Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

RFI for Concepts for the Next NASA Gravitational Wave Astronomy Mission – Corrections

Note: RFI for Concepts for the Next NASA Gravitational Wave Astronomy Mission  issued on September 27, 2011, is being corrected as follows:
– The incorrect label “Dear Colleague Letter” has been replaced by the correct label “Request for Information.”
– The response date has been extended one week to November 10, 2011.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Concepts for the Next NASA Gravitational Wave Astronomy Mission
Solicitation number: NNH11ZDA019L

Release Date:  September 27, 2011
Response Date:  November 10, 2011

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program are soliciting information through this Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to potential gravitational-wave science missions. Specifically, NASA is seeking information that can be used to develop concepts that meet some or all of the scientific objectives of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Mission. Information being sought includes relevant mission concepts, instrument concepts, enabling technologies, or any aspect of flight, ground or launch systems architecture.

The PCOS Program Office will work with the science community to develop new gravitational-wave mission concepts satisfying some or all of the scientific objectives listed in Table 1. Such scenarios might include one or more space-based observatories. These scenarios will be presented to the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) for consideration. Recommendations from the CAA will subsequently be used to guide detailed development of scientific, technical, and cost information for future US gravitational-wave missions. Data from these concept studies will also be used to assess future technology needs for the Astrophysics Division. Information from the technology assessment will also be provided to the CAA.

This Request for Information (RFI) is the first step in this process. Through this RFI, NASA is seeking information relevant to gravitational-wave mission concept(s) that will satisfy some or all the scientific objectives listed in Table 1. The RFI also requests standalone instrument concepts as well as relevant key enabling technologies for such missions or instruments. Mission concepts should range in cost from ~ $300M to $2,000M in FY12 dollars.

The full text of the request for information is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA019L”).

For further information on this RFI, please contact Jean Cottam, PCOS Chief Scientist, at jean.cottam@nasa.gov. You may also contact the NASA HQ PCOS program officers, Jaya Bajpayee, PCOS Program Executive, at jaya.bajpayee-1@nasa.gov, and Rita Sambruna, PCOS Program Scientist, at rita.m.sambruna@nasa.gov. Please check http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/ for the most up to date information on the program.

Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability | Earthzine

Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability | Earthzine.

Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability

Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay for its 2011 Third Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest. This year’s contest theme is “How Can Earth Observation Help Us to Build a More Sustainable World?”

Winners will share $1,200 in prizes, with $500 for the first prize. They also will receive certificates. All finalists will receive an Earthzine T-shirt.

Eligibility: Enrollment in any (e.g. American, European, African, Asian, etc.) undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university, attending full or part-time at the time of essay submission. Please indicate your anticipated year of graduation and the contact email of your registrar.

The submission deadline is Dec. 22, 2011 (Solstice).

Find more information at http://www.earthzine.org/2011/09/22/earthzine-to-hold-third-annual-essay-and-blogging-contest-on-sustainability/

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Wonders of Weather: “What do you See?” Art Contest – Deadline Nov 7, 2011

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) 2011 Wonders of Weather: “What do you See?” art contest invites young scientists and artists (Grades 2-4) to explore weather. See what it feels like outside, watch the weather report and spy out of the window. Read stories and books. Search websites. Watch movies. Then draw a picture showing what you learned. And don’t forget to enter your artwork in the 2011 IGES art contest!

For more information, visit the IGES contest site at http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=student&sub3=2011contest

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Geoscience Webcast With NASA’s Chief Scientist – Oct 12, 2011

Earth Science Week Web Event With NASA’s Chief Scientist (Oct. 12) | NASA Earth & Space Science Education News.

Earth Science Week 2011 encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. “Our Ever-Changing Earth,” the theme of ESW 2011, engages your people and the public in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. In honor of Earth Science Week 2011, NASA will host a web event with Dr. Waleed Abdalati, NASA’s Chief Scientist. Dr. Abdalati – an Earth scientist – will share his stories and perspectives on our ever-changing Earth. Participants will be able to email questions during the webcast, and will be able to interact with the guests live on NASA’s Digital Learning Network’s DLiNfo Channel at http://dln.nasa.gov/dln.

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RFI for Concepts for the Next NASA X-ray Astronomy Mission – Corrections

Note: The RFI for Concepts for the Next NASA X-ray Astronomy Mission issued on September 13, 2011, is being corrected as follows:
– The incorrect label “Dear Colleague Letter” has been replaced by the correct label “Request for Information.”
– The page limit for responses is 10 pages. It was incorrectly stated as being 7 pages in one place in the full text of the RFI.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)

Concepts for the Next NASA X-ray Astronomy Mission
Solicitation number: NNH11ZDA018L

Release Date: September 13, 2011
Response Date: October 28, 2011

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program is soliciting information through this Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to potential X-Ray astronomy missions. Specifically, NASA is seeking information that can be used to develop concepts that meet some or all of the scientific objectives of the International X ray Observatory (IXO). Information being sought includes relevant mission concepts, instrument concepts, enabling technologies, or any aspect of flight, ground or launch systems architecture.

The PCOS Program Office will work with the science community to develop new X-ray astronomy mission concepts satisfying some or all of the scientific objectives listed in Table 1. Such scenarios might include one or more observatories. These scenarios will be presented to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) for consideration. Recommendations from the CAA will subsequently be used to guide detailed development of scientific, technical, and cost information for some or all of these X-Ray mission concepts. Data from these concept studies will also be used to assess future technology needs for the Astrophysics Division. Information from the technology assessment will also be provided to the CAA.

This Request for Information (RFI) is the first step in this process. Through this RFI, NASA is seeking information relevant to an X-ray astronomy mission concept or mission concepts that will satisfy some or all the scientific objectives listed in Table 1. The RFI also requests standalone instrument concepts as well as relevant key enabling technologies for such missions or instruments. Mission concepts should range in cost from ~ $300M to $2,000M in FY12 dollars.

The full text of the request for information is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA018L”).

For further information on this RFI, please contact Jean Cottam, PCOS Chief Scientist, at jean.cottam@nasa.gov. You may also contact the NASA HQ PCOS program officers, Jaya Bajpayee, PCOS Program Executive, at jaya.bajpayee-1@nasa.gov, and Rita Sambruna, PCOS Program Scientist, at rita.m.sambruna@nasa.gov. Please check http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/ for the most up to date information on the PCOS Program.

2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards – Application Deadline Jan 16, 2012

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2012 at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2012.

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg (@) amfcse.org.

Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar – Oct 6, 2011

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, Projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascent activity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebra concepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-regression/.

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

Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar – Oct 5, 2011

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 Oct. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The student activity featured in this seminar will introduce grades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar will review criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — and apply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of three different soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Viking landers used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.aspx .

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

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