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Spring 2015 Marin Science Seminar internship application period now open

Explore science & technology, meet scientists and medical professionals, gain experience for your resume and college applications, develop a portfolio! Our past interns are now studying at CalTech, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly SLO, Sonoma State, and CSU Chico. Check out our blog and Vimeo page for examples of past intern blogging and videography. More info. on our internship website.

Apply Online Today or email marinscienceseminar@gmail.com if you are interested in applying. Below is a comparison of the internships currently being offered. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 16th at 5 pm.

Marin Science Seminar WritingMarin Science Seminar Photography &/or VideographyAttend and assist at MSS sessions, 6 Wednesday evenings per semester, 7 - 9pmAttend and assist at MSS sessions, 6 Wednesday evenings per semester, 7 - 9pmAt Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, Room 207At Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, Room 207Submit 2 writing samplesSubmit 2 video sample…

Interview with Alex Gunderson, Ph.D: The Price is Wrong

NuSTAR: Bringing the High Energy Universe into Focus

by MSS Intern Isobel Wright, Tamalpais HS NASA’s NuSTAR, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, is the first device to use orbiting telescopes to target light with high energy X-rays. The high-energy X-rays can perceive objects with 100 times more sensitivity than other missions can, which results in 10 times better resolution. This allows it to explore the hottest and densest structures in the Universe.  NuSTAR was launched on June 13th, 2012. 

During its first two-year mission, NuSTAR will outline certain areas of the sky to take a survey of collapsed stars and black holes by studying the sectors around the center of the Milky Way, and to map new materials in infant supernovae remnants so as to interpret how stars explode and how the elements are formed. Finally, it will explore particles from galaxies which contain extremely large black holes in order to understand “what powers relativistic jets”. The NuSTAR instrument is created from two aligned grazing telescopes with speciali…

California Droughts

by Isobel Wright, MSS Intern
Tamalpais High School

Having suffered three consecutive years with abnormally low rainfall averages, California faces its most severe drought in decades. In 2013, we received less rain than any year since California became a state in 1850. In fact, many Bay Area scientists have proven from tree-ring data, that on the current path, the upcoming rainfall season will be the driest since 1580. The effects of low water levels have left communities fighting over emergency water supplies, fires raging across the state, and whole species and industries are subsequently threatened.






But we have had little rainfall before, so what makes this drought different? What makes this drought particularly cruel is the record-keeping heat experienced in the first half of 2014. This heat exacerbated an already devastating drought. The National Climatic Data Center released information revealing that California had its warmest January-June season since the recording began in 1895…

Saving Our Ocean Friends: An Interview with Dr. Claire Simeone of the Marine Mammal Center

by MSS Intern Isobel Wright, Tamalpais High School

From sea lions with cancer to stranded motherless seal pups, Dr. Claire Simeone knows just what to do. Dr. Simeone works as a Conservation Medicine Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California and at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Washington, DC. In addition to tending to sick animals, she travels the world to attend Unusual Mortality Events, international training programs, and works on the Marine Mammal Health Map. Dr. Simeone attended the University of Maryland College Park to receive her BSc in Physiology and Neurobiology, and graduated from veterinary school at Virginia Tech. Read the following interview to learn more about life at the Marine Mammal Center and working with animals. 

            Could you walk me through your typical day at The Marine Mammal Center?
One of the best things about working at The Marine Mammal Center is that every day is different. Some days, you’re caring for harbor seal …

Internship Oppotunities now Available

Marin Science Seminar offers student internships in Science Journalism (Writing) and Videography.  Computer Programming Education internships (using Scratch) are also available through Plumsite. All internship information for the 2014-2015 school year can be found at Marin Science Seminar's Internship Page.

Deadline for application: Friday, September 12th, 2014.

Public school students may apply for the School to Career internship and Work Readiness Certificate program.  Contact your school's College and Career Center for details.

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Mission Control with Jay Trimble

by Gillian Parker, Tamalpais HS
Have you ever wondered what happens down at mission control? Who supports astronauts from below? Jay Trimble leads the User Centered Technology Group at NASA Ames Research Center (NASA-Ames Website). The UCT Group is a collection of people with various specialties from  anthropology to computer science that work together to create software for mission control. Jay also led another team calledMars Exploration Rover Human Centered Computing Project, which worked on Mar Rover Operations. Read the following interview with Jay Trimble to find out more about mission control.
Jay Trimble
1. What are some of the projects that the User Centered Technology (UCT) Group at NASA Ames Research Center has worked on?
The UCT Group has focused on component software that allows users to build their own software with compositions, meaning users can essentially assemble their own software using drag and drop. The software is open source, it’s called Open Mission Control Techn…