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UVA Environmental Professor Mapping the World's Forests Via Biomass Satellite

The European Space Agency is set to develop a new, Earth-observing satellite that will map and monitor global forests. University of Virginia's Hank Shugart, a professor of environmental science, has been a key player in convincing the Agency to fund and develop the $525 million satellite and will be testing instruments in the forests of Gabon, West Africa.

NASA Wants Middle School Girls and Boys to Apply

Calling all 5th through 8th grade students who dream of being the next generation of NASA scientists, engineers and innovators! This summer you have an opportunity to participate in a ground-breaking NASA program that will pair you with a NASA professional via online video programs for meaningful mentoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. Middle School students in Virginia still have time to apply (deadline is July 2nd) to NASA GIRLS & BOYS.

The Hidden STEM Economy in the U.S.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, an educational non-profit think tank, has just released a report that states jobs requiring knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) form a much larger part of our economy than previously thought and that federal support of community colleges and technical schools should be increased accordingly. Charles Fishburne talks with Jonathan Rothwell, a Senior Research As

Tomorrow’s Jets Could Fly with Flower Power

Due to rising oil prices and environmental concerns, the aviation industry is now looking at many biofuels as alternatives to petroleum derived fuel. NASA researchers conducted a series of test flights recently that proved a commercial jet can fly safely with a blend of jet fuel made from Camelina plant oil.

WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report.

Virginia State University Extension Exploring Aquaponics

Virginia State University is ready to begin construction on a unique Aquaponics research lab in a downtown Petersburg warehouse. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, or fish-farming, and hydroponics, growing plants without dirt in nutrient rich water. It’s an ancient concept but a comparatively new scientific field and Virginia State University is on the cutting edge.

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