Daily Archives: April 14, 2009

NASA Research Announcement for Minority University Research and Education Programs Small Programs Opportunity

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is releasing a NASA Research Announcement for a MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Programs) Small Programs opportunity. The MSP effort will seek innovative approaches to using NASA-themed content in support of higher education teaching and learning. Each funded proposal is expected to leverage NASA’s unique contributions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, to enhance students’ academic experiences and/or to improve educators’ abilities to engage and stimulate their students. The target students shall be enrolled at an accredited college or university, with a declared major in STEM, or be pre-service teachers. Proposed work must be grounded in education research and/or best practices, and incorporate formative, summative and other evaluations, as appropriate.

Proposals will be accepted from Minority Serving Institutions, also known as MSIs, and organizations that support MSIs and underserved, underrepresented students. Eligible MSIs include the Department of Education-designated Historically Black College or University, Hispanic Serving Institution, Tribal College or University, or MSIs that offer degrees in STEM disciplines. These organizations and universities may apply through partnership with a NASA field center, although such a partnership is not a requirement for eligibility.

Proposers must submit a Notice of Intent by April 26, 2009. The Notice of Intent should briefly describe the work to be performed, NASA content to be featured, audiences to be reached, need, innovative approaches to be employed, estimated costs, and summary of evidence supporting the methods, techniques and tools to be used. Full proposals are due May 25, 2009.

Proposals must be submitted electronically. Proposers may use NASA’s proposal data system, NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com ), or Grants.gov to submit their proposals; however, due to technical issues associated with Grants.gov, NASA highly encourages all proposers to use NSPIRES to submit proposals.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={98DD4D19-8CD7-33E7-1F60-3DD38E31AE7B}&path=open

Online Poll for NASA’s Greatest Hits for Earth Begins Today

As part of its celebration of Earth Day, NASA is inviting the public to vote online for the most important contribution the space agency has made to exploring Earth and improving the way we live on our home planet. Voting begins today, and closes on April 21. Poll results will be announced on NASA’s Web site on Earth Day (April 22).

Poll: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/greatest_hits.html

Press release: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/apr/HQ_M09-058_Earth_poll.html

Earth Events at the Pacific Science Center – April & May 2009

On May 2, the Pacific Science Center will host a day-long special event showcasing Earth, with over twenty hands-on activity stations all facilitated by local scientists.

Activities will take place from from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visitors can find out how scientists use satellites to understand hurricane intensity, the Northern Lights, Earth’s atmosphere and more. Participants include researchers from UW, Microsoft, the National Weather Service and others.

Throughout the month of April, PSC will also hold “research days” on Thursdays and Saturdays for the public to meet with scientists in a conversational setting and engage in hands-on activities related to their research.

For the April schedule and other information, see http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/earthrevealed/

MARS ROVER DEMONSTRATION – APRIL 25, 2009 (ALL AGES)

WHO: Everyone is invited!
WHAT: Mars Rover Demonstration and Discussion
WHERE: Adair County Park – north of Corvallis, OR
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2009; 11am-2pm
Free and open to the public

The Oregon State University Robotics Club’s 2009 University Rover Challenge Team will host a demonstration of their new rover design on Saturday, April 25. The team will test their new rover design while performing tasks in biology, geology, soil analysis, emergency navigation and construction. The event will be at the first covered picnic area in Adair County Park north of Corvallis. After a brief project introduction at 11 a.m., the team will begin testing the new rover design until approximately 2 p.m.

For more information regarding the University Rover Challenge, sponsored by the Mars Society, please visit the official website at http://www.marssociety.org/portal/c/urc

Earth Day Photo Contest for Grades 5-8 – Deadline May 9, 2009

Earth is a system of connected parts — air, land, water and life. Each part is constantly changing, and affecting and being affected by the other parts. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is holding an Earth Day photo contest, asking middle school students to capture the changes in their local environment.

Between April 22-29, 2009, student participants will take a photograph of something that is changing in their local environment, whether it’s in the backyard, outside the school, in a local park, or off in the distance toward the horizon. Students will then research and write an explanation of the photograph (400 words or less).

The top three winners will receive a digital camera, digital photo frame and digital photo keychain, respectively. Entries must be received by e-mail or postmarked by May 9. Winners will be announced on the IGES Web site around June 2, 2009.

For more instructions, visit http://www.strategies.org/EarthDayPhoto

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