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2016 Teacher Appreciation Week - a message from the National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

During Teacher Appreciation Week, the National Science Foundation wants to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing commitment and profound work of STEM teachers across grades preK-12. Attached is a letter from the Assistant Director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who is taking the time to recognize the wonderful pool of dedicated STEM teachers we have here in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

 

2016 Shale Network Workshop and Continuing Ed Credits, May 19-20

The 2016 Shale Network Workshop will take place at the Atherton Hotel in State College, PA, on May 19th - 20th. This year, the theme is "Science and cooperation around water quality data and legacy wells in shale gas basins."

The tentative agenda and workshop details are available at: http://www.shalenetwork.org/content/2016-shale-network-workshop-0

The Flint Water Crisis – What is happening, and what are the consequences? - PAESTA Podcast Series: Episode 7

You Asked, We Answered!

Transcript for the podcast

Hello my name is James Clark and I am an undergraduate student at Penn State Brandywine. In this podcast, I will be answering the following questions that pertain to the Flint water crisis. Who is to blame? What caused the Flint water crisis? Was the Flint water crisis preventable? What are the lasting consequences? What are the political ramifications? Along with these questions, I will also answer some common questions that people are asking about the Flint water crisis.

My 8th grade Earth Science students requested this image from the International Space Station's EarthKAM camera during the April, 2016 EarthKAM Mission.  During the time of the photograph, a cool, clear high pressure system was situated over the northeastern United States, making for excellent viewing opportunities.  If you teach science, the EarthKAM program is a free NASA resource you really should look into.  More info can be found here: https://www.earthkam.org.  The actual image is hosted on the EarthKAM servers, which are managed by the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  If you click the picture link, there are opportunities to download this an other images at various resolutions:   http://images.earthkam.org/main.php?g2_itemId=588076  By clicking the "next image" and "previous image" buttons, you can sometimes view excellent overlapping images taken by the ISS as it orbited Earth at an astounding speed of 17,000 mph, close to 5 miles a second!  There are at least two April, 2016 EarthKAM images which caught the PSU campus and surrounding countryside.  Plenty of other excellent pictures of Earth from this and other EarthKAM missions going back nearly a decade.  Check them out in the EarthKAM image galleries.

One of the more interesting things that you can do with these EarthKAM images is to compare them with the images hosted by Google Earth to see change over time.  To make that easier, here is a Google Maps link to the EarthKAM image discussed in this post  (works best with Chrome browser).

PSU's Happy Valley From Space (ISS) EarthKAM

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