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And the 2010 Winners Are…

2010 Essay Contest logoEarthzine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 University and College Student Essay and Blogging Competition, “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision.” Co-sponsored by NASA, this year’s contest attracted well-written, thought provoking essays and an international dialogue with students on important environmental issues.

European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) workshops and conferences in 2011

earsel logoEARSeL, a scientific network of about 250 academic and commercial European remote sensing institutes, announces its 2011 calendar of special interest group conferences and workshops.

Earthzine Seeks Science Editor

Earthzine is recruiting a motivated individual with interest in environmental issues to serve as Science Editor to support the development of its technical content.

Achieving and Sustaining Earth Observations: A Preliminary Plan Based on a Strategic Assessment by the U.S. Group on Earth Observations

US Office of Science and Technology Policy logoThe report by the U.S. Group on Earth Observations to the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy was presented to the United States Congress on September 10, the GEO Secretariat announces. Details are available here.

Earthzine’s Second Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest Theme “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision”

2010 Essay LogoEarthzine announces its second global essay and blogging competition for college and university students. The contest will award $1200 in prizes with $500 for first place. More details are linked here.

Tom Wiener on the IEEE’s World Vision and Work with GEO

Image of Tom WeinerIEEE joined the ad hoc Group on Earth Observations in 2004 to help define an entirely new and “virtual” structure, a Global Earth Observation System of Systems. When completed, GEOSS will provide a framework for Earth observation data collected worldwide by thousands of instruments and in-situ methods. This vast cache of information will be catalogued and made accessible through functional interoperability to ensure that everyone in the world can use it—for free or minimal cost. In this Earthzine interview, Dr. Thomas F. Wiener, Chair of the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation, discusses how IEEE’s involvement with GEO has grown.

Announcement – “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision” Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest

2010_EssayLogo_croppedThis preliminary announcement introduces Earthzine’s second global essay and blogging competition for college and university students. More detail is linked here and will become available in the next few months.

Announcement – Call for Papers: Global Human Health

Cropped image of two Anopheles gambiae is soliciting articles worldwide for its theme issue on observing and monitoring Global Human Health, including contributions addressing current issues, techniques and applications of remote sensing, GIS, and geovisualization. The theme issue is scheduled for the third quarter of 2010, June 21 – September 21. Guest Editor is Assaf Anyamba, PhD.

SumbandilaSat EO satellite shows South Africa’s Space Mettle

Image of rocket on launch padSouth Africa is moving quickly to put itself and Africa among the nations using satellites by demonstrating its growing capacity to design, build and launch the latest generation of small and medium satellites, and to educate and retain a new generation of space engineers.

Group on Earth Observation Measures GEOSS Progress at GEO Plenary VI

Image of Earth showing GEO PortalsThe GEO Plenary VI in Washington, DC Nov. 17 and 18 drew an international and dedicated assembly of delegates from its 80 Member nations, the European Commission, and 56 affiliated organizations who reported their progress toward achieving the goals of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems by 2015. Read more here.

SSIT President Janet Rochester Observes Earth and the Implications of Technology

Cropped image of Jan Rochester Janet Rochester is a senior member of the IEEE leadership and president of the Society on Social Implications of Technology. In this interview she shines a spotlight on the range of SSIT members’ interests, and on her own intellectual considerations and concerns.

Kuruom vidyalaya: the Power of One in a Billion

Portrait of Bal Ram Singh, Ph.D.In Korown, an Uttar Pradesh India farming village where little has changed for hundreds of years, a 21st century school opened its doors for the first time in July to 100 girls and boys in grades 1-4, 6, and 7. Kuruom vidyalaya is the bricks-and-mortar embodiment of the Hindu goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, and testimony to one man’s spirit and commitment. That man is Bal Ram Singh, Ph.D., 51, once a child of the village and now a successful biophysical chemist at a U.S. university (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) and director of its Center for Indic Studies, who built the school himself without government assistance. Deeply engaged as a Hindu, a family man, a professor, research scientist, and a U.S. citizen, he is also determined to prove that “one little man” can change the status-quo in India for the better.