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"ShakeOut" Earthquake Drills Last Updated on 2011-10-19 00:00:00 Drop! Cover! Hold On! "ShakeOut" Earthquake Drills Take Place This Week "ShakeOuts" to be held in California, Nevada, Guam, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drills were held in October 2011 in California, Nevada, Guam, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, and involved more than 8.7 million participants. The Shakeouts motivated people to be prepared to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" to protect themselves during earthquakes at work, school and home. Participants registered on the Great California ShakeOut website. The ShakeOut began in southern California in 2008 as a way of involving the general public in a large-scale emergency management exercise. It is based on a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas fault, and on the "ShakeOut Scenario" developed by a team of experts. The Southern... More »
National Ecological Observatory Network Last Updated on 2011-07-29 00:00:00 National Ecological Observatory Network The National Ecological Observatory Network is a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed under cooperative agreement by NEON, Inc. NEON's Mission is to: Enable understanding and forecasting of the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species on continental-scale ecology—by providing infrastructure and consistent methodologies to support research and education in these areas. NEON, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) corporation created to manage large-scale ecological observing systems and experiments on behalf of the scientific community.NEON, Inc. itself is not a funding agency. NEON’s goal is to contribute to global understanding and decisions in a changing environment using scientific information about continental-scale ecology obtained through integrated... More »
A Greener Future for our Nation Last Updated on 2011-07-11 00:00:00 Cultivating the Seeds of Knowledge: Growing a Greener Future for our Nation As the bitter chill of winter retreats, the vibrancy of spring beckons us outdoors reminding us of the inextricable link between the natural world and our daily lives. In striving to meet the President's challenge to win the future by out-educating the rest of the world, we must cultivate the environmental health of our learning spaces and our students’ understanding of their environment to enable them to meet the challenges of the future. On April 26, 2011, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality came together to launch the Green Ribbon Schools Program. This program plants the seeds to move toward educational excellence for the future by recognizing schools that are creating healthy and... More »
Measuring Science Investments Last Updated on 2011-02-11 00:00:00 ?Main Image: The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science program, commonly called STAR METRICS, attempts to gauge the quality and impact of funded research. STAR METRICS is being developed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation with the backing of the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are also on board. Think piece describes new approach to documenting results of scientific research Measuring the results of scientific research has seen little federal focus until now. A 2010 administrative memorandum calls on U.S. federal agencies and executive departments to develop tools to "better assess the impact of [...] science and technology investments." Translation:... More »
Phosphorus: Too Much or Too Little? Last Updated on 2011-02-02 00:00:00 Phosphorus: Too Much or Too Little Scientists and artists collaborate on accompanying works to address looming environmental issue Fertilizer is rarely an inspiration for an art show, at Arizona State University (ASU), where sustainability, fertilizer and phosphorus scarcity provide fuel for creative vision. The art show, a juried exhibition with works by artists from Phoenix, Chicago, Portland and Houston, was created in partnership with scientists engaged in the Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, to take place Feb. 3-5, 2011, at ASU. Phosphate is a type of salt, which is mined for use in industry and as a fertilizer in agriculture. It is an essential nutrient for life. Without it, people cannot grow food or build bones. "We need to be concerned about the emerging threat of phosphorus scarcity, as well as the impacts of too much phosphorus through... More »
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