US FameLab Finals hosted by Exploration Science’s Kenny Broad


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On April 5, 2014, the National Geographic and NASA held the finals of the United States FameLab competition.  The event was held at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC and focused on the theme of exploring earth and beyond.   The winner was neuroscience Ph.D. student Lyl Tomlinson from SUNY Stony Brook.  He  emerged as the overall winner from the eleven finalists, who were chosen from almost 100 contestants across the country.  When not working on his dissertation, Lyl writes on his blog The Science Stoop.

On June 5th Lyl will join 23 other country winners for the International FameLab competition held in the United Kingdom at the Cheltenham Science Festival.   The host for the event is Abess Center director and Exploration Science faculty Dr. Kenny Broad, who is National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year, when he was recognized for his work in exploring the blue holes of the Bahamas with long time friend and photographer/filmmaker and cave explorer the late Wes Skiles.

The event can be viewed at this archived video stream:

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Yassar Ansari, founder of Project Noah, speaks with students about citizen science and exploration


The energetic and enthusiastic founder of Project Noah, Yasser Ansari, gave us some of his time for the MAF 579 course in Citizen and Participatory Science to discuss Project Noah, his inspiration for the app and platform, and where citizen exploration is headed in the future.  He is one of several guest speakers slated to speak to students this semester as part of this course.  The class is part of the core curriculum for students in the new Exploration Science program.