One of my list-servs I subscribe to for news to share with schoolteachers (see link to side ΣΧ FYI for Sci TEK teachers) is ISEN-ASTC-L a service of the Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated, a worldwide network of science museums and related institutions. More information about the Informal Science Education Network and the Association of Science-Technology Centers may be found at http://www.astc.org

A posting from today’s issue is

Currently we have on of our exhibit developers, Karen DeSeve up in the Bering Strait, doing work in anticipation of future experiences for the International Polar Year [IPY]

You can check out her blog at:

http://beringsea.blogspot.com/

Wayne J LaBar, Vice President, Exhibitions and Theaters
Liberty Science Center – Exhibits
285 West Side Avenue, Suite 268
Jersey City, NJ 07305

She has two posts about H5N1 and bird sampling in Gambell. This is an audio report,

http://beringsea.blogspot.com/2006/05/audio-monitoring-bird-flu-in-gambell.html

and here is a written entry

memorial-day-in-gambell-ak

More on IPY

National Science Foundation Launches New Web Portal, International Polar Year 2007-2008

The website is available at:

http://www.us-ipy.gov

…to provide the general public and members of the news media with easy access to news releases, classroom resources, listings of museum and gallery exhibits, and catalogs of video and still images and other materials produced or supported by the federal government as part of the U.S. contribution to the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008. The site… includes information on the IPY for a general audience as well as basic information for scientists….

The IPY will take place exactly 50 years after the International Geophysical Year (IGY), a similar global scientific research endeavor during which scientists first spent the long Antarctic winter at the South Pole, among other accomplishments. The polar “year” will include two calendar years to permit a full 12 months of observations in regions where six months of extreme cold and darkness can hamper fieldwork.

An online bibliography, International Polar Year 2007-2008: Resources on Polar Research in the NOAA Central Library Network, has been prepared by Anna Fiolek and is available online at:

http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/Bibliographies/IPY2007.pdf

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