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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.

Neuroscience and Creativity Featured at Joan Oates Institute at U of R

“If it’s your job to develop the mind, shouldn’t you know how the brain works?” asks Dr. Kenneth Wesson, educational consultant and expert on the neuroscience of learning. Teachers and the general public are invited to join Dr. Wesson on Wednesday, June 26th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Science Wednesdays: Invasion of the Giant Pythons

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:15am -- WCVE

Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders — more than 15 species of parrot, 75 kinds of fish and 30 different reptiles from places as far away as Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Science Wednesdays: Ape Genius

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 3:12pm -- WCVE

The great apes —  which include chimps, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos —  seem to have rich emotional lives similar to our own. But just how smart are these animals? A new generation of investigators is revealing the secret mental lives of great apes; our evolutionary next-of-kin are turning out to be far smarter than most experts ever imagined.

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