NASA has awarded approximately $19 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to NASA’s mission. The University of Vermont was among six schools to be selected for two proposals. In addition, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. The program is designed to assist states in establishing an academic research enterprise directed toward a long-term, self-sustaining and competitive capability that will contribute to its economic viability and development. The program helps develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions and industry. The selected proposals support all four of NASA’s mission directorates: aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.A total of 27 proposals were selected from organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.Two proposals were selected from each of the following colleges and universities:New Mexico State UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines & TechnologyUniversity of Alabama In HuntsvilleUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaUniversity of Puerto RicoUniversity of Vermont & State Agricultural CollegeWichita State University, KansasOne proposal was selected from each of the following organizations:College of Charleston, South CarolinaLouisiana Board of Regents FoundationMontana State UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockUniversity of Hawaii SystemsUniversity of IdahoUniversity of MississippiUniversity of North DakotaUniversity of Northern IowaUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of UtahVanderbilt UniversityWest Virginia UniversityProposals were chosen through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The maximum award is $750,000 for a 3-year period. A one-to-one match of funds is required for every NASA dollar awarded.This program and the agency’s other education programs support NASA’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which will play a key role in preparing, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing the nation’s future workforce.For a list of project descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Competitive Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)” or solicitation NNH09ZNE002C at:http://nspires.nasaprs.com(link is external)For additional information about NASA’s EPSCoR program, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/education/epscor(link is external)For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:http://www.nasa.gov(link is external)
ABA YLD cranks up hurricane relief effort September 15, 2005 Regular News As the eyes of the nation remain focused on the hurricane-ravaged southeastern United States, the ABA is ready to assist those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.ABA President Michael S. Greco is enlisting the ABA Young Lawyers Division and lawyers from several ABA sections to assist hurricane victims in the coming days and weeks. The lawyers will assist with insurance claims, home repair contracts, wills and other documents, and related issues.The ABA has provided pro bono assistance to storm victims since 1978, when the ABA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to utilize the ABA Young Lawyers Division in staffing a toll-free hotline open to disaster victims.The ABA has established a Web page at www.abanet.org/katrina to assist in relief efforts that will be continually updated as more information and resources are announced. Use this page to volunteer to provide legal assistance, find information on making donations, and receive guidance on how to most effectively help victims. ABA YLD cranks up hurricane relief effort
“I’ve been dispatched to United States wildfires occasionally throughout most of my National Weather Service career and so I was approached about going and I feel like I really couldn’t turn down this offer to help,” said Pellerito. “I hope I’m making my country, and my children, and my family proud in being a small part of helping with something much bigger than ourselves,” said Pellerito. Being there first-hand, Mark has seen the hardships the Australian people have faced. “Before I came down here to Australia, the largest fire I’ve personally dealt with was about a quarter million acres. There are many, many of those here. One of them is well over a million acres,” said Pellerito. Along with Australian forecasters, and several others from the US, they get to work right away each day. “We get right to work tailoring a detailed forecast for each fire that we’re assigned. We also have to identify what is the most important, very few things that need to be very clearly communicated for each fire. Wind shifts, extreme fire danger,” said Pellerito. Though he missed the holidays with his family, it makes him feel honored to be able to help. (WBNG) — After another year of intense heat and drought, Australian officials expected quite a fire season this year. Once the blazes started, they called for the help of experienced fire weather forecasters like Mark Pellerito. Even in his extensive experience, Mark has never seen fires as massive as this. “The smoke is everywhere, the news is everywhere. You find out of another firefighter death and you’re just, you feel, you know, at times a little bit paralyzed mentally with this. You’re just like, oh my gosh, this is crazy,” said Pellerito. No doubt, we’d say you have Mark.
Northern Ireland’s Windsor Park woes continued as two late goals from Israel saw them defeated 2-0 despite dominating for much of the game. After disappointing home draws against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in their last two World Cup qualifiers, they failed to convert possession and territory into goals before sucker punch strikes from Lior Refaelov and Eden Ben Basat cost them dear. Captain Steven Davis went closest to getting his side on the scoresheet, but with three points from five matches in Group F and a winless run of 13 games their prospects look grim from here. Davis was denied in unlikely circumstances just after the half-hour mark, his close-range shot deflected by goalkeeper Dudu Aouate’s face and he was almost on target in the second half with a powerfully hit effort from 20 yards. Other than that Northern Ireland’s positive play and hard work failed to yield enough clearcut opportunities. For Michael O’Neill, who has not won in nine matches at the helm, it was a bitter pill to take. Having restored Sammy Clingan and Martin Paterson to his starting XI, he will have been pleased by his side’s first-half display. Israel looked like they would grab the game by the scruff of the neck when Swansea striker Itay Shechter struck the outside of the post from a short-corner routine, but thereafter the hosts had much the better of things. Northern Ireland’s industry almost earned them a goal just after the half-hour mark when Paterson battled to win possession on the byline and cut back to Davis. The skipper looked sure to convert from six yards but goalkeeper Aouate saw a powerful shot hit him flush in the face before Shane Ferguson’s reaction header was swept from the line by Yuval Shpungin. The second half started slowly, Northern Ireland doing most of the pressing but without creating anything concrete. Then seven minutes after the restart, Israel almost caught their opponents out. Shechter intercepted a throw-in and when Ben Basat fed Maor Melikson, Roy Carroll needed to be alert to save at his near post. Davis then went close to a stunning opener in the 59th minute after Niall McGinn’s pacy counter-attack drove his side forward. The Southampton midfielder took down a loose ball with aplomb and then sent a 20-yard rocket inches wide of the top corner. Paterson twice appealed penalties unsuccessfully, Tal Ben Haim and Aouate both cleared by the referee after seeing the striker go to ground. Then, in the 77th minute, Israel defied the run of play to take the lead. Substitute Refaelov was the scorer with a delightful finish across Carroll, having been teed up by a smart one-touch pass from Shechter. The visitors then netted a second when Jonny Evans botched a defensive header, Shechter broke and Ben Basat finished clinically. Press Association