National Fossil Day Art and Photography Contest 2014

Submit your National Fossil Day artwork or photograph to the 2014 contest. (Sketch by Tom Conant for NPS.)

The National Park Service is excited to announce this year's National Fossil Day (NFD) Art and Photography Contest. The theme for the contest this year is Fossil Neighborhoods. Imagine you could travel back in time with any fossil, and have it show you around its neighborhood. What might that have looked like? What other ancient organisms did it live with? Use your knowledge of the fossil you choose to reconstruct the ancient ecosystem – its home – in which it thrived.

Two New Resource Guides for Those Who Teach or Explain Astronomy

Unheard Voices,” a set of resource guides about the astronomy of many cultures and about the contributions of women to astronomy, is now available on the Multiverse web site at:

GeoCorps Positions Now Available for Fall/Winter 2014-2015

GeoCorps America

Interested in doing geoscience in some of America’s most beautiful public lands? The Geological Society of America (GSA) has posted 20 new GeoCorps America positions for fall/winter 2014-2015 on the GeoCorps website. Applications can be submitted online from now through July 1, 2014 (noon, MST).

May 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize John Trey Smith III, a high school science teacher from Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, for being selected for the 2014-2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Beginning in September, Trey and thirteen additional selected educators will serve an 11-month fellowship in Washington, D.C., at sponsoring agencies.

If you viewed the 3-part PBS series on Your Inner Fish, then you have already been introduced to the tetrapod that captures the transition of life moving from water on to land.  This fossil specimen, classified as the Tiktaalik roseae, is temporarily housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  To learn more about the Tiktaalik roseae, visit our online collection of resources relating to the book and mini-series. 

Tiktaalik roseae, from Your Inner Fish

NASA's Space Place Newsletter, May-June 2014

NASA's Space Place Logo

NASA's Space Place is an NASA educational website about space, technology, and Earth sciences. It targets upper-elementary-aged children.  The Space Place May - June Newsletter is now available!

In this issue, you will find:

EPA “How’s My Waterway” App & Website Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of How’s My Waterway an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

April 2014 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update.  The Table of Contents is listed below for the April 2014 issue.

At AMNH - Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

From the American Museum of Natural History in NYC  --  They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of a hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals with backbones to fly under their own power.