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june 2013, Issue 5 volume 4
After eight years of distinguished service, Elizabeth Marincola moved on from her role as president of the Society for Science & the Public and publisher of SSP’s Science News family of publications effective June 14, 2013. She has accepted a leadership role with the Public Library of Science. The Society’s Board of Trustees is leading the effort to identify and hire her successor.
During the past eight years under Elizabeth’s leadership, the Society has undergone many changes, including a name change from Science Service to the current Society for Science & the Public. We have built a strong financial foundation (and have been named a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for the third year in a row, a feat achieved by fewer than 10% of nonprofit organizations). Our financial strength has allowed us to increase our support for the publications, competitions and other projects that allow us to continue pursuing our mission of informing, inspiring and educating the public about science and its many possibilities. Read more.
SSP is hosting a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. We are seeking $5,000 in support to make our award-winning science content for students and teachers more accessible. Read more about how your tax-deductible contribution will help children and their educators from around the world learn science.
A giant male Australian cuttlefish reveals its form. Credit: Roger Hanlon
What if you could build a device that could mimic the way undersea creatures escape predators? Scientists are taking lessons from nature to create advanced electronics that may transform everyday objects. Read more.
More than 1,600 finalists attended this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Check out the photos of the event on Facebook or Instagram!
Sayoni Saha is an Angier B. Scholar from Los Angeles, CA studying Neuroscience and Russian at Duke University. Sayoni was one of 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2012. Read more about what she is up to now on SSP's blog.
Science Fiction Competition Launches
The Tomorrow Project, in collaboration with SSP, Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Intel Foundation, is hosting "The Future: Powered by Fiction."
The competition, open to entrants between the ages of 13-25, asks participants to explore the kinds of futures we want to work toward together.
Submissions of stories, essays, videos, and comics will be accepted until November 14, 2013. Ten selected winners will each receive $1,000 and have their work published online.
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