NASA Education Express — June 26, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

Free Lecture — From Air and Space to the Railroad and Beyond: An Evening With Brig. Gen. James A. McDivitt
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: June 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline EXTENDED to June 27, 2014

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

U.S. Department of Education ‘First in the World’ Grant Competition
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Application Deadline: June 30, 2014

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development — Planetary System Mission Series
Audience:
K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Event Dates: July 1-3, 2014

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: July 1, 2014

Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Concept Paper Due: July 10, 2014

Destination Station: San Diego
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: July 13-20, 2014

Call for Proposals to Develop Coursework for the InTeGrate Project
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Instructors
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2014

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: July 16, 2014

Free Lecture — Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System’s Frontier
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: July 16, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards
Audience: Higher Education
Intent to Nominate Date: Aug. 1, 2014

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Symposium Dates: Sept. 18-19, 2014

MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 4
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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Free Lecture — From Air and Space to the Railroad and Beyond: An Evening With Brig. Gen. James A. McDivitt

On June 26, 2014, former astronaut James A. McDivitt takes the podium to reflect on the various stages of his careers from the 1950s to the present. McDivitt was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and logged over 5,000 flight hours before being selected as an astronaut in 1962. He flew a Gemini mission and commanded Apollo 9. Upon leaving NASA in 1972, McDivitt began another career in the energy, railroad and aerospace industries.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. The lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9696.

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

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Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference

A call for abstracts has been released for the 30th annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, or ASGSR, conference and the 28th Symposium on Gravity-Related Phenomena in Space Exploration. The meeting will take place Oct. 23-26, 2014, at The Westin Pasadena in California.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than June 27, 2014, using the abstract submittal form and instructions posted on the ASGSR website. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the conference organizing committee.

All accepted abstracts from students will be presented as posters or orally in competitions. The student poster competition will be judged by society members, and monetary awards will be given during the banquet scheduled for Oct. 25, 2014. Student competition winners will be encouraged to submit an extended abstract or a communication article to the ASGSR journal “Gravitational and Space Research.” All students are expected to coordinate with their advisors when submitting an abstract for the conference.

Student travel assistance of up to $500 is available on a limited basis. Students requesting consideration for travel assistance should check the box on the abstract submittal form.

For more information, visit https://www.asgsr.org/index.php/news/asews-a-announcements/1814-2014-call-for-abstracts-announcement. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Ms. Jobi Cook at admin@asgsr.org.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Time is running out to have your students’ names flown aboard Orion during its first flight! NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC, invites students around the world to think and act like scientists 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. Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-12 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts.

The names of all students participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crew members 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.

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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U.S. Department of Education ‘First in the World’ Grant Competition

To spur innovation in higher education aimed at helping more students access and complete a college degree or credential, the U.S. Department of Education recently announced the availability of $75 million in the ‘First in the World,’ or FITW, program. Grants from the program will fund the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies at colleges and universities that improve college attainment and make higher education more affordable for students and families.

The FITW competition aims to increase postsecondary access, affordability and completion for underrepresented, underprepared or low-income students at institutions across the country. Colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals addressing key priorities around boosting enrollment and attainment for those students, or minimizing gaps between these students and their peers; improving transfer rates between community college and four-year institutions; increasing enrollment and completion rates among underrepresented, underprepared or low-income students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; reducing time to completion; and increasing college affordability.

Applications are due June 30, 2014.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fitw/index.html.

If you have questions about the opportunity, please email your inquiries to OPEFirstintheWorld@ed.gov.

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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development — Planetary System Mission Series

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help teachers explain Earth’s place in the universe and the use of waves to transfer information. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Planetary System Mission Series 1: Exploring Mars
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to inquiry-based activities related to missions to Mars.

Planetary System Mission Series 2: Current Missions
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to some of NASA’s most current missions.

Planetary System Mission Series 3: Solar System Moons
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will survey missions to moon in the solar system and related educational activities.

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 Phyllis Alford at palford@paragon-tec.com.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program, or NPP, supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as senior fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1 and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Office and the International Space Station Program Office are seeking hypothesis-driven research concept papers that use the International Space Station as a microgravity platform in the space life and physical sciences disciplines.

Concept papers should describe ground-based research that can be enhanced by flying in a microgravity environment on the space station. Concept papers selected will have the opportunity to submit a full flight proposal based on the merit of the research presented. NASA anticipates selecting 10 submissions to receive monetary awards. Selected awardees will be invited to submit full proposals on their research, which may result in one flight opportunity for student researchers.

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all categories of U.S. institutions who have never conducted or been involved in space research are eligible to submit papers. Student research and scientists from EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) jurisdiction institutions are specifically encouraged to participate.

Concept papers must be submitted by July 10, 2014.

For more information, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={3C132DBD-9B4F-C54F-8C0C-2D63E4693E43}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov.

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Destination Station: San Diego

Ever wonder what it’s like to live and work in space? Find out directly from NASA astronauts at the Destination Station event taking place in San Diego, California, July 13-20, 2014.

During the event, NASA will share the accomplishments, promise and opportunities for research aboard the International Space Station. Plus, NASA’s newest exhibit, Destination Station, will be on hand. This multimedia exhibit showcases what it’s like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

To learn more and to see a schedule of events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/destination_station/index.html.

Questions about this event should be directed to Megan Sumner at megan.c.sumner@nasa.gov.

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Call for Proposals to Develop Coursework for the InTeGrate Project

InTeGrate is seeking proposals from faculty and instructors to author new undergraduate-level teaching materials and model courses. All materials will be developed, tested and published by collaborative teams drawn from a minimum of three institutions and must support at least two weeks of instruction. Each team member will receive a $15,000 stipend for work authoring, testing, revising and publishing the teaching materials and supporting materials for faculty. Teaching materials will be focused on:

— modules or courses that use a humanities, engineering or social science frame to teach about the Earth.
— modules or courses that bring learning about the Earth into the core majors curricula in biology, engineering, economics or other disciplines, or that bring engineering, economics, business or other disciplines into the core geoscience major.
— modules for introductory geoscience or environmental science on any of six topics integrating geoscience and societal issues.

To learn more about the materials development and testing process and requirements for authors, visit http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/participate/2014call.html.

Proposals are due July 15, 2014.

InTeGrate is funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The program supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curricula. The goal of InTeGrate is to develop a citizenry and workforce that can address environmental and resource issues facing our society in a just and sustainable way.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Cathryn Manduca at cmanduca@carleton.edu.

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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

Milestones in Aviation and Space
July 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

Explore how aviation and space exploration have changed the world. Enjoy hands-on activities and story time, learn about Amelia Earhart’s accomplishments from an interpretive actor, and hear tales of innovations from a current NASA astronaut.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=10835

Discover the Moon Day!
July 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
Celebrate Earth’s moon! Interact one-on-one with Museum scientists who are active in lunar research, learn about current and past lunar missions and spacecraft, see 3-D images of the moon’s surface and more!
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/moonday/

We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures
Aug. 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia

Learn about the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=10772

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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Free Lecture — Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System’s Frontier

NASA’s New Horizons mission launched in 2006 and is approaching the Pluto system. It is the first mission to an outer planet since Voyager in 1989. On July 16, 2014, New Horizons team leader Alan Stern, Pluto scientist William McKinnon and science writer Dava Sobel will discuss the program’s goals for exploring the Pluto system next year and its place in the history of exploration.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9928.

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

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) has introduced a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for the 2014-2015 cycle. In addition to a total of five school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in all three of the program’s Pillars: Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs, Improved Health and Wellness, and Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education. For this award, state selection committees are particularly encouraged to document how the nominees’ sustainability work has reduced college costs, increased completion rates, led to employment, and ensured robust civic skills among graduates; and to make an effort to consider diverse types of institutions. Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities for information on how to apply in their states.

Like the PK-12 awards, this category is entirely voluntary. Hearing from interested colleges and universities may be helpful to state authorities considering 2014 – 2015 participation. State higher education authorities should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information. They can find updated criteria and other state implementation guidance on our website. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014.

Competitions vary by state, but most states will be posting their applications in the fall with deadlines to submit to them in the winter. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015. Interested PK-12 schools and districts should continue to contact their state education agencies about the school and district award applications. Do you have doubts about ED-GRS? Some Frequently Asked Questions on all three award categories are available here.

For more information, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov.

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Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014.

“Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. Panel members include professors, scientists, philosophers and astronomers representing various universities and organizations including NASA, the SETI Institute and the Library of Congress.

The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/nasa-program-2014.html.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Jason Steinhauer at jste@loc.gov.

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MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 4

On behalf of NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, the Agency’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to announce exciting new content for the MissionSTEM website’s Diversity & Inclusion, or D&I Leadership Series. The fourth set of videos in the D&I Series, “Achieving the National Challenge of One Million More STEM Graduates,” is now accessible at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.html. This new set of videos features top university leaders describing D&I practices to help achieve the president’s goal of graduating one million students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields. The series supports national efforts, such as the “one million more STEM graduates,” to bolster innovation and productivity, educate our citizens and expand our economy.

While users are encouraged to view the entire D&I series and the MissionSTEM website, the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity would also like to direct attention to the following:

NASA Innovations Impact the World
View the recently posted feature “NASA Innovations Impact the World” on the Student Corner page at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/studentCorner.html. The Innovations page highlights NASA employees talking about how their work improves life on Earth in the areas of air travel, weather forecasting, energy, information technology and the environment. The page also includes messages from NASA’s chief scientist and the associate administrator for Space Technology. These videos will help students understand the real-world applications and importance of STEM degrees.

Equal Opportunity and D&I Promising Practices
Check out the Featured Promising Practices of NASA grantees at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/PP_featured.html. Promising practices of educational institution grantees may be accessed at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/colleges.html. Promising practices of museum and science center grantees may be accessed at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/museums.html.

NASA’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity hope these materials are helpful in continuing efforts to advance equal opportunity compliance and D&I. Questions or commentary can be directed to http://missionstem.nasa.gov/ask.html. Register for the MissionSTEM mailing list at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/index.html in 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

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