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Newsletter No. 22 - August 16th, 2010     Forward to a Friend
       Festival Dates:                              Expo Dates:
10/10/10 - 10/24/10          10/23 & 10/24
Celebrate Science:
Don't miss the Expo on the National Mall

October 23 and 24, 2010, 10am-5:30pm
Over 1500 hands-on science and engineering activities
More than 50 stage shows on four stages
A free event for all ages
Exhibitors: you should have received an email last week with your booth location - if you did not, please check your spam filter, and if you did not receive it, contact
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K-12 Students: Tell us why Science is Cool! Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest!

Submit a video explaining why science is cool and have the possibility of having your video screened on the National Mall, winning prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo in Washington D.C.!

Deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2010.

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Our Newest Wordle Has Been Revealed!

An Image of our Wordle which asked: If you could make one new scientific discovery or invention what would it be?
WORDLE - Discovery or Invention 8.16

Here is the USA Science and Engineering Festival's newest Wordle based on responses to the question: "If you could make one new scientific discovery or invention, what would it be?"

Keep your eyes open for our next question and keep the responses coming!

To find out more about Wordles and to create your own clouds go to
Just the Partner the Doctor Ordered:
The National Institutes of Health offers a captivating journey through the science behind
health's mysteries

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We all have a body. But most of us don't understand how it works.

National Health Institute first The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the perfect place to begin searching for answers, because answering the whos, whats, whens, wheres, whys and hows of health is what NIH researchers have been doing for over 100 years.
NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is America's medical research agency.  NIH makes monumental medical discoveries that improve health and save lives every day. As part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, NIH has created a vast array of interactive, fun, and attention-grabbing activities to represent the research of its 27 Institutes and Research Centers.
On October 23rd and 24th, the NIH will bring its 46 hands-on exhibits to the Freedom Plaza and the National Mall.  With activities that use the same technology that NIH researches use, you can use infrared imaging cameras on a live person, perform surgery, and even extract DNA. The exhibits include interactive demonstrations, movies, game shows and mind-boggling experiments that let you in on NIH research and give you a glimpse into the fascinating world of an NIH scientist.

National Health Institute secondNIH will also sponsor two live performances at the National Mall. A healthy cooking show called "A Winning Meal with the Biggest Loser" features an all-star cast. Pete Thomas of TV's "The Biggest Loser" and NIH Executive Chef Robert Hedetniemi team up to help combat the childhood obesity epidemic with an inspiring, delicious performance. This demonstration will be held at the Wilson Plaza Stage at 10:30am on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will perform at the National Mall Stage on Sunday, October 24th at 2pm. Dr. Collins has performed with Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith, and has been officially been named a "Rock Star of Science." Using both his musical prowess and scientific know-how, Dr. Collins takes on classic rock songs and gives them a new twist by changing the words to his original scientific lyrics.
However, the weekend's activities are only a small part of NIH's involvement in the Festival. In the two weeks prior, scientists in the Nifty Fifty-including NIH's Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci-will visit students from local schools to inspire the next generation of scientists. Several NIH-supported Nobel Laureates-of whom there have been over 130-will also be participating in the "Lunch with a Laureate" program.

NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world.  NIH studies have led to the development of MRI, understanding of how viruses can cause cancer, insights into cholesterol control, knowledge of how our brain processes visual information, and much more. Tnational health 3hanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier lives. NIH continues to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. 

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From Baseball Research to Nanoparticles: Explore the Excitement of Emerging Technologies With the University of Massachusetts Lowell

What goes on behind the scenes as researchers test and certify balls and bats for use in Major League Baseball? How will nanoparticles, network sensors and adaptive technologies revolutionize many aspects of our lives in products of tomorrow?

The answers will surprise and intrigue you! Find out when you visit the hands-on exhibits of the University of Massachusetts Lowell which explore a wide range of emerging technologies at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall this October!
"UMass Lowell is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers," says Provost Ahmed Abdelal. "Through innovative and collaborative research, in corporate and international partnerships, by excellent teaching and creative outreach, our faculty and students tackle every challenge."

Here's a brief description of the Expo exhibits that UMass Lowell will be presenting:
  • Share Scientific Info With the World Through iSENSE: Learn how to use UMass Lowell's  PINPoint data gatherer to collect environmental data, and upload it to the university's public web site. From there, you can create, document, and share scientific visualizations that merge your data with data contributed by other users around the World.
This program by UMass Lowell's Computer Science Department - called iSENSE (Internet System for Networked Sensor Experimentation) - trains educators in hands-on science using networked sensor probes.
  • Nanotechnology -- Harnessing the Power of Small Things: Explore how nanopartuni of mass - nano mahineicles, measuring in billionths of a meter, are likely to fuel the next economic boom. Existing products can be made more useful, cost-effective and durable through the incorporation of nano-size materials. Entirely new nanoproducts, as yet undreamed of, will revolutionize many aspects of our lives. 
  • We Live in a World of Plastics: Immerse yourself in the ubiquitous world of plastics! An integral part of our daily lives, plastics are used practically everywhere - from consumer goods, medical devices and electronics to food packaging, storage and other industrial applications. Yet there are few academic institutions that specialize in this growing materials field. Come see how UMass Lowell is recognized as a global leader in Plastics Engineering education.
  • Making Life Better For Others Through Engineering: Use your problem-solving skills to experiment with ways to improve life for others through engineering!   See if you can solve engineering challenges to enhance daily life for someone with a physical disability. Learn how students in the Service Learning Integrated throughout a College of Engineering (SLICE) Program at the Francis College of Engineering are meeting real the community needs while earning academic credit.uni of mass - baseball w border
  • The Science and Engineering Behind Baseball: Learn about the important role that science and engineering play in the equipment used in America's Favorite Pastime! This exhibit by the UMass Lowell's Baseball Research Center gives you a behind the scenes look at how researchers use high-speed pneumatic cannons and video cameras to test and certify baseballs and bats that are used in the NCAA and Major League Baseball.
  • Studying Sea Life Up Close: Take a tour of the science of life in the ocean. Use a dissecting microscope to study the structure of animals, plants and rocks collected from the open ocean and estuaries. Learn how ocean acidification affects life in the sea, and what you can do to help keep our oceans teeming with their great diversity of life.  This exhibit is conducted by the University of Massachusetts Intercampus Graduate Program in Marine Sciences and Technology.

Dow_LogoA Perfect Festival Partner: The Dow Chemical Company

It is no surprise to find The Dow Chemical Company as a major sponsor of the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival.  Dow supports educational initiatives around the world. Through partnerships with leading educational organizations and the involvement of Dow employees as volunteers, the company is committed to improving students' understanding of math, science and technology.

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Dow scientists understand that while innovation has to start with invention - it is much, much more than that.  "Scientists might have this romantic notion that their inventions will save the world.  But it takes more than a new discovery," remarked Dr. William F. Banholzer, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. "It requires the time, effort and patience to take that discovery and create a disruptive change - a transformational technology - one that renders current technology obsolete. That is true innovation."

Dow's sponsored space, From Invention to Innovation, is in the Festival's Clean Tech Alley because R&D efforts for Clean Energy, Clean Water and Clean Air are at the forefront of Dow's Innovation Pipeline.  Visitors will have the chance to experience how Dow scientists approach these challenges.

"We will offer participants the chance to work hands-on with Dow scientists to generate clean air, clean water and clean energy," said Innovation Communications Leader, Dr. Laura Vosejpka. "We want everyone to experience first hand the excitement that comes from actively using innovative chemistry materials to solve problems - just as our Dow scientists do every day!"

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About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

PLTW Welcomes STEM Education's Best and Brightest to Washington, DC

USA Science & Engineering Festival partner, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is preparing for an action-packed week this fall with one focus: igniting STEM Education in America through imagination and innovation. In the days PLTW1 - capitolleading up to the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall, PLTW is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in the STEM community for its 2010 PLTW Innovation Summit.
Attending PLTW's summit will be STEM-related industry representatives, public and private educational agencies, philanthropic organizations and a wide cross-section of the greater STEM community. Participants will investigate, ideate and ultimately ignite STEM education through imagination and innovation. The event is structured as a collaborative three-day forum, featuring visionary keynote speakers, in-depth panel discussions, hands-on breakout sessions and award-winning student project displays. As you make your plans for the USA Science and Engineering Festival, consider arriving a few days ePLTW 2- microscopearly for PLTW's National Innovation Summit October 20-22!  For more information on how to register for the summit, visit
When PLTW's Innovation Summit concludes on October 22, the organization will launch its interactive student showcases at the USA Science Festival on the National Mall on October 23-34. PLTW's STEM education program has been extremely successful in engaging students in innovation and preparing them for college and career success in STEM-related fields. The hands-on, project based program helps students connect what they are learning in the classroom to real-life problems. Studies have shown that PLTW students are more engaged in learning than their peers and more likely to attend college and major in STEM-related fields than non-PLTW students. You cPLTW - modelingan catch a glimpse of why this program is so successful by visiting their Engineering and Biomedical tents on the Mall.
At the exhibition, PLTW students will showcase the hands-on, project based activities they work on in classrooms every day. The engineering tent will feature students exploring and investigating interactive projects, such as controlling and operating an automated material sorter, using 3D modeling and animation software to solve a pu
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zzle, applying alternative energy methods to create an interactive LED display, and operating a ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle). At the biomedical sciences tent, students will build models of different molecules, including DNA and proteins, test their reaction time for various computer visual tasks, and measure their blood pressure and heart rate using sensors and a computer.

USA Science Festival is extremely proud to partner with
PLTW, a truPLTW - image 1e pioneer in STEM education. The program is in more than 4,000 schools, reaching approximately 350,000 students in all 50 states. Come out and visit with PLTW students, teachers and representatives to learn more about how your community can further inspire the next generation of innovators. And don't forget that PLTW's National Innovation Summit is just days before the exhibit in Washington, DC ! For more information, visit

In our last issue we had some incorrect information about Leon Harris. Here is the correction information:

Leon Harris, popular award-winning news anchor from ABC7/WJLA-TV (Washington, DC) will serve as emcee of the evening's festivities. Harris, after a 20-year tenure at CNN in Atlanta, is now the face of ABC7/WJLA-TV's 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts and is actively involved with charities to benefit low-income students and others.

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Just the Partner the Doctor Ordered: The National Institutes of Health
From Baseball Research to Nanoparticles: Explore the Excitement of Emerging Technologies With the University of Massachusetts Lowell
A Perfect Festival Partner: The Dow Chemical Company
PLTW Welcomes STEM Education's Best and Brightest to Washington, DC

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