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october 2012, Issue 2 volume 11
IN THIS ISSUe: 2012 broadcom masters winners announced, ssp Partners on the tomorrow project usa
NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched 35 years ago on September 5, 1977, is bracing for a controlled plunge into interstellar space. Soon the craft will leave the solar system behind, bursting through the windy bubble blown by sun. Read more.
William Wallace, head judge of the Broadcom MASTERS, recently received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Wallace teaches Physiology and Research Methods in Biology at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC.
Ronald Vale at the Science Talent Search in 1976. Credit: SSP
Ronald Vale, a 1976 Science Talent Search alumnus, recently recieved the 2012 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his work on how the heart beats and how cells transport materials internally. Vale is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at University of California- San Francisco.
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After cruising through days of engineering enigmas, science stumpers and mathematical mysteries, a 14-year-old car aficionado earned the top award at the second annual Broadcom MASTERS competition, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Eighth-grader Raymond Gilmartin from South Pasadena, Calif., was honored at an October 2 gala with an educational award of $25,000 provided by the Samueli Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Corona del Mar, Calif., created by Broadcom founder Henry Samueli.
Read the article, view the press release, or congratulate the finalists at www.facebook.com/broadcommasters.
Working in collaboration with Intel and the Society for Science & the Public, ASU will run an innovative writing competition geared at college students worldwide, asking them to contribute science fiction stories and essays on the theme of green dreams and sustainable futures, as part of its new Center for Science and the Imagination.
“The Society has provided some of the world’s leading science resources and competitions since its launch in 1921, including the Science News family of publications and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Phoenix in 2013,” SSP President Elizabeth Marincola said, on the occasion of the launch of the Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU. “These programs provide a tremendous reach to students and the general public and a unique platform to help meet the goal of the Tomorrow Project to foster productive, science-based conversations about the future.”
Read the press release or more about the Tomorrow Project USA.
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Research students work on a project to generate electricity using wind. Credit: Michael Lamper
Michael Lampert, a 2010 SSP Fellow, is a physics teacher at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. In his blog post, he describes how he uses his own passion for scientific research to inspire students.
Read Michael's post on SSP's blog.
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