Monthly Archives: January 2012

Deadline Extended for NASA Glenn Research Center Summer Faculty Fellowships – New Deadline Feb 24, 2012

NASA John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio has extended the application period for summer Faculty Fellowships

GRC is accepting applications from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited US colleges and universities, for the summer 2012 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP). The ten-week Fellowship starts on Monday, June 4, and ends on Friday, Aug. 10. The opportunity is open to US citizens. However, US permanent resident faculty members who are interested in analytical/fundamental research will be considered. Under-represented faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are encouraged to apply.

The application form and instructions are readily available at the web site:

The updated Word.doc application is accessible from:

The application closes at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 24, 2012.

NASA DLN Webcast – National African American History Month and Engineers Week – Feb 22, 2012

In observance of National African American History Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachers and students in grades K-12.

On Feb. 22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST, students will interact live with African-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare for future careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the event students can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC will release two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. These videos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is a great opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineering careers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how to participate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital Learning Network site,

GLOBE at Night – Feb. 12-21, March 13-22 and April 11-20, 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign

GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on science and education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Night project encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainter stars. The map is located at Participants then submit their choice of star chart online with their date, time and location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are Feb. 12-21, March 13-22 and April 11-20, 2012. Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115 countries over the last six years of two-week campaigns.

Children and adults can submit their measurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, use the Web application at With smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude and longitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers, parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they can explore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make a difference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets, one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at

Forces and Motion – The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar – Feb 2, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge 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 professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 2, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learn how NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit


NASA Webcast Series About the Tuskegee Airmen – Feb 2-14, 2012

Celebrate African American History Month with NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators.

The Tuskegee Airmen Balance Warfare With Science
Feb. 2, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and their pivotal role during World War II. These pilots fought war and racism with one of World War II’s greatest weapons, the science of the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’s most notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce. Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism in the European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launched proof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edge needed for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot training program. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flight success with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join the webcast via live streaming on the DLN website.
For more information, visit

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Call for Proposals: NNJ12ZSA001N Ground-Based Studies in Space Radiobiology

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) has released NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ12ZSA001N, entitled “Ground-Based Studies in Space Radiobiology.” This NRA solicits ground-based proposals for the Space Radiation Program Element (SRPE) component of the Human Research Program (HRP). Proposals are solicited by the SRPE in the area of Space Radiation Biology utilizing beams of high energy heavy ions simulating space radiation at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL), at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York.

The full text of the solicitation is available on the NASA Research Opportunities home page at under menu listing “Open Solicitations.” Potential applicants are urged to access this site well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and to register in the system. Proposals solicited through this NRA will use a two-step proposal process. Only Step-1 proposers determined to be relevant with respect to the Research Emphases outlined in Section (I)(F) of this NRA will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Step-2 proposals must be compliant with respect to all sections of this NRA, or they will be declined without review. Proposals must be submitted electronically.

Step-1 proposals are due February 29, 2012. Step-2 proposals are due May 9, 2012.

Apply Now to Participate in the Google Teacher Academy – Deadline February 9, 2012

The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other primary and secondary educators in their local region.

All applications to the Google Teacher Academy must be submitted using the online form. Only completed applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

*NOTE: Each applicant to the Google Teacher Academy is REQUIRED to produce and submit an original one minute video on EITHER of the following topics: “Motivation and Learning” OR “Classroom Innovation.” Be as creative as you like.

To learn more about the Google Certified Teacher Program and how to apply for the Google Teacher Academy, visit their website at

Last Chance to Apply for Summer Internships at NASA’s LARSS Program – Deadline Feb 1, 2012

NASA Langley Research Center Research Internship Opportunities, Summer 2012 Session

The NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is an “ecosystem” for innovation, problem solving, and creativity. Since 1917, LaRC engineers and scientists have undertaken award-winning research and development efforts to pioneer the future of flight (including entry, descent, and landing) in all atmospheres, the characterization of all atmospheres, space exploration systems and technology, and materials concepts, analysis, and integration.  LaRC researchers are also engaged in innovative challenges including atomistic materials; Earth systems science; affordable, safe, and sustainable space exploration; and “green aviation”.

The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is a paid, unique, and highly competitive research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  For 25 years, the LARSS program has helped to preserve U.S. leadership in engineering and science by providing exceptional students the opportunity to work with Langley researchers on some of the Nation’s most important, difficult, and challenging problems that require multi-disciplinary and collaborative solutions.

The 10-week summer session begins on June 4, and ends August 10, 2012, and the application deadline for this session is February 1, 2012. Female students and under-represented minorities, first-generation college students, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

* U.S. Citizenship
* Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university
* Classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate student (master’s or doctoral level) by the start of the summer session
* Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

To learn more about the LARSS program and to begin your application, visit their website at

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