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IN THIS ISSUe: 2012 broadcom masters winners announced, ssp Partners on the tomorrow project usa


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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.


Judge Bill Wallace talks with the Gold Team over lunch during the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS. Credit: Broadcom MASTERS, Patrick Thornton

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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SSP is offering a complimentary membership 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 in the Society. Membership benefits include regular updates on current events and alumni, as well as discounts on SSP materials. For questions about membership or reconnecting as an alumni member, contact the Society.

Henry Samueli, Co-founder of Broadcom; Susan Samueli, Samueli Foundation; Elizabeth Marincola, President of SSP; Scott McGregor, CEO of Broadcom, and Paula Golden, Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation congratulate Raymond Gilmartin (center) at the Broadcom MASTERS 2012 awards ceremony. Credit: Broadcom MASTERS, IML Photography

14-year-old who studied automotive aerodynamics takes first place at Broadcom MASTERS

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.

Credit: Tommorow Project USA

SSP Partners with Intel and Arizona State University on Tomorrow Project USA

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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A tiny Etruscan shrew’s impressive array of whiskers helps satisfy its enormous appetite for food. The shrews can flick their whiskers 20 times a second when searching for their favorite snack — a juicy cricket. Credit: Trebol-a/Wikimedia Commons

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Research students work on a project to generate electricity using wind. Credit: Michael Lamper

Michael Lampert, 2010 SSP Fellow, Describes How Fellowship Transformed His Teaching

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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