OES Electronic Newsletter Volume 6, Number 13

"Ocean Sciences special session on Ocean Technology Infrastructure is soliciting abstracts." $5,000 in Scholarship Awards to Be Presented in 2009-10 IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition Soliciting Abstracts for Ocean Sciences 2010 Session on "Ocean Technology and Infrastructure Needs for the Next 20 Years"

The National Research Council is launching two major studies on U.S. Ocean Infrastructure Strategy for 2030 and Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations and would like to invite the oceanographic community and related fields to contribute with their visions, viewpoints, and anticipated needs to these and other ocean planning activities. The Ocean Sciences 2010 Session on "Ocean Technology and Infrastructure Needs for the Next 20 Years" description is as follows:

"Ocean infrastructure - laboratories, satellites, vessels, sensors, and instruments - is the backbone for oceanographic research. It is required to collect observations at sea, gather remote sensing data, and create predictive models, but it also becomes aged and obsolete, limiting the research enterprise. What are the types of infrastructure and technology investments that are needed to continue cutting-edge oceanography for the next 20 years? How are emerging societal needs directing our future infrastructure requirements? How does technology created for other fields drive advances in oceanography? Can today's technology and infrastructure be optimized for future research needs, or will current assets (such as ships and satellites) require fundamental changes? This session will explore the technology trends and barriers that impact future ocean research infrastructure. A wide range of viewpoints is encouraged."

The Ocean Sciences 2010 Meeting, "From Observation to Prediction in the 21st Century", will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA from February 22-26. Abstracts are due on October 15.

Information on abstract submission, including guidelines and policies, is here: http://www.agu.org/meetings/os10/program/abstract_submissions.php Further information on this session can be found here:http://www.agu.org/meetings/os10/program/scientific_session_search.php?show=detail&sessid=156

Please check http://dels.nas.edu/osb/ for more information on the National Research Council's Ocean Studies Board and its projects. Please consider contributing to the session and pass it on to anyone you think might have interest! Thank you and please feel free to contact Deborah Glickson with any questions (dglickson@nas.edu).


$5,000 in Scholarship Awards to Be Presented in 2009-10 IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition on 'How Engineers Make a World of Difference'

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WASHINGTON (17 September 2009) -- IEEE-USA is launching the organization's third online engineering video competition for undergraduate students on "How Engineers Make a World of Difference." IEEE-USA will present four scholarship awards totaling $5,000 to undergraduates who create the most effective 90-second video clips reinforcing for an 11-to-13-year-old audience how engineers improve the world. Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 15 January 2010. Winning entries will be announced and shown during Engineers Week, 14-20 February 2010.

Entries in the 2009-10 competition should provide an individual profile of an engineer and how he or she makes "a world of difference." Entries will be judged on their effectiveness in reaching the target audience by portraying engineers as "real people" who seek to make life better, as well as on their originality, creativity and entertainment value.

First prize is: $2,000; second prize, $1,500; and third prize, $1,000. The first-place winner will also receive up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses to receive his/her award at the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on 6 March 2010.

Further, a special award for $500 will be presented for the most innovative and effective showing of a video entry to a "tweener" target audience. This could involve presenting the video entered in the competition at a university engineering expo for K-12 students, in a middle school classroom, with a scout group, or in another setting with 11-to-13-year-olds.

For the first time, the video competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate students regardless of academic discipline. However, at least one undergraduate participant must be an IEEE student member. For the third consecutive year, the competition will be judged by two engineering graduate Ph.D. students, Andrew Quecan and Suzette Aguilar; and by Nate Ball, engineer-host for PBS' "Design Squad."

For more information on how to enter the IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Scholarship Competition and to upload an entry on YouTube, visit http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/video_competition.

Information on how to become an IEEE student member is available at http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/join/join.html.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. IEEE-USA is part of IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society with 375,000 members in 160 countries. See http://www.ieeeusa.org.

Contact: Pender M. McCarter Senior Public Relations Counselor, IEEE-USA Phone: 1 202 530 8353 E-mail: p.mccarter@ieee.org

For information on other OES activities, go to http://www.oceanicengineering.org

Send comments regarding this newsletter to the editor: Marinna Martini, mmartini@ieee.org