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Newsletter No. 12 - March 15, 2010     Forward to a Friend
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Announcing the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest

K-12 students: Tell us why Science is Cool! Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest! Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo on theVideo Contest  graphic Mall!

Do you think Science is cool? Do you want to share your passion for science with others? Here is your chance to inspire thousands of people to be more curious, and to care about science & engineering the way you do: create a short video that explores the question "Why is Science Cool?"

We are seeking videos that are creative, surprising, and "contagious" in terms of spreading your enthusiasm about science to others. Videos might explore a scientific concept, show us the wonders of nature, give us a glimpse into the future, show us what scientific discovery has done for us in the past or will do for us in the future, introduce us to a great scientist or engineer, tell us why you think science is so cool or simply show us why we should care about science and/or engineering.

Cool Prizes for Cool Videos!
1st prize: $1,000*
(plus a $1,000 travel stipend to travel to Washington DC for the Expo! The Kavli Foundation will be presenting the winner with their award check during a ceremony as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23 and 24, 2010)
2nd prize: $500*
3rd prize: $250*
People's Choice Award: $250*
In addition, the winning videos will be shown on a Jumbotron during the Expo on the National Mall and at other key Festival events.
*All prize money to go towards science education at the students' school

A panel of distinguished judges (soon to be announced) will select the most outstanding videos to receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. In addition, the People's Choice Award will be voted on by the public.

The contest opens on April 1, 2010 and closes on May 31, 2010.

We are most grateful to The Kavli Foundation to support this video contest.
Established in 2000, The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work. The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics, and through the support of conferences, symposia, endowed professorships, journalism programs, education initiatives, and other activities. The Foundation is also a founding partner of the Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

"We are delighted to take part in the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which is a tremendous opportunity to engage young people on the importance and excitement of science," said Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of The Kavli Foundation.  "We are particularly pleased to launch the USA Science and Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest. This promises to be an especially fun and meaningful event for students across the nation, and we look forward to seeing their creativity on display and celebrated in the nation's capital."

To find out more about the contest and to submit your registration form go to the Festival website.

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Stacy Jannis, at

Special thanks to Stacy Jannis of JannisProductions and Jeff Seeman of The Archimedes Initiative for getting the Video Contest up and running.

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USA Science & Engineering Festival volunteer Stacy Jannis honored as part of NSF 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge

Stacy JannisStacy Jannis, who has been working tirelessly for the Festival to get the Kavli Science Video Contest up and running, was recently honored by AAAS and the National Science Foundation 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for her video "Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease". Stacy and her team produced the video for the National Institute on Aging to depict scientists' most current understanding of what happens inside cells during Alzheimer's disease.

To view the video, click here.
To view all 2009 winners, click here.
To learn more about the annual Challenge, click here.
To learn more about Stacy's amazing work, visit

Congratulations to Stacy! And thank you for your hard work on the Kavli Science Video Contest!


From Aerospace Engineering to Forensic Anthropology:
More Exciting Nifty Fifty Speakers Added!

These Nifty Fifty presenters have been confirmed since the last issue of the Newsletter, adding to the impressive array of speakers the USA Science & Engineering Festival has assembled.

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drew Berry, evolutionary biologist at Harvard University,
takes young learners on an odyssey of his travels studying origins of species - from researching giant rats in New Guinea to butterflies and ants in Australia.

nklin Damann, anatomical curator at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, gives students insight into the exciting world of a forensic anthropologist.

Chris Linthwaite, vice president and general manager of BioProduction Systems at Life Technologies, tells how business and marketing expertise is helping bioscientists speed the development of lifesaving drugs and other therapy.

Matthew Bobrowsky, astrophysicist at the University of Maryland, talks about the exciting studies and discoveries of the galaxy he has made using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Paul Gueye, physicist at Hampton University's Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation, speaks of how his childhood curiosity about how things work while growing up in Senegal (West Africa) expanded into a career developing lifesaving radiation therapy for cancer.

James Rohr, engineering physicist at the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command, will tell students how dolphins and other fish are helping engineers design better surface and underwater vessels and devices.

Aprille Ericsson, aerospace engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, tells kids what it's like to test and design future spacecraft to handle such aerodynamic factors as altitude and gravitational forces.

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.

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The 2010 District of Columbia Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30am -4:30pm at the McKinley Technology High School. The DC Science and Engineering Fair is an Intel ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair) affiliated fair and open to all public, charter, and private school students, grades 6 -12. The DCSEF is free and open to the public; however, the exhibition floor will be restricted until judging is complete. For more information visit
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