Monthly Archives: March 2013

FameLab Event at LPSC

The FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond event at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be Wednesday evening, March 20, from 6 to 10 pm at the Waterway Ballroom 5. This panel-judged competition is an opportunity for early-career scientists to effectively communicate their work and passion for science to their colleagues, peers and the public.

Find out more about this international competition at the FameLab website.

Hearing on Assessing the Risks, Impacts, and Solutions for Space Threats

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space will hold a hearing on March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am EDT titled “Assessing the Risks, Impacts, and Solutions for Space Threats.” Dr. James Green, Dr. Ed Lu, Mr. Richard DalBello, and Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese are on Witness Panel 1. The hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

NASA Museum Alliance

The NASA Museum Alliance is a community of practice comprising informal science educators at museums, science centers, planetariums, observatory visitor centers, NASA visitor centers, Challenger Centers, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers who wish to share NASA information with their visitors.

More than 1000 professionals at over 550 U.S. and over 50 non-U.S. museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Centers, observatory and park visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, and similar organizations of informal education are partners in the NASA Museum Alliance. These organizations regularly use NASA educational products, images, visualizations, video, and information in their educational and public programs and exhibits. Find one near you in this online list.

Fireball and Bolide Reports Website

NASA has launched a new Fireball and Bolide Reports website as part of its Near-Earth Objects Program. This website is designed to share details of meteor explosion events, beginning with the fireball over Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15.

The website features a table listing the details of major events including date and time, geographic location, altitude and velocity at peak brightness, approximate total optical radiated energy, and calculated total impact energy.

Counselors Needed for High School Aerospace Scholars Program

Teachers, be part of the High School Aerospace Scholars program this summer. The Johnson Space Center is looking for Texas teachers who would like to serve as counselors to a team of 10 – 12 high school juniors during their High School Aerospace Scholar On-Site Experience. There will be five six-day on-site sessions from June through August. Applications are being accepted now, and the deadline to apply is April 11. Visit the website for more information.

FameLab at LPSC

FameLab is back, and it’s at LPSC!

What is FameLab? It’s a scientific communication competition that gives participants a forum to convey their scientific research and an opportunity to hone their communication skills. It’s American Idol–for scientists!

At regional heats throughout the US, early career scientists from numerous disciplines will compete in presenting their research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides, no charts, just the power of words and any prop you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging.

Winners from the FameLab Exploring Earth and Beyond (EEB) regional competitions will face off at National Geographic headquarters in DC in April 2014 for a grand prize and the chance to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June 2014.

Beyond the competition element, the heart of FameLab is the chance to improve communication skills. At each preliminary event there will be a workshop with training in the principles and practices of good communication.

The regional heat will be held during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on Sunday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 20. Space is limited. For more information, eligilibity requirements, and to register, visit the FameLab EEB website.