NAGTNews - Vol 16 - No 1a - January Addendum

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1. Save the Date: February NGSS Webinar - February 9

On the second Thursday of each month during the academic year, NAGT hosts a webinar exploring topics related to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in conjunction with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). The February webinar is entitled NGSS Curriculum Development: Lessons Learned from the Mi-STAR Program and will be held on February 9th beginning at 1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern. The webinar will be led by Jackie Huntoon of Michigan Technological University and Ed Robeck of AGI.

Watch the main collaboration webpage ( for more information and registration details as they become available.

2. Undergraduate Geophysics/Seismology Internships - Application deadline 2/1/17

IRIS announces their Undergraduate Internship Program for students in your department.

Annually, the IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program offers ~13 opportunities for physics, geoscience, and math major interested in working on exciting Earth science projects. Research projects vary annually but include the full spectrum of seismological specialties - earthquakes and hazards at the crust, to deep Earth studies of the core.

Benefits of participation include assistance locating housing, a competitive weekly stipend, travel and lodging at the orientation week, travel to and from your summer research location, funding for all field costs, and full funding to present your research at the 2017 Fall AGU meeting.

The Application Deadline - February 1, 2017.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Michael Hubenthal (

3. AAAS Survey on Public Engagement with Science Activities

Are you a scientist doing public engagement with science (PES) activities? AAAS needs your help!

In 2015, AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) began a project to document and study public engagement with science (PES). As part of this project, a series of scales is being developed to study scientists' experiences with doing public engagement and the short-term impact of those experiences. The second of these scales is ready for testing, and we need at least 300 scientists to help us validate the scale.

If you have participated in public engagement with science activities in the past year, please take 15 minutes to help AAAS validate the scale by answering the questions at the link below. Thank you!

4. Project Dragonfly Accepting Applications for 2017

Miami University of Ohio's Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2017 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. New in 2017 is a course in Brazil.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institution zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, San Diego and Seattle. Applications for Miami's 2017 AIP cohorts are being accepted now through February 28.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

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5. 2017 Project Kindle Fellowship from the Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch seeks highly motivated teachers who want to engage their students in hands-on scientific field expeditions and provides those teachers with resources to make that vision a reality. Awarded fellows will experience a funded expedition in summer 2017 with other Project Kindle Fellows. In addition to the typical activities and tasks on our science expeditions, there will also be workshops and trainings to prepare teachers on organizing their students to join an expedition. These resources include topics such as best practices for recruiting students, communication with parents, seeking scholarship funding for students, and overcoming additional obstacles. The ultimate goal is to then bring your students on an Earthwatch expedition in 2018 or 2019.

More information on Project Kindle can be found at:

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017. Interested teachers can apply at the following