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CaSGC Staff Meet with NASA AA for Space Technology

On Wednesday, September 11th the California Space Grant Consortium Director, Dr. John Kosmatka, and Assistant Director, Tehseen Lazzouni, met with the NASA Space Technology Associate Administrator, Dr. Michael Gazarik, and his Chief of Staff, Michael Green. They discussed NASA Space Technology priorities and areas where the California Space Grant can work with the Space Technology Mission Directorate.

Green, Gazarik & Kosmatka--NASA STMD Visit

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STEAM2 Academy

California Space Grant Consortium colleague Kimberly Mann Bruch launched the STEAM2 Academy this summer utilizing curriculum, hands-on activities, and equipment developed in conjunction with the California Space Grant Consortium.

The program featured a series of week-long summer camps for Grades K-3 with topics including aerospace engineering (rockets), astronomy, chemistry, geology, botany, and entomology.

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NASA K-12 Teacher Professional Development in Climate Education

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NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

April 9th, 11th, April 16th & 18th

4:00 – 5:20 p.m. (EDT)

Teachers may participate, free of charge, in person or virtually.

From greenhouse effect to Earth’s rising temperatures and resulting impacts on plants, bugs and birds, increase your understanding of these timely topics and more at the NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop.   This workshop is a four-part series featuring climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists.  It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-12 teachers.  The content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade band.

For more information visit the NICE website at:

Dr. Bob Lin 1942-2012

The California Space Grant Consortium sadly announces the passing of world-renowned experimental space physicist and Professor of Physics Robert (Bob) Lin on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Bob was Director of the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley and Campus Director for the California Space Grant Consortium until 2008. During this time he and his Space Science Lab colleagues mentored dozens of Space Grant students in several space-related projects. His research interests were broad, ranging from solar and heliospheric physics to lunar and planetary science. Bob’s primary interest was in how particles are accelerated to high energies in nature. According to a colleague, his greatest professional achievement was the RHESSI (Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) satellite, which was launched in 2002. More recently Bob had been working with graduate and undergraduate students on CubeSats and balloon tests of a solar imager. We last saw Bob in 2010 when he gave the Jim Arnold Lecture at UC San Diego on “Magnetic Planets and How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere“. Bob is survived by his wife, Lily Lin, and stepson, Linus Sun.

Please click here for the UC Berkeley News Center obituary.

Mars Science Lab Seminar at UC San Diego

In early November the California Space Grant Consortium and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination held a dynamic seminar with NASA/JPL’s Brian Schratz, lead engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) telecommunications team. Speaking to a packed auditorium in UC San Diego’s Structural & Materials Engineering Building Presentation Lab, Mr. Schratz described NASA’s past missions in the Mars Exploration Program, which found evidence for sustained interactions with liquid water, and the current MSL mission to explore a local region on Mars as a potential habitat for life, past or present.

Brian Schratz at UC San Diego

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