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Women In Science Special Edition

Changing Girls' Attitudes About Computers
Computer Wonder Women
National Women's History Month
What you can do to help GRRLS get into technology!
Best Online Resources For Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
Educating Girls in the New Computer Age
HERSTORIES Classroom Project

Nasa hacker granted Lords appeal
Gary McKinnon, the Briton who has admitted hacking into Nasa's computer
systems, has been given leave to appeal against extradition to the US.
McKinnon was granted leave on Thursday to appeal to the Law Lords, a
group of senior UK judges, on the grounds of the nature of plea
agreement discussions with representatives of the US authorities.
His appeal will be heard "sometime in the New Year", according to his
solicitors, Kaim Todner.

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NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Contest for Students
The NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition for middle and junior high school students is now accepting entries. The competition consists of two separate topics, each with a limit of 500 words. The first topic challenges students to describe how they benefit in their everyday lives from space technologies built by NASA over the last 50 years. The second topic requires students to imagine how their everyday lives will have changed because of NASA space technology in the next 50 years. Students may submit two separate essays, each responding to a separate topic. Participants must be U.S. students in grades 5-9 and under the age of 15. An optional notice of intent is due on Dec. 7, 2007. Final entries are due on or before Jan. 7, 2008. For more information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/features/F_Essay_Competition.html

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program Spring 2008 Internship Session
NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program is currently accepting applications for 15-week spring 2008 internships. These internships offer students the opportunity to work alongside NASA scientists and engineers at NASA's centers, laboratories and test facilities. Applicants must be U.S. college sophomores, juniors or seniors with majors or course work concentration in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or physical or life sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
The application deadline for the spring 2008 session is Oct. 22, 2007.
For more information, visit: http://education.nasa.gov/usrp

NASA Science News for October 17, 2007
The Fantastic Skies of Orphan Stars
Do you love gazing at a starry night sky? Nothing you've ever seen on Earth could prepare you for the fantastic skies of some "orphan stars" just discovered by astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

NASA STS-118 Basil Seeds on the Move
The 10 million basil seeds that flew in space on the STS-118 space shuttle mission have moved one step closer to the classroom. The seeds were returned to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 4, 2007, and were then packaged and sent to Park Seed Company, located in Greenwood, S.C. At Park Seed Company, the seeds will be sorted and placed in small packets, each packet containing approximately 50 seeds. The packets of space-flown seeds and control packets of seeds that have not flown will then be distributed to educators who have registered to take part in the Engineering Design Challenge. The seeds will be packaged in a commemorative envelope with an insert that provides additional information about the seeds. The seeds are available to the first 100,000 registrants, who must be residents of the United States or U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas. For more information on the challenge and to register to participate, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/plantchallenge

NASA Plants in Space Webcast: Chat Live With a NASA Moon Scientist
When will humans return to the moon? How will they get there? How will the astronauts live and work in reduced gravity? How does someone grow plants on the moon? Classroom students from across the country will have the chance to ask these questions and more during a series of live Web chats with experts from NASA's Constellation Program and Biological Sciences Offices. The Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Alexandria, Va., and NASA Education are partnering to host two one-hour webcasts with Dr. Gary W. Stutte and Dr. Raymond M. Wheeler from Kennedy Spaceflight Center and John Gruener from the Johnson Space Center on October 23 and 30, 2007, at 2:00 p.m.ET. The webcasts are free and open to the public. Classroom teachers may register at the Challenger Center Web site to chat with NASA's plant growth experts on how astronauts will use plants to provide food, oxygen, clean water and recycle waste during long-duration space missions on the moon. The conversations are in support of NASA's Lunar Plant Growth Chamber design challenge for grades K-12. In the NASA design challenge, elementary, middle and high school students research, design, build and evaluate lunar plant growth chambers using space-flown basil seeds. Students participate in the engineering design process, learn how to conduct a scientific experiment and can receive national recognition for their efforts on the Challenger Center Web site. To register for the webcasts visit: http://www.challenger.org/clc/sts118webcast.cfm

Hilton Pond
For us, there's nothing more breathtaking than a Goldenrod field in
autumn, glowing in the sun against a clear blue sky. But our REAL
fascination with Goldenrod meadows requires something less than
landscape view, for that's when you get up close and personal with
Goldenrod's many pollinators and the predators that stalk them.
"This Week at Hilton Pond" we offer a photo essay about arthropod
inhabitants of the Goldenrod patch. To view, please visit the
installment for 8-14 October 2007 at
As always we include a tally of birds banded and recaptured; this
week's diverse list is unusually long. There are also some notes
about the current drought and dogwood berries--plus a mug shot of a
young male Northern Cardinal.

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