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Newsletter No. 11 - February 22, 2010     Forward to a Friend
Festival Dates:                             Expo on the National Mall:
10/10/10 - 10/24/10          10/23 & 10/24

Registration now open for You Can Do the Rubik's Cube Tournament
Teams of K-12 students compete for a total of $5000 in prize money - free teacher workshop on April 10 (note date change) to learn how to use the Rubik's Cube in your math lessons and prepare your student team for the contest - please forward this to a math or science teacher you know!

Festival T-shirts Now for Sale!
Show your Enthusiasm for Science or Engineering with one of our "I am a Scientist", "I am an Engineer" or "Celebrate Science" T-shirts - then send us your picture of you wearing your shirt and we will publish it on our website. "Future Scientist" shirts available for kids. Find out more...

Elementary School Teachers: Have Your Students Learn and Perform Science-themed Songs! Click here to find out more and contact Ruth Kiefer at to sign up your school to participate in the Powers of Ten performance on 10/10/10
Blizzard in DC can't stop Festival momentum...

While many of our partners and friends in DC were busy shoveling snow, we added a few new Nifty Fifty Speakers, Nobel Laureates, Expo Exhibitors, Sponsors and Satellite Events:

New Nifty Fifty Nominations:
(These impressive professionals have been nominated by Festival Partner Organizations to speak to middle and high school assemblies during the two weeks leading up to the Expo)

 Donald Thomas     Angela Moran     Seth Shostak
-Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Brain Surgeon and Researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will inspire students with his remarkable story: how he went from being an impoverished illegal immigrant to becoming one of the nation's top brain surgeons.

-Mario Livio, Director of Public Outreach at The Space Telescope Institute, will wow students with stories of Black Holes, Dark Energy and Supernovas.

-Angela Leimkuhler Moran, Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, will explore high-tech careers in engineering and what students should do to prepare.

-Don Thomas, former NASA Astronaut and Director of Towson University's Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science, will tell audiences what it's like to be an astronaut on three unforgettable space shuttle missions.

-Bonnie Bassler, Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and MacArthur Foundation "Genius," will give students insight into the mysterious world of bacteria and how these microbes communicate with each other.

-William Gilly, Marine Biologist at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, will take students deep under the ocean in search of giant squid and other marine life.

Alfredo Quinones    Bonnie Bassler    Diane Bunce

-Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, will take students on a journey through the cosmos to answer the question: Is there life on other planets?

-Diane Bunce, Chemistry Education Researcher and Professor at Catholic University of America, demystifies science through unusual techniques such as exploring the chemistry of Thanksgiving dinner.

-Josh Wolfe, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lux Capital, clues kids in on how scientific discovery depends as much on high finance as it does on research genius.

-Bob Ekman, software engineer, formerly with Lockheed Martin and IBM, takes kids into the exciting world of robotics and rocketry.

Click here for more information on all the Nifty Fifty Speakers. If you are a partner organization, please nominate a Nifty Fifty speaker before our dance card is full.

New Laureates
(Since our recent article about our Lunch with a Laureate program, these additional Nobel Laureates have been confirmed to participate in engaging brown bag lunch sessions with students)

Harold KrotoSir Harold Kroto

Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for his landmark work in discovering a class of carbon compounds known as fullerenes (Buckyballs) that ushered in the nanotechnology revolution.

Douglas OsheroffDouglas Osheroff

Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996 for his discovery of fascinating effects that occur at ultra low temperature such as super fluidity in helium-3.

Baruch BlumbergBaruch Blumberg

Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1976 for discoveries shedding light on the mechanisms behind how infectious diseases originate and are spread

Kurt WuthrichKurt Wuthrich

Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution that has changed the way drugs are discovered.

Thanks for your suggestions and connections to these Laureates.

Tell a teacher to sign up for our newsletter so they can be one of the first to bring a Nifty Fifty Speaker or Lunch with a Laureate Program to their school.

Satellite Events
There are now more than 30 Satellite Events underway across the United States. Latest additions include events in Houston (Texas), Wichita (Kansas), Oceanside (California), the Vancouver (Washington)/Portland (Oregon) area, Tucson (Arizona), Jacksonville (Florida) and Ithaca (Nebraska). To find out more and to let us know that you are planning a Satellite Event, click here. We will endeavor to connect you with other groups planning an event in your area.

New Financial Sponsors
Since February 1, we have added several new sponsors:

Northrop Grumman
Providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Applying innovative technologies for studying genetic variation and function, making studies possible that were not even imaginable just a few years ago.

Project Lead the Way  (PLTW)
Preparing students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.

Baxter International
Providing treatments for complex medical conditions including hemophilia, immune disorders, kidney disease, trauma and other conditions.

Research in Motion

Designing and manufacturing leading communication solutions like the award-winning BlackBerry® smartphone, used by millions of people around the world.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing recommendations and introductions and continued support!

Lighting the Fire of Creativity in the Next Generation: Science Media Heavy Hitters Join Festival as Partners!

The USA Science & Engineering Festival has joined forces with some of the most respected science media outlets in the nation, adding momentum to our efforts in spreading the word about the Festival and its exciting
schedule of events. To date, partnerships have been signed with:

-Popular Science and Science IllustratedPopular Science Cover
-New Scientist
-Scientific American
-Popular Mechanics
-EE Times Group
-Family Magazine of Washington D.C.
-Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report (a Forbes magazine newsletter)

Working with the Festival, these partners will run advertisements in their respective publications which together represent more than $1 million in ad exposure. This will not only play a key role in  giving the Festival heightened visibility on a national and international scale, but also inspire the creation of new satellite events across the country and increase participation in the Expo, contests and other activities.

Our newly formed media partnerships are also enabling us to develop our own blog so that participants can readily communicate with others about their experiences. (If you'd like to add to our blog and share with others what you plan to do at the Festival, send your blog with links and images to Larry Bock at

" is very proud to be the official Blogging Partner of the Festival," says Adam Bly, founder and CEO of Seed, parent company of "Using technology and the power of social media, we look forward to bringing the festival to millions of people across the country and helping to raise America's interest in science at this most critical time."

Some Partners have also begun to run Festival-related articles such as the interview that Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech recently did with Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Chairman of the Festival Advisory Board and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin.

So what motivates these organizations to support the Festival?

EE Times Cover"Helping the nation regain its competitive edge in science and technology" is a primary reason why the EE Times Group is joining as a Media Partner. "We must light the fire of creativity in our next generation to inspire young technologists to pursue careers in science and technology," says Paul Miller, CEO of the electronics industry giant.

Scientific American CoverThat sentiment is echoed by Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American. "Renewed focus on science and math is essential to our nation's continued growth and success," she asserts.

Science Illustrated Cover"Science and technology are the driving forces of the future", adds Gregg Hano, Group Publisher of Popular Science and Science Illustrated. "And supporting the Festival is one more way for us to ensure that the next generation will have the skills, knowledge and interest to deliver on that bright future."

Popular Mechanics CoverAdding to this sentiment is Jennifer Bogo, Senior Editor of Popular Mechanics: "From the engineering of Apollo to the physics of boomerang flight, Popular Mechanics has long celebrated hands-on experience as a means of igniting lifelong passions for science and technology."

If you know of other media outlets that may be interested in serving as Partners, please contact Larry Bock at

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Celgene Logo      Dow_Logo       NIH Logo        

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VertexLogo           RubiksLogo_small         Sandia_Logo

Genentech_Logo                 MedImmune_Logo

PLTW_Logo             Family Magazine_Logo

K&L Gates Logo     Baxter Logo

NuVasive - FEI - Case Western Reserve University

Silicon Valley Bank - Bechtel
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Space X - Research in Motion
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In This Issue
Festival Progress Report
New Media Partners
Festival T-shirts for Sale

Larry Bock and Francis Collins

Francis Collins, Head of the NIH, and Larry Bock met for lunch last week during the AAAS conference in San Diego. The NIH will bring 30 hands-on exhibits to the Expo and is a Festival sponsor.

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