January: The Process and Nature of Science February: Evolution March: Physics and Technology April: Energy Resources May: Sustainability and the Environment June: Ocean and Water July: Astronomy August: Weather and Climate September: Biodiversity and Conservation October: Geosciences and Planet Earth November: Chemistry December: Science and Health Year of Science 2009 home page
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What better way to kick off the Year of Science 2009 than to celebrate ALL of science! This month we will focus on how science really works - the nature and process of science - and how we can best communicate about science. Each month, we have invited an expert to blog about their areas of expertise, so click to get started!
Understanding evolution helps solve biological problems that impact our lives-everything from vaccinations for disease prevention to pest controls for crop management to decision-making to protect endangered species. And what better month to celebrate evolution than February 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin! Click to learn about how we are celebrating EVOLUTION!
Imagine a day without physics or technology? No thank you! That would mean giving up the computer you are using, the electricity that warmed your coffee this morning, and the weather satellite that informed your clothing choice. And March is a great month to celebrate Physics because 3/14 = Pi day and Albert Einstein's birthday! Click to learn about how we are celebrating PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY!
Did you know that the United States spends over 500 billion dollars annually on energy? Whew! Is that really worth celebrating? Well, the focus on new forms of energy sources and renewable energy technologies certainly is, so click and celebrate with us ENERGY RESOURCES!
This month, teamwork is the key as sustainability and stewardship of our earth form a global issue that is best approached from an integrated approach. Environmental science relies upon teams of scientists working together to conduct environmental research and the rest of us can pitch in! So, click to learn about how we are celebrating SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT!
With 71% of Earth's surface covered by ocean, it is clear why Earth is described as the "water planet." The ocean contains 97% of Earth's water and support the life of nearly 50 percent of all species on Earth! And with summer just around the corner, there is no better time to learn more about oceans and water. Click, throw your swimsuit on, and dive right in as we celebrate OCEAN AND WATER!
Ever hear of a quadricentennial? Well, astronomy is one of the oldest sciences and 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. In commemoration of that and other astronomical events, the world will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, and we will plan to highlight their activities. Click, reach for the stars, and celebrate with us ASTRONOMY!
April showers bring May flowers, but what about August? It could be pretty hot! Hotter than normal? Are we talking weather or climate? NASA suggests an easy way to remember: "climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms." Since both are in the news a lot, click to learn about how we are celebrating WEATHER AND CLIMATE!
Life comes in all shapes and sizes and manages to persist in even the most extreme environments. That variety of life is captured by the term biodiversity - the array of life. Biodiversity is a global issue of great importance and provides an indicator of the overall health of our planet. So, click to learn about how we are celebrating BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION!
Whether it is shaking, erupting, or eroding, ours is truly a dynamic planet! Through 4.6 billion years of history, plate tectonics has been at work to shape the earth that we inhabit. And the more we know about Earth's geologic resources and processes, the better we can appreciate its grandeur and beauty and respect its occasional disruptions. So, click to learn about how we are celebrating GEOSCIENCES AND PLANET EARTH!
Ever thought of the composition, structure, and properties of roast turkey or whether adding baking soda or baking powder would make your gravy better? If so, then you'd be set for Thanksgiving and you are thinking chemistry! Chemistry also brings us plastics, textiles, cleaner burning fuels, shampoo, concrete, pharmaceuticals and so much more! So, click to learn about how we are celebrating CHEMISTRY!
No fun being sick for the holiday season, so December is a good time to take a look at the connections between science and health. Health science builds upon an integration of biology, chemistry, and physics and has resulted in major advancements in medicine, new surgical treatments, and increased longevity of humans - well worth toasting as we prepare to ring in the New Year. So, click to learn about how we are celebrating SCIENCE AND HEALTH!