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Key Media Mentions for July 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2014

A few recent Media Highlights (July 2014):

New NASA program has undergraduates designing and flying payloads – The Space Reporter, July 8

A new program organized by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is providing undergraduates an unprecedented opportunity to actively take part in science missions both on Earth and in space.

The new Undergraduate Student Instrument Program, in its inaugural year, is geared to promoting the study of science, technology, engineering and math through direct, hands-on involvement by students in scientific research projects.

Top students from selected schools will work in teams to develop research concepts. They will be given access to NASA suborbital platforms to fly their science payloads. In total, ten schools were selected based on proposals applicants submitted. All of them will have the opportunity to launch scientific instruments on a variety of vehicles provided by NASA.

Teams from the University of Virginia in Charoltesville; Utah State University in Logan, Utah; University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, and Catholic University of America will each use scientific balloons to launch equipment.

University of Virginia students will launch a small satellite, known as the CubeSat Cosmic Ray Dosimeter, to measure cosmic rays. Teams from Utah State University and the University of Maryland will collaborate on a mission dubbed Measurement of  Red Line Airglow, which will measure oxygen levels.  Those from Catholic University will design a system to measure the balloon’s real-time altitude after launch.

Financially literate? Utah kids sharpen skills over summer – Deseret News, June 3

When the heat takes over and school’s out for summer, many kids long to spend the day splashing, carefree in pools.

More than 50 Utah County teens, however, chose a different diversion this week: learning financial literacy in an air-conditioned, corporate conference room.

 "I actually wanted to come because I wanted to learn about how to save my money," said Gabriela Pedroza, who will be a freshman at Provo High in the fall. "In the future, if you want to go to college, you can use that money."

Though Utah already ranks high when it comes to financial literacy, Fidelity Investments and Utah State University (USU) Extension 4-H launched a new Money Mentors program this summer to try to boost that knowledge even further. In May, more than 60 Utah teens from 11 counties trained in the subject, and this summer, they’re teaching their peers across the state what they learned.

‘So freaking cool’ USU hosts teen in summer biotech program – The Herald Journal, July 12

Over the week, teens from all over Utah and surrounding states gathered at Utah State University to explore biology and biology technology research.

The Biotechnology Summer Academy for High School Students provides 31 students the chance to work in research labs on campus and gain hands-on experience in science fields.

‘A simple ecologist’ – Herald Journal, July 26

Ask James “Jim” MacMahon to reflect on more than 40 years at Utah State University and his answer is modest

“I’m just a simple ecologist,” says the man who just stepped down as dean of the College of Science – with 15 years at the helm between two separate terms. MacMahon is now returning to research and entering semi-retirement.

Small satellite conference grows – The Herald Journal, July 30

A year after sequestration casued a slight drop in attendance, the annual Small Satellite Conferece at Utah State University is expected to have a record-breaking number of space industry experts participate when it begins on Saturday.

The conference, held Aug. 2 to 7 at USU’s Taggart Student Center, will bring over 1,200 people — who are already registered to attend — from 33 countries including the United States. It’s likely 100 to 200 more will sign up on site. All together the conference will have about 375 exhibitors from over 100 organizations that will show their wares on the exhibit floor.

(Deseret News, 07/03/2014)
(The Space Reporter, 07/08/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 07/12/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 07/26/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 07/30/2014)

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