NASA Education Express — Feb. 20, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

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