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April 10, 2014

Vol. 3, No. 18

Thank you to our newest sponsors!

Join us for this 3-day event in Washington, DC, bringing world-renowned experts in the fields of science, science fiction and technology together. Produced in tandem with Smithsonian magazine's May issue of the same name, the 2nd annual event combines cutting-edge science with the power of imagination.

The Society for Developmental Biology is sponsoring a DC Metro STEM Event Developmental Biology, Birth Defects, and Diseases on Wednesday, April 23 from 6 - 8 pm at George Washington University. This free public lecture, features scientists—including 2008 Nobel Prize winner, Martin Chalfie—who will discuss how studying development in model organisms gives us clues to origins of human birth defects and diseases that manifest later in life. The target audience is middle and high school students, teachers, and anyone interested in development. Speakers: Martin Chalfie, PhD (SDB President and 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Columbia U), Irene Zohn, PhD (Children's Research Inst), Maximilian Muenke, MD (National Institutes of Health), Susan M. Smith, PhD (U Wisconsin-Madison) and Anthony LaMantia, PhD (George Washington U). For more information visit

Dynamic, hands-on learning experiences -- in and out of the classroom -- are powerful ways to enhance motivation and discovery in STEM among students. Get ready this month at Festival Expo aw we prepare to unleash an exciting array of these interactions through dynamic world-class exhibits-- ranging from piloting the Orion Human Space Flight simulator to exploring the mysteries of our senses -- that are sure to wow young learners and others. Don't miss exhibits by such noted organizations and institutions as: Lockheed Martin (founding and presenting host of the Festival); AAAS; GoldieBlox; Activity Rocket; Through My Window; Texas A&M Visualization Laboratory, and the Girl Zone. 

Do you run a citizen science project accessible to residents in the D.C., MD or VA areas? Festival Exhibitor, SciStarter wants to help connect people in the D.C. area to your citizen science project!
Add a brief description and url to SciStarter's Project Finder and use the keyword "USASEF." SciStarter will promote it and help recruit participants at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.