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Community notes - Palm Bay
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Posted: 2012 Sep 14 - 00:21

New NASA space technology app

Want to try your hand at landing an inflatable spacecraft? All you need is a smart phone, a computer or a tablet.

NASA has released a new educational computer web game based on its Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator project. The game can be played on the Internet and Apple and Android mobile devices.

The application can be downloaded free from those mobile device stores and via NASA's HIAD website at www.nasa.gov/hiad.

For more information about other NASA programs and projects, visit www.nasa.gov.

Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center sponsors dog parks

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard became a Brevard County Parks and Recreation partner, with its recent sponsorship of the three South County-supported dog parks.

The sponsorship funds received will be used to offset some of the costs associated with operating the dog facilities.

At each of the three locations, Canova Beach, Wickham Park and Palm Bay Regional Park, emergency contact information signage has been placed.

Annually, more than 30,000 pet families visit the three parks and, although a rare occurrence, emergency situations do happen.

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is always a veterinarian on the premises, using state-of-the-art imaging equipment to handle emergency and specialty care needs.

For more information call (321) 725-5365 or visit www.CentralFloridaAnimalER.com.

New director appointments for libraries, extension service

Jeff Thompson has been promoted to Brevard County's new director of Library Services, and Linda Seal has been named director of the University of Florida/Brevard County Extension Service.

Both appointments have been confirmed by unanimous vote of the Board of County Commissioners.

Mr. Thompson, formerly area director for Brevard County North Libraries, was promoted following a nationwide search for a replacement for Cathy Schweinsberg, who is retiring later this month after 14 years as library services director.

Mr. Thompson will oversee 17 libraries and a staff of more than 260 full- and part-time employees.

Ms. Seal joined the extension service six years ago as a commercial horticultural extension agent. As director of the UF/Brevard Extension Service, she'll oversee a staff of 15 employees.

For more information, call (321) 690-6843.

Swim team releases 2012-13 schedule

Florida Tech men's and women's swim teams have released the schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The squads will compete in 11 meets over the course of four months, culminating with the Sunshine State Conference Championship Feb. 13-16 in Clearwater.

The schedule features four home meets at the Panther Aquatic Center, but the season will begin on the road for the Panthers' first meet on Oct. 13 in a Sunshine State Conference meet against Saint Leo. The women's team will also match up against Lynn on this date.

Following a Nov. 3 match-up against the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Panthers will play host to Rollins College on Nov. 10 in the first home meet of the season. The following week, Daytona State College will travel to Melbourne for an out-of-conference meet.

FIT resumes SSC play Nov. 30, competing on the road against Tampa. After more than a month off, the team will bid farewell to 2012 with a New Year's Eve tournament in Ft. Lauderdale with the Ed Kennedy Invitational.

On Jan. 5, the swimmers will travel to Miami for the FIU Sprint Invitational.

The team will quickly turn around to take on the Mount Union College at home on Jan. 6.

The final home meet of the season, Senior Day, will be held the following week against Saint Leo on Jan. 12.

The Panthers will close out the regular season on the road against Rollins, before beginning the SSC Championship meet on Feb. 13.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

Cancer Care Centers welcomes new medical oncologist

Cancer Care Centers of Brevard recently announced that Venkat Pavan Kancharla, M.D. has joined its team of medical oncology experts at its new state-of-the-art Palm Bay Cancer Care Center.

As a hematologist and oncologist, Dr. Kancharla specializes in the treatment of all forms of cancer. He is also board certified in internal medicine.

Prior to his arrival, Dr. Kancharla served as a locum tenens hospitalist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and The Reading Hospital Medical Center in West Reading, Penn. He also worked locum tenens in internal medicine surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics and ENT at Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Kancharla earned a doctor of medicine and completed an internship at the NDMVP Samaj's Medical College in India. He was a resident medical officer at Susrutha Hospital in Hyderabad, India.

In 2003, he came to the United States, where he was a medical research assistant at the Hope Center for Blood Diseases and Cancer Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Dr. Kancharla recently completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kancharla, call the Palm Bay Cancer Care Center in Palm Bay at (321) 725-8300 or visit www.cancercarebrevard.com.

'Name That Asteroid' competition

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer.

Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth.

NASA also is planning a crewed mission to an asteroid by 2025.

A closer scientific study of asteroids will provide context and help inform this mission.

The competition is open to students younger than age 18 from anywhere in the world.

Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long.

Entries must include a short explanation and rationale for the name.

Submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the student.

The contest deadline is Sunday, Dec. 2.

A panel will review proposed asteroid names. First prize will be awarded to the student who recommends a name that is approved by the International Astronomical Union Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature.

The asteroid was discovered in 1999.

To review contest rules and guidelines, visit http://planetary.org/nam. To see a video explanation about the contest, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/name-asteroid.html.

NASA expanding offer for space shuttle tile and food

NASA is expanding its offer to museums and schools of space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for space flight.

Museums across the United States will be eligible to receive these pieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that have received them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Providing space shuttle thermal protection tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to museums is a way for NASA to share technology and history with the public. This initiative helps NASA inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

Requests for these artifacts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

NASA also is offering artifacts representing significant human space flight technologies, processes and accomplishments from its space exploration programs. For more information, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/.

Hysterectomies on the east coast of Central Florida

Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Salup, a MIMA gynecologist, for having been recently recognized as performing the most benign da Vinci Hysterectomies on the East Coast of Central Florida, covering Flagler, Volusia, Brevard and Indian River counties.

Within the last year da Vinci has allowed Dr. Salup to treat a broader range of patients with this minimally invasive procedure.

Da Vinci's robotic surgery makes what was difficult to achieve by standard 'open' technique, not only possible, but extends the surgeon's capability several fold.

If you are a patient or know someone who might benefit from a robotic approach to their surgery, or if you would like to discuss RAS as an option, Dr. Salup can answer your questions regarding this treatment option.

For more information, call (321) 725-4500, Ext. 3228 or visit www.mima.com.

Men's Lacrosse adds to coaching staff

Florida Tech lacrosse head coach Ryan McAleavey made an addition to his coaching staff this off-season with the hiring of former Florida Southern defensive coordinator Tim King,

Coach McAleavey announced that Tim King, in just two seasons with the Mocs, helped its program reach back-to-back Deep South Conference Championship games.

Tim King is coming off of a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Florida Southern.

Prior to Florida Southern, Tim King was the defensive coordinator at his alma mater Community College of Baltimore County Essex from 2008-10.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

Cameron Kainer joins swim team staff

Florida Tech men's and women's swim teams have a new addition to the squad in assistant Cameron Kainer. He comes to the Panthers as the first assistant in the program's two-year history.

Mr. Kainer joins Florida Tech by way of Dallas, Texas, where he served as the head swimming coach and aquatic director at Northwood Club over the summer of 2012. While coaching that summer, 11 swimmers were named Dallas Amateur Swim Association All-Stars and the club doubled in size.

Following his collegiate career, Mr. Kainer moved on to graduate studies at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In his two-year stint, SLU won two Liberty League Individual Championships, 11 swimmers were named Liberty League Swimmers of the Week and 11 school records were broken. He graduated in May 2012 with a master's degree in educational leadership.

A Division II collegiate-level swimmer, Mr. Kainer completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He swam at UTPB for all four years, while captaining the squad during his junior and senior seasons. He sat in the record books at UTPB, with top-10 times in the 1,000 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley.

Mr. Kainer graduated from UTPB with a major in communications and a minor in political science. He earned All-Conference Academic honors and was a Merit Scholarship Award recipient. He also served as the president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee at UTPB.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

Brevard native joins FIT tennis coaching staff

Florida Tech's head men's and women's tennis coach Bill Macom has announced the hiring of Andrew Veeder as the new assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs.

Assistant Coach Veeder comes to FIT with four years of NCAA Division I playing experience and one year of coaching under his belt.

A native of Brevard, N.C., Assistant Coach Veeder spent four years at Gardner-Webb University as a member of the men's tennis team. The journalism major was a four-year No. 1 doubles player, who recorded 41 career doubles wins. He also served as the team's No. 2 singles player with a combined 35 career wins. He was 3-0 in his career at No. 1 singles for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

He was a two-time Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll recipient, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American and an ITA Scholar-Athlete. He was also named to the All-Big South Conference Team as a freshman.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

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