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NASA opportunities for the education community.

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2011
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 7-15, 2011

Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work -- Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units  *Web Seminar
Audience: Calculus Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 11, 2011

Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work -- A Breath of Fresh Air   *Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 12, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Honoring Hispanic Heritage -- Sí se Puede: del Barrio Hasta la NASA
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 13, 2011, Noon - 1 p.m. EDT

DEADLINE APPROACHING -- NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project:  K-12 Educator Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

2011
NASA Postdoctoral Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

GRAIL Spacecraft Naming Contest
Audience: K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Nov. 11, 2011

2012
Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 2-4, 2012

NASA to Seek Applicants for Next Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Higher Education Students

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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2011
Earth Science Week, or ESW, 2011 is almost here! Check out the list of related events below to help bring this international event into your classroom.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 -- ESW Introduction/Promo Video: This video provides information about the Earth Science Week Kit.
http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2011

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 -- ESW Introduction/Promo Video: This video provides information about the Earth Science Week Kit.
http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2011

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 -- Set to launch later this month, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, also known as NPP, will play a key role in studying climate change.  To learn more about NPP and its polar bear mascot NPPy, visit http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/kids.html.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 -- Check out two webcast events geared toward earth science.

Our Ever-Changing Earth: NASA's Power of Perspective -- DLN Webcast with NASA's Chief Scientist, Waleed Abdalati -- Oct. 12, 2011, 1-2 p.m.
Join NASA Goddard Space Flight Center live for an educational event as scientists share how NASA's space-based perspective provides a window on changes within the earth system on a global scale. Middle and high school students are invited to view this webcast and learn how earth science is all around!

Earth Science and You!
-- Oct. 12, 2011, 1-2 p.m.
Earth is a dynamic system that, like the human body, includes diverse parts interacting in complex ways. Join NASA specialists live on Oct. 12, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT for an hourlong educational event as NASA scientists share how NASA's space-based perspective provides a window on changes and interactions within the earth system on a global scale! This special event will explore topics such as Earth's atmosphere, the Texas drought and other recent weather phenomena, and climate change. The event will be webcasted and
available for students and teachers on the DLiNfo Channel, and participants will be able to submit questions for the guests to answer during the program!

For more information on these events, please visit the DLiNfo Channel at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
-- Female earth scientists: Check out these profile articles on the NASA education website at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html.  The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies produced these profiles as part of the NASA Earth and Space Science Explorers series.

Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies -- Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at the GISS where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She is a co-editor of the report "Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (ARC3)." A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she joins impact models with climate models to predict future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions.

Erika Podest, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- Originally from Panama, Podest is a scientist with the Water and Carbon Cycles Group in JPL´s Earth Science Division and a visiting associate researcher in the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering at UCLA. Her research focuses on using Earth-observing satellites for characterizing and monitoring wetland ecosystems and seasonal freeze/thaw dynamics in the northern high latitudes as related to the global carbon and water cycles and climate change.

Erica Alston, NASA's Langley Research Center -- Alston grew up in North Carolina. She works with the Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of the Science Directorate at Langley. Her work focuses on national fisheries resources and atmospheric science, including air quality.

Claire Parkinson, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center -- Claire Parkinson has been project scientist for the Aqua mission (formerly PM-1) since the spring of 1993. She's a climatologist at Goddard, where she has worked since July 1978, with a research emphasis on sea ice and its role in the global climate system.

Friday, Oct.14, 2011 -- Archived Earth Science Week Events: Did you miss an event from earlier in the week? Visit this site to find an archive of events from this year and years past.
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/Gallery/EarthScienceEducation.html

More information about Earth Science Week, along with educational guides and activities, can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2011/.

Questions and feedback about Earth Science Week should be submitted at http://climate.nasa.gov/feedback/index.cfm?ReferPg=ESW.

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Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work -- Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units   *Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 11, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT. The Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units student activity featured in this seminar is a problem set from the Mission Control series of NASA's Math and
Science @ Work project. Participants will assume the role of a student.  Attendees will work the problem set, score their results and share best practices with other participants for implementing this problem set into the classroom.

For more information and to register online, visit
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-derivatives/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work -- A Breath of Fresh Air   * Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to implement a chemistry lab activity called A Breath of Fresh Air where students create their own electrolysis apparatus to generate oxygen and use a TI-Nspire calculator to collect data during the activity. Participants do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this Web seminar.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/search.aspx?action=quicksearch&text=Electrolysis%20of%20Water:

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Honoring Hispanic Heritage -- Sí se Puede: del Barrio Hasta la NASA

Mark your calendar for Oct. 13, 2011, from noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT when Félix Soto Toro joins NASA Explorer Schools for their first ever bilingual chat!  The first half of the chat will be in English, and the second half will be in Spanish! Tune in and have your students find out what it was like for this astronaut applicant and electrical engineer to grow up in Puerto Rico with few advantages and what inspired him to pursue a career with NASA.

You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, project to participate in the video chat.

To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov
website.

For more information about this NES live video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/toro-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, contact
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING -- NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project: K-12 Educator Fellowships

The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards 12-18-month fellowships each year to 50 formal educators. Cohort 4 begins in January 2012.

In partnership with state departments of education, Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, online format from the comfort of their homes or schools. In these courses, participants gain science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professional development. Participants learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM content to their classroom contexts while becoming part of a network of like-minded educators across the nation.

Endeavor Fellows earn and are awarded a NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Fifteen graduate credits are awarded from regionally accredited higher education partners.

Collaborating with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Endeavor has arranged for an option whereby fellows may put their work from the STEM certificate toward becoming nationally board certified in mathematics or science.

Applications for Cohort 4 will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.us-satellite.net/nasa/endeavor/index.cfm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
nasa_endeavor@us-satellite.net

The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project is administered by U.S. Satellite Laboratory Inc. Funding authorization for the project is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund as a tribute to the dedicated crew of the space shuttle Challenger.
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2011 NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program, or NPP, offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at a NASA Center or other location stipulated by the program. NPP serves as a source of talent to ensure the continued quality of the NASA research workforce. Each fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, lunar science or astrobiology. Applicants apply for a specific research opportunity and, if selected by NPP's competitive process, are offered one- to three-year fellowship appointments.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctorate degree before beginning the fellowship. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident status, an Employment Authorization Document with pending LPR status, or a J-1 Visa status as a Research Scholar before beginning the fellowship. An H-1B Visa status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program.

Stipend rates for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year. Moderate supplements are given for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Limited relocation assistance is provided and health insurance is available through the program. Fellows also receive $8,000 per appointment year to support travel to conferences, meetings and other activities (i.e., travel to field sites or observatories to collect data or for required training) that directly support their research projects.

The next round of applications is due Nov. 1, 2011.

For further information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm. Questions regarding this opportunity may be submitted by email to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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GRAIL Spacecraft Naming Contest

Launched on Sept. 10, 2011, the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory mission, also known as GRAIL, will allow scientists to study the moon like never before. Using two twin spacecraft orbiting the moon at very precise distances, the GRAIL mission is designed to create a gravity map of the moon. This map will enable scientists to learn about the moon's internal structure and composition, and give scientists a better understanding of the moon's origin. Accurate knowledge of the moon's gravity could also be used to help choose future landing sites on the moon.

Now that they're on their way to the moon, the two robotic spacecraft, currently dubbed GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B, need real names -- ones that capture the spirit and excitement of lunar exploration. And NASA is looking for students to help with the naming duties.

U. S. students in grades K-12 are eligible. Entries should include the
chosen names for the spacecraft, along with an explanation of why those names should be selected. Justification can be any length, from a short paragraph to a 500-word essay.

Entries are due Nov. 11, 2011. All entries must be submitted by teachers.

For more information about the GRAIL mission and to submit entries via the online entry form, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/grail/namingcontest.cfm.

If you have questions about the GRAIL Naming Contest, please email
grailcontest@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 18th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 2-4, 2012, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the
International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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NASA to Seek Applicants for Next Astronaut Candidate Class

In early November, NASA will seek applicants for its next class of astronaut candidates who will support long-duration missions to the International Space Station and future deep space exploration activities.

A bachelor's degree in engineering, science or mathematics and three years of relevant professional experience are required in order to be considered. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.

After applicant interviews and evaluations, NASA expects to announce the final selections in 2013 and training to begin that August.

For more information, visit http://astronauts.nasa.gov/.

Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907.

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