Monthly Archives: February 2013

NASA Wavelength: A Full Spectrum of NASA Resources for Earth and Space Science Education

NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources you discover with others through social media and email.

The NASA Wavelength collection is updated regularly, so check back often.

Information Bridge

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) provides free public access to over 312,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature through the Information Bridge. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format.

The Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, and renewable energy.

NASA Science4Girls and Their Families

The NASA Science4Girls and Their Families initiative will kick off with events at libraries nationwide beginning in celebration of Women’s History Month, March 2013. This year, the theme of Women’s History Month is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

Libraries are encouraged to partner with NASA science education programs to empower women’s success – especially in science – starting from when they are young. Libraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA’s scientific explorations of our home planet Earth, our Sun, our solar system, and the Universe beyond and to engage girls and their families in making discoveries for themselves.

Apply before March 15 to partner with NASA science education programs that are hosting training webinars this Spring. Webinars will support participating libraries in offering NASAScience4Girls and Their Families programming at their libraries during 2013 and 2014.

MyMoon Webcast with Dr. Georgiana Kramer

Join the MyMoon webcast on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7 pm CST, for a discussion with Dr. Georgiana Kramer, a postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Her research includes the lunar swirls and the lunar magma ocean hypothesis. Find out how she became involved in planetary science and how she selects her research topics, or how they select her. The webcast will be held via Google+ Hangouts on Air with CosmoQuest. Please visit the webcast event page on February 26, or stay tuned to MyMoon and CosmoQuest social media for the link to join.

MESSENGER MDIS Data Users’ Workshop

A MESSENGER Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) Data Users’ Workshop will be held in association with the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on Sunday, March 17, 2013, from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, TX, in the Montgomery Ballrooms B/C. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in using MDIS data.

Since entering orbit in 2011, MESSENGER’s MDIS has acquired over 100,000 images of Mercury’s surface and created the first global maps of the Solar System’s innermost planet. MDIS images are available in NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS), and on March 8, 2013, the first global maps based on MDIS images will be released by the PDS. This workshop will introduce all of the MDIS images and advanced data products available in the PDS, discuss the different calibrations and corrections applied to the data, introduce newly released global maps, and present tools and software available to navigate and analyze MDIS data. The overall goal of the workshop is to increase the awareness and accessibility of the MDIS dataset to the larger scientific community, to support ongoing scientific projects, and to enable future research proposals.

Register online for this event.

New DVDs

The LPI Library has recently added several new DVDs to the collection. Here are some of the new titles. They are currently on display in the library.

Million Dollar Moon Rock Hei$t
Educating a New Generation of Geologists
Moon, Mars, and Beyond (KTRK News)
Europe to the Stars

Summer Mars Professional Development for High School Teachers

Mars Revealed: Evolving Technology, Advancing Science is a five-day high school teacher professional development training focusing on Mars science and exploration. Participants will discover the relationship between evolving technology and our scientific understanding of Mars by examining data from past and current missions to Mars. Participants will also learn about and discuss the nature and process of science with invited Mars scientists. Mars Revealed will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, July 22-26, 2013.