Monthly Archives: February 2014

NASA Education Express — Feb. 27, 2014

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launch — Educational Resources
Audience: All Educators
Launch Date: Feb. 27, 2014. Coverage begins at Noon EST

Student Presentations to Stream Live From National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Event Date: Feb. 27-28, 2014

Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 27, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST

2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014

OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

Deadline Extended — Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students
Deadline: March 1 and April 1, 2014

Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Audience: Principal investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of Federally Funded Project Awarded to HBCUs
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Requested by March 1, 2014
Entry Deadline: May 2, 2014

Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities
Audience: Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows and Advisors
Workshop Date: March 2, 2014

Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Course Start Date: March 3, 2014

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 3, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m. EST

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014
Workshop Date: March 8, 2014

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Would Your Cell Phone Work In Space?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 5, 2014, 2-3 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: March 8, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: March 8, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2014
Application Deadline: March 16, 2014

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: March 17, 2014

Celebrate Solar Week — Spring 2014
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 17-21, 2014

Free NASA Online Course — Teaching Tomorrow’s Engineers
Audience: Grades 6-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Course Start Date: March 24, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Audience: Grades 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 5, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 3 Plus a New Featured Promising Practice
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Informal Educators

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launch — Educational Resources

Join NASA in a countdown to the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission at noon EST on Feb. 27, 2014.

GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and will set a new standard in measuring rain and snow around the world. GPM is scheduled to launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 1:37 p.m. EST on Feb. 27, 2014. For more information about the mission, visit www.nasa.gov/GPM.

Prior to the launch, NASA scientists will discuss the satellite’s major innovations and the big questions GPM will seek to answer. Follow along on NASA Television (www.nasa.gov/ntv) and ask your questions to the experts using the Twitter hashtag #gpm.

Check out the new #NASATeachableMoments. These quick attention-grabbing snippets allow students to engage with the launch of GPM as well as follow the mission. These snippets include references for each grade level to Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS. (Common Core Standards are linked at the bottom of the NGSS.)

Find the snippets at http://go.nasa.gov/1mrMUpE.

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Student Presentations to Stream Live From National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting

The National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting will be streaming students’ presentations live through the NASA Digital Learning Network, or DLN. Anticipated topics include ballooning and beginning a career in aviation, rocketry and robotics.

Live streaming of the presentations will take place Feb. 27, 2014, at 3:03-3:50 p.m. EST and Feb. 28, 2014, at 1:10-1:55 p.m. EST.

These meetings are held to highlight the accomplishments of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and its 52 consortia, and will represent institutions of higher learning from all across the country. NASA Space Grant’s goal is to provide opportunities in aerospace education and awareness.

To view these presentations live, please access NASA DLN at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Aleksandra Korobov at aleksandra.korobov@nasa.gov.

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Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports

Kickoff your classroom activities with NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports! This series of free virtual educator professional development webinars will help you hit an education homerun. Discover ways that sports and NASA connect and energize your classroom with free student engagement opportunities.

Upcoming webinar events include:

Drag Race to Mars
Feb. 27, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Understand the science of racing and forces of flight and motion by designing a capsule to land on Mars, just as NASA engineers have.

Mysterious Pluto
March 3, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Learn what we know and don’t know about Pluto and its ever-increasing number of moons. Discover classroom activities that will help your students understand mysterious Pluto.

Robotics on a Budget
March 4, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Discover ways to use NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum, online resources and local/national competitions to bring the excitement of robotics to your classroom.

The Superbowl of STEM: Getting Started With Robotics Competitions
March 5, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Formal and informal educators are invited to learn how to get involved in robotics competitions for students in grades K-12.

Rockets to Racecars: NICE Go Green Edition
March 6, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Explore how solar energy is currently being used to power a NASCAR track. Learn more about Earth’s energy budget and investigate how changes in the atmosphere affect that balance.

To register for these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through March 20, 2014, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

How High Are Vertical Distances?
Audience:
Grades 4-8 Pre-service and In-service Educators
Event Date:
Feb. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will create a vertical model of the Earth’s atmospheric layers. Applicable national science standards and Next Generation Science Standards will be explored and aligned to this lesson.

Water, Water, Almost Everywhere
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 3-12
Event Date:
March 4, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute webinar and learn about a student activity that promotes student problem solving and communication skills as well as teamwork.

NASA: Chemical Equations and Propulsion
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades K-12
Event Date: March 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, particpants will examine some of the major chemical equations NASA uses, along with Newton’s third law of motion, to reach orbit and maintain stability once there.

The Engineering Evolution: Modeling and Explanations
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades K-12
Event Date: March 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute webinar and learn how to use everyday materials to make science and engineering come alive. The featured activity builds students’ understanding about how NASA spacecraft collect rock and soil samples to learn about celestial objects.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality

The search for a deeper understanding of the universe has revealed a wealth of highly speculative but startling concepts, such as the possibilities that there are extra dimensions of space, that reality is closely akin to a hologram and that there may be more than one universe. On Feb. 28, 2014, Brian Greene will share his insights into these ideas and offer a critical assessment of their scientific merits.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. EST at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9119.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Applicants must teach full time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum.

Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. The awardee’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, administers this award to nationally honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Questions about this award should be directed to education@epa.gov.

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OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide high school students and undergradate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2014 opportunities are due March 1, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Deadline Extended — Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than March 2, 2014, and to NASA by March 1, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by March 2, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for a new educational program called Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This program enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design, or CAD, with a provided template. Short experiment proposals are submitted, and test cells are manufactured by Portland State University using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 9-12 as well as mixed-grade teams, of grades 5-12, which include at least one student in grades 9-12. Teams may be of any size and can include, for example, an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the United States, but is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2014.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Strategic partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, and the federal government have led to bold and innovative scientific discoveries and mechanism for student development that have far-reaching implications for the future. Recently, the White House Initiative on HBCUs released reports that provide details on the billions of dollars that 31 federal agencies have provided to HBCUs over the last five years to support federal agency program priorities. Although the revenue to HBCUs from Federal agencies is only a fraction of total revenue provided to all institutions of higher education, HBCUs individually and collectively have developed many cutting-edge initiatives and student-centered programs though federal partnerships. The editors of this compendium seek to publish high-quality empirical studies from principal investigators and co-principal investigators of federally funded projects at HBCUs.

Manuscripts acceptable for this volume will include the following:

— The author is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a federally funded project awarded to an HBCU;
— The manuscript focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematic; social sciences; arts and humanities; program evaluation; or needs assessment;
— The project received federal funding within the past three years or has been completed within the past two years;
— The manuscript uses an objective and widely established quantitative or qualitative research methodology.

For initial consideration, please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words and a brief biographical sketch from the primary author via email by March 1, 2014. All inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to Dr. Ivory A. Toldson at ivory.toldson@ed.gov. Invited authors will need to submit completed manuscripts by May 31, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/2014/02/04/call-for-papers-%E2%80%90-the-white-house-initiative-on-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/.

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2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2014 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Design assessment will be based on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent will be accepted through March 1, 2014. Final entries are due May 2, 2014.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Division and the International Space Station Program Office are sponsoring a workshop at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting 2014 in Denver, Colo. The workshop, titled International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Opportunities in Physical Science, will take place on March 2, 2014, from 1:30 – 6 p.m. CST.

The purpose of this workshop is to allow members of the American Physical Society, and in particular, students and post-doctoral students, to gain some familiarity with the interesting gravity-dependent phenomena that have been discovered from physical sciences research carried out on the International Space Station, or ISS. Presenters will cover recent results from experiments in fluid physics, complex fluids and combustion science.

The workshop will provide a better understanding of existing and planned ISS research capabilities and current funding opportunities for graduate students. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with NASA flight experiment principal investigators and ISS Program Office staff in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the session. A noteworthy participant will be an ISS astronaut with experience in operating physical sciences experiments on the space station.

For more information, visit http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/iss.cfm.

This event is free for attendees and registration is not required.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov or Dr. Fred Kohl at fred.j.kohl@nasa.gov.

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Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101

Space Systems Engineering 101, a new massive open online course from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is free to the public and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA’s engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

The course will feature lectures from NASA scientists and engineers and Google Plus Hangouts with NASA personnel. Winners of an optional project competition will receive a chance to tour NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

For more information and to register for the course, visit http://www.saylor.org/2014/02/blog-announcement-space-systems-engineering-course-starts-march-3rd/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to http://www.saylor.org/feedback/.

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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held June 17-19, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. NASA is seeking abstracts and poster proposals under the categories of discoveries in microgravity science; discoveries in space science, earth science, engineering and education; applications benefiting earth; applications enabling Exploration; applications in technology; commercial applications; and opportunities. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Due to the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is March 3, 2014.

For more information about the conference and how to submit and abstract for consideration, visit http://www.astronautical.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Dr. David Spencer at dbs9@psu.edu.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on March 4, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

Both activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar28.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to arrive at Mars in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish-speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on March 8, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due March 4, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/chicago-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Would Your Cell Phone Work In Space?

Do you wonder if your cell phone would work in space? In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA invites students and teachers to participate in a live video Web chat with Dr. Kathleen Morse, who will answer this question and more. Dr. Morse is the principal investigator for “The Evaluation of Gumstix COM in Low Earth Orbit” sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS. CASIS manages the International Space Station’s U.S. National Laboratory. During the chat, ask Dr. Morse your question by sending it via email to dlinfochannel@gmail.com or tweet the question with #askDLN.

The hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on March 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on March 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the Boomerang Design Challenge and two extensions featuring free computer simulations that teach students about airflow around airfoils. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

Due to popular demand, this Web seminar will be repeated on May 1, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar17.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to arrive at the Red Planet in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learning experiences centered around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA workshop is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop and receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities. The expectation is that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, in Boulder, Colo. Participants receive a travel stipend and a second stipend after conducting a local workshop. Free housing and meals will be provided.

Applications are due March 7, 2014.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/mea/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to maven_epo@ssl.berkeley.edu.

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

March 8, 2014 — Space Exploration
April 12, 2014 — Astronomy
May 10, 2014 — Energy

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of events should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

March 8, 2014 — Rediscovering the Milky Way
We know more about the structure of other galaxies than our own. Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss how the Milky Way would look if viewed from another galaxy and why this is important.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops for in-service science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place on Penn State University Park campus facilities in Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 16, 2014.

The Origins and Fate of Our Cosmos: Understanding Big Bang Cosmology (Grades 6-12) — July 21-25, 2014
Delve into the field of cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole. Learn what modern observational and theoretical work has shown about the origin, fate and nature of the universe. The pillars and successes of the Big Bang model will be examined in detail. Modern ideas about gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/cosmology.html

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics (Grades 9-12) — July 28 – Aug. 1, 2014
Participants will get a brief overview of modern particle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will help participants build and use devices made from household materials to detect air showers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed to Alli Fox at spacegrant@psu.edu.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 21st screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through March 17, 2014. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Celebrate Solar Week — Spring 2014

Solar Week, March 17-21, 2014, provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students in upper elementary, middle and high school students can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars or astronomy in general. Many lessons are suitable for fun computer lab activities as well. After doing the activities, students can interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront of sun-Earth research. Solar Week is great for learning about our nearest star, the sun.

To learn more and to register to participate, visit http://www.solarweek.org.

Questions about Solar Week may be emailed to solarweek@solarweek.org.

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Free NASA Online Course — Teaching Tomorrow’s Engineers

NASA Educator Professional Development and the National Science Teachers Association have joined forces to create and offer this first-of-its-kind online course for middle school educators. Participants can earn a certificate acknowledging 15 hours of effort. Graduate credit is available for a fee.

Module 1: Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
Event Dates:
March 26, March 31, April 7 and April 17, 2014

Module 2 (optional): Implementing the Engineering Design Process in Your Classroom
Event Dates:
April 21 and April 28, 2014

For more information about the course and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/NEScourse.aspx.

Questions about this series opportunity should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is March 31, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place June 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities.

For more information and to register to attend, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/Events/.

Questions about this event should be directed to vcasa@umbc.edu.

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MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 3 Plus a New Featured Promising Practice

On behalf of NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to post the third set of videos in the MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Series.

This new set of videos features top university leaders describing diversity and inclusion practices for underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The video series supports the national goal of educating one million STEM graduates needed in the coming decades to bolster innovation and productivity, educate our citizens and expand our economy.

Over the coming months, the series will offer several additional diversity and inclusion perspectives and promising practices. Each new set of videos will emphasize a new topic, with previous topics archived on the website. NASA invites you to watch the videos and offer your comments and/or ideas on this critical area for national discussion. By sharing these success stories, NASA strives to help create more diverse STEM education communities and, in turn, advance our Nation’s leadership role in cutting edge technology.

For more information and to view the video series, visit http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.html.

The NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is also pleased to announce the posting of a new featured promising practice from one of our grant recipients. The Museum of Science, or MOS, in Boston. Mass., offers useful information for other recipients on its efforts to enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities through universal design principles. This includes MOS’s Universal Design Plan and tips booklet. These may be accessed at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/PP_featured.html.

We hope you find this new material helpful in your continuing efforts to advance equal opportunity compliance and diversity and inclusion at your respective institutions. We invite you to offer your questions or commentary on at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/ask.html, or to join the MissionSTEM mailing list (sign up at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/index.html, lower left hand corner).

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — Feb. 20, 2014

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Feb. 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

International FameLab Competition: Exploring Earth and Beyond — St. Louis Regional Event
Audience: Higher Education Students — Undergraduate and Graduate Level
Event Date: Feb. 21-22, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 22, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2014

Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 24, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 25, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Student Presentations to Stream Live From National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Event Date: Feb. 27-28, 2014

Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST

2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014

OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students
Deadline: March 1 and April 1, 2014

Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Audience: Principal investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of Federally Funded Project Awarded to HBCUs
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities
Audience: Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows and Advisors
Workshop Date: March 2, 2014

Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Course Start Date: March 3, 2014

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 3, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014
Workshop Date: March 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2014
Application Deadline: March 16, 2014

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: May 2, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of GooglePlus Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Earth’s Energy Budget — Feb. 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Review and analyze Earth’s energy budget with Dr. Brian Soden and Dr. Julie Lambert from the Florida Atlantic University/University of Miami Climate Science Investigation project. Gain an understanding of how incoming energy from the sun and outgoing energy from Earth ultimately drives our climate. Discover teacher resources, including an interactive Web tool, printable worksheets, related background information and additional NASA content that can be used to guide your students through instruction on these topics.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal Protection System. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch. The student activity provides opportunities for addressing national science, technology and mathematics standards as well as middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be offered again on April 17, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar12.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than Feb. 24, 2014, and to NASA by Feb. 21, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by Feb. 24, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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International FameLab Competition: Exploring Earth and Beyond — St. Louis Regional Event

NASA and National Geographic are hosting a FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond regional competition in conjunction with National Geographic’s Young Explorers Workshop on Feb. 21-22, 2014, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Are you passionate about science? Do you love to communicate?

At regional competitions throughout the U.S., early career scientists from numerous disciplines are competing to convey their research and related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides or charts are allowed. Contestants may only use the power of words and any prop that can be held in their hands.

Winners from each of the regional competitions will compete at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., in April 2014. Contestants will compete for a grand prize and the opportunity to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the United Kingdom in June 2014.

For more information and to register to take part in the competition, visit http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this competition should be emailed to Daniella Scalice at daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Feb. 22, 2014 — How to Color the Universe
Pink planets? Green galaxies? Purple blobs? Take a colorful tour of the multiwavelength universe with telescopic data. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke will discuss how images are made, and how we perceive and understand them.

March 8, 2014 — Rediscovering the Milky Way
We know more about the structure of other galaxies than our own. Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss how the Milky Way would look if viewed from another galaxy and why this is important.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports

Kickoff your classroom activities with NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports! This series of free virtual educator professional development webinars will help you hit an education homerun. Discover ways that sports and NASA connect and energize your classroom with free student engagement opportunities.

Upcoming webinar events include:

Digestion in Space
Feb. 24, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Learn about some of the key physiological changes the human body goes through as it acclimates to microgravity and how astronauts eat healthy while living on the International Space Station.

Spaced Out Sports
Feb. 25, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
“Spaced Out Sports” is a unique program that uses a variety of sports clips, filmed on Earth and on the International Space Station, that will challenge your students to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Remotely Operated Vehicles on a Budget
Feb. 26, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Excite your students in STEM by designing, building and testing underwater remotely operated vehicles, also known as ROVs.

Drag Race to Mars
Feb. 27, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Understand the science of racing and forces of flight and motion by designing a capsule to land on Mars, just as NASA engineers have.

To register for these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through March 20, 2014, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Feb. 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This web seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

These lessons provide many opportunities for addressing national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar26.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

NASA Literature for K-5 Students
Audience:
Grades K-5 Pre-service and In-service Educators
Event Date:
Feb. 25, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute seminar and discover NASA literacy resources that can be used with K-5 students.

NASA Quest: Mystery of the Microbes
Audience:
K-12, Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Feb. 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, you will discover life as an astrobiologist, learn about the diversity of life in the microscopic world and explore the microbes in your kitchen and in extreme environments using hands-on activities and demonstrations.

How High Are Vertical Distances?
Audience:
Grades 4-8 Pre-service and In-service Educators
Event Date:
Feb. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will create a vertical model of the Earth’s atmospheric layers. Applicable national science standards and Next Generation Science Standards will be explored and aligned to this lesson.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into your classroom and receive an overview of the engineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design and construct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar11.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Student Presentations to Stream Live From National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting

The National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting will be streaming students’ presentations live through the NASA Digital Learning Network, or DLN. Anticipated topics include ballooning and beginning a career in aviation, rocketry and robotics.

Live streaming of the presentations will take place Feb. 27, 2014, at 3:03-3:50 p.m. EST and Feb. 28, 2014, at 1:10-1:55 p.m. EST.

These meetings are held to highlight the accomplishments of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and its 52 consortia, and will represent institutions of higher learning from all across the country. NASA Space Grant’s goal is to provide opportunities in aerospace education and awareness.

To view these presentations live, please access NASA DLN at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Aleksandra Korobov at aleksandra.korobov@nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality

The search for a deeper understanding of the universe has revealed a wealth of highly speculative but startling concepts, such as the possibilities that there are extra dimensions of space, that reality is closely akin to a hologram and that there may be more than one universe. On Feb. 28, 2014, Brian Greene will share his insights into these ideas and offer a critical assessment of their scientific merits.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. EST at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9119.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Applicants must teach full time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum.

Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. The awardee’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, administers this award to nationally honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Questions about this award should be directed to education@epa.gov.

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OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide high school students and undergradate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2014 opportunities are due March 1, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for a new educational program called Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This program enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design, or CAD, with a provided template. Short experiment proposals are submitted, and test cells are manufactured by Portland State University using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 9-12 as well as mixed-grade teams, of grades 5-12, which include at least one student in grades 9-12. Teams may be of any size and can include, for example, an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the United States, but is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2014.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Strategic partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, and the federal government have led to bold and innovative scientific discoveries and mechanism for student development that have far-reaching implications for the future. Recently, the White House Initiative on HBCUs released reports that provide details on the billions of dollars that 31 federal agencies have provided to HBCUs over the last five years to support federal agency program priorities. Although the revenue to HBCUs from Federal agencies is only a fraction of total revenue provided to all institutions of higher education, HBCUs individually and collectively have developed many cutting-edge initiatives and student-centered programs though federal partnerships. The editors of this compendium seek to publish high-quality empirical studies from principal investigators and co-principal investigators of federally funded projects at HBCUs.

Manuscripts acceptable for this volume will include the following:

— The author is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a federally funded project awarded to an HBCU;
— The manuscript focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematic; social sciences; arts and humanities; program evaluation; or needs assessment;
— The project received federal funding within the past three years or has been completed within the past two years;
— The manuscript uses an objective and widely established quantitative or qualitative research methodology.

For initial consideration, please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words and a brief biographical sketch from the primary author via email by March 1, 2014. All inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to Dr. Ivory A. Toldson at ivory.toldson@ed.gov. Invited authors will need to submit completed manuscripts by May 31, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/2014/02/04/call-for-papers-%E2%80%90-the-white-house-initiative-on-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/.

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Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Division and the International Space Station Program Office are sponsoring a workshop at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting 2014 in Denver, Colo. The workshop, titled International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Opportunities in Physical Science, will take place on March 2, 2014, from 1:30 – 6 p.m. CST.

The purpose of this workshop is to allow members of the American Physical Society, and in particular, students and post-doctoral students, to gain some familiarity with the interesting gravity-dependent phenomena that have been discovered from physical sciences research carried out on the International Space Station, or ISS. Presenters will cover recent results from experiments in fluid physics, complex fluids and combustion science.

The workshop will provide a better understanding of existing and planned ISS research capabilities and current funding opportunities for graduate students. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with NASA flight experiment principal investigators and ISS Program Office staff in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the session. A noteworthy participant will be an ISS astronaut with experience in operating physical sciences experiments on the space station.

For more information, visit http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/iss.cfm.

This event is free for attendees and registration is not required.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov or Dr. Fred Kohl at fred.j.kohl@nasa.gov.

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Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101

Space Systems Engineering 101, a new massive open online course from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is free to the public and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA’s engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

The course will feature lectures from NASA scientists and engineers and Google Plus Hangouts with NASA personnel. Winners of an optional project competition will receive a chance to tour NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

For more information and to register for the course, visit http://www.saylor.org/2014/02/blog-announcement-space-systems-engineering-course-starts-march-3rd/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to http://www.saylor.org/feedback/.

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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held June 17-19, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. NASA is seeking abstracts and poster proposals under the categories of discoveries in microgravity science; discoveries in space science, earth science, engineering and education; applications benefiting earth; applications enabling Exploration; applications in technology; commercial applications; and opportunities. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Due to the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is March 3, 2014.

For more information about the conference and how to submit and abstract for consideration, visit http://www.astronautical.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Dr. David Spencer at dbs9@psu.edu.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to arrive at Mars in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish-speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on March 8, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due March 4, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/chicago-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops for in-service science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place on Penn State University Park campus facilities in Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 16, 2014.

The Origins and Fate of Our Cosmos: Understanding Big Bang Cosmology (Grades 6-12) — July 21-25, 2014
Delve into the field of cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole. Learn what modern observational and theoretical work has shown about the origin, fate and nature of the universe. The pillars and successes of the Big Bang model will be examined in detail. Modern ideas about gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/cosmology.html

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics (Grades 9-12) — July 28 – Aug. 1, 2014
Participants will get a brief overview of modern particle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will help participants build and use devices made from household materials to detect air showers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed to Alli Fox at spacegrant@psu.edu.

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2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2014 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Design assessment will be based on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent will be accepted through March 1, 2014. Final entries are due May 2, 2014.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — Feb. 13, 2014

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

NES Web Seminar — Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2014

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program
Audience: Preservice Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST and 6:30 p.m. EST

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Feb. 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

International FameLab Competition: Exploring Earth and Beyond — St. Louis Regional Event
Audience: Higher Education Students — Undergraduate and Graduate Level
Event Date: Feb. 21-22, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 22, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2014

Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 24, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014

OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students
Deadline: March 1 and April 1, 2014

Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Audience: Principal investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of Federally Funded Project Awarded to HBCUs
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014
Workshop Date: March 8, 2014

Arizona State University Mars Education Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Symposium Dates: June 16-20, 2014

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World Webisode — Inner Space at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory
Audience: All Educators and Students

International Space Station Research/Science: Get up to Speed and in the Know!
Audience: All Educators

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NES Web Seminar — Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates the effects of radiation on living organisms. Learn how sun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, or UV, radiation, learn countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypic changes in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Also see how you can expand the range of items tested in this lab by using different sun protection materials. Use this activity to establish a connection for your students between science and a real-world situation. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addresses high school Next Generation Science Standards.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar30.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low -size, -weight and -power lasers.

Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Career Faculty Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)” are due Feb. 14, 2014. The deadline for submitting final proposals is March 14, 2014.

For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit http://tinyurl.com/kcglhca.

This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Bonnie F. James at HQ-STMD-SpaceTech-REDDI-2013@nasa.gov.

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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held June 17-19, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. NASA is seeking abstracts and poster proposals under the categories of discoveries in microgravity science; discoveries in space science, earth science, engineering and education; applications benefiting earth; applications enabling Exploration; applications in technology; commercial applications; and opportunities. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Due to the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is Feb. 14, 2014.

For more information about the conference and how to submit and abstract for consideration, visit http://www.astronautical.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Dr. David Spencer at dbs9@psu.edu.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a preservice teacher program) in Summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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NES Web Seminar — Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Feb. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell Energy Availability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages of downward radiation in locations around the U.S., and analyze NASA data to determine areas where conditions would be conducive to having solar panels. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar3.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Webshop Facilitator Training
Audience:
Education Administrators, K-12 In-service and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Feb. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST
Attend this 90-minute webinar and learn how to be a facilitator for educator professional development webshops. Participants will be trained in preparation and roles of the facilitator during an event as well as possible pitfalls.

Curiosity on Mars: The Search for Clues of Life
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-8, Including In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date:
Feb. 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 90-minute seminar, NASA education specialists will review the recent history of Mars exploration and examine new discoveries. Participants will also learn about an engaging student activity called “Mars Image Analysis.”

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of GooglePlus Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Earth’s Energy Budget — Feb. 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Review and analyze Earth’s energy budget with Dr. Brian Soden and Dr. Julie Lambert from the Florida Atlantic University/University of Miami Climate Science Investigation project. Gain an understanding of how incoming energy from the sun and outgoing energy from Earth ultimately drives our climate. Discover teacher resources, including an interactive Web tool, printable worksheets, related background information and additional NASA content that can be used to guide your students through instruction on these topics.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal Protection System. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch. The student activity provides opportunities for addressing national science, technology and mathematics standards as well as middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be offered again on April 17, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar12.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than Feb. 24, 2014, and to NASA by Feb. 21, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by Feb. 24, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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International FameLab Competition: Exploring Earth and Beyond — St. Louis Regional Event

NASA and National Geographic are hosting a FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond regional competition in conjunction with National Geographic’s Young Explorers Workshop on Feb. 21-22, 2014, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Are you passionate about science? Do you love to communicate?

At regional competitions throughout the U.S., early career scientists from numerous disciplines are competing to convey their research and related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides or charts are allowed. Contestants may only use the power of words and any prop that can be held in their hands.

Winners from each of the regional competitions will compete at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., in April 2014. Contestants will compete for a grand prize and the opportunity to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the United Kingdom in June 2014.

For more information and to register to take part in the competition, visit http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this competition should be emailed to Daniella Scalice at daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Feb. 22, 2014 — How to Color the Universe
Pink planets? Green galaxies? Purple blobs? Take a colorful tour of the multiwavelength universe with telescopic data. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke will discuss how images are made, and how we perceive and understand them.

March 8, 2014 — Rediscovering the Milky Way
We know more about the structure of other galaxies than our own. Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss how the Milky Way would look if viewed from another galaxy and why this is important.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports

Kickoff your classroom activities with NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports! This series of free virtual educator professional development webinars will help you hit an education homerun. Discover ways that sports and NASA connect and energize your classroom with free student engagement opportunities.

Upcoming webinar events include:

Digestion in Space
Feb. 24, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Learn about some of the key physiological changes the human body goes through as it acclimates to microgravity and how astronauts eat healthy while living on the International Space Station.

Spaced Out Sports
Feb. 25, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
“Spaced Out Sports” is a unique program that uses a variety of sports clips, filmed on Earth and on the International Space Station, that will challenge your students to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Remotely Operated Vehicles on a Budget
Feb. 26, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Excite your students in STEM by designing, building and testing underwater remotely operated vehicles, also known as ROVs.

Drag Race to Mars
Feb. 27, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Understand the science of racing and forces of flight and motion by designing a capsule to land on Mars, just as NASA engineers have.

To register for these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through March 20, 2014, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Applicants must teach full time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum.

Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. The awardee’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, administers this award to nationally honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Questions about this award should be directed to education@epa.gov.

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OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide high school students and undergradate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2014 opportunities are due March 1, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for a new educational program called Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This program enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design, or CAD, with a provided template. Short experiment proposals are submitted, and test cells are manufactured by Portland State University using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 9-12 as well as mixed-grade teams, of grades 5-12, which include at least one student in grades 9-12. Teams may be of any size and can include, for example, an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the United States, but is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2014.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Strategic partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, and the federal government have led to bold and innovative scientific discoveries and mechanism for student development that have far-reaching implications for the future. Recently, the White House Initiative on HBCUs released reports that provide details on the billions of dollars that 31 federal agencies have provided to HBCUs over the last five years to support federal agency program priorities. Although the revenue to HBCUs from Federal agencies is only a fraction of total revenue provided to all institutions of higher education, HBCUs individually and collectively have developed many cutting-edge initiatives and student-centered programs though federal partnerships. The editors of this compendium seek to publish high-quality empirical studies from principal investigators and co-principal investigators of federally funded projects at HBCUs.

Manuscripts acceptable for this volume will include the following:

— The author is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a federally funded project awarded to an HBCU;
— The manuscript focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematic; social sciences; arts and humanities; program evaluation; or needs assessment;
— The project received federal funding within the past three years or has been completed within the past two years;
— The manuscript uses an objective and widely established quantitative or qualitative research methodology.

For initial consideration, please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words and a brief biographical sketch from the primary author via email by March 1, 2014. All inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to Dr. Ivory A. Toldson at ivory.toldson@ed.gov. Invited authors will need to submit completed manuscripts by May 31, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/2014/02/04/call-for-papers-%E2%80%90-the-white-house-initiative-on-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to arrive at Mars in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish-speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on March 8, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due March 4, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/chicago-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Arizona State University Mars Education Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom

How do scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth? What makes an environment habitable? Are the criteria for life the same or different beyond Earth? The science of astrobiology is at the forefront addressing these types of challenging questions, including where can life exist?

Currently, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is exploring Gale Crater on Mars to investigate a site that has a very interesting history that could include habitability! Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Help expand your students’ understanding of how biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere.

The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging and meals. Transportation between campus and the field trip sites will be provided. Some hiking will be required to participate in this field experience.

Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiositysymposium-ft2014.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sheri Klug Boonstra at sklug@asu.edu.

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Jonathan Bird’s Blue World Webisode — Inner Space at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Astronauts train for missions in space in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a giant pool about half the size of a football field that contains a replica of the International Space Station. A new webisode of “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World” presents a fascinating look into this high-tech diving with astronauts and explains how neutral buoyancy underwater can simulate the microgravity of space.

Join the adventure at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cwIeHpAUE0.

For educational materials to support the webisode, visit http://www.blueworldtv.com/for-educators.

Questions should be directed to blueworld@blueworldtv.com.

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International Space Station Research/Science: Get up to Speed and in the Know!

As educators, you bring the excitement of science and exploration to your students each day in the classroom. But how can you find the latest information about what is taking place aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, especially with regard to all of the science and research being operated continuously by the crews or self-sufficiently? Here are six effective ways you can keep current and feel more confident in talking to students, and others, about the space station and what is happening in the orbiting laboratory.

1) Subscribe to the ISS Program Science Listserv. Receive twice-weekly emails with compelling stories about important space station research conducted each day.
https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/iss-program-science-group

2) Read the information-rich ISS Research and Technology Web page (https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html) and the engaging ISS research blog, A Lab Aloft (https://blogs.nasa.gov/ISS_Science_Blog/).

3) Know the ISS research benefits for humanity, available in video and print formats. Find them at https://www.nasa.gov/stationbenefits/.

4) Follow timely ISS research updates on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ISS_Research), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ISS) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/nasa).

5) Learn how to get research aboard the ISS (or refer those interested). https://www.nasa.gov/stationresearchers/

6) Tap Into the ISS Toolkit, a wealth of ISS research multimedia resources at your fingertips and perfect for communication and outreach opportunities. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/iss_research_toolkit1.html

Questions about space station research and guidance on where to find additional information should be directed to the ISS Research Helpline via email at jsc-iss-research-helpline@mail.nasa.gov or by phone at 281-244-6187.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — Feb. 6, 2014

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

NES Web Seminar — Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Junior Year Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

2014 NASA Aeronautics Academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Feb. 8, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 8, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2014-2015 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-8 and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Feb. 11-12, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2014

Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics
Audience: Higher Education Community
Proposals Due Dates Begin No Sooner Than Feb. 28, 2014

Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities
Audience: Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows and Advisors
Workshop Date: March 2, 2014

American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop
Audience: K-12 Science Educators Who Teach Atmospheric Content
Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 13-25, 2014

RockOn 2014 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2014
Workshop Dates: June 14-19, 2014

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: May 2, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014

New Education Publications Available from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Audience: All Educators

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NES Web Seminar — Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.” During the activity, your students create their own electrolysis apparatus to generate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collect data. The featured student activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professional development.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar8.aspx

This is the only time this Web seminar will be offered during the current school year.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the 2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2014. Preparatory information and data analysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend and meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2014.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2014@nserc.und.edu.

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2014 NASA Aeronautics Academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center

The NASA Aeronautics Academy offers a 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on integrated systems research and training. Activities include laboratory research, subject matter lectures and technical presentations. Students learn how a NASA center functions, gain experience in research laboratories and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

To be eligible to apply, students must be undergraduate juniors or seniors or early graduate level in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens aged 18 or over. Applications are due Feb 7, 2014.

For more information, including instruction for submitting an application, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/langley-aero-academy/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Elizabeth.b.ward@nasa.gov.

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Exploration

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Feb. 8, 2014 — On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut’s View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

Feb. 22, 2014 — How to Color the Universe
Pink planets? Green galaxies? Purple blobs? Take a colorful tour of the multiwavelength universe with telescopic data. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke will discuss how images are made, and how we perceive and understand them.

March 8, 2014 — Rediscovering the Milky Way
We know more about the structure of other galaxies than our own. Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss how the Milky Way would look if viewed from another galaxy and why this is important.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage talented individuals to conduct research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, fields.

Applicants must participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission. Student stipends and research support totaling $4,000 during the academic year and $4,500 during a summer semester are available.

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/undergrad/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. The objective of this science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, research fellowship opportunity is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM industries that support NASA’s mission.

Participants in the Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program must take part in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission. Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress.

This is a competitive fellowship program, and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/gradfellow/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2014-2015 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2014-2015 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 10, 2014.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={95EC29B1-C074-F67B-F246-79B14642063D}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

For Earth Science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview
Audience:
Grades 4-8 Pre-service and In-service Educators
Event Date:
Feb. 11, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 90-minute Web seminar to explore our solar system through NASA missions and STEM activities.

Rocket Scientists Write?
Audience:
K-12, Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about language arts activities and lessons that utilize NASA materials found within NASA educator guides. Session materials will cover reading comprehension and composition.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar16.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates the effects of radiation on living organisms. Learn how sun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, or UV, radiation, learn countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypic changes in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Also see how you can expand the range of items tested in this lab by using different sun protection materials. Use this activity to establish a connection for your students between science and a real-world situation. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addresses high school Next Generation Science Standards.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar30.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low -size, -weight and -power lasers.

Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Career Faculty Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)” are due Feb. 14, 2014. The deadline for submitting final proposals is March 14, 2014.

For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit http://tinyurl.com/kcglhca.

This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Bonnie F. James at HQ-STMD-SpaceTech-REDDI-2013@nasa.gov.

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Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than Feb. 24, 2014, and to NASA by Feb. 21, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by Feb. 24, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from higher education institutions that are interested in conducting research related to a variety of topics in aeronautics fundamental research that are being pursued by NASA personnel. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements or contracts, depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements.

Proposals related to five specific aeronautics topics are being accepted: (1) Fundamental Aeronautics Program, (2) Aviation Safety Program, (3) Airspace Systems Program, (4) Integrated Systems Research Program and (5) Aeronautics Strategy and Management Program.

Proposal due dates begin Feb. 28, 2014 and end Dec. 31, 2014.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b278524A1-D118-6CFB-0FCD-799EE6C88320%7d&path=open .

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Susan Minor at NASA-roa@nasa.gov.

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Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Division and the International Space Station Program Office are sponsoring a workshop at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting 2014 in Denver, Colo. The workshop, titled International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Opportunities in Physical Science, will take place on March 2, 2014, from 1:30 – 6 p.m. CST.

The purpose of this workshop is to allow members of the American Physical Society, and in particular, students and post-doctoral students, to gain some familiarity with the interesting gravity-dependent phenomena that have been discovered from physical sciences research carried out on the International Space Station, or ISS. Presenters will cover recent results from experiments in fluid physics, complex fluids and combustion science.

The workshop will provide a better understanding of existing and planned ISS research capabilities and current funding opportunities for graduate students. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with NASA flight experiment principal investigators and ISS Program Office staff in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the session. A noteworthy participant will be an ISS astronaut with experience in operating physical sciences experiments on the space station.

For more information, visit http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/iss.cfm.

This event is free for attendees and registration is not required.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov or Dr. Fred Kohl at fred.j.kohl@nasa.gov.

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American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop

Project Atmosphere is a two-week workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society. Designed for K-12 educators who teach science courses with atmospheric content, this workshop will introduce participants to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing and forecasting weather. Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

The workshop will take place July 13-25, 2014, at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. Applications are due March 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/Proj_ATM/projatm.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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RockOn 2014 University Rocket Science Workshop

University and community college faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2014 workshop June 14-19, 2014, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 2, 2014.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

Register before April 4, 2014, and save $50 on workshop registration.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-4750.

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2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2014 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Design assessment will be based on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent will be accepted through March 1, 2014. Final entries are due May 2, 2014.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a workshop for educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Brooke Hsu at Brooke.C.Hsu@nasa.gov.

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Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.

The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a sample of Bennu’s surface and return it to Earth in a sample return capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants who submit their names to the “Messages to Bennu!” campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit http://planetary.org/bennu.

Participants who “follow” or “like” the mission on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to tps@planetary.org.

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New Education Publications Available from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Two new education publications are now available from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program
This guide provides effective practices for anyone — university faculty, K-12 teachers, administrators and others — who wants to create a project that partners science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professionals with K-12 teachers on a sustained basis. These recommendations came from the community of faculty members, graduate students, K-12 teachers, program managers and evaluators who participated in the National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education program from 1999 through 2012. While the focus in this volume is on STEM graduate students partnering with teachers, the ideas and strategies presented are useful for any groups developing teacher-scientist partnerships. To view an online version of the guide, visit http://www.gk12.org/2013/06/10/the-power-of-partnerships-a-guide-from-the-nsf-gk-12-program/. For a hard copy of the guide, contact Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

The Science Inside: Learning
This title from the acclaimed “Science Inside” book series is written in easy to understand and engaging text and provides an introduction to how people learn, from infancy to old age. Drawing upon what we have learned from exciting new research on learning and the brain, the book places the study of learning in an everyday context that makes it appropriate for a wide range of audiences, especially informal and formal educators and parents. Contact Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub