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Triangle Coalition Announces the New 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Awards
Posted: Apr 4 2014
Triangle Coalition for STEM Education recently announced fourteen new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators selected for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. Beginning September 1, 2014, the selected educators will serve an 11-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. at sponsoring agencies, which include the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). As Einstein Fellows, the educators will provide their host agency with practical classroom insight to inform the development and implementation of education programs and policies, especially those related STEM education.

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AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs Webinars
Posted: Apr 4 2014
AGU and AGI are pleased to support geoscience departments through the Earth and Space Science Heads and Chairs program, managed by AGU's Manager of Education and Public Outreach, Pranoti Asher. One part of this effort is a series of webinars and virtual meetings of the Heads and Chairs. Recordings of these webinars are available through a YouTube Channel (

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Karst Field Studies Program - Summer 2014
Posted: Apr 4 2014
The Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University and its partners encourage you to participate in the summer 2014 Karst Field Studies Program at and near Mammoth Cave National Park.
High School Students and Teachers Invited to Participate in Unique NSF-Funded Research Experiences
Posted: Apr 4 2014
Did you know that the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds startups and small businesses to perform economically and socially impactful, cutting-edge research and technology translation? NSF is currently seeking high school students, undergraduates, K-12 teachers and community college instructors interested in participating in both summer and year-long research opportunities with small businesses and startups. Grants up to $6,000 for high school students and $10,000 for K-12 teachers are available through NSF's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs. Students and teachers from underrepresented groups in science and engineering (i.e. women, Hispanics, African-American, Native Americans, Hawaii Natives, Alaska Natives and people with disabilities) are highly encouraged to participate.

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AGI Exit Survey of Geoscience Graduates
Posted: Apr 4 2014
The American Geosciences Institute encourages your department to participate in AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey this spring. The survey not only benefits the entire geoscience community by improving our understanding of the latest crop of geoscience graduates, but can provide important feedback for your own department or program.
GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Posted: Apr 4 2014
The Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research has established an annual award to highlight the importance of mentoring undergraduate research activities.
Teachable Moment- Thursday Anniversary of M9.2 Alaska Earthquake
Posted: Apr 4 2014
New animations released in time for the 50th anniversary of the magnitude 9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake of March 27, 1964.
Help us improve the NAGT Web Site!
Posted: Apr 4 2014
As you have likely noticed, the NAGT web site recently underwent a major redesign. As part of this effort, we are running a series of usability interviews with NAGT members. Volunteers are given a scenario to play out or a task to complete on the site, while we observe your actions and ask a few questions. Feedback from these interviews will directly inform further improvements. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation to help out, or visit this link to sign up:
SERC Announces New Assistant Director
Posted: Apr 3 2014
The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Cailin Huyck Orr has accepted the position of Assistant Director. Cailin comes to us from Washington State University where she worked with interdisciplinary teams including collaborators in geosciences, engineering, economics, and communications. SERC is delighted to welcome Cailin to our team beginning June 16!
Hazards Event Page: Oso Landslide
Posted: Mar 31 2014
On the Cutting Edge has released a new Hazards Event Page with resources related to the March 22 landslide near Oso, WA.