"Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.
"Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens."
What are you doing to recognize Geography Awareness Week?
Congratulations Dr. Frederick Carr - AMS President
Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Frederick Carr, McCasland Foundation Professor of Meteorology, who has been elected President of the American Meteorological Society for 2015-2018. Dr. Carr has been educating students at OU since 1979 and is a founding contributor to the COMET program, among numerous honors and experiences. He joins an elite list of past-Presidents and will serve as the third School of Meteorology faculty member to be elected AMS President (Dr. Jeff Kimpel and Dr. Elbert "Joe" Friday).
Congratulations Dr. Carr!
NWC Research Exploration
Dr. Berrien Moore III, dean of the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences and director of the National Weather Center, discusses how the NWC impacts research and student engagement at The University of Oklahoma.