Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

Academic High-Altitude Conference Call for Papers – Deadline April 16, 2012

All who have interest in academic high-altitude ballooning are invited participate in this year’s Academic High-Altitude (AHA) conference, June 27th-29th, at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Each year, the AHAC has sought to expand its relevance to those working on the academic side of high altitude ballooning. This year’s conference will present talks that focus on
1.) executing high altitude science research projects,
2.) developing operational capabilities for high altitude balloon flights, and
3.) creating educational opportunities incorporating high altitude balloon flights.

The official call-for-papers/posters and registration is online at http://www.trevecca.edu/AHAC/. The deadline for abstracts is April 16th, 2012. There will be a competition (with prizes) for student posters submitted to the conference. A limited amount of financial aid is available to defray student travel costs.

We are pleased to announce three invited speakers for the conference:
• David Voss, Program Manager, University Nanosat Program, AFRL, Kirtland AFB
• Mike Smith, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Aerostar International, Inc.
• Paul Verhage, Writer, Educator

Please note the three workshops on the Monday and Tuesday preceding the main conference (June 25th and 26th). Two of these will cover advanced technical topics, and the third will focus on integrating high altitude flights into undergraduate curricula. Details are on the conference website (http://www.trevecca.edu/AHAC/).

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Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer Science Team – Deadline April 27, 2012

The Astrophysics Division solicits proposals for the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) Science Team (LBTI-ST). The LBTI-ST is designed to augment the skill set of the PI Science Team, thereby enabling it to more effectively execute the exo-zodi science program for this experiment. LBTI-ST members serve as full participant scientists along with the PI Science Team and assist in science deliberations, target selections, LBTI observations, data processing and analysis, follow-up observations, and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Proposals from participants are due April 27, 2012. Results of the selection will be announced in early June 2012. Additional information on this announcement may be obtained from Dr. Mario R. Perez, LBTI Program Scientist, at mario.perez@nasa.gov or (202) 358-1535. For more information about this proposal call, requirements, and specifics, please refer to:


LRO 2012 Lunar Workshops for Educators – June and July 2012


Photo of Apollo 11 lander and craters on Earth's moon.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to obtain the coldest measurement recorded in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with local, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participating in this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 4-8, 2012 — Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, Colo.
— June 18-22, 2012 — Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.
— June 25-29, 2012 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
— July 9-13, 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 — Museum of the North, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html

Student Flight Mission Challenge – Improving Earthquake Monitoring – NOI Deadline April 16, 2012

AREES 2012

Participate in the Flight Mission Challenge to improve earthquake monitoring - Registration Deadline April 16, 2012

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is gaining a better understanding of earth science processes such as earthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using a specially modified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are using radar to collect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which may eventually help scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baseline data in critical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affect not only the immediate area of the quake, but also the state of stress in the surrounding faults. This will help them improve their forecast models of quake probability and magnitude.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory are in process of identifying several new areas to collect baseline data for earthquake studies. Educators, grades 7-9, are invited to engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge. Through this challenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate, evaluate, design and present a solution to a real-world problem that will expand our understanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will form small mission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site for a new earthquake science investigation. The challenge will engage students as practitioners of science through exploration of the airborne science research process that NASA scientists and engineers use to study earth system science. Students will:

— Investigate the science.
— Select a site for earthquake monitoring.
— Prepare a flight plan.
— Develop a multimedia proposal for submittal to NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom, after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. One student team proposal can be submitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by NASA staff. Select student teams will receive recognition as earth system science investigators, and up to three teachers will be invited to attend the Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, 2012 summer academy.

To submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the Student Flight Mission Challenge, visit http://www.aeroi.org.

The deadline to submit an NOI is April 16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposal is May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learn the science and pedagogical content knowledge to prepare students for this challenge, enroll in the online course Earth System Science through NASA’s electronic Professional Development Network at http://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_sdc_earthsystemscience.php. The course is free, self-directed and technology and standards-based.

This activity is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The G-III aircraft is operated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale in collaboration with instrument investigators from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information about the AREES activity, refer to the website at http://www.nasa.gov/education/arees.

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Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Mission Internships – Deadline March 26, 2012

Students – Here’s a new opportunity to work on a NASA optics payload at Lockheed Martin this summer!
Application deadline March 26, 2012 (hurry or you’ll lose this chance)

The team of NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission invites current undergraduates to apply for a summer intern position at Stanford University and Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LSMAL) for a 10-week period during the summer of 2012.

A limited number of positions (4) are available for highly motivated students interested in solar and space physics. Students will work with both Stanford and LMSAL research teams on engineering and science projects related to the IRIS mission IRIS Mission). Projects may include instrument hardware preparation, data analysis, or research relating to the Sun-Earth system.

Apply now at the following URL: http://solar-center.stanford.edu/IRIS/SummerProgram

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