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Newsletter No. 3 - October 19, 2009     Forward to a Friend
150 and counting...
To date, over 150 organizations have signed up to exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall in the Fall of 2010. If you want to be one of the first 175 organizations to exhibit for free, contact us now... 
The "ology" Extravaganza
Professional societies of every make, model and number are getting involved in the USA Science & Engineering Festival showcasing the unique blend of science and/or engineering that they are known for.  In addition to biology, chemistry, physics, math and engineering, there will be societies representing such diverse fields as plant biology, cell biology, nephrology, horticulture, genetics, evolution, biochemistry, biomedical, chemical, civil and electrical engineering, statistics, developmental biology, physiology, meteorology, astronomy, malacology, physiology, psychology, sociology, and primatology.
One of the societies leading the way is the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the journal Science.  "We are extremely excited and honored to take part in the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Our plan is to showcase leading researchers who will offer short presentations and then answer questions on a range of topics, from astronomy and robotics to zoology, says AAAS Chief Executive Officer Alan I. Leshner and executive publisher of Science. "Although our plans are still evolving, our previous  `Meet the Scientists' programs have featured exciting physics and chemistry demonstrations, talks on hip-hop music and math, spiders, bees, dinosaurs, and much, much more. Students, teachers, parents, and everyone with a curious mind will be encouraged to interact directly with our line up of scientists with cool jobs."

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Similar enthusiasm is echoed by the American Chemical Society Executive Director Madeleine Jacobs. "We participated in the Inaugural San Diego Science Festival and are looking forward to supporting this national effort.  Our exhibit will explore the transforming properties of chemistry. Children, teens and adults are invited to visit with our scientists and join them in hands-on chemistry experiments that will explain how chemistry improves people's lives every day. In addition, we will present how green chemistry is making the world cleaner and safer."

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"Our exhibit will combine the efforts of the Society of Physics Students, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and Physics Central to excite the imagination of the participants at our laser extravaganza, where we will feature live appearances by teen superhero, Spectra, and her arch nemesis, Ms. Alignment" explains Becky Thompson-Flagg, Head of Public Outreach for the American Physical Society (APS). "This is a unique opportunity to do science outreach side-by-side with other science and engineering enthusiasts" remarks Bo Hammer, Executive Associate Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
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The National Society of Professional Engineers will challenge Expo goers to design a way to send a Ping-Pong ball flying high enough to catch it using simple materials such as paint stirrers, wooden spools, and tape. The catch? You can only use your foot to operate your invention. "There is no better way to get kids excited about engineering than by actually having them build something using their own creativity" says Stacey A. Ober, Senior Public Relations Manager for the organization. "The Festival is a great outreach opportunity for us and we look forward to participating!"
If you are a member of a professional science or engineering society that wants to participate, let us know!!!
Professional Societies Executives join Advisory Board:
Dr. Ralph Cicerone
President, National Academy of Sciences

Honorable James C. Greenwood
President & CEO, Biotechnology Industry Organization
Ms. Madeline Jacobs
Executive Director & CEO, American Chemical Society
Dr. Alan I. Leshner
Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Executive Publisher, Science
Dr. Alan J. McCormack
President Elect, National Science Teachers Association
Dr. Charles Vest
President, National Academy of Engineering
Wanted:  Student/faculty teams from all major universities and colleges

We are challenging every major college and university to send a student/faculty team to do a hands-on, interactive science outreach activity at the USA Science & Engineering Festival and THEY ARE RESPONDING!!!  In just two short weeks more than twenty universities have signed up.  And they are not just from the Washington, D.C. Area ... they are coming from all around the country.
"We participated in the highly successful Inaugural San Diego Science Festival" says Dean of Sciences at San Diego State University Stan Maloy, "and wouldn't miss out on this event.  We will be putting on an exhibit titled "Corals or Germs: The Future of Coral Reefs."  (This research was featured on a National Geographic TV documentary.)
Princeton Logo"We are thrilled to be involved in the first national science and engineering festival" said Princeton University Professor and McArthur Genius Dr. Bonnie Bassler, whose Princeton Molecular Tigers will be showcasing their research laboratory's interest in why cells go awry.
Harvard Logo"When I heard about this event I knew we had to be involved - it's a great outreach opportunity for us," said Harvard Professor and Co-Director of the Microbial Sciences Initiative Dr. Roberto Kolter. "We will feature the many ways that microbes influence our lives, from helping produce and digest our food, to protecting us from disease, to providing new sources of energy and mitigating climate change."
Duke Logo"We saw how successful the Festival Organizers were in creating the Inaugural San Diego Science Festival, so we absolutely pounced on the chance to become a part of this inaugural national event," says Karl Bates, Director of Research Communications at Duke University. "We're now working with some very enthusiastic faculty and students to put together compelling and cool exhibit ideas that we hope will also reflect some of the unique features which make Duke's research special."
"This gives us a tremendous opportunity to showcase to the country our students' incredible science enthusiasm," said Professor and Physics Chair Vivian Incera from the University of Texas, El Paso.  "We will be putting on both a Physics Circus and then our science thespians will be presenting a comedic play on Quantum Theory."
Other universities who have registered to date include: Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, MIT, Idaho State University, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, George Mason University, George Washington University, University of Washington, Southeastern Louisiana University among others...
If you would like to send a student/faculty team to the USA Science & Engineering Festival, simply
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In This Issue
Advisory Board Update
Wanted: Universities and Colleges
Volunteer Position
Science Experiment
Volunteer Position Available
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Engineering Festival partner, you will be listed on the USA Science & Engineering Festival website with your logo and a link to your site. In return, we ask that you put our logo on your website, help us spread the word about the Festival to your community, and exhibit as part of the Expo. Want to get your logo on the Festival T-shirt or poster? Be one of the first 50 partners to sign up!
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