Monthly Archives: October 2012

Volcano Hazards Program

The overall objectives of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program are to advance the scientific understanding of volcanic processes and to lessen the harmful impacts of volcanic activity. The program monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their hazards, responds to volcanic crises, and conducts research on how volcanoes work to fulfill a Congressional mandate (P.L. 93-288) that the USGS issue “timely warnings” of potential volcanic hazards to responsible emergency-management authorities and to the populace affected. In addition to obtaining the best possible scientific information, the program works to effectively communicate its scientific findings to authorities and the public in an appropriate and understandable form.

Check out the work of the Volcano Hazards Program at their website.

History of Science and Technology

The digital History of Science and Technology Collection of the University of Wisconsin brings together in digital facsimile two categories of primary and secondary publications: writings about scientific research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and unique or valuable titles in science and technology held by the UW-Madison libraries. Materials in this collection include the Smithsonian Scientific Series, the History of Cartography, and the Department of Chemical Engineering Technical Papers.

Earth Science Picture of the Day

The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD collects and archives photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The community is invited to contribute digital imagery, short captions and relevant links. EPOD is a service of NASA’s Earth Science Division, the Earth Observing System (EOS) Project Science Office at Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Universities Space Research Association.

Humans in Space Youth Art Competition Deadline Extended

How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?

The Humans in Space Youth Art Competition invites ten- to eighteen-year-olds to express themselves through original visual, literary, musical and video art as they share their vision of our future in space. Please note that the due date for art submissions has been extended to November 15, 2012.

Guidelines, rules, and other information about the competition can be found at

Space Center Roundup

Find out what’s going on at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Check out the Space Center Roundup online. The Space Center Roundup is an official publication of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and is published monthly by the JSC Public Affairs Office. Previous issues are available and go back to the first issue dated November 1, 1961.

Rice University Space Frontiers Lecture Series Continues

Rice University is offering a public lecture series, The Space Frontiers Lectures, designed to introduce Rice University students and the general public to the wide array of issues involved in the pursuit of an advanced presence in space. The next presentation in the series will be by award-winning IMAX film producer, editor, and writer Toni Myers on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 pm in Duncan Hall. More information about this event can be found online.

Astronomy Day 2012 at the George Observatory

Astronomy Day 2012 is October 20. Make plans to attend Astronomy Day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. This annual October event is free with state park admission, open to the public and includes activities for all ages. Festivities begin in the afternoon, but this event really comes to life after dark when the stars begin to shine.

Planetary Society’s Planetary Radio

Each week, the Planetary Society’s Planetary Radio program visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who provides a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond. Also showcased are regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. The show is hosted by Mat Kaplan, with regular guests Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla. You can also listen to past shows in the archives.