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August 2012

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august 2012, Issue 2 volume 9

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IN THIS ISSUe: 2012 broadcom masters Semifinalists announced, Top Science teachers attend Ssp Fellows institute, Original intel science talent search winner blog, and more


Inform


Credit: Courtesy of Pedro Saura

Red disks, hand stencils and club-shaped drawings lining the walls of several Stone Age caves in Spain were painted so long ago that Neandertals might have been their makers. Read more. 

Educate


Credit: Sharon Reuter

Teachers and experts share their secrets on using the news to enrich science class. Read more.

Inspire


Credit: Intel STS, SSP


Nithin Tumma, winner of the Intel Science Talent Search 2012, spoke at the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Brazil.

intel isef 2012 in review


Credit: Patrick Thornton, SSP


Want to learn more about Intel ISEF? View the Higlights video on YouTube, check out the latest pictures on Facebook, and visit the Intel ISEF 2012 online store.

 
 
Daniel Feeny, Broadcom MASTERS 2011 winner, with SSP President Elizebeth Marincola and Broadcom President and CEO Scott McGregor. Credit: SSP

2012 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists Announced!

On August 15, the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the selection of 300 middle school students as semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) semifinalists were selected from among 1,462 entrants and are from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Thirty finalists will be announced on August 29 and will compete in a 4-day STEM competition in Washington, DC for awards and prizes.

Download the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists book.


 
2012 SSP Fellows meet with Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Credit: Laura Buitrago, SSP

Top U.S. Science Teachers Attend the SSP Fellows Institute

The ten teachers selected in March as Society for Science & the Public’s 2012 class of SSP Fellows attended the Fellows Institute this month in Washington, DC. SSP Fellows design independent research programs to be implemented in their schools and help their students to develop a strong network of scientific mentors. The Fellows Institute, supported by Intel, provides intensive training to teachers and enables each Fellow to earn graduate level credit for their work.

Read more about the 2012 Fellows.


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In northern California, these satellite dishes listen for a message from aliens. They’re part of the Allen Telescope Array. Credit: Seth Shostak

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Paul Teschan; Watson Davis, Director of Science
Service; and Marina Prajmovsky. Credit: SSP

Original Science Talent Search Winner's Career Spanned Military, Medicine, and Research

The first Science Talent Search (originally sponsored by Westinghouse), was held in 1942. Paul Teschan was named the “Top Boy” and went on to an eventful career in the military, and in academics, medicine, and research, focusing on nephrology. His counterpart, Marina Prajmovsky, named “Top Girl,” died in 1974 after a successful career as an ophthalmologist.

Click here to read Dr. Teschan's blog.

Applications for the Intel Science Talent Search 2013 opened on August 1.


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