Daily Archives: October 7, 2010

NSBRI Certificate in Space Life Sciences Program

Earn a Certificate in Space Life Sciences noted on your transcript while obtaining your doctoral degree training at Texas A&M University in Genetics, Kinesiology, Nuclear Engineering (Health Physics), Nutrition or a M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The overall goal of the Training Program in Space Life Sciences (SLS) is to develop a cadre of scientists capable of performing the work necessary to solve the most critical problems in space life sciences that limit long duration space flight such as: 1) bone loss, 2) muscle wasting, 3) health effects of cosmic radiation, and 4) changes in metabolism. In addition, students will gain the specific training in either nutritional and/or exercise physiology countermeasures against these major biological problems.

Trainees who complete the program will have a solid grounding in research, teaching and service to be successful in careers in academia, with NASA, private industry partners in the space initiative, and/or other public or private organizations involved in NASA’s space exploration endeavors.

Trainees will:
1) Participate in special summer rotations at NASA Johnson Space Center, the NASA bed rest facility at the University of Texas Medical Branch and/or the Brookhaven National Laboratory Space Radiation Summer School.
2) Defend a dissertation related to space life sciences.
3) Take 4 courses in the area of space life sciences.
4) Participate in educational outreach activities.

Two fellowships are awarded each year that include a $20,000 stipend, tuition waivers and meeting travel expenses for 2 years.

Texas A&M University Ph.D. Training Program in Space Life Sciences Sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)

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ESMD Space Grant Project 2011 Systems Engineering Paper Competition

NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is inviting teams of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the U.S. to participate in the fifth annual ESMD Space Grant Systems Engineering Paper Competition. Papers should relate to one of the following areas: Ground Operations, Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems, Propulsion, and Spacecraft.

The deadline to register for the competition is March 7, 2011. Papers are due on March 21, 2011. The winning teams will be announced in April. Awards include up to $3,500 in cash scholarships and invitations to attend a future launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The competition is designed to engage and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA’s missions.

For more information about this competition, visit http://education.ksc.nasa.gov/esmdspacegrant/SystemsEngineering.htm

2011 Team America Rocketry Challenge

Registration is open for the Team America Rocketry Challenge 2011, a national model rocket competition for U.S. students in grades 7-12. Thousands of students compete each year, making TARC the world’s largest model rocket contest.

Teams of three to 10 students are challenged to design, build and fly a model rocket that will climb to 750 feet with a raw egg payload and stay aloft for 40 to 45 seconds. The payload must then return to earth unbroken. Cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in their Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program.

Participation is limited to the first 750 teams who register by Nov. 30, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.rocketcontest.org/

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2011 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted for the 2011 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Teams of three to 10 students must design and build a space-type system called a CanSat. Each CanSat is the size of a soda can and must be built according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition. The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2010.

For more information about the competition and to download the application, visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/

NASA’s DEVELOP Program – 2011 Spring and Summer Sessions

The DEVELOP Program is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors from NASA and partner organizations provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are chosen in a competitive application process. Students selected by DEVELOP work on teams on-site at ten locations nationwide. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: summer, fall and spring. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP partner locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S. Applications for the spring 2011 session are due Nov. 15, 2010. Summer 2011 applications are due Feb 28, 2011.

For more information about this unique internship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov

Free Climate Change Symposium at JPL October 16, 2010

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Green Club is sponsoring a free, public science symposium about climate change on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Climate scientists with expertise in Earth’s atmosphere, ocean and ice will present a series of brief talks on the scientific evidence for global warming. Attendees will learn what they as individuals and as part of society can do to address global warming. Brief question-and-answer periods will follow each presentation.

This event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, with a seating capacity of 200. All ages are welcome, but the presentations will be geared to adults. For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=71

For those unable to attend the symposium in person, the event will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

Celebrate Earth Science Week With NASA Materials – October 10-16, 2010

“Exploring Energy” is the theme of this year’s Earth Science Week, Oct. 10-16, 2010. The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors to engage people in Earth science and encourage stewardship of Earth.

During Earth Science Week, a series of short videos will be posted to NASA’s Earth Science Week website at http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2010/. The videos will contain short experiments related to energy, such as the energy that fuels hurricanes. Educators may use the videos in their classrooms.

NASA has contributed materials in an educator kit designed to help teachers engage students in Earth science before, during and after this special week. For more information, including a video with information about the educator kits, visit NASA’s one-stop shop for Earth Science Week resources and materials at http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2010/

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has additional educator resources related to energy at http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/Gallery/EnergyEssentials.html

To order an educator kit, visit the American Geological Institute’s Earth Science Week website at http://www.earthsciweek.org

Blast Off With the New Rocketry Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education is launching a new website to get students and educators off the launch pad and on their way to becoming rocket scientists.

Visit the new site to investigate and learn about rockets. Watch and download video and multimedia features about rocketry. Explore the history of rockets and find out what makes a rocket a rocket. Learn about the pioneers who made today’s space missions possible and read about rocket scientists who are planning the space missions of the future.

Educators can find lesson plans for the classroom and keep students in-the-know with up-to-date information about NASA-supported rocketry competitions.

Visit the new website at http://www.nasa.gov/education/rocketry

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