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Jaipur Rugs to Produce New Line of Rugs for National Geographic

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:50

ATLANTA (March 31, 2015)—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected Atlanta-based Jaipur Rugs as a new licensee under its National Geographic Home Collection for North America.

Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and Jaipur will team up to launch a line of unique and colorful rugs based on images from National Geographic’s photographic archive. The rugs will launch to trade at the spring High Point Market and will be available to consumers through retailers and trading partners in the United States and Canada in April 2015. Visit Jaipur’s showroom in High Point at Showplace, Suite 3300.

“For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Jaipur is one of the leaders in the textile industry, and we are excited to work with them to bring some of our incredible photography and artwork to consumers on rugs, pillows and poufs.”

“Jaipur is excited to collaborate with National Geographic, because it offers an opportunity to express a unique fusion of art forms. Both companies use our own creative mediums to not only capture the word’s stories, but also share them through tangible, enduring art forms,” said Asha Chaudhary, Jaipur’s chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to be able to infuse such passion into a collection for our consumers to connect with and bring into their homes.”

All of National Geographic’s net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

About National Geographic

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Jaipur

Jaipur is one of the fastest growing wholesalers in the home textiles and accent industry. The company’s growth extends from its commitment to empower, connect and inspire people through beautiful design that embodies a beautiful meaning — a meaning cultivated within a busi­ness model that enables artisans to become business owners and entrepreneurs — not just laborers. Jaipur Rugs works closely with its foundation to ensure fair pay, education and personal growth for each one of their artisans. Crafting fashionable lifestyle-driven products and emboldening an industry towards social responsibility are small parts of Jaipur’s holistic global presence. To learn more, visit http://www.jaipurrugs.com, or contact Amberley Ransom at amberley.ransom@jaipurrugs.com or 404.351.2360.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Launches Giftware Line with IF for Playing Cards and Book-Related Products

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:10

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015)—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected British product designer IF as an international giftware licensee under its National Geographic brand for bookmarks, playing cards and other book-related gifts.

Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and IF have teamed up to produce a line of 3D bookmarks and picture playing cards that showcase National Geographic’s vast photographic archives. The high-quality design of these cards was recognized by the judges from the United Kingdom’s Giftware Association.

The National Geographic 52 Picture Playing Cards are available in five categories: “Amazing Animals,” “Brilliant Birds,” “Spectacular Sea Life,” “Extraordinary Earth” and “Magnificent Mankind.” The line was recently lauded as “highly commended” at the U.K. Gift of the Year Awards in the Commemorative and Collectable category.

The National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Playing Cards feature colorful graphics and wacky, wild and mind-bending facts about animals, food, science, outer space, geography and weather from National Geographic Kids’ popular series of Weird But True! publications.

National Geographic 3D Bookmarks showcase 24 spectacular images of nature and wildlife, scenic landscapes, urban landmarks, underwater marine life, space and exploration in eye-catching lenticular.

Products are available for shipping now and available at retail this spring in North America and internationally.

“National Geographic has a vast catalogue of stunning imagery that provides a perfect backdrop for playing cards, bookmarks and collectables,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president, licensing, for North America. “The Weird but True! set offers fun trivia for kids and family, while the picture playing cards and 3D bookmarks are highly collectable for their compelling visuals. We’re excited to work with IF, a principal leader in the gift industry, to share our rich photographic archives with consumers.”

“IF is very pleased to partner with National Geographic as it is a brand and an organization that appeals to people who enjoy travel, reading and education. Our customers also share these interests, and IF is proud to be supporting National Geographic’s charitable efforts,” said John Calvert, CEO of IF.

National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

About National Geographic

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About IF

Established in 1996, IF is an award-winning designer of, mainly, reading-themed gifts and book-related accessories. Its original product ranges are conceived and created at its York (UK) studio, manufactured and then distributed to book lovers throughout the world.

To find out more about its product ranges, visit www.thatcompanycalledif.com.

 

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Travel Launches First Interactive Digital Map, Showcasing Switzerland’s Grand Tour

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:59

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015)—National Geographic Travel today announced the launch of its first-ever interactive digital map, which showcases 50 of the most transformative experiences in Switzerland. The map, photo galleries and On Assignment blog posts are part of a new custom editorial hub featuring the many destinations and attractions that make up Switzerland’s Grand Tour and Grand Train Tour. The hub can be accessed via nationalgeographic.com/switzerland.

The Grand Tour is a newly launched 1,000-mile route to explore the highlights of Switzerland in one single tour. The Grand Tour map (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/switzerland-grand-tour/), created in partnership with Switzerland Tourism, immerses users in an interactive experience along both car and rail routes. Each point of interest along the routes is populated with text and photographs detailing the experience. Users can also click on different categories — such as food & drink, attractions, activities and events — to see the various ways to experience Switzerland’s Grand Tour.

“We are really proud of this project. Our editorial team has wanted to create an interactive map like this for a long time, and Switzerland is the perfect country to showcase in a map filled with beautiful imagery,” said Andrea Leitch, digital director, National Geographic Travel. “We believe this will be the ultimate tool for consumers looking to plan their own personalized getaway to Switzerland.”

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is an ideal match for the interactive map project. The 1,000 miles include iconic spots and hidden gems and covers the most beautiful parts of the country. Travelers can tailor the route according to their needs, do all or just parts of it, and travel by various forms of transport — car, train, motorcycle or bike.

“National Geographic Travel has been our partner for successful marketing campaigns in North America for a number of years, and this latest project is a truly innovative way to showcase the beauty and diversity of Switzerland along the Grand Tour and the Grand Train Tour,” said Alex Herrmann, director Americas, Switzerland Tourism.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

About Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland Tourism is the official National Tourist Office of Switzerland and operates in 30 countries around the world with the goal of promoting Switzerland as a travel, vacation as well as convention and incentive destination. In the Americas, Switzerland Tourism operates offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and São Paulo. For more information: www.myswitzerland.com

 

Categories: National Geographic

Chelsea Tractor seen at Talgarth

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:18

Categories: Gliding

Talgarth action

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:20
So far we have only reported rumours from the Big House where most of the team are staying, we are now in a position to report facts. On Saturday night they went to the River Café in Glasbury, where they seem to have had a good time.

Richard getting excited at the sight of the dessert menuYesterday a contingent set off to the Big Pit in Blaenavon, well worth a visit but unfortunately closed when they got there. They did however get to inspect Glyn's new trailer.

It'll be OK once Glyn has polished it
In the evening they had roast beef, and passed the time teaching cadet George how to play poker, a useful skill for a glider pilot, though possibly not on the BGA syllabus.

Pemgenfford dinner

And this morning - guess what - we went flying! The forecast predicted rain by noon but the rain hadn't checked the forecast and stayed away until 1330. The ridges were working well up to Hay Bluff and down the valley to Crickhowell, so we had  some fun while it lasted.

George gets his first taste of proper ridge running
On top of the Black Mountain
A ridge
We hope to do some more of this sort of thing tomorrow........but on the other hand we have staked KCZ down very securely.
Categories: Gliding

Stormy Sunday

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:37
The clocks went forward last night, so we woke even earlier to hear the rain and wind howling round the house. However, a search for 'things to do in Wales' produced a plan to visit Merthyr Tydfil for a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Three coaches and a steam engine - and lots of steam. We trundled up the valley past a couple of reservoirs, then back again, stopping off at the Steam Museum and café.


 We drove back via Talybont to check out the reported landable fields in the area - which were mainly stuffed with sheep and lambs. There is however a good long flat field (with no sheep) at the end of the reservoir.

Nick has come round for dinner (roast pork, roasted veg), he drove over to Aberystwyth to see the sea. Yesterday he visited Long Mynd where they were winching - 30kts onto the ridge, no problem.

Tomorrow it looks as though it will be worth getting up early - fingers crossed - this is after all a gliding expedition.
Categories: Gliding

Tempestuous Talgarth

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 19:16
Well, here we are again in Wales, and what a beautiful place to be. Yesterday when most people arrived, it was sunny and clear, so several members were able to get their check flights done, and Glyn flew one of his models.

Today we awoke to wind and rain, less than optimal for gliding - or even standing upright. The local briefing indicated that the rain might stop later, but that the wind would continue, and as there was a significant southerly component, launching would not be possible as none of the take off runs would be anywhere near into wind. Jim maintained his optimism for a couple of hours but in the end conceded defeat.

A bit windy
There are probably sheep in that cloudIt doesn't look that promising for tomorrow either...............


Food report: so far your correspondent has only sampled the Castle Inn in Llangorse, which does a nice line in pies. The sirloin steak was apparently excellent - meat supplied by WJ George in Talgarth - and the sweet potato chips were delicious. Today there was an expedition to the Honeypot Café in Talgarth which was reportedly very good. The gang in the big house in Pengenfford have roast beef to look forward to, courtesy of Jim, who is a man with high standards - he complained bitterly that Symeon had given him breakfast on a cold plate. Here in Llangorse we will be having cod in lemon sauce, followed by a bit of Metallica.

Categories: Gliding

New NG Book- BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:58

Praise for Michael Farquhar:

Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.—Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist

Advance praise for BAD DAYS IN HISTORY:

The facts of this passing parade of perfidious knaves, nasty poltroons, incompetent liars and just some unlucky folk who slipped on bygone banana peels make for leisurely reading—and it’s surely a story to be continued. Candid snapshots of some truly bad days in the bleak annals of civilization.—Kirkus Reviews

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2015)—Historian and best-selling author Michael Farquhar’s BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1268-0 (hardcover) and 978-1-4262-1280-2 (ebook); April 21, 2015; $26) is a carefully curated calendar of humankind’s most entertaining catastrophes. With his signature tongue-in-cheek humor, Farquhar leads readers on a 365-day tour of history’s worst happenings gleaned from recent and distant eras, events well-known and obscure, locations near and far, and people famous, infamous and forgotten.

Farquhar explains in his introduction, “There are literally billions of miserable episodes throughout human history from which to choose.” Here he has collected the most amusing examples that will offer even the most miserable readers excellent company:

  • Made a bad financial decision? Consider investor Ronald Wayne’s regrettable decision on Jan. 3, 1977. That day, he sold his 10 percent stake in a fledgling business for a satisfying $800. Unfortunately, the company was Apple, and his slice of the pie would eventually have been worth more than $30 billion.
  • Kids driving you crazy? When Christian schoolmaster Cassian of Imola refused to participate in a pagan sacrifice on Aug. 13, 363, he was turned over to his students as punishment. They tied him to a pole and stabbed him to death with their writing implements.
  • Suffering from dashed hopes? Oprah’s film “Beloved” launched on Oct. 16, 1998, with much fanfare — and bombed. Beaten out for revenues that weekend by “Bride of Chucky,” the film spent only four weeks in theaters.
  • Embarrassed by a recent failure? On Nov. 2, 1932, an Australian army major and two soldiers kicked off the “Great Emu War,” a campaign to control 20,000-plus emus in Perth. From the start, the flightless avian army proved to be superior warriors — particularly with their evasive tactics and apparent indestructibility. Hundreds of thousands of machine gun rounds were fired with relatively few emu casualties. After just a week or two, the military assault ended and the soldiers withdrew.
  • Can’t catch a break? Spare a thought for Joan of Arc. The good news for her was that her death sentence was nullified when she was acquitted of heresy on July 7, 1456. The bad news? She had already been burned at the stake a quarter-century before.

BAD DAYS IN HISTORY will keep history buffs guessing which disastrous event Farquhar will cover next, while igniting new interest in bygone eras among the history-averse. From bad days in journalism (see April 21, June 30 or Oct. 29) to bad days in romance (see Jan. 6, July 29 or Aug. 21) to bad days in politics (Jan. 2 and 6 and 8 and 9 and . . . really, too many to list), readers will cringe and laugh their way through humankind’s most ridiculous and grim foibles and, hopefully, learn from the mistakes of our collective past.

About Michael Farquhar

Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post, is the best-selling author of numerous books, including the critically acclaimed “Behind the Palace Doors” and “Secret Lives of the Tsars,” as well as the popular Penguin “Treasury” series: “A Treasury of Royal Scandals,” “A Treasury of Great American Scandals,” “A Treasury of Deception” and “A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten  Americans.” He lives in Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year National Geographic publishes more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

Categories: National Geographic

Grab a Great Deal

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:36

There are some fantastic offers available on a selection of equipment and accessories at Bray Lake. Great deals on all 2014 summer and winter wetsuits with up to 30% off, Dude shoes and boots at 40% off plus 40% off OxBow clothing. Come and browse our shop to find out more!  We also have some great deals on ex hire and demo SUP and windsurf boards, as well as kayaks, canoes and sail boats.

Categories: Water Sports

Pass the Plopp

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:14
The promise of good soarable weather gave the club another busy day today. More club members turning up for check flights and cross country tasks set for the single seaters.  Many chose to stay local, but a couple of Bicester Didcots were flown despite the very rapid spreadout and poor recycling of the thermic conditions.
It was cold at the launch point despite the sunshine, but Siena gave us a welcome energy boost when she shared around her Plopp.


Categories: Gliding

New NG Book- THE ROSE HOTEL By Rahimeh Andalibian

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 22:46

Advance Praise for THE ROSE HOTEL:

 “[A] brave, beautifully written memoir. [Andalibian] skillfully crafts an insightful, passionate immigrant’s story with cross-cultural resonance.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A powerful and uplifting memoir of tragedy and healing” – Kirkus Reviews

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2015)—In her memoir THE ROSE HOTEL (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1479-0; on sale May 12, 2015; 368 pages, $26), debut author and clinical psychologist Rahimeh Andalibian re-examines her idyllic childhood in 1970s Iran, where she and her close-knit Muslim family live in a luxury hotel owned by her pious father. But their prosperous world is suddenly shattered by the violence of the Iranian revolution, and their lives are forever altered in the wake of two brutal crimes: a rape solved by Andalibian’s father, and a murder of which her beloved oldest brother stands accused.

In the ensuing fall from grace, the family is uprooted: first to London, then to California where Andalibian and her brothers suffer a different kind of revolution. Struggling to make sense of her new world in America, Andalibian realizes that, while her family is safe, they are not free from the burdens of their own secrets, lies and hidden truths.

Poignant and intimate, THE ROSE HOTEL is a story of family, healing and rebirth. Self-published to great acclaim in 2012 as a “true-life novel,” the book was acquired as a memoir in 2013 by National Geographic Books to bring Andalibian’s remarkable story to a wider audience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rahimeh Andalibian was born in Mashhad, Iran, and moved with her family to California in 1986 after the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. They lived in Orange County and she was schooled in Los Angeles. She currently resides in New York City where she is a clinical psychologist specializing in intergenerational family therapy, trauma and spectrum issues.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

THE ROSE HOTEL

National Geographic Books; May 12, 2015; 368 pages, $26; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1479-0

To request a review copy or arrange an interview with Rahimeh Andalibian, contact:

Gretchen Koss, president, director of publicity, Tandem Literary

212-629-1990 ext.1 or gretchenkoss@tandemliterary.com.

 

Categories: National Geographic

Air awareness day RAF Benson

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 20:25
Last week RAF Benson hosted an Air Users Awareness Day. The aim being to share more about who flys what where and how we can all continue to do this safely. Watch out in the next newsletter for a fuller description of the days events and information that came out of the greatly beneficial day.

What was significant is that one of the main focal points was in respect of Gliding in and around the area and Richard Crockett gave a great presentation on the topic - it was clearly well received judging by the interest and questions raised by the attendees from local flying clubs - so much so that Richard has been asked to give the same presentation at White Waltham.
F1 mixing it with the choppers
There was a chance to see the aircraft operated from Benson and Booker took a glider along for participants to look at close up (and not as a result of an airprox).


Graham S working up his summer routines
The better weather has also brought a lot more folk out of winter hibernation and it is good to see the launch point busy and pilots taking some launches before they head out to Talgarth/Shobdon for the first of the years main expeditions. If you aren't current (or as current as you would like to be) don't waste time, get up to the launch point and take some launches - there is always something new to learn.


Categories: Gliding

National Geographic Photo Camp to Mentor Young Syrian Refugees in Jerash, Jordan

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 19:15

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2015)—A group of Syrian refugee teenagers will learn to tell their stories through photography during National Geographic Photo Camp Jordan, March 30-April 3, highlighting issues faced by young people in the region. During the five-day Photo Camp workshop in Jerash, Jordan, 20 participants ages 13-16 will be mentored by National Geographic contributing photographers Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer, National Geographic magazine editor Jessie Wenders, Photo Camp technical director Jon Brack, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer and cultural educator Aziz Abu Sarah.

The workshop, conducted in partnership with Abu Sarah, will train the students to document — through photography and writing — the reality of their lives as refugees from the conflict in Syria, which began four years ago this month. Since then, Syrian refugees have flooded into parts of Jordan, including Jerash, where there are now more than 60,000 Syrian refugees. According to the United Nations, nearly 4 million people have become refugees in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. Abu Sarah and his Syrian colleague Nousha Kabawat founded Project Amal ou Salam, which has been supporting education programs in Jerash. Amal ou Salam will be providing support for Photo Camp Jordan.

“We hope Photo Camp Jordan will provide these young photographers with a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s chief science and exploration officer. “National Geographic believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We’ve found that Photo Camp inspires a new generation of storytellers as well as the members of the community who view their work.”

Olympus Imaging America Inc. has supplied cameras for the Photo Camp. National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,500 young people in 67 locations since 2003. For more information on recent Photo Camps, visit:

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/12/peace-building-with-cameras-in-south-sudan/

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/19/photo-camp-kenya-teaching-the-language-of-photography/

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/25/photo-camp-arizona-empowering-teens-to-tell-their-stories-of-border-life/

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Aziz Abu Sarah

Cultural educator and entrepreneur Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a TED Fellow and the executive director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. He is a public speaker and is widely published in the American, European and Middle Eastern press. He has received numerous international awards, including the Intercultural Innovation Award from The United Nations Alliance of Civilization, and has been named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world for the past five years by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kirsten Elstner                                     Kelsey Flora

Vision Workshops                               National Geographic

+1 (410) 279-5481                              +1 (202) 828-8023

kirsten@VisionWorkshops.org           kflora@ngs.org

 

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Studios Presents LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:38

Opens in IMAX®, Giant Screen, 15/70 Dome and Digital Cinemas in North America beginning April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015)—This spring, National Geographic Studios presents an immersive new giant screen film experience that offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES carries audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere of LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8, 2015.

Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES will premiere in IMAX®, giant screen, 15/70mm dome screens and digital cinemas nationwide beginning April 10, 2015.

Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES features an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer and pilot James Horner (“Avatar,” “Titanic”) and cinematography by Andrew Waruszewski.

The film highlights the astonishingly rapid advancements that have led to a world in which 100,000 flights take off and land every day. During the vast majority of mankind’s existence, walking was the fastest means of travel. Yet today, just 175 years after the introduction of the steam engine, boarding a jet to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours is more often viewed as an inconvenience than a world-changing technological marvel.

“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said Terwilliger. “With this film, we want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is the perfect film for National Geographic,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Studios. “It combines the best of exploration and adventure, anthropology, geography and aviation — using captivating visuals to inspire and engage audiences on a variety of levels.”

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES will open nationwide in close to 20 locations including Washington, Boston, New York and Dallas. For a full list of theaters or to view the trailer, visit www.airplanesmovie.com. Become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/livingintheageofairplanes or follow us on Twitter @airplanesmovie. For downloadable images and video, log in to the press assets site: http://press2.nationalgeographic.com/downloads/film_livingintheageofairplanes/ (username: press; password: press)

About National Geographic Studios

National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, whose mission is to inspire, illuminate and teach. From television series and specials to giant screen, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling. National Geographic Studios has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards, multiple film and museum industry awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. National Geographic Studios also produces and distributes giant screen and digital 3D films for the museum cinema industry. Brooke Runnette is president of National Geographic Studios.

About Terwilliger Productions

Terwilliger Productions is an independent production company based in Los Angeles that produces high-quality, thought-provoking films. The company is best known for the aviation documentary “One Six Right,” a film that celebrates local airports as unsung heroes, which was distributed worldwide. For more information, visit www.terwilligerproductions.com.

 

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Categories: National Geographic

New NG Book- WHERE VALOR RESTS: Arlington National Cemetery

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:36

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015)—National Geographic and the Army Historical Foundation celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery with an anniversary edition of the New York Times best-selling book, WHERE VALOR RESTS: Arlington National Cemetery (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1481-3; on sale April 7, 2015; $40).

This gorgeously illustrated book guides readers through the stories of Arlington National Cemetery’s surprising origins; the people who tend the graves and mourn the fallen heroes; the tomb guards; the moving graveside services that honor the men and women who served our country; the traditional wreath-laying on Memorial Day; and more. A detailed map shows all of the grave sections, historic monuments and memorials as well as the gravesites of U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and noteworthy sports figures, astronauts, engineers, doctors and scientists. With nearly 200 exceptional photographs, poignant essays and an illustrated timeline of the cemetery’s history, this commemorative book on Arlington National Cemetery is a fitting tribute to this hallowed place considered to be the most sacred square mile in America.

The talents of writers and photographers with more than 10 Pulitzer Prizes among them as well as the skills of a phalanx of accomplished military photojournalists went into creating this bittersweet and breathtaking book. With an introductory essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson and touching new photographs of the 150th anniversary commemorations, WHERE VALOR RESTS marks this historic milestone anniversary for the world-famous cemetery and is a stirring reminder of the values that Americans hold dear.

About Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson is the best-selling author of “The Long Gray Line,” a narrative account of West Point’s class of 1966; “Crusade,” a history of the Persian Gulf War; and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Army at Dawn.” His other awards include two more Pulitzers, the Livingston Award for international reporting, the John Hancock Award for Excellence, the George Polk Award for national reporting and a PEN special citation for nonfiction.

About National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

 

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New NG Book By Dan Buettner- THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

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“A well-organized game plan for a long and well-lived life … The results, as reported here, are both impressive and persuasive … This is a thoughtfully presented and well-written guide from which anyone — no matter where he or she is in the journey to better health — can benefit.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“An ideal way to learn how to live longer and better is to study people who are doing just that. Dan distills the deepest insights from the Blue Zones to light our path.”—Dr. Mehmet Oz

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015)—For more than a decade, longevity expert Dan Buettner has traveled the globe in search of the world’s longevity hot spots, communities he’s identified as “Blue Zones” (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Ogliastra region of Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya, Costa Rica). These are places with high concentrations of 100-year-olds who have grown old without preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Buettner’s first book based on his research, “The Blue Zones,” was a New York Times best-seller and media sensation, sparking intense curiosity and conversation around the world about the secrets to living longer, healthier lives.

Since then, Buettner has committed himself to using his findings for a bigger purpose — to help Americans get healthy. In 2009, he launched the Blue Zones Project, the largest preventive health care project in the United States, which has improved the health of more than 5 million Americans. And his new book, THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People (National Geographic Books; April 7, 2015; hardcover), reveals how to transform your health using the smart eating and lifestyle practices of the world’s longest-lived people and shows how large-scale community changes — focused on improving the health environment rather than individual behavior change — can replicate Blue Zones in America.

With a foreword by Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION is organized into four sections:

  • Discovering the Blue Zones — shares the dietary and eating habits of centenarians in the known Blue Zones and lists the top superfoods of longevity in each region and their specific health benefits;
  • Making American Blue Zones — details Buettner’s efforts to convince community leaders in the United States to try “Blue Zoning” their cities. It highlights the life-changing results of the makeovers (weight lost, health gained, millions of dollars saved) and includes inspiring personal stories of participants;
  • Building Your Own Blue Zone — gives step-by-step guidelines on how to maximize health, build social networks and optimize your environment for well-being;
  • Blue Zones Recipes — includes more than 70 recipes gleaned from Buettner’s research that showcase the foods and flavors of the world’s healthiest people and invite readers to gather and connect around food, community and downtime — key aspects of every Blue Zone in the world.

The secret to longevity does not rest with the federal government or the medical community, asserts Buettner. The answer rests with those in our communities who control our living environments — municipal officials, restaurant owners, school administrators, mothers and fathers who run households and make daily lifestyle decisions. “If we arm these people with strategies to nudge us into better eating, more natural movement and better social interaction, better health will ensue, with longevity an added bonus. It’s not a silver bullet, it’s silver buckshot: a healthy swarm of small things that make a huge impact.”

A groundbreaking book with proven results and actionable advice, THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION is a blueprint for revitalizing the population and helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

About the Author

Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer” and two national best-sellers, “The Blue Zones” and “Thrive.” He lives in Minneapolis and can be found on Facebook and Twitter and through his website bluezones.com.  

About National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year, we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION

Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

By Dan Buettner

National Geographic Books; April 7, 2015; Hardcover; $26; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1192-8

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National Geographic Creative to Represent Award-Winning Photojournalist John Stanmeyer for Commercial Assignments, Image Licensing

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:57

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015)—National Geographic Creative has signed award-winning photographer John Stanmeyer to its agency for representation in commercial assignments and image licensing.

Well known for his prodigious work with National Geographic and TIME magazines, Stanmeyer is an American-born photographer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker who specializes in distilling such complex issues as malaria, the refugee crisis and human conflict through relatable narratives. Stanmeyer has received numerous awards for his work, including Magazine Photographer of the Year by Picture of the Year International; the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award; and a World Press Photo of the Year Award. His commercial assignments include work for Apple and Canon, among others.

“We are thrilled to add John and his incredible body of work to our agency,” said Alice Keating, vice president of sales and marketing, National Geographic Creative. “John’s reputation within the industry is outstanding, and for good reason. His work is visually stunning and evocative; he has a distinct talent for translating difficult subjects to readers in a way that is compelling and comprehensive.”

Stanmeyer has produced 14 stories for National Geographic magazine. His work documenting the plight of Syrian refugees can be seen in the March 2015 issue of National Geographic, available on newsstands. The feature continues his work with National Geographic Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek for the “Out of Eden” project.

“National Geographic has given me a tremendous platform to present stories that reflect subjects and causes that are important to all of us, and crucial toward understanding our place in the world,” said Stanmeyer. “Joining National Geographic Creative will allow an even greater collaboration for me with National Geographic, expanding my passion for education, and increasing the impact and reach of my work with new audiences.”

A founding member of the photo agency VII, Stanmeyer will retain his position as Distinguished Member, member emeritus.

National Geographic Creative, formerly National Geographic Image Collection, was launched in 2013 as a stand-alone agency that brings together National Geographic’s photography and video stock collection and talent in one place. The agency licenses National Geographic photography and video to commercial and editorial clients and makes National Geographic talent available for custom campaigns, in branded and non-branded formats.

National Geographic Creative can be accessed at www.NatGeoCreative.com, by phone at (202) 857-7537, on email at natgeocreative@ngs.org, on Twitter @NatGeoCreative and on Instagram @natgeocreative.

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Pew, National Geographic Applaud Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:45

LONDON (March 18, 2015)—The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Geographic Society praised action by the British government today to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, an overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean.

The 834,334-square-kilometre (322,138-square-mile) reserve is roughly 3 ½ times the size of the United Kingdom. Home to at least 1,249 species of marine mammals, seabirds and fish, the new reserve protects some of the most near-pristine ocean habitat on Earth. In 2013, Pew and National Geographic joined the local elected body, the Pitcairn Island Council, in submitting a proposal calling for the creation of a marine reserve to protect these spectacular waters.

“With this designation, the United Kingdom raises the bar for protection of our ocean and sets a new standard for others to follow,” said Matt Rand, director of Global Ocean Legacy, a project of Pew and its partners that advocates for the establishment of the world’s great marine parks. “The United Kingdom is the caretaker of more than 6 million square kilometres of ocean — the fifth-largest marine area of any country. Through this designation, British citizens are playing a vital role in ensuring the health of our seas. The Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve will build a refuge of untouched ocean to protect and conserve a wealth of marine life.”

“Today’s action by British Prime Minister David Cameron will protect the true bounty of the Pitcairn Islands — the array of unique marine life in the surrounding pristine seas,” said National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, head of the Society’s Pristine Seas project. “Our scientific exploration of the area revealed entirely new species as well as an abundance of top predators like sharks. It was like traveling to a new world full of hidden and unknown treasures, a world that will now be preserved for generations to come.”

A March 2012 scientific survey of Pitcairn’s marine environment, led by the National Geographic Pristine Seas project in partnership with Pew, revealed a vibrant ecosystem that includes the world’s deepest-known living plant, a species of encrusting coralline algae found 382 metres (1,253 feet) below sea level. The reserve also protects one of the two remaining raised coral atolls on the planet as well as 40 Mile Reef, the deepest and most well-developed coral reef known in the world.

“The people of Pitcairn are extremely excited about designation of the world’s largest marine reserve in our vast and unspoiled waters of the Pitcairn Islands, including Ducie, Oeno, and Henderson Islands,” said the Pitcairn Island Council. “We are proud to have developed and led this effort in partnership with Pew and National Geographic to protect these spectacular waters we call home for generations to come.”

In conjunction with the designation, the Bertarelli Foundation announced a five-year commitment to support the monitoring of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve as part of Pew’s Project Eyes on the Seas, using a technology known as the Virtual Watch Room. With this satellite monitoring system, developed through a collaboration between Pew and the U.K.-based company Satellite Applications Catapult, government officials will be able to detect illegal fishing activity in real time. This is the first time any government has combined creation of a marine reserve with the most up-to-date technology for surveillance and enforcement of a protected area.

Ernesto Bertarelli of the Bertarelli Foundation said, “Advances in tracking technology are enabling us to monitor the ocean as never before and make marine reserves truly enforceable; these solutions, along with the commitment of individual governments, are bringing about changes in how we protect the marine environment.”

Numerous British scientific and conservation organizations, including the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, the Blue Marine Foundation, Greenpeace UK, the Marine Conservation Society, the Zoological Society of London, and Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, supported the designation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve.

Today’s announcement is part of a growing international movement to safeguard important places in the sea that has protected more than 6.5 million square kilometres (2.5 million square miles) to date. Much of this activity has taken place over the last nine years. In April 2010, the British government created the Chagos Marine Reserve in the Indian Ocean — until today the largest continuous, fully protected area of ocean in the world. Most recently, in September 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama significantly expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, first created by President George W. Bush, in the south-central Pacific.

Despite these successes, only about 1 percent of the world’s ocean is fully protected.

NOTE: For photos and video related to the Pew/National Geographic Pitcairn announcement, please contact Claire Gwatkin Jones at (202) 857-7756 or via email at cgjones@ngs.org.

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About The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy campaign is a partnership of six individuals and organizations who share a vision: to protect the world’s ocean for future generations. Learn more at www.globaloceanlegacy.org.

 

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. The Pristine Seas project seeks to help protect the last wild places in the ocean over the next five years. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Top Geography Students to Test Skills at 2015 National Geographic State Bees on March 27

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 20:08

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015)—On Friday, March 27, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in state Bees, competing for a spot in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee championship in Washington, D.C., on May 11-13. Organized by the National Geographic Society, the 2015 National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google. The state Bees are also sponsored by Plum Creek.

Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools have qualified for the state Bees, which are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last November when millions of students participated in contests at thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions to participate in the National Geographic Bee championship in May. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship; lifetime membership in the Society, which includes a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine; and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell said, “National Geographic believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Through experiences like the National Geographic Bee, we are teaching students about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place.”

Jennifer Fitzpatrick, vice president of engineering, Google Earth and Maps, said, “The National Geographic Bee provides students with a unique opportunity to showcase their knowledge about the world around them. Our teams at Google are thrilled that young minds across the globe are using Google Earth as an educational tool to deepen their understanding of both natural and human geography. Over the past several years, the competition has demonstrated the power of technology to foster learning and inspire future generations, and we’re proud to sponsor the program again this year.”

“The National Geographic Bee is an outstanding program that expands students’ knowledge of people, places and events around the world, turning today’s competitors into tomorrow’s leaders,” said Bob Jirsa, president, Plum Creek Foundation. “Education is one of the focal points of the Plum Creek Foundation, so we’re pleased to continue our partnership with the National Geographic Bee to sponsor state Bees across the United States and U.S. territories.”

The national championship preliminary rounds will take place on Monday, May 11, in Washington, D.C. The national championship final rounds featuring the top 10 finalists and moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. National Geographic Channel will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 15. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day. A further 1,000 questions culled from past Bees can be accessed on the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.

Note to Editors: 2015 National Geographic Bee press resources can be found at http://press.nationalgeographic.com/geo-bee/.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. 

About Plum Creek

Plum Creek is one of the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the nation with more than 6 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. For more information, visit www.plumcreek.com.

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National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions Announce 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 18:28

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015)—In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, 35 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada have been selected as this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2015 Fellows will embark on Lindblad voyages aboard the National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Endeavour for a one-of-a-kind field experience.

Every year, K-12 educators are encouraged to apply for this professional development opportunity that allows them to bring immersive geographic learning experiences back to their classrooms and communities.

The 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are:

  • Paola Paz Soldan, Oceanside, California
  • Dawnetta Hayes, Cincinnati
  • Terri Sallee, Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Leslie Wiles, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Rebekah Rottenberg, Hood River, Oregon
  • Joan (Teri) Rutledge, Seattle
  • Laura Schetter, Holland, Ohio
  • Merinda Davis, Orem, Utah
  • Laura Wommack, Moscow, Idaho
  • Amy Austin, Superior, Colorado
  • Cassandra Nodine, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Teagan Thomas, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Douglas Anderson, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Jason Nord, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Dave Grant, Rumson, New Jersey
  • Greg Gaiera, Bayside, California
  • Chris Flaherty, Duxbury, Massachusetts
  • Alexander Kmicikewycz, Chicago
  • Shannon Bomben, Belle River, Ontario
  • Carissa Martus, Aloha, Oregon
  • Xochitl Garcia, Astoria, New York
  • Angie Miller, Plymouth, New Hampshire
  • Tema Encarnacion, Arnold, Maryland
  • Lily Wehtje, Homestead, Florida
  • Janet Shedd, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Valerie Raymond, Kuujjuaq, Quebec
  • Janet Ruest, Cobble Hill, British Columbia
  • Nicole Means, Saint Francisville, Louisiana
  • Michael Presser, Riverside, California
  • Jesse Lowes, Portland, Oregon
  • Rebecca Detrich, Occidental, California
  • Shasta Bray, Cleves, Ohio
  • Ellie Clin, Toronto, Ontario
  • Beth Thomas, Great Falls, Montana
  • Kathy Eldridge, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Photos and biographies of the Fellows are available on the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow website at http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/2015-grosvenor-teacher-fellow-bios.

The Fellows will begin their 10- to 17-day expeditions, starting later this year, to locations including Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Antarctica and the Galápagos. Accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts — who range from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers — the Fellows will be immersed in landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. The expeditions will provide the Fellows with new and exciting knowledge that they can take back to their schools and integrate into their lesson plans.

Before their voyages, the Fellows will travel to National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in hands-on workshops covering photography and outreach planning, and they will have the opportunity to meet Lindblad Expeditions’ naturalists and to network with previous years’ Fellows.

“The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is one that strongly aligns with what National Geographic is trying to accomplish overall as an organization: improving society by enhancing geographic competency,” said Melina Bellows, chief education officer of National Geographic. “The Fellows are not only given a great honor, but also a great responsibility. I look forward to hearing about their experiences and seeing how they leave their mark on geographic education.”

“National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions share a legacy of dedication to exploration and global stewardship. It is with great pride that we welcome the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows aboard our expedition ships,” said Sven-Olof Lindblad, Lindblad Expeditions founder and president. “Our expedition teams are already preparing for this year’s Fellows to ensure immersive and highly educational expeditions that will provide an unparalleled professional experience.”

This year marks the ninth year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education. The program began with two Fellows in 2007 and has grown each year. The expeditions were donated in perpetuity to the National Geographic Society by Sven-Olof Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions to mark Grosvenor’s 75th birthday in 2006 and to honor his service to enhancing and improving geographic education across the United States. Additional support for the 2015 program is provided by Google and private funders.

About National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions, specialists in expedition travel, works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, their collaboration in research, technology and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe. Their educationally oriented voyages to all seven continents allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. Destinations include the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Australia, Costa Rica & Panama, the Amazon, Southeast Asia & Pacific, Africa, Indian Ocean, Europe, Mediterranean and beyond.

NOTE: Interviews with Fellows and Lindblad-National Geographic representatives, high-res photographs and broadcast quality b-roll are available upon request.

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