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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVII, Issue 4, Winter 2011

Our Winter 2011 issue of The Earth Scientist includes 6 articles dealing with various aspects of Earth Science. These include an article recapping the 2011 MESTA/NESTA Summer Field Conference in Hawaii. Then there’s an article asking the question, “Is there such a thing as geological patience?” An article is included describing how rocks and fossils can be used to stimulate student curiosity. We’ve included an exceptional article, summarizing the results of our 2011 NESTA survey “What’s Happening in Earth & Space Science Education, Today?” There’s an article showing how you can effectively use Science Notebooks while working with your classes on a student activity dealing with issues surrounding Waste Management. The issue also includes an article describing a secure method by which your students can easily have conversations, on-line, with real scientists, in a way that stimulates the students’ thinking and questioning techniques. Finally, as this is the final TES issue of the year, I have included for your use, an Index of all the articles for 2011.

The print version of this TES issue includes two posters for your use. The Sun Earth Day Poster is graciously provided by NASA. The Pacific Ocean Poster was provided by the people at Coast and Ocean in California. A key to the map is included on page 35 of this issue.


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVIII, Issue 1, Spring 2012
sponsored by Chandra X-Ray Observatory's Education and Public Outreach Office.

Articles in the Spring 2012 issue of The Earth Scientist include:

  • Decoding Starlight: From Pixels to Images, by Doug Lombardi
  • Ice Core Records – From Volcanoes To Supernovas, by Donna Young
  • Transit of Venus, by Elaine Lewis, Sten Odenwald and Troy Cline
  • Pulsating Variable Stars and the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram, by Donna Young
  • Investigating Supernova Remnants, by Doug Lombardi


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVIII, Issue 2, Summer 2012

Articles in the Summer 2012 issue of The Earth Scientist include:

  • Tornado Debris Balls, by James Vavrek, Jason Rybinski, Allen Pokracki and Brian Wilkes,
  • Data Analysis: Tropical Storm and Hurricane Frequency, by Ben Wildeboer
  • Measuring the Solar System in Our Own Backyard, by Brittnee Lydy and Brian Polk
  • Stars in Their Eyes, Math on Their Minds, by Craig Beals and Jennifer Combs
  • Teaching STEM with Web-Based GIS, by Joseph Kerski

The print version of this Summer TES issue contains, for your classroom, a full color poster from NOAA, "Ten signs of a Warming World".


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3, Fall 2012
sponsored by National Science Foundation.

Articles in the Fall 2012 issue of The Earth Scientist include:

  • Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences, by Geoff Camphire
  • The Carbon Cycle Game: A Regionally Relevant Activity to Introduce Climate Change, by Joëlle Clark, Jane Marks, Carol Haden, Melinda Bell and Bruce Hungate
  • The ELF: Building Climate Change Science Knowledge Through Hands‑on Activities, by Louise Huffman, Jean Pennycook, Frank Rack and Betsy Youngman
  • EarthLabs – An Earth System Science Laboratory Module to Facilitate Teaching About Climate Change, by Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Nick Haddad, Erin Bardar, Katherine Ellins, Karen McNeal and Julie Libarkin
  • Teaching Controversy, by Mark McCaffrey
  • Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities from the Climate Literacy Ambassadors Community, by Margaret Mooney, Steve Ackerman, Galen McKinley, Tom Whittaker and Tommy Jasmin
  • Predicting the Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystems: A High School Curricular Module, by Vanessa Peters, Tanya Dewey, Andrew Kwok, George Starr Hammond and Nancy Butler Songer

The print version of this issue contains an Earth Science Week poster from AGI.


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CO2: How Much Do You Spew? Classroom Activity Kit with Single Set of Family Scenario Cards
Classroom activity kit includes CO2: How Much Do You Spew? Activity Description (4 pages), Student Worksheet (for reproducing), Teacher Answer Key, and one set of re-useable laminated cards with 10 different family energy use scenarios. Good for 10 students or a larger group of students working in groups.

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Feeling the Heat - Part 2 Classroom Activity Kit with Single Set of Data Cards
Feeling the Heat - Part 2 Classroom Activity Kit includes Activity description (5 page) and one set of laminated reusable data cards (10 cards per set). Good for 10 students or a larger group with 10 students participating and other students observing.

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Science, Evolution, and Creationism
Science, Evolution, and Creationism
ISBN: 978-0-309-10586-6
Size: 88 pages, 8 x 10
Publication Year:2008
Authors: Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.


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Arches National Park Geology Tour

Arches National Park Geology Tour provides an extensive, visually rich description of the geology of the park written and narrated by geology professor Deborah Ragland, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Geology, University of New Mexico-Taos Campus.


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Feeling the Heat - Part 2 Classroom Activity Kit with Two Sets of Data Cards
Feeling the Heat - Part 2 Classroom Activity Kit includes Activity description (5 page) and two sets of laminated reusable data cards (10 cards per set). Good for 20 students or a larger group with 20 students participating (in two groups of 10) and other students observing.

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Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5
Authors: By Members of the 2005 "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Committee; Prepared for the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine

In the face of so many daunting near-term challenges, U.S. government and industry are letting the crucial strategic issues of U.S. competitiveness slip below the surface. Five years ago, the National Academies prepared Rising Above the Gathering Storm, a book that cautioned: "Without a renewed effort to bolster the foundations of our competitiveness, we can expect to lose our privileged position." Since that time we find ourselves in a country where much has changed--and a great deal has not changed.


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