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FSGC Affiliate representative from Space Florida, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, featured in a Florida Today article

Space Florida’s representative to FSGC, Dr. Ryan Kobrick was featured in an article in Florida Today for his role in celebrating human spaceflight through the Yuris Night program. Please click on the link below to read the article

 

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2015/04/03/yuris-night-celebrates-manned-spaceflight/25261535/?hootPostID=[%27285e5b1dacc748929aafd37cefd792da%27]

 

NASA FSGC Funds Robotic Team at Florida Keys Community College

The Citizen – Key West: http://keysnews.com/node/62734
BY GENA PARSONS Special to the Citizen

NASA FSGC Funds Robotic Team at Florida Keys Community College

A special course at Florida Keys Community College this semester connects students with NASA to fuel dreams of reaching for the stars.

For the first time, the Florida Space Grant Consortium is offering its NASA Olympionics program in community colleges, and FKCC is one of three schools awarded the grant.

Over the course of three months, students, in teams of five, will construct a robotic vehicle, launch a hydropowered rocket and build a high-altitude balloon. Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in June, where FKCC students will compete against their counterparts from Hillsborough and North Florida community colleges.

“This is spectacular for FKCC. We’ve never had this sort of opportunity,” said faculty advisor Dawn Ellis. “Not only are they learning great skills, but they are also earning money this semester. Being in the Keys, our students work very hard. They work multiple jobs. So this might give them the opportunity to not work so much this semester and concentrate on their studies.”

FKCC received word in September that it had been awarded $134,000 to cover two years of Olympionics activities. Students applied during the fall semester with 10 being selected from a variety of disciplines including computer science, engineering and biology.

Savana Hardin, 16, a dual-enrollment Key West High School senior, sees the Olympionics as a pathway to better connections and opportunities as she pursues acceptance from universities such as Yale.

“I’m so excited. I really want to get into robotics. That’s my dream profession. That’s the career I really want to get into — building robots of some sort and being able to help people through technology,” Hardin said.

The grant creates strategic relationships between the awarded institutions and NASA Centers to attract and retain more students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs.

Florida Space Grant Consortium Director Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee, in Key West to launch the inaugural community college project, advised students to enjoy the process and take advantage of the connections the consortium can provide in their quest for higher education and employment.

“We hope that all of them remain in a STEM field. They’re still exploring. We’re giving them the opportunity to see whether they want to do it or not,” he said.

Freshman Tim Yakubowski moved from Montana specifically to study marine biology and environmental technology at FKCC. The double major serves as an aquaculture lab technician. He hopes to eventually earn a doctorate degree focusing on coral reef conservation and restoration. He believes having the NASA Olympionics on his resume gives him an advantage as he submits transfer applications.

“I have actually been chosen by NASA for a program. I think that will set me apart. NASA is pretty much the biggest name in science. You can’t really go higher than that, in my opinion,” he said.

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 15 Florida Space Research Program Winners

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Tina Lange,  APR                                                                              Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D.
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SPACE FLORIDA AND THE NASA FLORIDA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCE
15 FLORIDA SPACE RESEARCH PROGRAM WINNERS
EXPLORATION PARK, FL (September 3, 2014) – Space Florida, the state’s spaceport
authority and aerospace development organization, and the NASA Florida Space Grant
Consortium (FSGC) announced this week the 2014-2015 winners of the Florida Space
Research Program (FSRP), an initiative developed in 2007 to increase statewide academic
involvement in space research, engineering, education and training programs that are
consistent with the state’s space industry priorities
Fifteen projects were awarded through the following 10 universities:
• Bethune-Cookman University (Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Hyun Cho)
• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (PI’s Dr. Tianyu Yang, Dr. Antoly Streltsov)
• Florida Gulf Coast University (Dr. Zanna Beharry)
• Florida Institute of Technology (Dr. Brian Kaplinger, Dr. Dan Kirk, Dr. Hamid
Hefanzi)
• Florida International University (Dr. Zhe Cheng)
• Florida State University (Michelle Personette)
• University of Central Florida (Dr. Donald Malocha, Dr. Seetha Raghavan)
• University of Florida (Dr. John Conklin, Dr. Jian Ge)
• University of North Florida (Dr. Thomas Pekarek)
• University of South Florida (Dr. Frank Muller-Karger)
To learn more about each project, visit www.floridaspacegrant.org/programs/research/fsrp-
2014/. For the 2014-2015 award period, Space Florida and the FSGC invested a total of
$295,855 and leveraged an additional $320,709 in matching funds from winning universities.

Research was funded in three areas:
1. Space Exploration and Spaceport Technology Development
2. Space-Based Research and Payload Development
3. Space Education and Training Programs
Funding received by winners is intended to support research that will: a) compete for larger
sponsored research awards; b) attract and leverage other federal or industry funding; c)
produce technologies that lead to commercial opportunities; d) promote Florida leadership in
emerging aerospace technologies; e) address workforce development issues and/or f) in
other ways enhance the technological competitiveness of Florida universities and the space
industry.

“Florida universities hold a plethora of talent and the innovative projects we’ve been able to
support through this program are making a real difference in boosting Florida’s innovation
economy,” said Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello. “The 10 universities represented in this
award period reflect some of the best in the nation when it comes to high-tech R&D and we
look forward to seeing the results of their projects.”

“This program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Florida
universities to be actively involved in cutting edge space technology research and thus
making available a pool of talented future employees in Florida to space companies,” added
FSGC Director Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D.

The FSRP is a Space Florida-FSGC matching grant program – started in 2007 – that
combines state, federal, and other funds for competitive award to projects sponsored with the
State’s public and private academic institutions. To date, 134 projects have been funded
through the program.
To learn more about the Florida Space Research Program, visit http://bit.ly/FLresearch.
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About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader
in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s spaceport authority and
aerospace development organization, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next
generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and
unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive –
and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov
About Florida Space Grant Consortium: Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is a NASA
sponsored program led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and administered by the Florida
Space Institute at UCF. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida
Universities and colleges. The Consortium also includes the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space
Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and
diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to
students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education

World View Announces Pathfinder Program for Research and Education

WORLD VIEW ANNOUNCES PATHFINDER PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PAYLOADS

San Francisco, CA – July 28, 2014 – World View Enterprises, the commercial spaceflight balloon company, has announced plans to fly research and education payloads during its balloon test flight phase as part of its newly launched Pathfinder program.

World View has selected three initial Pathfinder payloads to fly on its delivery platforms beginning in late 2014. The payloads will be transported to altitudes as high as 120,000 feet via high-altitude balloon for the collection of scientific data. The initial Pathfinder payload institutions, payloads, and their Principal Investigators (PIs) include:

“World View’s research and education Pathfinder program represents a major milestone and demonstrates our commitment to opening routine access to high-altitude balloon flights to these communities,” said Dr. Alan Stern, World View chief scientist and cofounder.Taber MacCallum, co-founder and World View chief technical officer added, “As we work toward launching consumer space flights in late 2016, we’re pleased to be able to
leverage our test flights to make a significant, positive impact right now on the fields of research and education. We’re especially proud to be working with such accomplished principal investigators for our initial Pathfinder payload flights.” World View plans to fly a broad range of research and education payloads on its various stratospheric balloon systems, including the recently flight-tested and validated Tycho
system. Tycho is a reusable commercial craft designed to offer low-cost access to the near-space environment (up to 130,000 feet) and is capable of flying small research and education payloads for a wide variety of applications, including atmospheric research, technology demonstrations for space flight and education. World View will offer similar opportunities on board its larger vehicles, including manned commercial flights with a float altitude of 100,000 feet, scheduled to begin in late 2016.
For more information on World View and the availability of research and education opportunities, watch the July 26, 2014 NewSpace 2014 keynote speech by Dr. Stern
here:
• Full presentation: http://bit.ly/WVFullPresentation
• Pathfinder program announcement: http://bit.ly/WVPathfinderAnnouncement
About World View

World View offers a gentle, comfortable, and life-changing travel experience to the edge of space for private citizens, and frequent and affordable access to near-space for researchers, educators, private companies and government agencies. World View systems are available today for unmanned research, education, and commercial opportunities with an altitude capability up to 130,000 feet, and the company is currently
taking reservations for manned flights and private tours, Watch the World View experience here. For more information, visit http://www.worldviewexperience.com.

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SPACE FLORIDA AND THE NASA FLORIDA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCE 2014 SUMMER INTERNS

             SPACE FLORIDA AND THE NASA FLORIDA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCE 2014 SUMMER INTERNS

 (Source: Space Florida)
http://www.spaceflorida.gov/news/2014/05/21/space-florida-and-the-nasa-florida-space-grant-consortium-announce-2014-summer-interns

May 21, 2014

EXPLORATION PARK, FL (May 19, 2014) – Space Florida, the state’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization, and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium announced Friday the five Florida college students selected to participate in the 2014 Florida Space Internship Program, supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at the university level. The internship program will take place at the Space Life Sciences Center (SLSL), located on Exploration Park property at Kennedy Space Center.

STEM internships last 10 weeks and run from June 2 through August 8, 2014. Interns will each receive a $5,000 sponsorship to pay for their participation in the program. Students participating in this year’s program include:

  1. Shaun Abdelkarim (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Project: Development of Microsensors for Biological Research” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger (This project will be fully funded by the University of Florida)
  2. Mary Elizabeth Bishop (Florida State College at Jacksonville) Project: “Microgravity Induced Differential Gene Regulation in the Symbiotic Bacterium Vibrio Fisheri” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster
  3. Kimberly Cranmore (University of Central Florida) Project: “Assessing the Impact of Microgravity on the Innate Immune System Using the Squid-Vibrio Model System” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster
  4. Jessica Page (Florida Institute of Technology) Project: “Survival and Growth of Spacecraft Microorganisms Under Mars Simulated Conditions” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger
  5. Fernando Valbuena (University of Central Florida) Project: “Aerobiology of Atmospheric Dusts Over Florida: A Possible Source of Contamination on Planetary Spacecraft at KSC” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

“The goal of this program is to help inspire and train Florida’s next-generation of aerospace engineers,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “By working hand-in-hand with our state’s robust network of universities and SLSL research tenants, these internships offer an immersive experience that will give students a unique advantage when entering the work world.”

“This internship program is a great opportunity for students in Florida universities to get exposure to cutting-edge research conducted by researchers that are in line with NASA’s and the State of Florida’s priorities. This is a great example of a partnership between NASA (through FSGC) and the State of Florida (through Space Florida).”

To learn more about the Florida Space Internship Program, visit http://bit.ly/FLsip.

 

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About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov

 

About Florida Space Grant Consortium: Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is a NASA sponsored program led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and administered by the Florida Space Institute at UCF. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges. The Consortium also includes the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education.

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