Daily Archives: October 8, 2008


Prognosticators to Give Weather Outlooks for Upcoming Winter

Weather experts from the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will gather at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for the 16th annual “What Will the Winter Be Like” meeting. The event is held in the OMSI auditorium and is free and open to the public.

“Will we have another La Nina this winter?” ponders Oregon-AMS president Kyle Dittmer. “We haven’t seen a back-to-back La Nina since the 1970s – we’re way overdue. Perhaps we’ll just have a ‘normal’ winter, whatever that means anymore.”

Experts in the field of weather will talk about the forthcoming winter. Mark Nelsen, KPTV meteorologist, will give a review of the past winter in the Pacific Northwest.

This year’s speakers include: Steve Todd, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NOAA-National Weather Service Portland; Kyle Dittmer, Hydrologist-Meteorologist, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Portland; Pete Parsons, Meteorologist, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Salem; and George Taylor, Climatologist, Applied Climate Services LLC, Corvallis.

About Oregon AMS
The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society is the local arm of the national organization that promotes the use and understanding of meteorology in the Oregon and Southwest Washington area. New members are always welcome to join the Oregon AMS; information on membership will be available at the meeting. www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/index.html

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums and a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 800.955.OMSI or 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu

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Students, Experience Microgravity with NASA – Proposal Deadlines October 22, 2008

Opportunity #1 –
The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of four-six months. The overall experience includes scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach activities.

Proposals Due – October 22
Selectees Announced – December 11

For more information, please visit the website – http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa

Opportunity #2 –
Announcing a new reduced gravity flight opportunity for undergraduate teams and faculty! Yes, faculty members will be eligible to participate as a flight team member with this project!

NASA Reduced Gravity Systems Engineering Senior Design Flight Project Overview NASA has identified ongoing projects that are systems engineering and reduced gravity related. Applications for these projects are available to all undergraduate students (at least 18 years-of-age, US Citizens and enrolled full-time in a college or university) as senior design projects. 10 projects will be selected to participate in this opportunity.

The students attached to the selected proposals would then work with a NASA mentor lead for that project, to prepare the experiments for flight. In addition to student involvement, one university/college faculty member will be invited to fly with each team. This will help to provide faculty members with teaching materials in their classroom and can be used as a motivator to increase their students interest in systems engineering.

Conditions permitting, each investigation will be flown twice so that there can be replication of the investigation and any problems encountered during the first flight can be corrected during the second. After returning to their respective campuses, the flight teams will conduct technical outreach events for younger students.

Team composition must include these four members:
1 – faculty member
1 – undergraduate senior
2 – other undergraduate students
Proposal Deadline: October 22, 2008

For project applications and detailed information on how undergraduate teams can participate in this NASA Reduced Gravity Systems Engineering Senior Design Flight Project, visit: http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/SE/


2008-2009 Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competition – Deadlines Vary

The Fundamental Aeronautics Program has announced its new competition for the academic year. Students from high school grades through graduate school are invited to research and design a small supersonic airliner that could enter service in the next decade. The competition has two divisions: High School and College/University. Teams or individuals may enter either contest, and the program encourages interdisciplinary partnerships.

High school participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. For the high school division, a notice of intent is requested by Dec. 15, 2008. Final projects are due March 15, 2009.

Undergraduate and graduate participants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. For the college and university division, a notice of intent is requested by
Jan. 15, 2009. Final papers are due April 30, 2009.
International students may participate, but they are not eligible for certain prizes.

For more information about the contest, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/competitions.htm

Fall 2008 Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest – Deadline Oct 30, 2008

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants are challenged to examine three target images taken by Cassini and choose the one that they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be explained in a 500-word essay.

The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Deadline for submission is Oct. 30, 2008. For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientist/

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