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IN THIS ISSUe: STS 2012 Fellows class announced, Nobel prize winning Scientists to speak at intel isef, science news writers honored, Intel sts 2012 finalist Plans to continue promising Research, and more



Credit: Zachery Huang

That honeybee lazily probing a flower may actually be a stealth explorer, genetically destined to seek adventure from birth. Read More


Credit: PNAS

Imagine putting a seed in a freezer, waiting 30,000 years, and then taking the seed out and planting it. Do you think a flower would grow? Read more.


Kathryn Hedges, 2011 SSP Fellow, recently took her students to a regional robotics competition, where they won 1st place. Read her blog entry here.


SSP Fellows conduct an experiement at the 2011 Fellows Institute. Credit: SSP

SSP Names Top U.S. Science and Math Teachers for 2012 Fellowship

Society for Science & the Public (SSP) announced the selection of the 2012 class of the SSP Fellowship. Ten teachers will join thirty active Fellows from the classes of 2009 through 2011. The 2012 Fellows are from across the United States and were named for their unique plans to reach students in underserved communities and to inspire excellence in independent scientific research.

Read more about the SSP Fellowship.


Excellence in Science and Technology Discussion Panel at Intel ISEF 2011. Credit: SSP

Nobel Prize Panel to be Held at Intel ISEF 2012 in Pittsburgh

The Excellence in Science and Technology Discussion Panel will be held during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The event will feature seven Nobel Prize-winning scientists: Martin Chalfie, Dudley Herschbach, H. Robert Horvitz, John Mather, Douglas Osheroff, Carl Wieman, and Ada Yonath. The session will be moderated by Joe Palca of NPR.

Read more about the Intel ISEF 2012.

Science News Writers Honored

The D.C. Science Writers Association announced the winners of their annual Science Newsbrief Award. Science News Astronomy writer Nadia Drake won this award for her article, "Iapetus Gets Dusted." Drake also received an honorable mention for her story “Fruit of the Loo”. Rachel Ehrenberg, SN writer on interdisciplinary sciences and chemistry, also received an honorable mention, for her story “Hidden Dalliance Revealed by X-Rays."

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The native people of Papua New Guinea call the hooded pitohuis "trash birds" and refuse to eat them. Scientists now know why: These songbirds are among the first birds documented to be venomous. Credit: John Dumbacher

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Rachel Davis, Intel STS 2012 Finalist, presents her project at Public Day. Credit: Intel STS, Chris Ayers Photography

Intel STS 2012 Finalist Plans to Continue Promising Research

By Rachel Davis

The week I spent in Washington D.C. for Intel STS was the best experience of my life. I was so honored to have been chosen as an Intel STS Finalist, and then the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C. and meet so many brilliant people was just incredible.

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