Society Newsletter - October 2011 | Society for Science & the Public

Society Newsletter - October 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: Vote for SSP, Broadcom MASTERS, SSP Fellow Valdine McLean, Alumni, and more..


Bypass’s Big Boon: Scientists spot key players in surgery’s surprising ability to reverse diabetes


United Technologies Corporation encourages students to help solve the world’s problems by giving special awards at Intel ISEF


Jim Stevens reflects on 30 years on the ISEF Scientific Review Committee

SSP is proud to participate in this year's Combined Federal Campaign, a collective effort of federal employees to give back to the community through financial pledges to charities of their choice.

Vote for SSP

SSP and Intel were nominated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) for the Best Partnership Award. Winners are determined by public voting, so vote now!

The award honors companies and charitable organizations that work together to effectively address important social issues.

The organizations were recognized in the annual Corporate Citizenship Awards category for collaboration on the Intel ISEF, Intel STS, and the SSP Fellowship. Please show your support for these programs by voting before October 28 and by encouraging your friends and family to vote.

Meet the Broadcom MASTERS 2011 Finalists in DC

Broadcom MASTERS finalists, top middle school science fair students from across the nation, will exhibit their science fair projects at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. SSP encourages students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers, and members of the general public who share an enthusiasm for science and engineering to attend. Learn more about the Broadcom MASTERS and Public Day.

SSP Fellow Valdine Mclean

SSP Fellow Valdine McLean Develops Collaboration with Students and Farmers

Valdine McLean, selected from a national pool of entrants as an SSP Fellow in 2009, recently established the Great Basin Coop Testing Laboratory. The nonprofit laboratory will serve as a community and education resource to residents of Northern Nevada.

Todd Rider (STS 1986; ISEF 1983, 84, 85, 86)

SSP Alumni Updates

  • Todd Rider (STS 1986; ISEF 1983, 84, 85, 86) takes a break from slaying viruses and gives some science fair advice
  • Bethany Vitaris (DCYSC 2001, Intel ISEF 2004) is the science fair girl
  • Andy Sessler (STS 1945) and the making of a scientist

Science News Headlines

Today's Headlines 


Science News for Kids explains...

What’s on your genes?

By Sharon Pochron

We’ve all heard it before: “It’s in your genes.”

If you’re lucky, a parent or neighbor is trying to explain one of your good quirks, not one of your goofy ones. “Your father could hit the ball out of the park, too,” someone might say. Or you have the same unruly curls as your mom. Thankfully, that someone hasn’t heard you and your dad snore