Empower the NYSC!

As the mountains of West Virginia come alive and regain their magnificent color with theblackwood_andy arrival of spring, we turn our attention to our flagship program, the National Youth Science Camp, and we need your support to ensure that this program is successful. I hope that you will consider empowering the NYSC with a charitable donation. You may contribute online at http://empower.nysc.org. Delegates attend the NYSC without charge only because of the financial support from people like you; please, help us continue this tradition.

For more than fifty years, the NYSC has honored the nation’s best and brightest STEM students and challenged them to establish a leadership role in their chosen fields. By most measures, alumni of the NYSC are very successful: nearly 45% have earned doctoral degrees, more than 85% are working in a STEM-related occupation, and almost 10% serve in leadership positions. The opportunities offered to aspiring scientists at the NYSC are designed to help forward the goals of the nation to retain its global leadership in STEM.

While the NYSC has evolved over its more than five decades of service, the NYSF maintains its dedication to the long-term success of the NYSC and other critical STEM programs based on this proven educational model. The potential impact of the NYSC is great, but we need your help more than ever to continue to offer STEM education programs to promising students without charge.

I hope that you will join our effort to inspire and challenge the next generation of STEM leaders in the United States by empowering the NYSC. The NYSF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Proudly from West Virginia and forever yours in STEM,

Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D.
Executive Director

P.S. In the spirit of friendly competition, the Empower NYSC crowdfunding site tracks contributions by NYSC class. If you are willing to help our effort by encouraging your NYSC classmates to contribute and reach your class’ goal, please contact Dr. Andrew Blackwood at andrew.blackwood@nysf.com and he will provide a list of names and contact information.

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NYSC Alum presents to Parliament

(Monday, March 9) News Article Here Karla-Luise Herpoldt, a 2006 NYSC delegate, multi-year staph and 2014 NYSC presenter, was chosen from hundreds of potential scientists to present her science research to a range of politicians (in Parliament) and panel of expert judges as part of a United Kingdom National Competition. A final year Ph.D. student at Imperial College London in the Department of Materials & Department of Bio-Engineering,

Soon to be “Dr. Herpoldt”, she has been researching new ways of detecting HIV. Karla received her Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford and credits Dr. David Hackleman (NYSC 1969, multi-year Staph and annual presenter at NYSC) in his lecture sharing the perspective of his career, being able to follow your path finding the next interesting problem and not to feel trapped into one specialty over the course of one’s career.

This is a special annual event for Parliament as it gives them the opportunity to interact with a group of the countries best young researchers. Karla may be joining us on the 2015 NYSC staph. . .lucky delegates. . .

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$50 for 50 Campaign

NYSC $50 for 50The National Youth Science Camp that you know and love needs you now. Donations are down and facilities need repair. Your camp needs you or it will not continue to be around for others.

Please Pay It Forward! 

Promote on social media using @NYSCdotORG #$50for50

Official $50 for 50 Campaign page.

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Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket

(Dulles, VA 19 November 2013) — Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced that it successfully launched a Minotaur I rocket in support of the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office’s ORS-3 mission earlier this evening. Originating from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia, this mission marks the 25th launch for the Minotaur rocket, all of which have been successful, and the sixth Minotaur vehicle to be launched from the Wallops facility.

Read more of this press release.

Click for Mission Updates.

To find out more or to track TJ3Sat in orbit, visit: http://www.tjhsst.edu/students/activities/tj3sat/index.html

NYSC Alumnus David Thompson (SC 1972) is a co-founder of Orbital Sciences Corporation and a former trustee of the National Youth Science Foundation. Mr. Thompson currently serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Dr. Al Bartlett Dies

Dr. Al BartlettFrequent National Youth Science Camp lecturer, Dr. Al Bartlett, has died. He was 90 years old.

Al Bartlett was a retired Professor of Physics. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder in September 1950. His B.A. degree in physics is from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics are from Harvard University. In 1978 he was national president of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1969 and 1970 he was the elected Chair of the four-campus Faculty Council of the University of Colorado.

In the late 1950s Al was an initiator of the citizens’ effort to preserve open space in Boulder, and this ultimately led to the establishment of The City of Boulder’s Open Space Program, which has purchased over 41,000 acres of land to be preserved as public open space. He was a founding member of PLAN-Boulder County, an environmental group for the City and County. Since the late 1960s he concentrated on public education on the problems relating to and originating from population growth. More recently he has written on sustainability, examining the widespread misuse of the term, and examining the conditions that are necessary and sufficient for sustainability in any society.

NYSC Lecture: July 15, 2001

Press Release from the University of Colorado

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Orbital Successfully Launches NASA’ LADEE

Dulles, VA 7 September 2013Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced today that its Minotaur V rocket successfully launched NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) satellite. Originating from Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia late yesterday, the LADEE mission marked the first launch of Orbital’s Minotaur V rocket and the fifth Minotaur vehicle to be launched from the Wallops facility.

Read the complete press release.

Read about the November 19, 2013 launch of Minotaur 1.

Click for mission updates.

NYSC Alumnus David Thompson (SC 1972) is a co-founder of Orbital Sciences Corporation and a former trustee of the National Youth Science Foundation. Mr. Thompson currently serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Alumni Association – Elections and More

Deadline for Nominations is August 23, 2013

It’s hard to believe that the 50th Anniversary Reunion has already come and gone. It was a fantastic experience, and we had an outstanding level of participation. Several attendees expressed a renewed interest in assisting the NYSC Alumni Association in its mission. We are now announcing an opportunity to do just that, by serving as an NYSCAA officer. We invite you to submit nominations (for yourself or others) for NYSCAA officer positions using the Officer Nomination Form.

The following positions are open for 2013 – 2014:

  • President-Elect (3 year term; one year as President-Elect, one year as President, one year as Past-President)
  • Treasurer (1 year term)
  • Secretary (1 year term)
  • Member of the Board of Advisors (2 spots available; 3 year term)

You can find out what each position entails by reading the Executive Officer Duties. Most positions are self explanatory, and the time requirements are modest, although not minimal.

The process is simple: nominate, write a short candidate bio (find examples at nyscaa.org, go to News and choose any of the elections from the list), vote. There are no speeches to give, no PACS with smear ads, and no campaign finance reporting. Just remember that only dues paying members can serve as officers, so get those dues payments in with your nomination if you haven’t already paid.

Some of the projects that you can work on as an officer include reunion planning, the relationship between the NYSF and NYSC, alumni outreach, social networking, and any other issues YOU want to bring before the board. This is your chance to make the NYSCAA what you want it to be.

We encourage anyone who might be interested to contact current NYSCAA officers with any questions. Send an E-mail to officers@nyscaa.org and someone will get in touch with you. Once nominations close, the ballot will be prepared and voting will commence.

Thanks, and we hope to hear from many eager candidates!

Read more from the recent E-mail.

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