESE's newest collections, the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio, offers data, images and animations from previous Atlantic storms.

Professional development opportunity: Mapping Ocean Sanctuaries Teacher Workshop

NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will sponsor a free teacher workshop at Ventura College, in Camarillo, California, from Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21. Here's an opportunity for teachers to learn to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study geography and ocean science, receive useful curriculum and GIS/GPS lessons, and GIS software information and site license. See the full announcement for more information. Applications should be submitted by October 8, 2004.

DLESE Ambassadors focus on New York state

As part of DLESE Community Services outreach efforts, thirteen New York State Earth Science teachers attended a training workshop as DLESE K-12 Ambassadors on August 9, at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The Ambassador program conducts workshops to familiarize teachers with library features and other services of DLESE. Ambassadors then carry the message of DLESE to their local, state, and regional teacher meetings.

The New York training was organized and conducted by Bryan Aivazian (bryana@trib.com), DLESE's National Coordinator for the K-12 Ambassador Program, Kim Kastens (kastens@ldeo.columbia.edu), Senior Research Scientist at Lamont and a Principal Investigator for DLESE's Community Review System (CRS), Michael Passow (michael@earth2class.org), an experienced Earth Science teacher from New York State, and Neil Holzman (nholzman@ldeo.columbia.edu), a retired high school Earth Science and Biology teacher working at Lamont for DLESE's CRS.

Over the next two years, the Ambassadors will give workshops and/or presentations at various venues in New York State, including science teacher professional society meetings and conferences, informing educators and students how they can use DLESE to locate and use resources. Ambassadors will also demonstrate how DLESE's Community Review System (CRS) makes available the review feedback it collects from those who have used DLESE resources for both teaching and learning. To learn more about organizing or participating in a K-12 Ambassadors program in your state, please contact Bryan Aivazian, bryana@trib.com.

Call for DLESE 2005 Annual Meeting Planning Committee members

DLESE 2005 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair Stephanie Stockman urges interested DLESE community members to participate in the planning process for next year's Annual Meeting. Here's your chance to contribute meaningfully to this key annual event for the DLESE community. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the Planning Committee, or have questions about the committee and its activities, please contact Stephanie Stockman, at stockman@core2.gsfc.nasa.gov.

DLESE Program Center welcomes new Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Russanne Low
The DLESE Program Center (DPC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Russanne (Rusty) Low, who has accepted a position as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Rusty comes to DLESE from the University of Minnesota, where she has been Director of the Science CentrUM, the university's science and education college consortium supporting K-16 science education excellence. Rusty will work with all the DLESE core services to establish and further key strategic partnerships for DLESE in the coming years, and to build significant use of the library in the geoscience and education communities by engaging with major institutions, agencies, projects, and professional societies. Rusty brings a wealth of talent and experience in working for geoscience education reform, and enhancing teacher professional development. Rusty has been a strong advocate, using DLESE almost exclusively as a classroom resource in her own teaching.

DLESE logos

The DLESE Outreach site has downloadable DLESE logos available, for both print and web publication, with guidelines for community use. The site also offers access to a DLESE community Powerpoint, for use as is, or adaptable for your particular circumstances, as well as a DLESE Powerpoint template; brochures; business cards; posters, and handouts of exemplary resources by grade level. Go to the DLESE Outreach activities site, or from the DLESE homepage, select People and Groups / Outreach activities, from the top menu.
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Tell your DLESE story!

Have you used DLESE in your classroom, at a conference, or at an informal education venue, and have an interesting story to share? Consider contributing your story to DLESE. These scenarios will inform the community of the full breadth of DLESE use and may also be used to complement annual reports to sponsors, or in articles about DLESE. Help us tell the DLESE story! Send to support@dlese.org with a subject line: DLESE use story. (All submissions are subject to editorial approval).

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Banner photo: Coral reef near Grand Cayman Island, copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; photo by Vanessa Carney.

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