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Be The Change Herald


Volume 6 – February 14, 2009


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Between Bulls and Mosquitoes

Between Bulls and Mosquitoes is a website dedicated to develop, implement, improve and distribute earthquake education packages all around Central Asia.  The force behind this project are Solmaz Mohadjer, Zack Adam, and Emily Crawford. 

Solmaz Mohadjer, a geoscientist at Teachers Without Borders, and Zach Adam, an astrobiologist working for the office of Commercial Space Transportation, have started building an Earth and Space Sciences Education network for youth across Central Asia. They were spurred to action in the region after recent, devastating earthquakes in Kashmir, Pakistan and Sichuan province, China, where schoolchildren comprised disproportionate numbers of the total casualties. Solmaz and Zach believe that a comprehensive science  education program can best improve peoples' lives when scientists accept a personal responsibility for direct communication with teachers and students.  To learn more about their pilot earthquake education efforts using inquiry-based  science activities in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, please visit; http://www.bullsandmosquitoes.info

Google Earth, Google Mars! 

NASA and Google have announced the launch of a new Mars mode in Google Earth. This new mode, Google Mars 3D, enables everyone to access a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of the red Planet.

The mode makes it possible for the users to travel the surface of the Red Planet, observing Millennia-old canyons, and huge mountains, or viewing Martian dust devils first hand.  they can also explore Mars through the eyes of the Mars rovers and other Mars missions.

Besides facilitating the understanding of Mars science for public., Google Mars 3D, also gives researchers a platform for sharing data similar to what Google Earth provides for Earth Scientists.

for more information on this new project and how to access it please visit:

"Hubble's Next Discovery - You Decide"!

  As part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), people around the world have a chance to vote on the next object the Hubble Space Telescope will study. On Hubble 's website, there is a list of 6 never observed objects to chose from.

The objects range from a dying nebula, to two distant colliding galaxies, to an area of space where new stars are forming.

Those who vote, have a chance to win one of 100 new high-resolution Hubble pictures of the winning object.

To learn more about the deadline, and other details please visit:  http://youdecide.hubblesite.org/

Vote For Your Favorite Team


Your future could be in the hands of a team of brilliant high school students who right now are competing to develop the next "big thing" you didn't know you couldn't live without -and you still have time to make a difference in the outcome of the contest.

The Pete Conrad Spirit of Inovation Awards program, now in its second year, effectively combines education, innovation and entrepreneurship with the goal of shaping the workforce of tomorrow. It is sponsored by the Conrad Foundation, named for the third man to walk on the Moon, a veteran astronaut who flew Gemini, Apollo and Skylab.

You can vote for your favorite team and/or offer professional guidance by visiting http://www.conradawards.org. By doing so you will help reward innovative thinking among youth and build up a new source of human capital that help solve some of the most pressing problems of the 21st Century.

What If Competition Update

We are very excited to annouce that this year, we have 275 teams registered and judges have started reviewing the submitted entries.

The winners will be notified by  March 3rd, 2009 and their names will be announced in the next newsletter.

For more information and a complete list of the registered teams please go to: www.whatifprize.org



Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

"It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday is the hope
of today, and the reality of tomorrow."

Robert H. Goddard