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16 February 2014
Floridian Natural Legacy: The Story Behind CHANCE's Founding Director
By working with scientists and science educators in the field, Jackie McLaughlin is working to create a generation of eager and enthusiastic scientists.
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31 January 2014
Abington Senior Reflects on College Years, Life-altering CHANCEs
Penn State Abington student, Colleen Kesley, studied the biodiversity of coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, Panama, this summer at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute through the Penn State Lehigh Valley CHANCE program.
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01 January 2014
UN General Assembly Proclaims March 3rd as World Wildlife Day
Now it's official ! Last Friday the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3rd, the day of the adoption of CITES, as World Wildlife Day, to revel over, and raise awareness of, the world’s wild fauna and flora. World Wildlife Day will be celebrated around the world each year.
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24 December 2013
Green Sea Turtles Highlighted As Conservation Success Story by Endangered Species Coalition
Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act—our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. On December 6, the Endangered Species Coalition, which Sea Turtle Conservancy is a member of…
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4 December 2013
Lehigh Valley Campus Biology Students Accepted into Prestigious Research Course
Three Penn State Lehigh Valley biology undergraduates have been accepted to participate in a National Institutes of Health sponsored training course normally reserved for faculty and advanced postdoctoral fellows.
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CHANCE China 2015 Field Course - A Penn State University, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China and Nanjing University, Nanjing, China collaboration. The focus of this course will be on our world's vanishing fresh water supply. Undergraduate students selected from both institutions will learn about the majors rivers of China and their past, present, and future ecological and economic realities. Students will explore Qinghai province, located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau and home to the glacial headwater of the Yellow, Yangtze, and Mekong Rivers. Field research will focus on global climate change and desertification issues that are affecting the health of China's rivers and fresh water supply. (DATES TBA)
CHANCE Costa Rica/Panama 2014 Field Course - A Penn State University and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)/La Selva collaboration. The focus of this program, Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems, which includes spring, 2014 online and summer, 2014 field course components, is to explore rainforest, coral reefs, sea grasses, and mangrove root ecosystems. The word explore is all encompassing here as it not only means to physically experience theses ecosystems with all the human senses open, but to question the phenomena that are affecting the maintenance, loss, and restoration of the biological diversity within these fragile environments through research. A highlight of the field course will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings to ensure the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations worldwide. (DATES for field course: June 7- 22, 2014)
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"Science in the Classroom" is a collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials designed to help students at the high school, community college, and undergraduate level understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research. Currently six Sciencepapers have been annotated and are ready for use in the classroom.
Each annotated Science paper contains a "Learning Lens," which is used to selectively highlight different parts of the original text of the research article, including a scroll over glossary. Additionally, an educational scaffold containing an expanded explanation of the figures, often with a close-up of the relevant section of the figure itself, has been built into each research article. Discussion questions, additional activities, and access to raw data provided by the authors also accompany each paper.
Science in the Classroom users can also access the Science Education Portal, a centralized location for freely available educational content published by Science.
Edward O. Wilson - Advice Young Scientists
Other CHANCE featured videos:
TEDxNASA - Bruce Wielicki - Climate Change: Fact And Fiction
Ice sheets, sea level, and other surprises: Benefits of understanding some beautiful places »
Ghost of the Caribbean Expedition »
Pacific Reefs Heading Towards Regional Collapse from Climate Change »
Beijing to Improve Pollution Monitoring »
Renewing Our National Park Promise »
CHANCE 2011 Lake Taihu and Water Analysis Video »
31 January 2014
CHANCE 2013 Fellow Researching Neural Aspects of Bird Migration Behavior
Erica Jo Charnock, a 2013 CHANCE Fellow, felt the passion for research in avian behavior while working with Smithsonian scientist, Dr. Ioana Chiver in the rain forests of Gamboa, Panama. Since her return to the states she has been working in Dr. Bartell's laboratory at Penn State University whose research focuses on the regulation of biological clocks in birds at the systems level. His team uses behavioral, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques to understand the neural and endocrine mechanisms by which these daily clocks and yearly calendars control the temporal organization of behaviors and life history stages. Currently, Erica is asking questions about the role that adiponectin plays in the behavior of migrating Zonotrichia albicollis; white throated sparrows. Good luck with your research, Erika!
26 February 2014
EPA EE Update - Final Week for Teacher Award Applications
Applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators are due on February 28! The award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.
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16 February 2014
ASHG Accepting Essays For DNA Day Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites your to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring. A number of prizes are available, with this year's 1st Place Winner receiving $1,000 plus a $1,000 genetics materials grant for his/her teacher. Teachers can submit up to six student essays per class, for up to three classes. All essays must be submitted before 5pm EST on March 15th to be considered.
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08 February 2014
Enter the Climate Change In Focus Video Challenge!
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have launched a new video contest that asks middle school students to produce a short video about why they care about climate change and what they are doing about it. Winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website and the top 3 entries will receive cool prizes like a solar charging backpack. The first 100 contestants to enter will also receive a year's subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine. The deadline for submissions is March 10.
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25 January 2014
Enter Your Students In International Carbon Footprint Challenge
You and your students are invited to participate in the February 2014 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC). This innovative program fosters communication among students across the globe and can spark visionary solutions to global environmental problems using an innovative social learning network. In the ISCFC, secondary school students first measure the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using a student-oriented carbon footprint calculator, with results calibrated for every country in the world. ISCFC teachers then share class data with classes around the globe and use the social learning network to engage students in meaningful and in-depth international conversations about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems. As students scrutinize their own carbon production they look for ways to minimize their impact. The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of February 3, 2014The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of February 3, 2014.
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15 January 2014
JUDGES WANTED in Pennsylvania
The Delaware Valley Science Fairs are seeking research-experienced scientists, engineers, health care professionals or graduate students willing to volunteer one day of their expertise to help one of the most important science education programs in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania. Independent research by students in the tri-state Delaware Valley area is usually presented first in their schools and then in regional Science Fairs from which the winners in each category and grade advance to the Delaware Valley Science Fairs in April. In turn, the Medalists from these fairs will be sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in May. At each level, students and their sponsors will meet and learn from their peers and their judges.
The 2014 Delaware Valley Science Fairs will be judged Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Contact with student scientists in a Science Fair is a rewarding experience for scientists or technicians who have recent experience in any field of medicine, science or engineering.
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01 January 2014
Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program Now Accepting Applications
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
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December 21, 2014
USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Now Open
Teachers and your students are invited to participate in the 2014 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USABO enriches the life science education of thousands of talented students each year.
To participate, students undergo two rounds of challenging exams, which results in twenty Finalists being invited to a residential training program to learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at Purdue University, the Home of the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students qualify to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over sixty countries.
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2014 Educator Workshops at Environmental Concern
Environmental Concern is offering the following Educator Workshops January through March.
January 20, 2014: 9am-4pm
Project Learning Tree Pre-k through 8th grade
This course provides Educators with the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms. Gain access to 96 hands-on, interdisciplinary activities covering topics in both the natural and man made environment; forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, and culture, to name a few. This workshop will focus on Pre-k through 8th grade activities. Cost: $25. Registration deadline 1/6/2014.
February 17, 2014: 9am-4pm
Project WILD Terrestrial and Aquatic 2.0
Participants will gain access to both Project WILD Terrestrial and newly updated Aquatic Project WILD guides. Participants will explore activities from both guides that are designed to teach students to appreciate and understand wildlife and natural resources while learning basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music, and physical education. The program is designed for educators of all types who work with children from kindergarten to 12th grade. Cost: $15 facility fee. Registration deadline 2/3/2014.
March 8, 2014: 10am-4pm
Rain Gardens- Landscaping for Water Quality
This course introduces participants to the concept of rain gardens with a focus on their benefits to the environment and the surrounding watershed. Participants will leave with a basic knowledge of how rain gardens are designed, created, and maintained. Cost: $50. Registration deadline 2/22/2014.
All workshops will be held at Environmental Concern's St Michaels, MD campus.
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9 December 2013
Application Period Now Open for EPA's EE Teacher Award
EPA is currently welcoming applications from public school teachers for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Winners will receive $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education and each winner’s school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher. Applications are due by February 28, 2014.
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26 February 2014
Endangered Species Recovery Course
The Durrell Conservation Academy is a world leader in conservation capacity development, operating at the interface between in-situ and ex-situ conservation. Durrell strives to save the most threatened species in the most threatened places around the world, and believes that biodiversity is essential for human survival. Durrell offers courses in Jersey Mauritius, Jersey, British Channel Islands and other key places around the world. Their next course, Endangered Species Recovery Course, runs from July 14-25, 2014. The course gives an introduction to issues such as the value of and threats to biodiversity, planning and implementing species recovery programs, conservation genetics, captive species management,community conservation, and a wide range of practical research skills.
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6 January 2014
Stanford University CLASlite Classroom - Forest Monitoring
This free course is the world's first online course for mapping deforestation and forest degradation. Participants - whether they are members of government, academic, non-commercial or non-government organizations - will be provided with the knowledge needed to monitor forests using the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite). The self-paced course begins December 17, 2013 and covers the scientific basis for each module in CLASlite as well as other essential information for making forest monitoring easy using Earth-observing satellite data.
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24 December 2013
Apply to be a Research Assistant with STC in Tortuguero
Sea Turtle Conservancy is currently accepting applications for sea turtle research assistants in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Research and monitoring of sea turtles in Tortuguero was initiated in the 1950's by legendary sea turtle researcher Dr. Archie Carr. Dr. Carr continued his work in Tortuguero until his passing in 1987 and STC continues to conduct annual programs at the site, making it the longest ongoing sea turtle conservation and monitoring program in the world. The deadline to apply for the Leatherback Research Program is January 7, 2014 and the Green Turtle Program deadline is March 10, 2014.
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