Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

A Vision of Discovery! Understanding NASA Images through Art Workshop for K-12 Educators at OMSI March 10, 2012

An artist's rendition of the inner solar system

An artist's rendition of the inner solar system

A Vision of Discovery!
Understanding NASA Images through Art
Workshop for K-12 Educators at OMSI!
March 10, 2012

NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers missions are exploring the solar system and sending back to Earth never-before-seen images. This workshop presents new images of Mercury from MESSENGER, of asteroid Vesta from Dawn, and prepares for the first ever close-up images of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt from New Horizons.

Participants will get the latest updates on these exciting missions from dynamic scientists, then learn how to use art to engage students in the appreciation and interpretation of NASA imagery. Techniques for inspiring and energizing students will be presented, along with activities that will help students analyze and understand science images using the elements of art. Additional activities will be demonstrated as well.

Special Speakers

  • Dr. Ralph McNutt, New Horizons
  • Dr. Bonnie Buratti, Dawn
  • Dr. Nancy Chabot, MESSENGER
  • Ms. Monica Aiello, Planetary Science Artist

The workshop will be held in four locations simultaneously on March 10. All locations will feature the special speakers and activities, tied in through NASA’s Digital Learning Network.

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

A registration fee of $25 is required to cover lunch and snacks. Everyone will receive a terrific packet of resources containing activities and curricula for all grade levels, links to great interactives, and more. For those who cannot attend in person, a webinar option will be offered.

Register now! For more information, visit: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/vision_of_discovery.asp

NASA – NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency’s fiscal year 2013 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 13. The news conference will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E St. SW, in Washington.

You can read the press announcement at the following link: NASA – NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2013 Budget.

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NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships – Application Deadline March 1, 2012

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships (NPP) (Applications accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and Nov. 1)

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, Earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, lunar science, or astrobiology. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar.

Stipends for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year, with moderate supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Funds are available for relocation expenses, up to a specified limit, and health insurance is available through the program. Fellows also receive $8,000 per appointment year to support travel to conferences, meetings, and other activities that directly support their research. For further information and to apply, visit http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm.

Barringer Field Work Grant for Graduate Students Studying Impact Craters – Deadline April 6

Meteor Impact Crater on Earth

Meteor Crater, Arizona

The Barringer Crater Company has established a special fund to support field work by eligible students interested in studying the impact cratering process. This program provides three to five competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500-$5,000 for the support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible.

For additional details, please visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/index.html.

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2012 Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge – Deadline March 1, 2012

The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are proud to announce the first-ever Army-Navy Bridge Design Contest. This competition is a special edition of the national West Point Bridge Design Contest, created specifically for 6th- and 7th-grade students. The contest provides students with a realistic introduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of two. There’s no cost to enter the competition. Contestants may compete on behalf of either the Army or the Navy. Students must enter this contest through a teacher sponsor. No individual submissions will be accepted.

Design submissions are due March 1, 2012. Top designs will advance to semifinal competitions. The top Army semifinalist and the top Navy semifinalist will compete in a final round competition at West Point in May 2012.

For more information about this competition, visit http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/armynavy.htm
Questions about this competition should be directed to wpbedc1@gmail.com.

Call For Abstracts – International Astronautical Congress – Deadline February 29, 2012

Call for Abstracts – 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Naples, Italy – October 1-5, 2012

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The IAC is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

In 2012, the IAC will be held in Naples, Italy, October 1-5, 2012. The IAC has posted a “Call for Abstracts,” with a submission deadline of February 29, 2012 (14:00 CET). NASA plans to also announce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submit abstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF. Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” is to be determined (TBD). The selected NASA sponsored students are required to also be selected by the IAF.

Please visit the IAC website, http://www.iac2012.org/ for additional information about the Congress and to obtain information about the “Call for Abstracts,” visit, http://www.iafastro.org/docs/2012/iac/IAC2012_CallForPapers.pdf.

Important IAC Deadlines
• Abstract submission closes February 29, 2012 (14:00 CET)
• Paper Submission closes September 12, 2012 (14:00 CET)
• Presentation Submission closes September 26, 2012 (14:00 CET)

The point of contact at NASA is Carolyn Knowles, carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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Science Videos From Astronaut Don Pettit

Astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station

Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit. Image from NASA

NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have begun a partnership to share videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit, currently on the orbiting outpost as a member of the Expedition 30 crew, will use everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through “Science off the Sphere” presentations.

Space fans know Pettit from his previous science demonstrations performed in space, such as the “Zero G Coffee Cup” from the space shuttle’s STS-126 mission in 2008. This time he has added a physics challenge for viewers. Some episodes of “Science off the Sphere” will end with a question. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit will announce the winner from aboard the station.

APS, the professional society for physicists, plans to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by sharing the “Science off the Sphere” videos on its outreach website, Physics Central. The website also will feature the physics challenges and educational content on topics Pettit demonstrates.

Pettit spent more than five and half months on board the station during Expedition 6 in 2002 and 2003. He returned to space during STS-126. Most recently, Pettit launched to the orbiting laboratory Dec. 23 with Russian Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers. The crew joined Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, who have been on the station since Nov. 16.

Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers will remain on the station until May as members of the Expedition 31 crew. The crew members will support dozens of experiments during their time aboard the station.

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