2009 Summer WAS*IS (Weather and Society * Integrated Studies) Call for Applications
Approximately 25 people will be selected to participate in the 2009 Summer WAS*IS workshop. We will select a diverse and interactive group that represents a range of experiences, educational environments, career aspirations, and specialties.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Societal Impacts Program (SIP) announces the call for applications for the 2009 Summer WAS*IS workshop to be held August 6-14, 2009, in Boulder, CO. PLEASE NOTE that this workshop will be held contingent upon funding.
Please visit http://www.sip.ucar.edu/wasis/summer09/apply.jsp to learn the application details and to read more about WAS*IS! All application materials are due by Friday, [deadline] March 27, 2009.
WAS*IS is a grassroots movement to fully integrate social science into meteorological research and practice. WAS*IS is doing this by:
(1) building an interdisciplinary community of practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders who are dedicated to the integration of meteorology and social science; and
(2) providing this community with opportunities to learn about ideas, methods, and examples related to integrated weather-society work. See our article in the November 2007 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society for more information about WAS*IS (http://ams.allenpress.com/archive/1520-0477/88/11/pdf/i1520-0477-88-11-1729.pdf).
The Native Access to Engineering Programme in Canada has long invested in supporting primary and secondary teachers. They have a bi-weekly newsletter which brings suggestions for science, math, and engineering resources. They also run an annual conference.
Teacher Magazine tossed this question into the TLN Forum If you were writing a mini-memoir of your teaching life, what would your six words be? Your memoir might be funny, inspirational, profound, mundane, deeply true. Want to play? Mull it over, doodle with pen and napkin or your favorite digital tool, and post your memoir for all of us to read.
Here are a few of their favourites –
They asked. I listened. We learned.
– Every day is a new adventure. –
Exercised the muscle of the mind.
– Please, don’t ask me for more!
– Daily empowering students who learn differently.
– Teacher, warrior, fighting for the future.
– We learned by doing, always curious.
– Untied shoelaces, missing front teeth – elementary!
– Learning as much as I teach.
– Active noisy classroom means brains working.
Since it’s summer, we throw the challenge out to you. Bonus points for those that reference with science, math and / or teaching indigenous students.
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll include our favourites in August 18 newsletter.
University of Manitoba
May 3-6, 2009
We are pleased to announce that the 6th edition of DreamCatching Hands-on Workshops in Math and Science for Teachers of Aboriginal Students, will be held in Winnipeg, MB next May.
The web site, http://www.dream-catching.com, will be updated shortly and registration will be available starting in August.
Next issue The next issue of the MPES newsletter is due out in two weeks. If you have any information you’d like to share with colleagues please email it to dawn @ nativeaccess DOT com.
Nae mailing list Nae @ nativeaccess DOT com http://nativeaccess.com/mailman/listinfo/nae_nativeaccess.com
This is planned for [deadline] April 12, 2008 this year. I’m not sure how long the Girl Scout and Women-in-Science joint annual program has been going. It is certainly an interesting day(s) for the girls and the women involved. We don’t have a local chapter of Women-in-Science so the Bethel version has been Women of Science and local women who are either working in or interested in science are asked to participate.
If you can help, call the Girl Scouts. I may be the only Sigma Xi scientist around, but many women locally practice science– acute observation, comparison, hypothesis testing, gathering facts, critical thinking, etc.– whether choosing berry picking sites, or cooking new recipes, or practicing baby care, or speeding up the cashier lines or stacking a display of round fruit at stores. Of course, our medical practice should be evidence-based, but even herbal medicines require careful preparation.
An example from the first Women of Science, with a downloadable set of materials —
Girl Scouts Susitna Council, in partnership with Continuing Education, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus, is hosting a third annual Women of Science Day for Bethel girls.
Organizers seek women who can volunteer their time to plan and lead activity sessions on Saturday afternoon, April 12, at the Kuskokwim Campus.
Sessions in birding, nutrition, dental care, traditional medicine, chemical reactions, weather study, subsistence living, wetland science, winter safety, healthy living, medicinal plants and anthropology … fit well in the 45-minute workshop format.
Adult and teen volunteers are also needed to help guide the groups of girls… For more information, contact Amy von Diest in Anchorage at (800) 478-7448 or by email at avondiest AT gsscak DOT org.
from the http://www.fluwikie2.com/ Your ideas are needed so they can be passed along to improve our preparedness. Suggestions should be submitted at the link below (if we don’t include ourselves in planning, we don’t get included in plans or in mitigating the effects of no planning.)
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is conducting an expedited review of the role of community-based mitigation strategies during an influenza pandemic. A workshop on this topic will be held on [deadline]
Wednesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 26, 2006 and will be open to the public. The meeting will be held at the PAHO Building, Room A, 525 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. This workshop is part of the information gathering process of the IOM committee reviewing this issue.
The committee will prepare a report based primarily on information from the workshop that will include conclusions and recommendations, based upon available evidence, regarding:
* Strengths and weaknesses of the models presented, and strategies to improve predictive ability and usefulness
* Conclusions that can be drawn from the historical record and available science, gaps in current knowledge, and approaches that would narrow these gaps
* Whether community-wide interventions have a role in reducing infection transmission and the community impact of implementing community containment strategies
Read their statement of task
- statement of task – http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3793/37624.aspx
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[This is a housekeeping entry.]
I suspect many readers visit for specific posts and others are using feed readers for posts and comments. While the blog format is very flexible for information and discussion it’s technical restrictions are a little challenging for me to keep folks up to date on revisions and to highlight other posts of possible interest.
Index or Contents posts like this one [such as the alphabetical listing or the reverse chronological listing] will be cross-indexed on the Table of Contents page. Because it is a regular post, feed readers will be notified.
“Popular posts” is one such tool provided by WordPress.com. I doubt that it is very accurate for actual readers but the relative rankings provide an alternative way to find items of interest. I wish there was a way to get the full set of data they collect, especially for the referrers (see http://cerebraloddjobs.edublogs.org/2006/09/30/referrers-in-edublogs/), to see what it is that people are looking for. This would help to revise information or add new information [so would reader comments and queries]. Unfortunately,WP.com don’t have a consistent way to present this data to blog administrators (asking for daily referrers gives a very different set of information than getting the weekly or yearly referrers. Same data but the presentation to the human at this end is patchy.) Notice how the titles are truncated, for example.
The ranking for 2007 is given first and then for 2008 (up to July 12)
For over a decade I have pointed out the commonality in environmental and cultural issues between the Yukon Kuskokwim delta villages and the small island nations, especially those in the other side of the Pacific basin. Formally, they are called Small Island Developing States. The formal SIDS have established sustainable policies, appropriate technology, and world-class community-based science all of which should be models for Alaska. (for example, see the Fiji Map Server in the sidebar,
Manuals Available to Assist Communities with Solid Waste Planning and Education, and 1918 pandemic in Polynesia and Fiji (small island developing states)
Alaska state and local governments still don’t seem to understand this. For example, Bethel has no plans for dealing with changing sea levels and loss of tundra ponds. The state until this year, refused to consider the impact of warming climate on village and city infrastructure when permitting landfills. On the other hand, the city manager of Emmonak has been trying for several years to get assistance from state and university to develop appropriate electrical generation technology, based upon the traditional Yukon River fishwheel, to end their dependence on fossil fuels. I applied for a Denali Commission / Rasmuson grant last year, about $10,000 (sic, ten-thousand US dollars, not 10 million) to test a dry sanitation technology developed in “third-world” countries for use in our semi-arid region. The project to improve sanitation and reduce water consumption was deemed outside the agencies’ programmatic interests.
Canada, fortunately, thinks otherwise.
TORONTO, Canada (The Catholic Register) – An ice-fisher from Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories, and a sugar-cane farmer from the Fiji Islands have more in common than some may think.
Tropical islands in the south Pacific and the polar regions are two areas that stand to face the most immediate and dramatic effects of global warming, said David Hik, a biology professor at the University of Alberta in western Canada.
Island countries are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels, while melting ice poses its own set of challenges to the Arctic, said Hik, director of the Canadian chapter for the International Polar Year, a two-year project allowing researchers from 63 countries to collaborate and gain insight into the Arctic and Antarctic.
“(Global warming) is not isolated by geography, the whole world is connected through the hydrological system,” said Hik. “Changes in the polar region of the Arctic have effects in other parts of the world.” …
“There’s always been a real recognition of our diocese that research and understanding of the Arctic is important.”
The diocese sits on the board for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a research center for Arctic studies co-founded by former Churchill-Hudson Bay Bishop Omer Robidoux. The center encourages aboriginal people to take courses so there is some understanding between science and local knowledge. [and vice versa, mpb]
And preparedness isn’t just about “don’t panic; cook your bird”. The Canadian churches seem to understand this. Our local churches have a role in preparedness as well, in addition to that needed for the Guard in the Iraq war.
I suppose we’d better ask, Where is… Bethel, Canada?
“What I fear is these changes could be so rapid, the upheaval could be very disruptive for these communities, but that requires being prepared, having good information and sufficient time to plan,” Hik said, explaining the better integrated faith communities are into the social, cultural and spiritual life of the local communities, the better they will be able to help.
“A strong community that can make good decisions on how to prepare for change and adapt to change will be able to maintain its culture,” he added. Read more […]
- Culture in northern Canadian dioceses threatened by melting ice cap By Sara Loftson, 8/24/2007, Republished with permission by Catholic Online from The Catholic Register ( www.catholicregister.org ), the largest circulation national Catholic newspaper in Canada, a Catholic Online Preferred Publishing Partner.
see related posts at Grassroots Science, YKAlaska
Preparedness network for non-profits and church-based groups,
Top 50 reading list for emergency management
Where is… Bethel water?
What impact will Iraq war call-up have
Where is Bethel (year 2050)
Where is Bethel… 2040
Where is… Bethel coastline 22nd century
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1918 pandemic in Polynesia and Fiji (small island developing states)
2 ways to start learning about environmental impact assessment
2005 Census Stats Released
2006 AK Bird Study Map
2006 April 13 Summit
2007 workshops frontier mental health research
3 things pocket card
48 flu flyway
655,000 or 48,000 Iraqi deaths
A Few Facts about Avian Influenza in Alaska
Aboriginal Canada Portal
mostly backlog or items of interest
We work hard to make Talk of Alaska, the weekly statewide call-in program on APRN stations, an interesting, insightful and timely program for Alaskans. As we look forward to new programs, we’d like to know what you think about potential Talk of Alaska topics and how we might approach them. We have some ideas we’re considering, listed below.
Please share your thoughts and ideas using the comment form at the bottom of this posting. Comment on the show ideas we listed or add your own ideas.
Are Alaska’s returning National Guard members receiving all the mental health services needed? How can our veterans access these services from the remote parts of Alaska? We talk with experts, check in with Senator Lisa Murkowski and take your calls.
Ancient Alaska Native healing techniques will soon supplement modern-day treatments for mental health ailments afflicting Alaskans returning from service in the Middle East.
Site Search Tags: climate change, Canada. IPY, research, adaptation, animals, emerging diseases, elk, Yukon. environmental change, subsistence, foods
Innovation Canada is an on-line web magazine featuring new research in Canada, and projects funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Since its creation in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has committed up to $3.7 billion in funds to 5,000 projects at more than 125 universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions across Canada. The current issue highlights research in the Canadian North, and CFI projects linked to the International Polar Year. Various essays profile educational programs, International Polar Year funding, paleoclimate research, information sharing, youth initiatives for raising awareness on environmental matters, and more. Guest author Susan Aglukark writes about her home community of Arviat, Nunavut, and concerns over pollution, water quality, and wildlife habitat at an estuary near the community. These stories and more are available in Issue #27. The archive of previous issues are available here. 5/2/2007
Adapting to Climate Change: What’s Needed in Poor Countries and Who Should Pay (PDF; 493 KB) Source: Oxfam America
Yukon wildlife officials say a recently discovered infestation of winter ticks, a new invasive species in the territory, has hit elk herds and could pose a serious risk to moose. 4/18/2007
Site Search Tags: environmental health, telemedicine, cross-cultural, distance communication, BHIC, mining
Telephone Interpreting in Health Care Settings This succinct article answers commonly asked questions regarding the appropriate use of telephone interpreting in health care settings.
Tox Town, http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov, the web site from the Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine, has added to its neighborhood scenes. Now, besides learning about the environment and health in cities, towns, farms and the US-Mexico Border, users can also learn about ports. Topics covered include drinking water, air quality, wastewater treatment, work hazards, sun safety and more. [scb] 1/16/2007
A MEDIA workshop heard how the Chinese community in the Pacific engaged the media in a bid to preserve their culture and language. (Fiji)
As more and more people are turning to the Internet to find information, important science Web sites are in danger of becoming buried in the sheer avalanche of facts now available online. Key science sites are failing to register in the top 30 Google search results. 3/21/2007
Information for consumers about selecting home water purification and filtration systems. Describes treatment technologies (such as adsorption, softeners, ultraviolet treatment, reverse osmosis, and distillers), types of devices (point-of-entry and point-of-use), and drinking water treatment and homeland security. Includes a link to a product database and to related websites. From NSF, a nonprofit organization that develops consumer safety standards. 6/21/2007
A guide to help you determine what type of water filter might be right for your home. “Some filters aim to produce clearer, better-tasting water, while others work to remove contaminants that could affect your health.” Topics include specific types of filters (activated carbon filter, cation exchange softener, distiller, reverse osmosis filter, ultraviolet disinfection filter), and filter maintenance.
In English and Spanish. From the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 6/21/2007
This title index has to be done mostly by hand (tedious) but it does impress me that I am not very consistent with titles of posts (hard to know what I’ve written in advance).