Monthly Archives: November 2012

Writing Resources

The Lunar and Planetary Institute Library has a number of books about scientific writing and communication, including classic style guides:

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition
The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors, 2nd edition, edited by Janet S. Dodd
Elements of Style, 3rd edition, by William Strunk, Jr.
Science the “Write” Way edited by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations by Angelika Hofmann
Doing Science: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research by Ivan Valiela

LPI Education and Public Outreach

The LPI Education and Public Outreach team has prepared and made available online a number of fun and exciting educational resources for teachers and faculty, other science educators, and the general public. There is information about educational programs and projects, newsletters, announcements, activities, and more. Find out more at the LPI Education and Public Outreach webpage.

Important LPSC Deadlines

The 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference has some important deadlines approaching:

December 14, 2012 – Deadline for Indication of Interest forms
January 8, 2013 – Deadline for abstract submissions
January 9, 2013 – Deadline for Dwornik Award applications
January 11, 2013 – Deadline for Career Development Award applications
January 18, 2013 – Deadline to submit requests for peripheral meeting space
January 18, 2013 – Deadline for exhibitor registration

The conference program and abstracts will be available online on January 31, 2013. The conference will be held March 18-22, 2013 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

New Children’s Books

The LPI Library has recently added several new children’s books to the collection. Here are some of the new titles:

What are Igneous Rocks? (2012) by Molly Aloian
What are Metamorphic Rocks? (2012) by Molly Aloian
The Planets (2012) by Chelsea Donaldson
Danger in Space: Surviving the Apollo 13 Disaster (2013) by Henry Holden
What are Sedimentary Rocks? (2012) by Natalie Hyde
What is the Rock Cycle? (2011) by Natalie Hyde
Solar System Forecast (2012) by Kelly Kizer Whitt
Eight Days Gone (2012) by Linda McReynolds
The Moon (2012) by Reagan Miller
The Atmosphere (2012) by Jason Nemeth
Earth’s Layers (2012) by Jason Nemeth
Plate Tectonics (2012) by Jason Nemeth
The Apollo Missions and Other Adventures in Space (2012) by Chris Oxlade and David West
Pieces of Another World (2010) by Mara Rockliff
Rocks (2012) by Ann Squire

Google Mars

Google Mars allows you to explore and study the Red Planet through your web browser. In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, Google has created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.

Three types of data are featured:

Elevation – A shaded relief map, generated with data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. This map is color-coded by altitude, so you can use the color key to estimate elevations.
Visible – A mosaic of images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. MOC is like the digital camera you have at home. Basically, this is what your eyes would see if you were in orbit around Mars.
Infrared – A mosaic of infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Warmer areas appear brighter, and colder areas are darker. Clouds and dust in the atmosphere are transparent in the infrared, making this the sharpest global map of Mars that’s ever been made.

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Application Deadline Extended

NASA wants today’s high school students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Texas high school students to jump-start their future and explore the possibilities of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related major or career.

The adventure starts in Fall 2012 and culminates with an on-site summer experience in 2013. Be part of an online community with subject matter experts, complete online lessons covering space exploration, research STEM professions and professionals, and attend an on-site summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The application deadline has been extended until November 30, 2012. Apply today!