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This Feed Tab contains announcements - posts - about activities, events, and resources of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Education and Communications Community and related news of interest.

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March 28, 6:30pm EDT

As part of the celebration of National Women’s History Month 2013, NASA en Español will broadcast a Google+ hangout in Spanish with two Hispanic scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). This event, organized by IGES as part of the NASA Science4Girls initiative, is designed for school-aged girls and their families to participate in order to encourage them and interest them in science careers. During the one-hour long interview, which will be moderated by IGES’ Laura Delgado López, Dr. Erika Podest, Earth scientist, and Dr. Michela Muñoz Fernández, principal investigator and systems engineer, will share their

SMD Astrophysics E/PO Monthly Tag-Up: October 23, 2012


A. NASA Updates
B. Astro4Girls 2013
C. Discovery Guides Update
D. Astro E/PO Community Retreat: Outcomes and Next Steps
E. Conferences Updates: ASTC and AAS

A. NASA Updates (Jim Lochner and Denise Smith)


NASA Communications Policies and Teleconference (Jim Lochner)

Earlier this month, there was a joint meeting of the NASA Coordinating Council and the Communication Coordinating Council. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss NPR 7120.5E, part of the book of policies for people doing flight projects. What they did was to codify the section on communication and

 During Women’s History Month 2012, the NASA science education and public outreach Astrophysics forum collaborated with the American Library Association to launch the Astro4Girls initiative.  The mission of Astro4Girls is to partner NASA science educators with libraries to engage girls and their families in astronomy.  Nine libraries from across the United States hosted Astro4Girls events in 2012. Astro4Girls in 2012

  In 2013, the initiative, now called NASA Science4Girls and Their Families, expanded beyond astronomy to include the other NASA science topics of Earth science, planetary science, and Sun science.  In order to reach new and underserved audiences, remote

1. ALA resource page can be found here:

2. The Library Journal reported on the program here:




Library pages:
1. Ridgefield, CT
a. library partner’s page, showing the activities hosted, relevant library materials, and other resources.
b. Article in local paper about the event:

2. Western Illinois University library partner's Astro4Girls page

3. Photos of an event at Drake Library

1. ALA tweets about the program!

Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls

1. National Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) Traveling Exhibits for Libraries
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) offers small, three-panel exhibits with colorful images and text to share current lunar science and exploration stories. The displays are designed for libraries and can be used to excite and engage patrons in further exploration through library resources and programs. Priority for the exhibits is given to libraries (first-come, first-served), and they are available for free (aside from shipping). Please visit their website for detailed information and links to the online Exhibit Request Form, Loan Guidelines, and a list of the topics currently featured.

1. MicroObservatory:
This is an ideal partnership for Libraries, because you will learn how to give your public audiences access to the MicroObservatory online robotic telescope network through the Observing With NASA guest observer web portal. You and your audiences can use this online interface to take and colorize your own images of stars and galaxies the same way that professional astronomers do. Find out how to run workshops that result in exhibitions of original visitor-created astro-photography displays with captions, poems, and 3D models. Observing with NASA DIY Astrophotography workshops combine science, art, and language arts; appeal equally to girls

Explore the exciting events happening in 2013!

There are 4 different science topics for NASA Science4Girls: Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science. The events below are classified according to these areas.


Dates of Events: March 18-19
Library: Cottage Grove Public Library
City/State: Cottage Grove, OR
NASA Partner: Fermi Mission, Teena Della, Astrophysics Educator Ambassador
Description: Black hole workshops at the library and high school will teach attendees about the Fermi telescope, Black Holes and Active Galaxies. We will be building an edible Active Galaxy in each. Yummm!

Date of Event: March 18
Library: Sunnyvale Public Library


Explore these NASA educational activities and citizen science opportunities that libraries may be interested in incorporating into programming in 2013 and beyond.

Exhibits and Displays

Hands-on Activities and Training

Remote Speaker Engagments

Community members, please contribute your ideas and opportuntities here

Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email

Interested in hosting your own NASA Science4Girls and Their Families event at your library? Programming resources and opportunities are available for Spring 2014 and beyond.


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email

1.      NASA WAVELENGTH provides a pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators
of all levels—from elementary to college to out-of-school programs. NASA Wavelength allows you to quickly and easily locate resources that have been developed through funding by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

For more information, visit:

2.      NASA SMD Informal Education Resource Samplers will introduce you to NASA’s collection of informal education resources for Earth and space science.
Find them at: /post/4798

3.      National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) works to strengthen the capacity of existing girl-serving STEM projects by sharing exemplary practices, research findings,

While developing science programming for your library, consider collaborating with one of these partners for their expertise and experience.

National Girls Collaborative Project
Read statistics, find an event, get involved

Night Sky Network
Find activities and local resources

Astronomical League
Find an amateur astronomer in your community


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email 

Looking for a speaker for a library event? Check out these Speakers Bureaus:

1. NASA: Find scientists from your regional NASA center.

2. JPL Solar System Ambassadors: A public outreach program in which volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities.


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email 

Complement your NASA Science4Girls event with the programming resources available below. Incorporate them into the event or make them available throughout Women's History Month for the community to explore.

Career Profiles: Profiles of women in various scientific careers.  Multiple resources target different audiences and include books, video, and prepared presentations

Activity Compilations: Sets of Earth and Space science-related activities to include in your event(s)

Library Resource List: Listings of periodicals, books, and multimedia resources related to NASA Science4Girls topics to support science programming in your library.


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?


Explore the resources listed below to develop a successful NASA Science4Girls event at your library.


Programming Resources:  includes resources to include in your event and supplemental science programming

Best Practices: Best practices for engaging girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Potential Partners: Learn about local and national organizations that share common goals and make great collaborators


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email

Use these periodicals, books, and multimedia resources to support science programming in your library.

Reference compendia for NASAScience4Girls:

Collection of astronomy books and webpages for librarians compiled by the American Library Association. (scroll down to "Resources”) great science programming resources specifically for libraries! specifically for engaging underserved populations in computer science, but their Exemplary Practices and collaboration resources are applicable to the NASA Science4Girls mission. The SciGirls Seven: Proven Strategies for Engaging Girls in STEM


"You Can be a Woman Astronomer" by Andrea Ghez and Judith Cohen

The Ridgefield Library in Connecticut has compiled

Help your audiences explore scientific career opportunities with these profiles of women scientists and career paths. These websites are organized according to NASA Science areas. Of course, careers are not as clearly defined as Astrophysics, Earth Science, Sun Science, and Planetary Science; thus, the last category (“General”) contains resources profiling scientists with interdisciplinary interests and backgrounds.


Profiles of women astronomers

Resources on historical and current female astronomers.
Provides individual bibliographic sources on each figure

Q&A with several prominent women astronomers

Women in the Higher Energy Universe: Printed handout and online, blogs and stories about/by women in science.

Attached here are one-page (double sided) guides to resources that will help you get a quick start on girl-friendly science programming at your library. We have one in every flavor: Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science.

Download Attachments


NASA and the Energy Department are teaming up on Wednesday, March 5, 2014  at 1pm EST to host a Google+ Hangout, showcasing women in STEM at NASA and Energy that are changing the world and addressing the serious shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields in the United States, and showcasing strong role models for students of all genders.

Dr. Katie Gallagher, from NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist will moderate a conversation for students, teachers, parents, and STEM educators. Director Dot Harris, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy, will be on

Create an engaging and successful event for girls in your community by incorporating some of the best practices from the sources listed below.

SciGirls 7: The SciGirls approach - for the TV show, website, and educational materials - is rooted in research about how to engage girls in STEM. A quarter of a century of studies have converged on a set of common strategies that work, and these have become SciGirls' foundation.

SciGirls Seven recommends seven best practices (listed here). You can find out more about them and tips for how to implement them from the SciGirls website.

  1.      Girls

One-page Resource Guides: One for each science topic to help you easily find some top resources!

The AAUW's Online Resources for Women and Girls lists STEM programs for girls, activities, education research, and even more resources. It’s a one stop shop for relevant information.


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email 

Join us at a library near you for one of our engaging NASAScience4Girls and Their Families events this Spring!


NASAScience4Girls and Their Families is a multi-faceted effort, reflecting the role of the SMD Forums in increasing: the efficiency and effectiveness of the SMD E/PO program, the partnerships between NASA science education programs and libraries, and the educational events held in conjunction with Women’s History Month.  March 2015 is the fourth year of the collaborative effort of the SMD EPO community to engage girls in STEM during Women’s History Month.
NASAScience4Girls and Their Families, between FY12 and FY14 reached

From Mary Kay Hemenway:

Dear SMDEPO Colleague:

As President of IAU Division C (Education, Outreach and Heritage), I am writing invite SMDEPO members to participate in our Division meeting at the August IAU/AAS meeting.  Our Scientific Organizing Committee is trying to gauge interest in our meeting by asking you to submit a short indication of interest. Your entry to our site is not binding. It also is not an official entry into the IAU/AAS abstract system for the meeting (deadline March 18). 

We encourage your participation by visiting the following website and following the link to the submission page. This

The SETI Institute, with support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, is funding a limited number of travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the XXIX International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii, 3-14 August 2015, which is being organized by the American Astronomical Society on behalf of the US astronomical community. Award amounts may vary and will be determined by the number of qualified applicants. Funding will be distributed after the conference as a stipend payment.

Eligible expenses include transportation (airfare or mileage in one’s personal vehicle, compact rental car, and fuel costs), lodging, meals and

Science conference with significant education component - content most relevant to Astrophysics and Heliophysics. Held in Honolulu, HI.