New address for SCI-LINK
c/o Center for Earth Observation, Box 7106
College of Natural Resources
Raleigh NC 27695-7106


THINK BRAZIL 2011……. July 23-August 3, 2011.    Details on website January 14.  Daniel de Granville, guide in Pantanal!! 

Daniel de Granville, Pantanal photojournalist and guide, shared his New Year’s message with us at

And Guto Bertagnolli, guide in Sao Paulo and Amazon 2009, sent his New Year’s message to all of us.  contact@gutobertagnolli.com  

Kelly Fair: an educator who attended both the following professional development experiences and developed the following slideshows on YouTube.  Access these at:
The Brazil on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jim97qlthGo
Grandfather Mountain is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpxAdGfVFy4

Congratulations to Mike Tally.  In November, Michael Tally, Science Consultant, Wake County received "The Distinguished Service Award in Administration/ Supervision for Exceptional Service to Science Education in North Carolina."

Patrick Beggs:  Do you know of any Low Impact Development storm water projects in your area that may be used as teaching tools?

If anyone has curricula or lesson plans about rain gardens or storm water runoff, please notify Patrick_Beggs@ncsu.edu    He often works with schools and would like to suggest possible curricula.

Carolyn Robinson:  Please visit the COSEE SouthEast website to view the newly released October-November 2010 Creature Feature on Cold-water corals!

From Ricardo Silva from Brazil, in Raleigh 2003, taking GIS and Grandfather Mountain Courses:

“I also enjoyed to receive news about Kari Nuuttila, Ingrid Imenez, Chris Gioppo and Donizetti Giusti. It made me remember the great moments I had with all of you in the summer of 2003.

After finishing my Master´s Degree, in 2006, I started working as a Biology teacher in a new High School in Curitiba, Colegio SESI (www.colegiosesi.org.br  (http://www.colegiosesi.org.br/ )), which belongs to the Industry Federation of Parana. In the beginning of this year I was invited to become Principal at this school, being responsible for a group of 36 teachers and 960 students. It is a great responsibility, but I am enjoying so much to work with School administration.”

AAAS November 2010   Arctic Climate Change Expected to Continue.  NOAA has issued its 2010 Arctic Report Card. The report found "it is clear that the Arctic is experiencing the impacts of a prolonged and amplified warming trend." It notes further that it is "increasingly unlikely … that the Arctic will return to conditions that were considered normal in the later part of the 20th century."

Article from LearnNC:  International classroom collaboration on the worldwide web

Climate article, NY Times, Dec 2010   http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/science/earth/22carbon.html


Grandfather Mountain International Workshop
June 21-25, 2010
Study unique mountain ecosystems. Visit Grandfather Mountain, an international U.S. Biosphere site, home to 47 rare and endangered species. Learn from experts about local environmental problems with global significance. Why do we need to learn about STEM? Stay at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk NC.  Share experiences with educators from North Carolina, other states, Brazil and other countries. Emphasis on collaborating and learning with fellow participants; share knowledge with students, faculty, and community. Join us in this summer adventure!

Brazil Adventures in Ecology and Education
July 28-August 6, 2010
Go global! Visit Sao Paulo, economic center of Brazil. Compare educational systems facing challenges similar to ours. Sample extraordinary cuisine and music; share unique cultural experiences. Travel to the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, a bird paradise with unique wildlife. Experienced, talented guides! Photographic wonders! A transformative summer experience! Connect again during 2011!  Scholarships available.

For more information: SCI-LINK, North Carolina State University
Email:  Sci-link@ncsu.edu
Website www.ncsu.edu/scilink


Encore, a program for Lifelong Learning at NCSU. SCI-LINK will present once/a week x 6 week, 90 minute each on Brazil. Beginning September 13-Oct 21. Would you like to present something special about Brazil, have slides, or ideas? Respond asap to:  H_Stubbs@ncsu.edu

Grandfather Mountain e-news  12/31/2009 shows photos of the challenges of recent storms on their new facility, mountains and forests. Just to reach and feed the animals was a major feat! The write-up is most interesting to read - the help of so many volunteers in the clean-up.  Trails are not yet open as of Feb 1.    Go to E-scape@grandfather.com

NY Times Frugal Traveler   Top 10 Travel Gadgets under $50   July 21, 2009.  Comments by the many readers are interesting.   

SNAIL WORKSHOP.  From Amy VanDevender: May 2010, Workshop on snail identification for beginners: Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC. If you know of any individuals who want to participate, have them look up the station and check out the courses. Just keep scrolling down past the courses (two weeks) until you get to the workshops (one week). The snailing at the end of the Appalachians can be superb! Amy VanDevender email      asvande@hotmail.com

Planet Earth clips on the Amazon and the Pantanal. Excellent footage – and makes you almost ‘homesick’ for Brazil!!!  The caiman, the pink dolphins, Meeting of the Waters, fish in the Pantanal, and birds, birds, birds! 

BOINC.  List of projects that you can help with, using your computer's idle time.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects
Malaria research, SETI and Climate Prediction are a few of the projects. Recommended that you do two and let your system alternate each hour.

Check out your zip code; you will not believe the information you will find there!  http://zipskinny.com/

Elaine Cabral, Participant Pantanal 2009, announced that the unit she coordinates, Living Things / CTC, was chosen to be presented in 2 º Science Fair Pathways / DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION / Sangari.  Brasilia, Brazil

A friend asked me, “Is this near where you were in the Amazon?”  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=39936&src=eoa-iotd

Website for Ronald’s NGO in Bonito.   www.brazilbonito.org.br
Check out to see new things Ronald had this past summer.  All recycled.  He gave an overview for elementary teachers in 2009 – in the new room now equipped for power-point presentations!

Daniel De Granville, Brazilian photojournalist, naturalist, and guide, and Israel Walligora, presented THE PANTANAL, and AMAZON:  FLORA, FAUNA AND PEOPLE in Raleigh and in Banner Elk, NC. Check out website: photoinnatura.com or fotograma@fotograma.com.br    . 

Wide Spread and Complex Climatic Changes Outlined in New UNEP Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud Report:  Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture, and the Monsoon Get Clearer. Contact Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson/Head of Media.  E-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org

The South Carolina Sea Grant issue of award-winning Coastal Heritage magazine available online! Go to www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=48 to download the latest issue of Coastal Heritage.  Educators, click on the associated “Curriculum Connection” at http://www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=373 for educational extension to use with information in the Coastal Heritage issue! All issues of Coastal Heritage and associated Curriculum Connection archived online at www.seagrant.org/Content/?cid=48.

Chris Gioppo, Curitiba Brazil writes: In the south of Brazil this past weekend we had the worst climate problem ever in the country.  Lots of rain and flood and also mud slides.  Check these sites with some pictures of the tragedy.  More than 30.000 people lost their homes and 84 people died.

FROM NAAEE:  Map Shows Human Toll of Climate Change. The Center for American Progress has created interactive map on human toll of climate change. Provides scientific information on variety of climate change threats, compiled from multiple sources, and plots information geographically to show areas of concern. Contributions of scientific research to database are invited. Just click on "Add a Point" and follow the directions provided.  http://maps.scienceprogress.org/climate/index.php

THE Journal: Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Calls for Reevaluation of Learning Environments. Report calls for reevaluation of what we define as learning environment and advocates sweeping changes in the spaces, tools, policies, and other aspects of education characterized as in need of reform.  http://www.1105newsletters.com/t.do?id=2072681:756464

The national/ international NAAEE Conference will be held in Raleigh NC, November  2011. 

The Climate Solutions Curriculum - a project to develop high quality, online curricular material - full courses, sequences and modules - to educate college students about climate change, its consequences and solutions. Spearheaded by the Council for Environmental Deans and Directors's Climate Solutions Committee, it involves leading environmental faculty from affiliated universities and colleges. The project's ultimate goal is to produce a generation of "climate problem solvers".   For more details, contact Andy Jorgensen at ajorgensen@ncseonline.org.
FROM:  Grandfather Mountain, E-Scape to Grandfather.
North Carolina Prevails in Law Suit Against TVA. U.S. District Judge Lacy Thornburg sided with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper in January, deciding that emissions from four Tennessee coal-fired power plants are damaging North Carolina's environment. Company ordered to spend hundreds of millions of dollars installing pollution controls and placed a cap on its annual emissions. Read more about it.

Global Classrooms, an education program for middle and high school students.  Ck Global Classrooms site, United Nations Associations of USA.  UNA USA.org

NC DOT released comprehensive guide to invasive exotic plants. Color photos, information on historical introduction of the plant, detailed prevention and management recommendations. Resource for educational programs and valuable aid in management. Available in .pdf  

The National Academies “provides helpful analysis and advice to policymakers and stakeholders through expert, consensus reports and other activities. Reports produced by committees of nation's top scientists, engineers, and other experts  convened to address key scientific and technical aspects of climate change and other topics.” Check web-site to view different reports available.  http://www.nas.edu/

WEBSITES of interest:

Insect website: http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740

2009: YEAR OF SCIENCE      http://www.yearofscience2009.org/home/

SAS® Curriculum Pathways®  available to U.S. educators at no cost. 
(See press release:  http://www.sas.com/news/preleases/FreePathways.html)

View from space – geography, effects of light, space travel


Information about air pollution (specifically ozone) from Asia coming to U.S.   http://news.discovery.com/earth/breathing-asias-fumes.html

BOINC.  List of projects you can help with, using your computer's idle time.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects
Malaria research, SETI and Climate Prediction are a few of the projects. Recommended you do two and let your system alternate each hour.

http://zipskinny.com/      Check out your zip code; lots of information you will find there!

Sangari Blog: Follow up Amazon/ Pantanal trips 2009.  Blogdasangari.com  
Or     http://scilink2009wordpress.com/  

Air Quality Issues   www.epa.gov/airnow/resource.html

e-scape@grandfather.com     See Grandfather Mountain new offerings and the new building!!!

Termite Oven  Check out Daniel’s new outside oven!!! From a termite mound!

Treefrog at Noon:


SCI-LINK Announcement:
Stubbs wishes to thank the NC Science Teachers Association and in accepting this award, she thanks all the many individuals and organizations who have made this possible.  It is never one person, but all the supporting, cooperative persons who ‘make it happen’ in the many different new innovative projects designed and developed over the years, here in North Carolina and elsewhere. THANKS to all of you.

Dr. Harriett S. Stubbs is the 2009 recipient of the Don Bailey College/ University Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Service to Science Education in North Carolina, by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association, November 2009.



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