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Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI
February 2015 Newsletter
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CEES a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
CEES has partnered with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. The program's focus is building community resiliency in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. By partnering with the public and private sector, NOAA can equip communities with information that can prepare them in the face of weather related disasters.  Read more here.
The Kenya Connection
Dr. Brian Plankis, faculty member of IUPUI's School of Education, is working closely with CEES education specialist Elizabeth Johnson, her team of interns and CEES Director, Dr. Pamela Martin, to develop curriculum and relationships that are impacting science education in Indianapolis and Kenya. There are 6 schools in this recently-piloted program: three in Indy and three in Eldoret, Kenya, each with students eager to experience science in their school yards through investigative, technology-enhanced programs.
In addition to the rich cultural exchange that is inevitable with global student communication, some of the goals include raising interest in science education and career paths of students in Kenya and locally, deepening scientific knowledge through peer-to-peer interactions, and increasing the usage of and familiarity with technology.  The effort is funded through a partnership with Dow AgroScience. 
Learn more about the Kenya Connection here.
Indiana Silver Jackets Presentation:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Provide New Perspective
Jeremy Webber (CEES Research Scientist) and Dr. Daniel Johnson (IUPUI Geography and CEES faculty board member) recently had the opportunity to present "Potential Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Avenues for Research and Collaboration” at the February Indiana Silver Jackets meeting. The presentation gave a general overview of remote sensing research talking place at IUPUI and how UAVs can be utilized to enhance these efforts. Learn more about UAVs.  CEES’ Bob Barr also gave updates on the Fluvial Erosion Hazard project at the February meeting.

The Indiana Silver Jackets is a group that brings together multiple state, federal, and sometimes tribal and local agencies to learn from one another and apply their knowledge to reduce risk. CEES is honored to be included in monthly discussions.
Energy and Climate Change Conference
CEES graduate intern, Sarah Goss, recently attended the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment. This annual conference is held in Washington DC, each with a different focus.  This year's theme was Energy and Climate Change. Read more about Sarah's experience here.
CEES Service Learning Extends Reach
to Serve Online Students
CEES Service Learning interns, Keri Ward and Lauren Sercer, have created an online presentation of environmental service learning material for online courses. Their presentation will be piloted in online courses taught by Department of Earth Sciences faculty member Jennifer Nelson this semester, which is a part of Ms. Nelson's broader effort to engage online students in service learning. Read about their efforts and watch their presentation below!
Click on the play button to watch the video!
March is Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, CEES will be highlighting the work of women who have positively impacted the field of environmental science on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  

Have a suggestion?  Email us! cees@iupui.edu

Pictured left: Wangari Maathai
Join us for Spring Service Learning Events!
Environmental service learning projects are planned for spring! Want to participate? Read more about the events. Registration opened Feb 1.

March 28 - Sodalis Nature Park (FULL)
April 3 - ISM Turner Gardens (FULL)
April 17 - Marian University EcoLab
April 24 - Holliday Park
April 25 - Spades Park
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