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Call for Abstracts

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Share Your Good Ideas!
Don't delay and submit a session proposal for the NSTA 2015 STEM Forum & Expo.
NSTA is now accepting proposals for the STEM Forum & Expo in Minneapolis, May 20­23, 2015. The deadline for submissions is: Monday, December 1, 2014.
Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.
Questions? Email: lcrossley [at] nsta [dot] org

Register for PEI Master Class #2

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Polar Educators International is hosting it's second master class and registration is now OPEN! The class: Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Impacts: Evidence from Ice Cores.
Featuring leading researcher, Dr. Joe McConnell and polar educator, Ms. Linda Morris, the class is being offered free to all participants. Membership in PEI is required for participation in Master Class activities.

Registrations are due by 25 October 2014, with the initial web seminar taking place Wednesday, 29 October 2014 at 2000 GMT. A two-week online discussion forum 30 October- 14 November 2014 will follow the web seminar.

Further information on how to participate is available on the PEI website

Seeking Input

National Academy of Sciences has convened a committee tasked to develop a vision for U.S. research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean for the coming decade. This will include recommending priorities for NSF strategic investment in compelling scientific activities, identifying the research infrastructure needed for addressing these priority topics, and outlining a roadmap of strategic steps forward to implement this vision. Further details on the committee task and membership can be found here. You can also provide input by visiting the Committee's "virtual town hall" website here.

If you have questions or comments, contact:
Lauren (Brown) Everett, Associate Program Officer
National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board
LEverett [at] nas [dot] edu

Important PolarTREC Program Update

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UPDATE
Thanks to everyone that has been sending emails and commenting on how our program has impacted you! It's been very touching. We will have an opportunity to apply for funding to support teacher research experiences and those proposals are due in January 2015. We will keep you posted on our status. In the meantime, I do need to be clear that we do not have any funding to host a program for the 2015-2016 Arctic and Antarctica expeditions. We will continue to support our PolarTREC alumni of teachers and researchers as well as the remaining expeditions for 2014 and early 2015 to Antarctica. We hope you will continue to follow these amazing teachers and the research being conducted in the Polar Regions. All the resources, past photos, journals, and archives will remain available for you to access and use. Any questions or comments, can be directed to Sarah and Janet at info [at] polartrec [dot] com.

Antarctica Revisited

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Teacher and manager of education at Memphis' Pink Palace Museum, Alex Eilers, will be traveling back to Antarctica in November to study Weddell seals. Students and families are invited to join a variety of FREE learning activities before Eilers leaves. This year, there are a variety of activities for getting involved: Postcards from the Pole; Fly a Flag Over Antarctica; Get Fit Antarctica; and the Penguin and Seal Scavenger Hunt. For more information, visit AntarcticaRevisited.com and follow Alex and her team here.

Follow PolarTREC Teacher on FB & Twitter

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Look who is getting READY FOR ANTARCTICA! Follow Dominique Richardson on PolarTREC. Her expedition can be followed on PolarTREC as well as on FaceBook here and @EastAntarctica on Twitter!

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