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November 9 is Give to Science Day

Give to Science Day is a one-day fundraising effort to help the Society build on science in the U.S., as exemplified by SSP's mission to inform, educate, and inspire.

Last year, the Society raised about $4,000 from more than 100 donors. The 2012 goal is $5,000 in 24 hours on Friday, November 9.


In December, an atmospheric river led to flooding in parts of Orange County, Calif. Credit: Alex Gallardo/AP Photo

Alexandra Witze, Contributing Editor at Science News, was named the 2013 Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences from the American Meteorological Society for her article, "Rivers in the Sky." Read more.


Professional magician and brain scientist Anthony Barnhart performs a “card cascade.” Credit: Dimitri Sherman

Scientists who study the brain have been tapping into the world of magic to learn how its tricks fool our minds. Emerging in just the past five years, this new discipline is often called neuromagic. Read more.


katherine bomkamp with her pain-free socket at Intel ISEF 2010
Katherine Bomkamp with her Pain-Free Socket at Intel ISEF 2010. Credit: IML Photography/ SSP

Katherine Bomkamp (Intel ISEF 2009, 2010) recently received a 2012 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics.


for the Society's alumni

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SSP is now offering complimentary memberships to alumni who reconnect with Society for Science & the Public. Alumni from any of our educational programs who fill out our recently updated Alumni Profile will automatically receive a free membership to the Society. Membership benefits include regular updates on current events and alumni. Contact us for questions about membership or reconnecting as an alumni member.

This article on how climate scientists use elephant seals to understand deepwater heating is tagged in the oceanography unit. Credit: Lars Boehme

Science News for Kids Links to the Classroom

The Society's award-winning Science News for Kids has launched a new tagging system for articles designed to make it easier for teachers to connect real-world articles with academic curricula. SSP has worked with science teachers to classify articles by subject matter, making it easy for teachers, parents and students to find relevant stories. Articles will continue to be catalogued in the future.

Visit SNK to learn more or search for articles by academic unit.

Broadcom MASTERS 2012 finalists work with Rozi Roufoogaran, Manager of Engineering at Broadcom Corporation, on programming "Snake" using Raspberry Pi. Credit: Patrick Thornton/SSP

Broadcom MASTERS Finalists Innovate with Raspberry Pi

After an intense week-long competition, 2012 Broadcom MASTERS finalists got to experience an Innovation Day leading up to the award ceremony. Part of the day included finalists working in teams to learn basic computer programming in order to improve the classic game, “Snake.”

Read more about the programming experience and about the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS Finals week on SSP's blog.

Two Distingushed Members
Appointed to SSP Board

The Society welcomes two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Vivian Schiller isChief Digital Officer and Senior VP of Education at NBC News. She served as CEO of NPR, as well as Senior VP of Schiller was also the first general manager of Discovery Times Channel.

Paul Maddon was a finalist in the Society's 1977 ISEF and STS, and the founder of Progenics Pharmaceuticals. He is a M.D., Trustee at Columbia University, and co-founder of the Westchester (NY) Science and Engineering Fair.

Emerson Named Editor in Chief of Science News family of publications

The Society announced the appointment of Eva Emerson as editor in chief, and Matt Crenson as managing editor of the Science News family of publications.

These moves come as SSP begins to carry out a new digital strategy initiative aimed at broadening its audience for science-related news and information.

Science News Honored for Higgs Coverage

Science News won a 2012 Media Industry News Editorial & Design award for coverage of the Higgs discovery. The award recognizes excellence in content and design among consumer and business-to-business media brands.

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Your brain is so eager to learn that it does so even while you sleep, scientists recently found. Credit: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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