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.
Tickets for St. David's auction
Oct. 19 is approaching fast. Tickets for the auction at St David's By The Sea Episcopal Church in Cocoa Beach are now available and are limited in supply.
Cost is $5 per ticket, which guarantees admission to this fun-filled auction, packed with valuable items and fun gift certificates: a week in a beach condo, surf lesson, party of four for an evening of fun and dinner with Victory Casino Cruise and more.
Call Eloise Yelle at (321) 783-3992 for more information and ticket reservation information.
'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.
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants camper trailer to 15-year-old
Recently, 15-year-old Nicholas Pollock received his wish to have a camper trailer at Giant Recreation World in Melbourne.
Nicholas chose this wish because he wants to go camping with his family, like they once did.
Nicholas and his family love to go camping, but since his diagnosis of a brain tumor in November 2011, their lives have changed. It's been mostly hospital stays with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Patrick White, sales manager with Giant Recreation World of Melbourne, provided a generous discount to Make-A-Wish to help grant Nicolas' Wish.
Since 1994, Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida has granted more than 4,000 wishes, inspiring children, volunteers and others to believe in the power of a wish.
You can share the power of a wish by visiting www.wishcentral.org.
Refer your child, make a donation, spread the word, give your unused frequent flier miles, help the Make-A-Wish Foundation bridge the gap. Learn how at wish.org.
Brevard Schools ACT scores increase
Brevard Public Schools received good news on its 2012 ACT scores, which were higher than the state average in all areas, including composite.
BPS was the first district in Florida to require its students to take the ACT, whether they are college bound or not.
This year, 200 more students completed the ACT, and the overall composite score continues to increase since the requirement began.
BPS offers comprehensive training to prepare students for college and career through traditional coursework, advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate programming, career and technical education and career academies.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
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