Apply Now to the The School of Rock (SOR) Expedition for Earth and Ocean Science Educators

Program dates: June 8-14, 2014
Application deadline: February 7, 2014

Ocean Leadership and Indiana University of Pennsylvania are offering a unique immersive course focused on how IODP collects and analyzes seafloor sediments and rocks to understand important Earth history questions. The course will include field trips to investigate land-based sediments and laboratory work with IODP cores that inform about sedimentation, global change, and geological hazards. Participants will use a range of techniques, practice spatial learning, and connect basic scientific concepts to societal interests. This School of Rock is open to undergraduate earth science students, as well as pre-service and in-service science teachers, and will take place June 8-14, 2014 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The application deadline is February 7, 2014.  For more information and the application, please visit: http://joidesresolution.org/node/3298.

Humans are influencing some extreme weather events, but not all

From EARTH Magazine  --  In 2012, the world experienced dozens of extreme weather events, including droughts, heat waves, cold spells, extreme rainfalls, big storms like Superstorm Sandy, and a record-low Arctic sea-ice extent. Teasing apart the factors that create extreme weather is a challenge for scientists, especially when it comes to determining whether human-induced climate change plays a role.

Call for abstracts - The National Marine Educators Association 2014 conference

Abstract Deadline: January 27.

The National Marine Educators Association 2014 conference Call for Papers is now open! The National Marine Educators Association is an organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, and scientists from around the world. NMEA works to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems by promoting national initiatives in education and conservation, including ocean literacy. Please consider presenting a session at this year's conference.

Ozone's Slow Recovery Google+ Hangout (Jan. 8)

From the American Museum of Natural History  --  How soon will Earth's ozone layer recover? In this online event, connect with NOAA scientists to explore a new data visualization about the 2013 ozone hole and predictions for recovery. Strategies for interpreting the visualization for educational audiences will be addressed.  The Hangout will highlight a newly released data visualization about the status of Earth’s ozone layer, designed for informal education at museums and science centers.

Is it climate or weather?

From CCAFS - With the record-low temperatures and severe winter storms hitting the United States and other parts of the globe, you are no doubt hearing reports calling attention and in to question "climate change" and "global warming."  But one of the challenges researchers face when communicating climate science is the distinction between climate and weather. The public and the media are often quick to conflate the two, resulting in confusion or worse, misinformation.

Currently, no difference in temperature between Canada and Mars

From Smithsonian Magazine  --  Even in northern Minnesota right now, the temperature has dipped to a staggering -42 F. The chill is running so deep in the North Star State that it’s not only colder than in the lands above the Arctic Circle, it’s actually colder than some of the daily temperatures on Mars—you know, the planet 78 million miles further from the Sun on average.

Live Webcast: Unearthing Fossil Whales (Jan. 16)

Dr. Nick Pyenson is a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in uncovering fossil whales in Panama, Canada, and Chile. Probe into the evolutionary mysteries contained in fossil whale skeletons. Consider what whale remains can tell you about past environments. Find out how paleontologists deal with large fossils. See how modern digitization techniques can be used to study a paleontological site. Learn how Nick and his team are analyzing fossil whales in conjunction with other data to enhance our understanding of whale paleontology.