Friday, March 29, 2013

Summer Science Opportunities for YOUTH

I came across this webpage today that lists many opportunities for young people to get involved with science-related activities for Summer 2013. Opportunities include internships (paid and unpaid) at places like Kaiser Permanente, NASA, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, and the list goes on. I am so happy to find this resource and be able to share it with you, as you all know how excited I am to expose young people to science. Thank you to the Stanford Office of Science Outreach for putting together this great resource!

Contents of the link as described by website: This is a listing of summer science opportunities for students interested in gaining work experience, extending their lab skills and/or going deeper into science!!! This list is provided for informational purposes only, and does not imply endorsement or recommendation by Stanford’s Office of Science Outreach.

Link to resources: Summer Science Opportunities-Internships, Programs and Camps Summer 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blerdology Hackathon

Blerdology Rallies Brick City Blerds
with Rutgers Business School
 at #BlackHack Newark Charity Hackathon April 6-7

Who:  Blerdology, the woman-led social enterprise dedicated to increasing the number of African Americans in technology and the first organization to produce hackathons specifically for the minority tech community

What: Blerdology will be hosting a hackathon with the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School, MailChimp, Brick City Development Corp and Initiative Consulting Group to benefit the Center for Collaborative Change April 6-7, 2013. The hackathon will close out a 4-day tech weekend celebrating innovation and the advancement of technology throughout the Brick City.
#BlackHack Newark will bring minority coders and developers to build new and innovative apps and websites in a friendly competition format. #BlackHack attendees are exposed to a wealth of industry insights and business consulting and have the opportunity to get their resumes in the hands of top tech corporations. Building projects on site for little to no costs, #BlackHacks are a novel way for budding entrepreneurs to get their projects off the ground, a fun way to benefit budding tech communities, and an unmatched opportunity to meet and recruit the top minority tech talent from around the world.
Though the event is minority focused, tech enthusiasts from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to come. Blerdology is still accepting student start-up projects and local business participation for the event.

Newark Tech Weekend:
WEDNESDAY, April 3rd

·         Tips for Entrepreneurial Success with Mike Michalowicz , Author of The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Business in any Field

Rutgers Business School, 6:30 pm, Register at

 THURSDAY, April 4th

·         TEDxNJIT

NJIT, 5-9pm,

FRIDAY, April 5th

·         STEM Day at St. Phillips Academy

·         The Future of Newark Tech: A Policy Discussion

NJIT, 12-2pm

·         Newark Tech Happy Hour

Loft 47, 5-8pm, RSVP at


·         Brick City Blerds: #blackhack NWK

Rutgers Business School, 9am-9am, Register at

For additional information on Blerdology please visit:

For sponsorship inquiries or interview requests, please contact Amanda Spann, CMO at 904-476-8003 or

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Upcoming Conferences!

Check out the upcoming conferences! Thank you to the New York Academy of Sciences for this information!

The Bone Marrow Niche, Stem Cells, and Leukemia:
Impact of Drugs, Chemicals, and the Environment           
May 29-31, 2013 (New York City)

* Register by April 26, 2013 for discounts on registration!
* Oral Presentation & Poster Presentation Opportunities! Deadline: April 5, 2013.
* Early Career Investigator and Underrepresented Minority Travel Fellowship and Family/Child-Care Grant Applications! Deadline April 5, 2013

Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium
June 5, 2013 (New York City)

* Oral Presentation & Poster Presentation Opportunities! Prizes will be awarded! Deadline: May 10, 2013.

Nanotechnologies in Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy, and Prevention  
June 11-13, 2013 (Moscow, Russia)

* Register by May 22, 2013 for discounts on registration!
* Oral Presentation & Poster Presentation Opportunities! Deadline: April 24, 2013.
* Early Career Investigator and Underrepresented Minority Travel Fellowship and Family/Child-Care Grant Applications! Deadline April 24, 2013

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and the Host Microbiome: The Science of Translation
June 12, 2013 (New York City)

* Register by April 5, 2013 for discounts on registration!
* Oral Presentation & Poster Presentation Opportunities! Deadline: March 22, 2013.
* Early Career Investigator and Underrepresented Minority Travel Fellowship and Family/Child-Care Grant Applications! Deadline March 22, 2013

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopthy   
June 19-20, 2013 (New York City)
* Register by May 13, 2013 for discounts on registration!
* Oral Presentation & Poster Presentation Opportunities! Deadline: April 29, 2013.
* Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowships Available. Deadline: April 29, 2013

Professional Development Workshop at Carnegie Mellon University!

Call for Participation
2nd Annual Learning Science Workshop
Research and Innovation for Enhancing Achievement and Equity
June 22-23
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA
Applications Due May 5, 2013

No Cost To Attend
LearnLab, an NSF Science of Learning Center (SLC) at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, has an exciting summer research opportunity available to early career researchers in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies.
The workshop is targeted to senior graduate students, post-docs and early career faculty. The workshop seeks broad participation, including members of underrepresented groups as defined by NSF (African American, Hispanic, Native American) who may be considering a research or faculty position in the learning sciences.
This two-day workshop immediately precedes the LearnLab Summer School (  Our research theme is theresearch and innovation for enhancing achievement and equity, including these five areas:
·      Enhancing Achievement through Educational Technology and Data Mining.  Using domain modeling, and large datasets to discover when learning occurs and to provide scaffolding for struggling students.
·      21st Century Skills, Dispositions, and Opportunities. Re-examining the goals of education and assessment and considering transformative changes in how and where learning occurs. 
·      Opening Classroom Discourse.  Studying how classroom talk contributes to domain learning and supports equity of learning opportunity.  See LearnLab's Social-Communicative Factors
·      Course-Situated Research.  Running principle-testing experiments while navigating the complex waters of real-world classrooms.
·      Motivation Interventions for Learning. Implementing theory based motivational interventions to target at risk populations to improve robust student learning. See
The substantive focus of the workshop is the use of current research and innovations to enhance achievement and equity at all levels of learning. Activities will include demonstrations of the diverse set of ongoing learning sciences research projects at LearnLab, and poster presentations or talks by participants. Participants will also meet with LearnLab faculty in research groups and various informal settings. We will provide information about becoming a part of the Carnegie Mellon or University of Pittsburgh learning science community.
In addition to these substantive themes, the workshop will provide participants with opportunities for professional development and the chance to gain a better understanding of the academic career ladder. These include mentoring that focuses on skills, strategies and "insider information" for career paths. Sessions will include keynote speakers and LearnLab senior faculty discussing professional development topics of interest to the attendees. These may include the tenure and promotion process, launching a research program, professionalism, proposal writing, among other topics.  There is no cost to attend this workshop
We are very pleased to announce that the workshop will have two distinguished keynote speakers:
Nora S. Newcombe, Ph.D. is the James H. Glackin Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Newcombe is the PI of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), headquartered at Temple and involving Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania as primary partners. Dr. Newcombe was educated at Antioch College, where she graduated with a major in psychology in 1972; and at Harvard University, where she received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Relations in 1976. She taught previously at Penn State University.
A nationally recognized expert on cognitive development, Dr. Newcombe's research has focused on spatial development and the development of episodic and autobiographical memory. Her work has been federally funded by NICHD and the National Science Foundation for over 30 years. She is the author of numerous scholarly chapters and articles on aspects of cognitive development, and the author or editor of five books, including Making Space: The Development of Spatial Representation and Reasoning (with Janellen Huttenlocher) published by the MIT Press in 2000.
Tammy Clegg, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the College of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She received her PhD in Computer Science at Georgia Tech in 2010 and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2002. From 2010-2012 Tamara was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland with the Computing Innovations Fellows program. Her work focuses on developing technology to support life-relevant learning environments where children engage in science in the context of achieving goals relevant to their lives. Kitchen Chemistry is the first life-relevant learning environment she designed along with colleagues at Georgia Tech. In Kitchen Chemistry, middle-school children learn and use science inquiry to make and perfect dishes. Clegg uses participatory design with children to design these new technologies. Her work currently includes creating new life-relevant learning environments (e.g., Sports Physics, Backyard Biology) to understand how identity development happens across these environments. From this analysis, she aims to draw out design guidelines for life-relevant learning activities and technology in various contexts (e.g., sports, gardening).
About LearnLab
LearnLab is funded by the National Science Foundation (award number SBE-0836012).  Our center leverages cognitive theory and computational modeling to identify the instructional conditions that cause robust student learning.  Our researchers study robust learning by conducting in vivo experiments in math, science and language courses. We also support collaborative primary and secondary analysis of learning data through our open data repository LearnLab DataShop, which provides data import and export features as well as advanced visualization, statistical, and data mining tools. 
To learn more about our cognitive science theoretical framework, read our Knowledge-Learning-Instruction Framework.
The results of our research are collected in our theoretical wiki which currently has over 400 pages. It also includes a list of principles of learning which are supported by learning science research. The wiki is open and freely editable, and we invite you to learn more and contribute.
Application Process
Applicants should email their CV, this demographic form, a proposed presentation title and abstract, and a brief statement describing their research interests to Jo Bodnar ( by May 5, 2013. Please use the subject Application for LearnLab Summer Workshop 2013. Upon acceptancewe will let you know if you have been selected for a talk or poster presentation. 
There is no registration fee for this workshop.  However, attendance is limited so early applications are encouraged.  Scholarships for travel are available. Scholarships will be awarded based on your application, including your research interests, future plans, and optional recommendation letter.

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