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World's First Crew To Mars Is Likely In Middle School Right Now"Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the next phase of Generation Beyond, an initiative to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to prepare today's middle school students nationwide for deep space exploration. Lockheed Martin has supported every NASA mission to Mars over the last four decades and is currently developing technologies like the Orion spacecraft to help NASA send humans to deep space destinations like Mars in the 2030s. Generation Beyond brings the science of space into homes and classrooms across America to engage students in grades 6-8 and help them prepare to make these missions a reality and pursue STEM careers. The program, available at no cost, includes an online curriculum for teachers and families, with standards-based, digital resources such as lesson plans, educator guides and family activities. These resources will introduce a wide variety of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast differences between life in space and on Earth, and illustrate the challenges of a future Mars mission."


Congress Pushes NASA to Do More Edcation Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act

"Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a plan for how NASA can best facilitate and support both current and retired astronauts, scientists, engineers, and innovators, including early career female astronauts, scientists, engineers, and innovators, to engage with K12 female STEM students and inspire the next generation of women to consider participating in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to pursue careers in aerospace."

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Awards Fellowships"Nine young scientists have received First Award Fellowships from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Through this program, they will conduct one year research projects with the eventual aim of protecting astronaut health during long-duration spaceflight. In addition to receiving mentorship from a faculty member at their home institution, the new First Award Fellows will become members of one of NSBRI's seven science and technology teams. This will allow them to interact with some of the nation's leading researchers in their respective fields and participate in scientific meetings organized by NSBRI, as well as by NASA's Human Research Program (HRP)."


NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships Fall 2016"This call for graduate student fellowship applications solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master's (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America's technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies."


NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to conduct research largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research opportunities posted on the NPP Web site. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in Earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary science, astrobiology, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and operations, and space technology.

Postdoctoral Position in Mars Orbital Data Analysis are invited for a postdoctoral position associated with the ERC e-Mars project dedicated to the evolution of Mars from the combination of orbital datasets of Mars, located at the laboratory of geology of Lyon at the University of Lyon (France). The research emphasis will be on Mars geology and surface processes using orbital data. Work on mixing morphological observations with spectral analysis will be encouraged.

Future Engineers Look Toward Future of Space Exploration"The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation, SpaceX, Digital Domain and NASA gave the finalists of the Space Tools 3-D Design Challenge a chance to see the future of space exploration under development as NASA prepares for a journey to Mars. These future engineers had the opportunity to see how NASA is conducting research and developing technologies that will allow us to live and work off the planet and eventually on Mars; how SpaceX is one of two U.S. Commercial companies developing a new crew transportation system that will take astronauts from the U.S. to the International Space Station and back; and how visual effects studios like Digital Domain can use the magic of Hollywood to virtually transport people to the surface of Mars to see what those future missions will be like."


How To Un-inspire The Next Generation"In following the incessant debate about potential NASA missions, I often hear NASA leaders, industry advocates and Congressional champions alike point to the value of these missions to inspire the next generation. Yet the more their arguments cause inaction, the more cynicism they generate in those they seek to inspire. The problem is not that young people don't understand the importance to humanity or relevance to individuals of a certain NASA mission. We understand perfectly fine. But we also see that these missions are doomed to die a political death when leadership at NASA or elsewhere in government has a change of heart."


Google and NASA Work With Disney To Inspire Girls"There are certain television tropes about computer scientists that just drive programmers nuts. They include the portrayal of coders as sun-starved and soft-bellied nerds who spend long hours alone in front of their computers. And almost always, those TV characters are male. So when Disney Junior approached Google and NASA last year for a new series about a space adventure-seeking boy, his smart sister who codes and mother who drives the family spaceship, everyone involved in the project was determined to bury those stereotypes. They agreed that done right, the show could help get girls interested in the sciences at an early age. After all, the data on gender and careers showed that the media can play a huge factor in girls' decisions to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a 2014 report by Google."


Learning About STEM 'On-and-Off the Planet'"How does space travel affect your health? How do astronauts sleep in space? What do astronauts eat in space? How do astronauts exercise in space? These and other questions will be answered by current and former astronauts and scientists during a visit by nearly 200 students to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) that will occur on April 23, 2015. The students, from the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, will participate in an event entitled, "STEM On-and-Off the Planet" as part of an overall program to encourage students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)."


NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to conduct research largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research opportunities posted on the NPP Web site. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

NASA Young Professionals Page

NASA Young Professionals Page, NASA

"Many NASA centers have established groups dedicated to young professional networking and career development activities. While some groups are more established than others, there is a shared interest across the community to enable young NASA employees to connect with their peers and colleagues at their centers and across the agency. Group activities include virtual workshops and panels, "lunch and learn" events, discussions with seasoned employees, book clubs, and community service. The Academy covers stories about the young professional community at NASA and abroad and has aggregated the following information about center groups in order to better connect the community."

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