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Water’s edge ancestors

Water’s edge ancestors: Human evolution’s tide may have turned on lake and sea shores
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Alison Bick
Alison Bick (Intel STS 2011) won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Emeritus SSP Board Chair Dudley Herschbach is named an American Chemical Society Fellow

Broadcom MASTERS

Broadcom MASTERS 2011 Finalists Announced

The first Broadcom MASTERS finalists were announced today. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) is the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who are nominated to compete by their local SSP-affiliated science and engineering fair.

The 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists, selected from 300 semifinalists and 1,476 applicants, have won an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in October to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom. Read more on Science News for Kids .

SSP Fellows
2011 SSP Fellows conduct an experiment at the Fellows Institute

What the 2011 SSP Fellows Say about the Fellows Institute

The third class of SSP Fellows traveled to Washington, DC, this summer for the Fellows Institute. The ten high school teachers received program management training and participated in an intensive week of workshops on guiding students in scientific research. Here are some of their thoughts on the experience. Read more.

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Jim Bellingham
Jim Bellingham (STS 1979)

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Guiana dolphins, which swim in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea near Central and South America, probably eat bottom-dwelling fish but still surface to splash and play.
Credit: Richard Diepstraten.

Science News for Kids explains...

Dolphin dimples detect electricity

By Stephen Ornes

A person can use all five senses while spending time with dolphins. We can see them frolic in the waves, hear them call and splash, and feel their rubbery skin. We can sniff dolphins, though they don’t have much of an odor. And those willing to get close enough for a lick could find out what dolphins taste like. Read More

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