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News on two upcoming conferences: PPSR 2012 in Portland and AGU in San Francisco.

(From the e-list, 27 JULY 2012. Interested in subscribing? Click here!)

Very busily gearing up here for the PPSR Conference, in Portland, but already looking beyond that to future citizen science events, including a call for abstracts for AGU. More on that in a moment.

First, many of you responded to ask about the NSF webcast I mentioned earlier this week. They've now put up their press release about this event (some very exciting news in there, but I won't steal their thunder!). While the webcast is live for press only, it will be quickly archived for more wider viewing. I hope to see some of your stories of impacts shared in that webcast... thank you to the many of you who added them to the discussion forum, keep 'em coming!

Back to AGU: Connie Walker from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the GLOBE at Night project recently sent around a call for citizen science abstracts for the upcoming AGU meeting (San Francisco, December 3-7, 2012). I was able to go last year and was overwhelmed by the number of posters, in particular, shared about citizen science work, including major contributions from NASA, NOAA, and others!  From Connie:

Consider submitting abstracts to two “worth-your-while” education (ED) sessions being offered at the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in San Francisco, December  3-7, 2012 (

ED035 “Teacher Professional Development Programs Promoting Authentic Scientific Research in the Classroom”  Celebrating its 10th year, this session offers the opportunity to talk about your professional development program that incorporates authentic research in the classroom! Share your experiences and learn about other programs.

ED029 "Public Participation in Citizen Science Research" For the 4th year in a row, this session offers the opportunity to share your experiences involving citizen science programs as they gain popularity and have the potential to benefit participants, extend scientific research, and improve public understanding of how science is done.

For more information, click here or contact Connie:  520-318-8535,

I do see AGU as another future gathering point for cross-disciplinary conversations about PPSR!

In the meantime, I'm really looking forward to sharing ideas with many of you at the just-around-the-corner ESA event (ESA just posted a very nice blog post about this here). If you can't be there, join in via Twitter (#PPSR2012)! And, if you're coming and planning to Tweet or blog, let us know so we can help spread the word and get everyone engaged, in Portland or elsewhere!

Doing our best to break down the walls!  More soon...

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