NASA announced a series of awards totaling $7.7 million to 17 agencies who will work to improve education on climate change. One of NASA’s goals and duties is to educate about NASA research.
These grants have been in the mill for a while, and should be welcomed by the winners of the awards. Wait for people convinced climate change isn’t happening or shouldn’t be prevented, to howl up a storm.
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded $7.7 million in cooperative agreements to 17 organizations across the United States to enhance learning through the use of NASA’s Earth science resources. The selected organizations include colleges and universities, nonprofit groups, and a community college. The winning proposals in the Global Climate Change Education Awards illustrated innovative approaches to using NASA content in elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching, and lifelong learning. The proposals emphasized engaging students in NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models, and providing climate-related research experiences for teachers and undergraduate students. Each cooperative agreement is expected to leverage NASA’s unique contributions in climate and Earth system science. The grants support NASA’s goal of engaging students in the critical disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and inspiring the next generation of researchers and explorers. The 17 proposals will fund organizations in Washington, D.C., and 13 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Winning proposals were selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The performance period is up to three years and awards range in value from $300,000 to $700,000. For a list of selected organizations and projects descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Global Climate Change Education” at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com For information about NASA’s education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education
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Winning proposals came from organizations across the nation (home state listed in parentheses; last name of principal investigator after the dash). Selected proposals in Funding Category D/M: Using NASA Earth system data, interactive models and simulations to Strengthen Teaching and Learning about Global Climate
- American Meteorological Society – Brey
- Columbia University – Chandler
- Cayuga Community College (New York) – Coughlin
- University of Toledo (Ohio) – Czajkowski
- University of California at Riverside – Droser
- University of North Carolina – Gray
- Florida Atlantic University – Lambert
- University of New Hampshire – Martin
- Colorado State University – Moore
- University of Idaho – Mulkey
- University of Minnesota – Roehrig
- University of Massachusetts – Rooney-Varga
- SRI International (California) – Zalles
Selected proposals in Funding Category R: Global Climate Change Science Research Experiences for Pre- or In-Service Teachers
- Institute for Earth Science Research and Education (Pennsylvania) – Brooks
- Harvard University – Ellison
- University of Nebraska – Gosselin
- Oregon State University – O’Connell
Details of the winning proposals can be found here.