April 9th, 11th, 16th & 18th  from 4:00 – 5:20 p.m. (EST)

Join us for the NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE)
Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

From greenhouse effect to Earth’s rising temperatures and resulting impacts on plants, bugs and birds, increase your understanding of these timely topics and more at the NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop.   This workshop is a four-part series featuring climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists.  It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-12 teachers.  The content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade level.

For more information visit the NICE website at:

Science, Faith, and Free Enterprise

Please join us for a panel and conversation on Climate Change: What are the science and faith perspectives, and how free enterprise provides a possible solution on climate and energy.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
2:00 – 4:30pm, Students
6:00 – 8:30pm, Public
Bost Extension, South Auditorium

Refreshments & appetizers provided

Please R.S.V.P. by Feb. 18, 2013


Save the Date!

National Energy Extension Summit

 When:  April 29-May 1, 2013

 Where:  Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO


The inaugural National Energy Extension Summit will bring together those who
focus on developing and delivering energy extensions.  The Summit will focus on educational programming and techniques, especially concerning energy efficiency,
small-scale renewables (e.g. geothermal, solar, small wind), and community-scale projects (e.g. biomass, hydro, large wind).

Planned Agenda Items:

  1. Panel discussions of individual state education efforts and best practices
  2. Profiles of consumer, agricultural, youth, volunteer, and community energy education programs
  3. Keynote addresses concerning the role of Extension and land-grant Universities in energy education
  4. Forums for networking and collaboration
  5. Tours of CSU energy facilities, including the Engines & Energy Conversion Lab

Are you interested in attending?

Please indicate your interest to help us plan!

OR email Milt Geiger at

UKy Climate Change Forum

WHEN: April 4, 2013

WHERE: University of Kentucky campus

A forum entitled Climate Change: Values, National Security, and Free Enterprise, is to be held on the evening of April 4th on the campus of the University of Kentucky. This event will be live-streamed. Please see the following URL for details:

This is really an exciting lineup of speakers, with thoughtful and enlightening comments expected from these highly respected individuals.

This is being sent out now so there is sufficient time to include announcements in newsletters. Your help in making people aware of this event would be appreciated.  I especially hope to attract people who hold a wide diversity of perspectives on this topic.

Thanks for your help with this.

With respect,

Paul Vincelli

Extension Professor and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor

Department of Plant Pathology
University of Kentucky
207 Plant Science Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40546-0312
ph: 859-218-0722
fax: 859-323-1961

Twitter @pvincell


Geological Society of America South

Central Section Annual Meeting

WHERE:  Austin, Texas

WHEN:  April 4-5, 2013

The deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2013.


Preliminary Announcement and call for PAPERS
Geological Society of America’s
South-Central Section

47th Annual Meeting (4-5 April 2013)
Austin, TX, USA
 AT&T Center

The theme for this year’s meeting is Celebrating Advances in Geoscience: Our Science, Our Societal Impact, and Our Unique Thought Processes. The meeting will take a look at how far we have come as a result of scientific and technological advances in the last 50 years as well as predictions for future advances.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for the following theme session:

Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy.
Alison Mote (The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin Independent School District); Leslie Salter (Vancleave High School, Jackson County School District).

The Session’s Focus:

A broad public understanding of the earth’s climate system and the economic, environmental, and social impacts of climate change are essential to administering planetary resources, as well as for national security. This session addresses successful strategies and innovative products that can be used to promote climate literacy. We welcome abstracts from earth science faculty and researchers, K-12 educators, communication experts, and representatives of state and national agencies / organizations.

Abstracts to be submitted at the following website:
A fee if $15 will be charged.  Abstract deadline is January 15, 2013

Other Geoscience Education sessions include:
Teaching Central Texas Geology: Honoring the Career of Leon Long. Hilary Olson (University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, Institute for Geophysics); Laurie Schuur Duncan (University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences).
Engaging the Next Generation of Geoscientists. Kathy Ellins (University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, Institute for Geophysics); Laurie Serpa, (University of Texas El Paso, Dept. of Geological Sciences).
Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy. Alison Mote (The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin Independent School District); Leslie Salter (Vancleave High School, Jackson County School District).
Undergraduate Research (Posters). Elizabeth Heise (University of Texas at Brownsville, Dept. of Chemistry and Environmental Science

Especially For K-12 and 2YC Educators:
Educators’ Social Hour & Share-A-Thon with a Focus of K–12 and Two-Year College
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Network with other educators, and participate in demonstrations of education lesson plans. Pick up FREE lesson plans and materials. The materials are donated by formal and informal educators. If you have questions about the workshops, Educators’ Social Hour, or the Share-a-thon, or if you or your organization would like to donate educational materials for the Share-a-thon, please contact Michael R. Brunt, Eagle Pass High School, at Cash bar provided.

Hot Topics include:
1. Texas Earthquakes: Natural and/or Man Made?
2.  Carbon Capture and Geologic Storage: Global Research Centered in Texas.
3.  Drought Decision Making: Analysis of the Effectiveness of Planning for Dry Times through a Review of the Response to the Historical 2011 Drought in Texas.
4.   A Tale of Two Aquifers: Deciphering Characteristics of the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers in Central Texas.

Check out the Guest Activities Available at the conference!

Travel Grants Available!
The GSA Foundation has funds available for student travel grants.
To qualify for these grants, you must be
the senior author and presenter of the paper,
a current student member the South Central Section of GSA,
registered for the meeting to which you are applying for the grant.
In addition, you must fill out the travel grant application (available from this page during the pre-registration period) by 15 March 2013, and send a memo to the South Central Section Secretary from your department chair verifying that you are a student in good standing. The money, when combined with equal funds from the sections, is used to assist both undergraduate and graduate student members of GSA. The South Central Section usually makes awards of up to US $200. For more information, contact the section secretary, Jay Sims, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, .
Please see the Meeting website for all available Sessions, Field trips, Courses, Events and Exhibits.
Registration begins in January and early registration ends March 4, 2013.

We are very excited about this event and hope to see you there!

Thank you for your consideration! We hope to see you in Austin.


Climate Instruction 101: Essential Knowledge and Teaching Strategies

Cost: You may take the course for free for no credit or take the course for 3 recertification credits or graduate Environmental Studies credits for $60/credit. Colorado teachers can receive a subsidy for credit costs.

The ICEE Climate Instruction 101 online course focuses on the Essential Principles of Climate Science and provides experience with teaching strategies such as identifying and addressing misconceptions, minimizing controversy, and teaching so that students can engage positively.

The online course will run August 25-November 18 and will meet one hour per week in a webinar format. Commitments include participation in the weekly webinar, a small group project, and discussions online as well as completion of assignments. Small groups will be formed along similar teaching goals.

The target audience is secondary science teachers. However, if sufficient interest exists from informal educators, upper elementary educators, or interdisciplinary teams we will form a small group with that interest.

Please feel free to browse our sample syllabus.

Application deadline is July 15th.

This course is a partnership between the CIRES ICEE project and the University of Colorado Learn More About Climate Initiative.
Instructors for this course will be Susan Buhr with CIRES and Deb Morrison with Learn More About Climate.


CLEAN Workshops

2012 Climate and Energy Online Workshop for College Faculty

Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy

A Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

For more information about the summer workshop for high school teachers, please click on the links above.


Webinars offered by NCAnet partners

    • March 19 – Hosting “climate conversations” (and feeding information back to the NCA process)
    • April 16 – Hosting “listening sessions” (and feeding information back to the NCA process)
    • May 21 – How do we know the assessment is having and impact?
    • June 18 – How can we learn from and improve the assessment process over time?