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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

Cicada-Fest 2013

There has been a LOT of commotion over these mysterious sporadic insects. The cicada emergence of 2013 has certainly caught the attention of a lot of people on the East Coast. As the southern states wrap up their cicada invasion, the northern portions of the country begin their turn! Here’s a recap of what happened in the Virginia area and tons of awesome footage provided courtesy of Mr. Roger Harris, ecologist and environmental scientist. So what's all this cicada business about anyway?

UVA Environmental Professor Mapping the World's Forests Via Biomass Satellite

The European Space Agency is set to develop a new, Earth-observing satellite that will map and monitor global forests. University of Virginia's Hank Shugart, a professor of environmental science, has been a key player in convincing the Agency to fund and develop the $525 million satellite and will be testing instruments in the forests of Gabon, West Africa.

NASA Wants Middle School Girls and Boys to Apply

Calling all 5th through 8th grade students who dream of being the next generation of NASA scientists, engineers and innovators! This summer you have an opportunity to participate in a ground-breaking NASA program that will pair you with a NASA professional via online video programs for meaningful mentoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. Middle School students in Virginia still have time to apply (deadline is July 2nd) to NASA GIRLS & BOYS.

Neuroscience and Creativity Featured at Joan Oates Institute at U of R

“If it’s your job to develop the mind, shouldn’t you know how the brain works?” asks Dr. Kenneth Wesson, educational consultant and expert on the neuroscience of learning. Teachers and the general public are invited to join Dr. Wesson on Wednesday, June 26th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Hidden STEM Economy in the U.S.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, an educational non-profit think tank, has just released a report that states jobs requiring knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) form a much larger part of our economy than previously thought and that federal support of community colleges and technical schools should be increased accordingly. Charles Fishburne talks with Jonathan Rothwell, a Senior Research As

Teen Produced Documentary Inspires Action

In honor of National Get Outside (GO) Day on Saturday, June 8th, I’d like to introduce you to a group of talented high school students who have created a beautiful documentary film about Shenandoah National Park: Preserving Our Future. I am very impressed by these young people who are learning the art of film making at Light House Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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