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Quarter-sized hail after a particularly intense thunderstorm in State College, PA.

State College hail

Earth Science Week 2017 Theme Announced: 'Earth and Human Activity'

Earth Science Week

From AGI Public Relations, January 3, 2017  --  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is "Earth and Human Activity." This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration (Oct. 8-14), promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.
 

This image with the observatory in the foreground was taken at the Grier School in Tyrone, PA on September 3, 2016.  It’s an all-girls boarding school. The image captures composite pictures (about 100) taken over the course of an hour.

 

Star trails at Grier School in Tyrone, PA

AGI Accepting Applications for 2017 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

American Geosciences Institute

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching.

Given annually, this award is presented to one teacher of grades K-8 in the United States or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom each year. The award recognizes leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

December 2016 PAESTAR

This month we recognize the Penn State Brandywine Vairo Library for their support of national Earth science celebrations. This fall, the library staff created a display with books and an iPad with TED videos during Earth Science Week in October. In November, the library had a similar display table for Geography Awareness Week and even issued a formal proclamation to celebrate GAW. We are pleased to see the Vairo Library call attention to their Earth science resources and encouragement for their visitors to learn more.

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