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January 2023

2023-01-24T16:39:30-05:00January 19th, 2023|

Prachi Ingle and Matteo Kimura were high school research interns with the 2020 STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer High School Intern Program’s Mosquito Mappers team. In 2021, their work was selected as the Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) winner for the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU’s) Earth and Space Informatics Division. They were invited to return the following year to present updates to their research in the Union session, “Student Engagement to Enhance Development: Outstanding Student Presentation Award Winners from Fall Meeting 2021.” This research, completed by these two high school students, was evaluated alongside that by undergraduate and graduate students, making this honor even more impressive and exciting.

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2023-01-13T11:46:26-05:00January 10th, 2023|

Participating in a science symposium can be an overwhelming endeavor for many students. Therefore, on December 12th, 2022, the GLOBE Clouds team conducted a webinar for educators to learn about resources that can be helpful to support students throughout the development of their GLOBE IVSS research projects.

During the webinar, GLOBE Clouds Scientist, Marilé Colón Robles, and Outreach Coordinator, Rosalba Giarratano, talked about the most recent GLOBE Clouds Student Support web page updates, including fresh ideas to engage students in interesting and relevant student projects. They also shared about several resources that can help students develop a good research question, conduct their literature review, interpret their data, and create their research poster. The webinar was conducted both in English and in Spanish, and the recording is available on Marilé Colón Robles’ GLOBE Program Blog.

2023-01-13T11:43:23-05:00January 9th, 2023|

Several members of the NASA Science Activation (SciAct) community have been interviewed as part of the StoryCorps American Geophysical Union (AGU) Narratives. AGU is an international, nonprofit scientific association whose mission is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Beginning in 2019 – in celebration of its centennial – AGU invites the Earth and space science community to record their personal histories as part of their AGU Narratives. StoryCorps interviews are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and available through the StoryCorps app and online.

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December 2022

2023-01-13T11:40:49-05:00December 16th, 2022|

NASA eClips has partnered with the Global Learning & Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer team (part of NASA’s Earth Science Education Collaborative, NESEC) to co-develop and promote the newest NASA Spotlite Challenge: Land Detectives. As NASA Land Detectives, participants are challenged to gather and share evidence to confront misconceptions about Earth’s land cover. Land cover is what is on Earth’s surface, such as trees, grass, pavement, and buildings.

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October 2022

2023-01-13T11:37:06-05:00October 31st, 2022|

NASA eClips™ has added two new videos to its Ask SME (Subject Matter Expert) resource collection – a collection of videos that gives viewers the educational opportunity to virtually meet featured NASA SMEs. The Ask SME videos provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the SMEs’ personal interests and career journeys while describing their real-world connections and experiences in order to help viewers visualize pathways to STEM careers.

To inspire an even larger audience, NASA eClips also created and released three Spanish-language “Ask SME: Close-up with a NASA Subject Matter Expert” videos featuring Marilé Colón Robles, Jessica Taylor, and Dr. Begoña Vila. These career-connection videos capture a glimpse of each SME’s personal interests and their unique career journeys.

Marilé Colón Robles, Project Scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, shares her love for studying clouds and working with people from around the world to collect data about clouds. Jessica Taylor, Physical Scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, describes her role in developing and bringing NASA Earth Science data to the public, educators, and learners in fun and engaging ways. She shares how her love of meteorology and lightning sparked her interest in becoming a scientist and set her career path. Dr. Begoña Vila, Instrument Systems Engineer for the Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, describes her role in supporting the operations of the Webb telescope. She also shares her love for reading, yoga, and exploring the outdoors. She highlights her interest in both science and art and her belief that humans share the need to explore and continuously learn. Check out these amazing Ask SME videos and more on the NASA eClips website.

September 2022

2023-01-13T11:30:49-05:00September 16th, 2022|