Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

2012 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships – Application Deadline Feb 1, 2012

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2012-2013 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2012-2013 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.
Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2012.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={1DC0EDEE-32A0-0EAE-ED78-B1F6B624B473}&path=open

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:
For earth science, Ming-Ying Wei at mwei@nasa.gov.
For heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships – Application Deadline Jan 11, 2012

NASA is seeking applications from current and prospective graduate students for the agency’s second class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue Master’s (e.g., M.S.) or Doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions beginning in fall 2012.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. Sponsored by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program, the fellowships’ continuing goal is to provide the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. Fellows will perform innovative space technology research today while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 11, 2012.

For more information on the fellowships, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/early_stage_innovation/grants/index.html

All material related to this fellowship opportunity, including eligibility requirements and detailed instructions on how to submit an application, may be accessed from http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={1C36FF5F-549C-2349-F37F-B72365FD9D1B}&path=open.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Claudia Meyer at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar – Dec 7, 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 Dec. 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal Protection System. This activity challenges students to design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar10.aspx

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

Free Educator Web Seminar – Calculator Controlled Robots – Dec 5, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator. This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar8.aspx

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

New Microgravity Page for Educators and Students

photo of an orange and a football in space

Astronauts like Clay Anderson can float through the space station. Image Credit: NASA

NASA Education has launched a new website for students and educators about NASA’s microgravity laboratories on Earth and on the International Space Station.

Visit the new site to learn about the types of platforms that researchers use to study the effects of the microgravity environment. Watch and download video and multimedia features. Answer the question: What Is Microgravity? Shoot some hoops and test your basketball skills in gravity and microgravity in Free Fall Ball. Build a Do-It-Yourself podcast with video and audio clips from NASA. And stay in touch about opportunities for students and educators.

Educators can find lesson plans for the classroom and keep students in-the-know with up-to-date information about research on the International Space Station.

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

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Are You the Next Carl Sagan? Come Find Out at FameLab Astrobiology!

Calling all grad students and post docs doing research related to astrobiology…..FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication extravaganza! Via four preliminaries and one final competition—spanning January thru April 2012—early career astrobiologists will compete to convey their own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes….no slides, no charts—just the power of words and anything you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging. One of the four preliminaries will be held 100% online via YouTube!

Beyond the competition, at each preliminary event there will be science communication training and enrichment activities, providing exposure to alternative careers. There will also be a two-day master class for finalists just prior to AbSciCon 2012 in April. Other science communication opportunities will be available, including joining a network of other FameLab participants from around the globe. The winner goes on to compete in the International FameLab Final in the UK in June, 2012!

Registration, eligibility requirements, and more info can be found at: http://astrobiologyfamelab.arc.nasa.gov/

Please contact Daniella Scalice at the NASA Astrobiology Institute with any questions: daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov

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