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2013-30: Bristol and National Institute of Aerospace to Collaborate on Advanced Composite Research and Education

2013-30: Bristol and National Institute of Aerospace to Collaborate on Advanced Composite Research and Education

News release

 

National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

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Hampton, VA 23666

 

October 29, 2013

 

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

757-325-6733

sherwood@nianet.org

 

Joanne Fryer

University of Bristol, UK

(0117) 331-7276

 

NIA RELEASE: 2013-30

 

Bristol and National Institution of Aerospace to Collaborate on Advanced Composite
Research and Education

 

The University of Bristol and the National Institution of Aerospace (NIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in areas of advanced composite research and education.

 

The agreement, with the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science Doctoral Training Centre (ACCIS DTC), builds on an existing relationship, developed through the ACCIS DTC’s well-established Researcher Exchange Programme, which by inviting worldwide experts to give seminars increases the students’ awareness of multidisciplinary research in the composites field.

 

The program also gives students the chance to undertake international placements at leading research organizations to support the development of, and add value to, their PhD projects.  ACCIS DTC student, Francesca Pernice, carried out a three-month placement at NASA’s Langley Research Center, a strategic partner of the NIA, earlier this year.

 

The new agreement will pave the way for further seminars and short courses at both institutions, exchanges of personnel, collaborative research and the sharing of information and knowledge.

 

“I am absolutely delighted at the prospect of strengthening our continuing relationship with the NIA,” said Professor Paul Weaver, Director of the ACCIS DTC. “This agreement will provide our students with a unique opportunity to undertake collaborative research at a world-leading facility, like NASA Langley, and offer our students the chance to learn from, and be inspired by, cutting edge composites research carried out by an unrivaled research organization.”

 

“We are looking forward to this collaborative relationship expanding into the next decade with student and researcher exchanges between the University of Bristol, NASA and NIA member universities,” said Dr Sivaram Arepalli, Vice President of Education and Outreach at the NIA. “It is anticipated that students will benefit from the world-class graduate education via courses and research in advanced composites.”

 

For information on the National Institute of Aerospace, visit www.nianet.org

 

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NIA Distinguished Educator in Residence, Sharon Bowers Selected to receive McDaniel College Trustee Alumni Award

NIA Distinguished Educator in Residence, Sharon Bowers, selected to receive McDaniel College Trustee Alumni Award and will be the featured guest for McDaniel College’s smartTALK program.

 

Sharon Bowers was selected to receive her alma mater’s Trustee Alumni Award on the basis of her distinguished professional achievements.  Sharon is an adjunct professor at McDaniel College where she is developing and teaching five graduate courses at the college that will lead to a certificate in elementary STEM education.

 Sharon has taught science to multiple age groups for more than 30 year and her work with children earned her recognition as Secondary Science Presidential Award Winner for Virginia.  Sharon is a middle school science teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and has been working with NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education through an IPA for 6 years where she supports numerous LaRC OED initiatives, including the Langley Pre Service Teacher Program,
NASA eClips™, SpaceMath@NASA and NASA RealWorld-InWorld Engineering Design Challenge.  She is a frequent presenter at national and regional STEM education conferences.

 

On October 22 at 7 pm, McDaniel
College President Roger Casey will lead a public conversation
with Sharon for its smartTalk series in Westminster, MD.

Geoscience: New Ideas for Early Earth Dynamics

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

757-325-6733

sherwood@nianet.org

 

NIA RELEASE: 2013-29

 

Geoscience: New Ideas for Early Earth Dynamics

 

Early Earth had very different internal dynamics from today, and may have resembled Jupiter’s volcanically active moon, Io, a modelling study in Nature, Volume 7468, suggests. The work offers a new perspective on the earliest geology of Earth.

 

In the present day, the release of Earth’s internal heat into space is facilitated by plate tectonics, but the heat transport and dynamics of the surface when Earth was younger and hotter are poorly understood. William Moore and Alexander Webb explore a new hypothesis to investigate what happened between the early magma ocean and the onset of plate tectonics. Modelling indicates that Earth may have had a single plate with many volcanic pipes shooting out heat and cycling materials from the surface downwards. Their predictions are supported by geological evidence, and they go on to suggest that declining heat sources over time led to an abrupt transition to plate tectonics.

 

This so-called “heat pipe” model is similar to what is happening on Io, and offers a coherent geodynamic framework with which to explore the evolution of our planet before the onset of plate tectonics.

 

Dr. William Moore is a Hampton University Professor of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences in Residence at the National Institute of Aerospace.

 

For information on the National Institute of Aerospace, visit www.nianet.org

To read the complete article, visit http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v501/n7468/full/nature12473.html

 

 

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