Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: SC CSC Hosts Graduate Student, Post-Doc, and Early Career Researcher Workshop
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The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) will host a Graduate Student, Post-Doc, and Early Career Researcher Workshop on June 15-20, 2014 in Norman, OK.
This professional development workshop will assemble a multidisciplinary group of graduate students, post-docs, and early career researchers conducting climate-related research across the South-Central U.S. The goals of the workshop are to:
(1) introduce participants to the goals, structure, and unique research-related challenges of the SC CSC and its place within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the larger CSC network, offering them insight into how their research fits into the broader research priority goals and its eventual applicability to end user needs across the region;
(2) provide an opportunity for participants to present their research to fellow peers;
(3) facilitate interdisciplinary interactions between participants within the SC CSC purview in an effort to foster collaboration opportunities; and
(4) generate a set of digitally recorded presentations on the SC CSC enterprise and a “how to” guide for conducting a similar workshop in the future.
A major benefit of this workshop will be the development of a cohort of early-career professionals who can continue networking through their research pathways and who can understand and eventually lead outcome-oriented, interdisciplinary research.