• Dedicated to conservation and global environmental sustainability
  • Devoted to field-based experiential learning and scientific inquiry
  • Empowered by connecting people with nature to promote a global-minded citizenry and the conservation of the world's biodiversity.
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CHANCE Newswire

12 August 2014
Photo credit: Girl Scouts of America
Photo credit: Girl Scouts of America
CHANCE and the Girl Scouts

Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, Founding Director of CHANCE and Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will be the keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of Orange County's August Kick-off at the University of California, Irvine on Saturday, August 16. Dr. McLaughlin will share her insights into how volunteers can create fun STEM experiences for girls to help develop their ingenuity, creativity, and critical thinking skills in her address: STEM. The program is titled "Build Her Future".

26 July 2014
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Study: Earth in the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction

The loss and decline of biodiversity around the world — caused by habitat loss and global climate disruption — means we're in the midst of a sixth "mass extinction" of life on Earth, according a study published in the journal Science.
Read Science article »  and USA Today »

08 July 2014
Video Report: Americans on the Front Lines of Climate Change
A fire chief in Colorado whose department talks about battling increasingly intense blazes in the American West. A rancher in Texas shares his experiences of a prolonged drought that has taken a heavy toll on ranchers and farmers. Fifth-generation oyster farmers reveal how they are now coping with a major threat from ocean acidification, which impedes the ability of oyster larvae to form shells.
Watch Yale 360 videos »

13 June 2014
Coral Species
Scientists at Penn State study endangered coral species' relationship with algae

New research reveals that Caribbean corals and the algae that inhabit them form a remarkably stable relationship -- new knowledge that can serve as an important tool in preserving and restoring vital reef-building corals.

A scientific paper describing these new findings by a team of marine biologists at Penn State was published as a cover article in Molecular Ecology on June 10.
Penn State Newswire »

31 May 2014
Penn State comes out on top at inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition
A team of Penn State students, including 2013 CHANCE Fellow Bridget Dougherty, nabbed first place at the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition May 5 to 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The event was held in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association's annual WINDPOWER conference.
Penn State newswire »

27 May 2014
Ocean Garbage
Garbage In Garbage Out
When the ocean contains more plastic than plankton, taking out the trash become a grueling scientific challenge.
Read article in Conservation Magazine »

18 May 2014
Reef Fish Don't Care Where Conservation Lines Are Drawn
In recent years, marine protected areas, or MPAs, have proliferated around the world and in particular in the Caribbean. But no one seems to have told the fish. A new study in PLoS One uses miniature acoustic transmitters implanted into 19 species of reef fish to suggest that while most fish do stay fairly close to home inside MPAs, plenty of them do not, and travel widely into areas that do not offer the same protections.
Read Conservation Magazine Article »

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Field Courses

GlaciersCHANCE China 2015 Field Course - A Penn State University, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China and Qinghai University, Xining, China collaboration. The focus of this course will be on China fresh water supply and conversation efforts needed to restore and preserve them. Undergraduate students selected from all four institutions will learn about the majors rivers and lakes of China and their past, present, and future ecological and economic realities. Students will explore Qinghai province, located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau and home to the glacial headwater of the Yellow, Yangtze, and Mekong Rivers. Field research will focus on global climate change and desertification issues that are affecting the health of China's rivers, lakes and fresh water supply. (July, 2015)

OTS logo CHANCE Costa Rica/Panama 2014 Field Course - A Penn State University and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)/La Selva collaboration. The focus of this program, Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems, which includes spring, 2014 online and summer, 2014 field course components, is to explore rainforest, coral reefs, sea grasses, and mangrove root ecosystems. The word explore is all encompassing here as it not only means to physically experience theses ecosystems with all the human senses open, but to question the phenomena that are affecting the maintenance, loss, and restoration of the biological diversity within these fragile environments through research. A highlight of the field course will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings to ensure the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations worldwide. (DATES for field course: June 7- 22, 2014)
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CHANCE Recognition

Burkert Fluid Control SystemCHANCE would like to take a moment to recognize one of its newest sponsors, Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, for its work to bring sustainable solutions to our world's most challenging water realities.

Bürkert is one of the world's leading companies for measurement, control and regulation technology. Over 2,100 employees in 34 countries are constantly engineering systems and solutions in response to the dynamic and exciting challenges presented by water, steam, gases and other media. Bürkert combines experience and courage to walk the extra mile to yield sustainable and exemplar solutions to any challenge it embraces. It is this balance that leads to its success as a leader in water applications around the world.

Bürkert is where ideas FLOW and water's future is embraced by engineered products that yield innovative and sustainable answers.

Featured Video

The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

Other CHANCE featured videos:
2014 IPCC Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change
Journalist Sean Gallagher on the Tibetan Plateau
Paul Morgan – Against Rhythm: How Postmodern Humans can Wake Up and Find their Groove »
Ghost of the Caribbean Expedition »
CHANCE 2011 Lake Taihu and Water Analysis Video »


24 July 2014
CHANCE Fellow Wins U.S State Department Prestigious Award
eagle emblemCongratulations to 2014 CHANCE Fellow, Cinda Murray, for being selected for the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program offered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of educational and Cultural Affairs! As part of the TGC, Cinda will be participating in an online professional development course, attend a Global Education Symposium in Washington D.C., travel on an international fellowship for a two or three week in-country visit, and be available for alumni professional development sessions and micro-grants. CHANCE knows that Cinda will take her conservation experiences (and spirit) to enrich the curriculum in the international classrooms, and all the classrooms, that she embraces. Good luck and keep us posted along your TGC journey.

31 May 2014
CHANCE Fellow Competes at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition
Penn State Team
Congratulations to 2013 CHANCE Fellow, Bridget Dougherty! For her Penn State Schreyer College thesis in April, 2014, she developed a business plan for small-scale, portable wind turbines used for charging small electronics (batteries, phones, laptops, communication devices) during the aftermath of natural disasters. This research was based on her work for the Department of Energy's (DOE) inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition which took place May 5-7, 2014. She participated as a member of Penn State's team, Remote Wind PSU. The competition tasked ten colleges that DOE selected from across the nation to design and manufacture a small scale, portable turbine for whatever market they thought it would best cater to as well as develop a business plan for the product and their company. As for Bridget's role, she led her team in developing a business plan for their company that involved picking their market and defending it, company structure, risk assessment and mitigation plan, supply chain development, financial viability, company growth, and request for investment. Overall, Penn State won 1st place at the competition, and their turbine will be displayed at DOE in Washington D.C. for a year. What a CHANCE alumnus!!
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15 March 2014
CHANCE 2013 Fellows Presenting at Pennsylvania Student Sustainability Symposium
Jennifer Evans and Benjamin FowlerJennifer Evans and Benjamin Fowler, 2013 CHANCE Fellows, are presenting at the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium's 2014 Pennsylvania Student Sustainability Symposium on March 21st at Dickinson College. The presentation will begin by introducing the history of the CHANCE Program and end with information about the upcoming CHANCE Program in Panama and Costa Rica. The focus will be upon characterizing the unique viewpoint provided by CHANCE through the synthesis of online modular education and hands-on field teaching. Jennifer and Ben will also take some time to recount a few CHANCE- Panama experiences that have deepened their understanding of applied biology and shaped their work in, respectively, Dr. Maria del mar Jimenez-Gasco's and Dr. David Hughes's research laboratories. BRAVO Jen and Ben!

31 January 2014
Erica Jo CharnockCHANCE 2013 Fellow Researching Neural Aspects of Bird Migration Behavior
Erica Jo Charnock, a 2013 CHANCE Fellow, felt the passion for research in avian behavior while working with Smithsonian scientist, Dr. Ioana Chiver in the rain forests of Gamboa, Panama. Since her return to the states she has been working in Dr. Bartell's laboratory at Penn State University whose research focuses on the regulation of biological clocks in birds at the systems level. His team uses behavioral, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques to understand the neural and endocrine mechanisms by which these daily clocks and yearly calendars control the temporal organization of behaviors and life history stages. Currently, Erica is asking questions about the role that adiponectin plays in the behavior of migrating Zonotrichia albicollis; white throated sparrows. Good luck with your research, Erika!

Learn About Our Other Fellows »

Resources For Educators

31 August 2014

Join NE-ASTE in New York, NY on October 16-17, 2014

The Association for Science Education Teachers (ASTE) is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels. CHANCE is proud to announce the 2014 Northeast Region Association for Science Teacher Education (NE-ASTE) meeting. The conference will be held in NYC with events hosted at Teachers College and the American Museum of Natural History from the afternoon of Thursday, October 16th through early evening, Friday, October 17th. The deadline to submit proposals and for advanced registration is October 1st.

Multiple hotel options and new fee structures are in place encourage the entire science teacher education community to attend.
Registration and details »

10 August 2014
2014 CLEDeadline Extension: Undergraduate Poster Session & GPC Poster and Discussion Panel

NABT has extended the deadlines for a two of its special programs. Please see the information below for more information.

Undergraduate Education Poster Session: You and your students are invited to present research and exercises on teaching and learning biology at the NABT Undergraduate Education Poster Session. This event will take place on the evening of Thursday, November 13th at the 2014 Professional Development Conference. Posters can present the incorporation of new teaching strategies, techniques, or programs. Past posters have even highlighted a new lesson plan or laboratory exercise and posters in all areas of biology and biology education are acceptable. Posters that include research and data on the efficacy of the presented technique are particularly encouraged. Both graduate and undergraduate students from four-year and two-year institutions can also choose to enter the Student Poster Competition!

Guidelines and instructions are available at 2014 Poster Session.

The new deadline for submission of poster is August 15th, 2014. If you have already submitted a poster, please confirm that you submission was received by contacting Kathy Gallucci at gallucci@elon.edu.

Global Perspectives Committee (GPS) Poster Session & Discussion Panel: NABT's Global Perspectives Committee serves as a forum to enhance biology education internationally and to empower teachers and students to think more critically and creatively about a global world. The GPC encourages you to think globally by participating in this year's 2nd Annual Persuasive Poster Session and Discussion Panel. This event will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the 2014 NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2014 poster session theme is Promoting Global Sustainability in the Teaching and Learning of Biology. If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university affiliation(s), contact information, and abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Melissa Coyle at msg110@psu.edu. Please use 2014 Global Perspectives Poster Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 25, 2014.
More about NABT »

24 July 2014
Consider Starting a DIY Club or Classroom!
DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges. The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it's free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids already have! If you're a middle school teacher, consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom.
DIY website »

21 July 2014
Society for Conservaion Biology
Apply to be a Smith Fellow!

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships. The deadline to apply for a 2015 Smith Fellowship is 12 September 2014. These two-year postdoctoral fellowships in conservation research enable outstanding early-career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern. Please visit the proposal page of the Smith Fellows website to learn about eligibility criteria, proposal guidelines, and the application process. The Smith Fellows Program is a partnership between SCB and the Cedar Tree Foundation. Questions about the program may be directed to Program Coordinator Shonda Foster.
Please visit the proposal page »

07 July 2014
Carnegie Foundation Workshops
Explorers' Workshop

September 18-19, 2014
Carnegie Foundation Headquarters, Stanford, CA
Organizing to Work in a Networked Improvement Community The field of education has struggled to find ways to efficiently and effectively link new knowledge and to organize and lead an array of continuous improvement processes to solve practical problems. Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) provide the necessary organizational structure for the diverse expertise needed to solve problems that plague our nation's colleges and schools. Carnegie's Explorers' Workshop offers a first engagement with the ideas of improvement science pursued in the context of Networked Improvement Communities (NICs). Lasting two days, it offers an introduction to NIC initiation, highlighting the role of problem definition and specification, systems analysis and the core functions served by a network hub, as well as an overview of improvement science including measurement and analytics, change theory, and testing. The workshop is intended for those interested in, but not yet familiar with or deeply engaged in, working as a NIC. We encourage people to participate in small teams of two to seven members working on a shared core problem of education practice.
Register now »

07 July 2014
Carnegie Foundation Workshops
Improvement Science Workshop

November 5-7, 2014
Carnegie Foundation Headquarters, Stanford, CA

Getting Ideas Into Action Learn how to use an approach to educational problems proven successful in other industries for decades. Carnegie's Improvement Science Workshop is designed for people on the front lines—principals, counselors, operations staff, teachers, and advisors—who are interested in integrating improvement into their organization. Getting Ideas Into Action, designed for small teams, is a three-day workshop, followed by three post-workshop webinars. It will help teams solve an organization problem by applying the principles and tools of improvement science. This "learning by doing" event will build your capability to effectively implement and integrate improvement methodology within your organization. Participation by groups of 2-5 people working on the same project is strongly encouraged.
Learn more »

22 June 2014
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AAAS Project 2061 Needs Reviewers For Green Schools Energy

AAAS Project 2061 is seeking input from science educators on their interest in a Green Schools Energy curriculum for the middle grades. The Project 2061 research team has developed an outline that describes what a Green Schools Energy course might look like and invites you to review it, provide your comments, and complete a brief online survey. As an incentive, reviewers will become eligible for a drawing to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mary Koppal at (202) 326-6643 or mkoppal@aaas.org.
To participate in the review »

22 June 2014

Register Today For The Life Discovery Conference

You are invited to the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference being held October 3-4, 2014 at San José State University, California. This year's theme is Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology. Discover ideas that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to implement to meet:

  • K12 Next Generation Science Standards and
  • Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education.
Conference Highlights include: more than 70 workshops and sessions across 3 tracks and 3 cross-cutting topics; keynote pwith Janet Carlson, Susan Singer, Rodolfo Dirzo; lunch date with HHMI's Biointeractive Team; facilitated networking sessions; Education Share Fair—late-breaking proposals now accepted!!
Register today »

01 June 2014
Earth imageThink Globally With NABT's GPC Poster Session & Discussion Panel
The 2nd annual event of the NABT Global Perspectives Committee will be an interactive poster session and discussion panel held at the 2014 NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This event will take place on Thursday, November 13th from 1:15-3:45 PM at the Cleveland Convention Center.

The 2014 poster session theme is Promoting Global Sustainability in the Teaching and Learning of Biology. If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university affiliation(s), contact information, and abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Melissa Coyle at msg110@psu.edu. Please use 2014 Global Perspectives Poster Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline is August 15, 2014.
Learn more about NABT »

27 May 2014
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation logoKSTF Teaching Fellowship Webinar
Are you an early-career high school teachers who is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is dedicated to challenging and supporting all students? If so, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways they've never imagined. Through its comprehensive five-year Teaching Fellowship, beginning high school teachers become part of a community of U.S. educators committed to leading from the classroom and becoming change agents in education. KSTF Fellows receive stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for leadership and mentoring.

Applications for 2015 Teaching Fellowships will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. PST on October 29, 2014.
Apply to be a fellow »

12 May 2014
NASAExploring the Environment: Global Climate Change Modules
Using climate science models and NASA satellite images and data sets, students apply problem-solving methods and scientific inquiry skills to address six-related scenarios.
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27 April 2014
Call for Proposals: Biology Education Research Symposium
Cleveland 2014 NABT logoAll life sciences education researchers, from elementary to graduate levels, are welcome to participate in the 6th Annual Biology Education Research Symposium. This popular event will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

You are invited to submit a proposal to present your research in biology education during this refereed session. All papers will go through double blind peer review and accepted papers will be presented during the symposium and published online in the 2014 Proceedings. The format will be a traditional presentation for papers by individual or co-authors lasting 15 minutes each with an additional five - ten minutes for questions.

The Annual Biology Education Research Symposium is coordinated by the NABT Four-Year College & University Section's Biology Education Research Committee. The proposal submission deadline is midnight on June 15, 2014.
For more information »

05 April 2014
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AAAS Project 2061 Needs Field Testers
AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment items to measure elementary, middle, and high school students' understanding of ideas about energy and recruiting teachers willing to field test multiple-choice test items with their students in Spring 2014. You are invited to participate in field testing these assessment items, and criteria is below:

  • Students must be in 4th-12th grade
  • Test may be administered online or in paper format
  • Test should take no more than a single class period

The registration deadline is April 9, 2014 and please visit http://www.aaas.org/news/teachers-needed-science-assessment-field-tests for information and registration.

Visit AAAS Science Assessment Website »

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Resources For Students

08 July 2014

Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

On view to October 2015
The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens present "The Lost Bird Project," an exhibit by artist Todd McGrain, March 27 through March 15, 2015. This project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction. It will feature large-scale bronze sculptures of the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen and the Passenger Pigeon.
Learn more »

21 May 2014
Student OSTP Internship Opportunity
Office of Science and Technology Policy LogoThe Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program. Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2014 semester are welcome to apply.OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the Federal Government. Student interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall), which each last no more than 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.
The application deadline is 11:59pm, Friday, Jun 20.
More information and application instructions »

19 May 2014
The Green Wire
A bot that sorts through the Twitter clutter and picks out the most talked about conservation news stories.
Visit University of Washington website »

06 May 2014
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National Climate Assessment
The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
Explore the effects of climate change »

12 April 2014
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Water Blues Green Solutions

An interactive documentary project designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future. Water Blues Green Solutions tells stories from across the country of communities that are adopting new ways of thinking about how to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water. Explore stories by location or theme and create your own journey. Companion resources will help you adopt green solutions to solve your water blues.
Take a Journey »

15 March 2014
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate students interested in conducting summer research projects should apply to the WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program or the Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program. Both of these programs provide financial support and housing, and have application deadlines. Students whose home institutions support externships during the school year are also encouraged to apply.
For more information »

09 March 2014
Announcing TraitBank
The Encyclopedia of Life team today announces the availability of TraitBank, a comprehensive, searchable and open digital repository for organism traits, measurements, interactions and other facts for all species and groups of species. http://eol.org/info/traitbank
Read the full announcement »

26 February 2014
Endangered Species Recovery Course
Durrell Conservation Academy logo The Durrell Conservation Academy is a world leader in conservation capacity development, operating at the interface between in-situ and ex-situ conservation. Durrell strives to save the most threatened species in the most threatened places around the world, and believes that biodiversity is essential for human survival. Durrell offers courses in Jersey Mauritius, Jersey, British Channel Islands and other key places around the world. Their next course, Endangered Species Recovery Course, runs from July 14-25, 2014. The course gives an introduction to issues such as the value of and threats to biodiversity, planning and implementing species recovery programs, conservation genetics, captive species management,community conservation, and a wide range of practical research skills.
For further information please contact: academy@durrell.org
Course website »

6 January 2014
Stanford University CLASlite Classroom - Forest Monitoring
Stanford University logo This free course is the world's first online course for mapping deforestation and forest degradation. Participants - whether they are members of government, academic, non-commercial or non-government organizations - will be provided with the knowledge needed to monitor forests using the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite). The self-paced course begins December 17, 2013 and covers the scientific basis for each module in CLASlite as well as other essential information for making forest monitoring easy using Earth-observing satellite data.
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24 December 2013
Apply to be a Research Assistant with STC in Tortuguero
Sea Turtle Conservancy logo Sea Turtle Conservancy is currently accepting applications for sea turtle research assistants in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Research and monitoring of sea turtles in Tortuguero was initiated in the 1950's by legendary sea turtle researcher Dr. Archie Carr. Dr. Carr continued his work in Tortuguero until his passing in 1987 and STC continues to conduct annual programs at the site, making it the longest ongoing sea turtle conservation and monitoring program in the world. The deadline to apply for the Leatherback Research Program is January 7, 2014 and the Green Turtle Program deadline is March 10, 2014.
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