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This lightning was captured during a thunderstorm on August 13, 2016. This was the same time that the city of Philadelphia was experiencing its fifth heat wave of the summer.

Storm on 08/13/2016

Geoscience Currents #111: Total Employment in the Geosciences, 2014

American Geosciences Institute

With the Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2016 publication due out shortly, AGI is sharing a change to their interpretation of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data in order to estimate the size of the geoscience workforce in the United States.  The updated count of geoscientists in the workforce in 2014 includes the BLS counts of atmospheric sciences, earth sciences, marine sciences, space sciences, environmental sciences, and geography postsecondary teachers.  AGI is projecting a 10% increase in the number of employed geoscientists over the next decade.

August 25, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Did you know that the smallest of all the national parks is right here in Pennsylvania? That honor belongs to the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Philadelphia. Kosciuszko was a military engineer from Poland that made significant contributions to the American Revolution. The park is only 0.02 acres in size.

Smallest National Park is in Philadelphia, PA

Book and video - Science Teachers' Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts

From the National Academies of Science - Currently, many states are adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or are revising their own state standards in ways that reflect the NGSS. For students and schools, the implementation of any science standards rests with teachers. For those teachers, an evolving understanding about how best to teach science represents a significant transition in the way science is currently taught in most classrooms and it will require most science teachers to change how they teach.

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