NASA Education Express — Feb. 13, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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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