Earth Science Week
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Earth Science Week Houston Puts City Celebration in Spotlight
Alexandria, VA - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the first city-specific celebration of its annual geoscience awareness campaign, Earth Science Week Houston, which takes place October 13-19, 2013.
AGI is collaborating with the Houston Geological Society (HGS) and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to extend and deepen the reach of the successful Earth Science Week campaign throughout the Houston area with special events, educational materials, online resources, and activities in schools and other settings.
To support this celebration, AGI is donating an Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit to each of HISD's approximately 280 schools. Each kit contains dozens of study guides, posters, disks, and other resources for Earth science education, which school district officials are working with teachers to use in inspiring activities in the classroom.
In addition, AGI recently launched the official Earth Science Week Houston web site (http://www.earthsciweek.org/eswhouston/index.html) to provide educators, students, and families with links to additional educational resources as well as art, essay, and media/photography contests for Houston students.
Special events taking place throughout the Houston area include:
* Annual Family Energy Festival, October 12: The Houston Museum of Natural
Science is celebrating with maps, hands-on activities, and guided tours.
* Energy Day, October 19: This free downtown festival, hosted by Consumer Energy
Alliance, featuring exhibits on innovative energy technologies.
* Geology Field Trip, October 20: HGS sponsors this student-friendly field trip
to Whiskey Bridge, where participants discuss geology and collect fossils.
For more information on Earth Science Week Houston, visit the event web site or HGS online (http://www.hgs.org/education_EarthScienceWeek).
Earth Science Week Contest Expanded Internationally
Alexandria, VA -- The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is expanding eligibility for its annual Earth Science Week photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies to participate for the first time.
Previously open only to residents of the United States and members of AGI International Associate Societies, the photo contest has always been a major part of Earth Science Week, which this year is being celebrated October 13-19.
"By celebrating the theme of 'Mapping Our World,' Earth Science Week 2013 focuses attention on the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences around the world," says AGI Outreach Manager Geoff Camphire.
"This is the perfect time to invite our colleagues and friends worldwide to join this celebration of Earth science."
International members of AGI Member Societies are encouraged to enter this year's Earth Science Week photography contest, "Mapping My Community." These individuals are invited to use a camera to show how maps are used in their communities.
For more information on the photo contest, including guidelines, deadlines, and information on how to correctly submit your entry, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/.
Earth Science Week is organized annually by AGI with support from the U.S.
Geological Survey; the National Park Service; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation; Esri; the American Geophysical Union; the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration; National Geographic; the Geological Society of America; the Association of American State Geologists; and others. To learn more about Earth Science Week, please go to http://www.earthsciweek.org/.
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For Immediate Release
Earth Science Week 2013 Theme Announced: "Mapping Our World"
Alexandria, VA -- The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2013 will be "Mapping Our World."
This year's event will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences.
Earth Science Week 2013 materials and activities will engage young people and others in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems -- geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere -- interact.
"With this theme, Earth Science Week highlights the ways that Earth scientists use maps to understand our planet and how humans use the land," says Geoff Camphire, AGI's Manager of Outreach. "For centuries, people have relied on maps to represent their knowledge of Earth and its systems. From old-world celestial maps and nautical charts to the satellite imaging and digital GIS technology of the 21st century, map-making provides an interactive way of knowing our world."
Reaching over 50 million people annually, AGI leads Earth Science Week in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each year, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers the public opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in re¬sponsible stewardship of the Earth.
Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the AAPG Foundation, the National Park Service, NASA, Esri, and the American Geophysical Union.
Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13-19. For more about this week and ways to get in¬volved -- including newsletters, local events, and classroom activities -- please see the Earth Science Week web site at http://www.earthsciweek.org/.
THE WHITE HOUSE
October 4, 2005
I send greetings to those celebrating Earth Science Week 2005, sponsored by the American Geological Institute.
The desire to explore and understand is part of our Nation's character, and we have a rich history of scientific achievement. Across our country, geologists, geophysicists, and other earth and environmental scientists are expanding our knowledge of the world around us and showing us innovative ways to care for the environment. Their curiosity and passion for discovery reflect the spirit of America.
I salute the geoscience community for helping us appreciate the wonders of our natural surroundings. I also appreciate parents and teachers for working together to educate our Nation's young people about the Earth.
Your efforts inspire future generations of scientists and remind us of our responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.
Laura and I send our best wishes.
George W. Bush
THE WHITE HOUSE
October 10, 2003
I send greetings to those celebrating Earth Science Week 2003, sponsored by the American Geological Institute. Earth Science Week provides an opportunity to recognize our progress in conservation through environmental stewardship and the contributions of geologists, geophysicists, and other environmental scientists. These professionals help preserve our natural resources, protect our health, keep us safe from natural disasters, and increase our appreciation for the Earth's beauty.
This year's theme, "Eyes on Planet Earth," highlights the importance of monitoring the environment and caring for it wisely. On July 31, 2003, the United States hosted the first-ever Earth Observation Summit in Washington, D.C., where participants discussed a 10-year goal of creating an international, integrated, comprehensive, and coordinated Earth observation system.
I applaud dedicated scientists and students in Earth science and technology for their efforts to learn more about this important field. I also commend educators, parents, and all those who help raise awareness about our planet. Your efforts help us become better stewards of our precious natural resources.
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes.
George W. Bush
Earth Science Week Proclaimed Across the Nation
On October 6, 2000, President Clinton issued a message recognizing Earth Science Week and the contributions geoscientists make toward "stewardship of Earth's fragile and precious environment" and "on such present concerns as global climate patterns, natural disasters, and the conservation of our natural resources." The President's message joins more than 25 proclamations from state governors and city mayors across the nation. Earth Science Week is celebrated annually during the second week of October to increase public awareness and understanding of the earth sciences and to give people of all ages the opportunity to discover the connection between their lives and the Earth.
Join the US Geological Survey in Celebrating Earth Science Week
The US Geological Survey is sponsoring many Earth Science Week activities in locations throughout the US. Find out what's happening in your area by visiting the USGS Earth Science Week web site.
Earth Science Week, the second full week in October, is an annual celebration of the contribution geoscience makes to society. The resolution to establish Earth Science Week was initiated by the Association of American State Geologists and was read into the Congressional Record in July 1998 by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. President Clinton followed this proclamation in October with a message encouraging all Americans to participate in Earth Science Week activities. The promotion of Earth Science Week is one of the 50th anniversary initiatives of the American Geological Institute (AGI), of which AIPG is a member.
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