• FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond

    FameLab is back! This time, NASA’s Astrobiology Program is partnering with the wonderful folks at National Geographic to expand the fields we’re covering in the event. So if your research is related to the four branches of NASA’s science mission directorate (heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, or Earth sciences)… OR is related to National Geographic’s research and grants-giving wing you’re eligible! Come tell us all about your efforts to explore Earth and beyond!

    Here’s the official announcement:

    You are wholeheartedly invited to participate in FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond!

    For those who haven’t heard of it, FameLab is something like American Idol for scientists.  Sponsored by NASA and National Geographic, it’s a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie that’s all about science communication!  At regional heats held across the US over the next 18 months—starting with the AGU Fall meeting in December—early career scientists from diverse scientific disciplines craft a 3-minute, powerpoint-free talk on their research or a related topic and deliver it in a supportive environment to judges who give only constructive feedback.  No slides, no charts—just the power of words and any prop you can hold in your hands.  The heart of the whole thing is that each event includes a workshop conducted by communication professionals to help participants enrich their skills.  So unlike American Idol, everyone wins!

    Winners from the regional competitions advance to the Final at National Geographic in DC in April, 2014, and the winner there goes on to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2014 (it’s quite the global sensation…).

    Even if you’re not planning to register for AGU, you’re welcome to participate…but we’ll also be announcing future competitions as they emerge in the coming months (LPSC? AAAS? DPS?).  Register or sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop: http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/.

    Please share this info and the pdf attached with your peers, on your department listservs, on your FB pages, etc.!  Please email me if you have any questions at daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov.