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What is it Like to be a NASA Intern?

We asked prospective interns that follow us on social media what questions they had for our current interns. 

You asked…they answered! Let’s take a look:

Answer: “Yes, sometimes astronauts request to run through the International Space Station simulation that we have using the hyper-reality lab.”

Answer: “Persistence is the key to getting your first NASA internship. Work hard, study hard, keep applying and persevere.”

Answer: “NASA is looking for passionate, smart and curious, full-time students, who are U.S. citizens, at least 16 years of age and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.”

Answer: “In addition to STEM majors, NASA has many opportunities for students studying business, photography, English, graphics and public relations.”

Answer: “The highlight has been the chance to learn a lot more about embedded systems and coding for them, and just seeing how everyone’s efforts in lab come together for our small part in the AVIRIS-NG project.”

Answer: Yes! Here at the Kennedy Space Center is where all the action takes place. Check out the schedule on our website!”

Answer:  “There are 10 NASA field centers and they all accept interns.”

Answer: “Yes, we do! I am currently working in tech development for an X-ray telescope that is launched into space to take pictures of our galaxy.”

Answer: “The greatest thing I’ve learned as a NASA intern is to not be afraid of failing and to get involved in any way you can. NASA is a very welcoming environment that offers a lot of opportunities for its interns to learn.”

Answer: My favorite experience from being a NASA intern is meeting people from all around the world and being exposed to the different cultures.”

Want to become a NASA intern? Visit to learn about the open opportunities and follow @NASAInterns on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates!

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Follower Friday: middleeight

Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community. This week’s featured member is @middleeight.

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Albert! I’m a 21 year-old, second-generation Chinese American boy. I like taking walks, playing the otamatone, calligraphy, and imaging what it would be like to be in a relationship :’-)

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Bay Area but am currently attending UC Irvine in the sunny Orange County.

What do you do?

I’m a student studying psychology and social behavior. I currently intern as a life coach at our counseling center helping fellow undergrads set goals, manage time, and conquer any personal or social hurdles.

What are you passionate about?

I love developing intimate friendships with my peers which lends itself well into my career goals. Making others smile is definitely a big one But other than that, I’m a huge anime and manga fan. Oh and I like Lady Gaga kind of a lot.

What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?

My DREAM job is to be a scribe because I love the act of physically writing, but that’s sort of an outdated profession. I would love to enter the helping profession, and ideally I would provide psychological counseling at a four-year institutions to struggling students.

If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?

Be kind to yourself!! You’re allowed to make mistakes and grow from them.

Ig Nobel Prize Winners (Chemistry)
  • 2013: Shinsuke Imai [JAPAN], Nobuaki Tsuge [JAPAN], Muneaki Tomotake [JAPAN], Yoshiaki Nagatome [JAPAN], H. Sawada [JAPAN],Toshiyuki Nagata [JAPAN, GERMANY], and Hidehiko Kumgai [JAPAN], for discovering that the biochemical process by which onions make people cry is even more complicated than scientists previously realized.
  • 2012: Johan Pettersson [SWEDEN and RWANDA]. for solving the puzzle of why, in certain houses in the town of Anderslöv, Sweden, people's hair turned green.
  • 2011: Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami of JAPAN, for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi (pungent horseradish) to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.
  • 2010: Eric Adams of MIT, Scott Socolofsky of Texas A&M University, Stephen Masutani of the University of Hawaii, and BP [British Petroleum], for disproving the old belief that oil and water don't mix.
  • 2009: Javier Morales, Miguel Apátiga, and Victor M. Castaño of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, for creating diamonds from liquid — specifically from tequila.
  • 2008: Sharee A. Umpierre of the University of Puerto Rico, Joseph A. Hill of The Fertility Centers of New England (USA), Deborah J. Anderson of Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (USA), for discovering that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide, and to Chuang-Ye Hong of Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang (all of Taiwan) for discovering that it is not
  • 2007: Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung.
  • 2006: Antonio Mulet, José Javier Benedito and José Bon of the University of Valencia, Spain, and Carmen Rosselló of the University of Illes Balears, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for their study "Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature."
  • 2005: Edward Cussler of the University of Minnesota and Brian Gettelfinger of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, for conducting a careful experiment to settle the longstanding scientific question: can people swim faster in syrup or in water.
  • 2004: The Coca-Cola Company of Great Britain, for using advanced technology to convert ordinary tap water into Dasani, a transparent form of water, which for precautionary reasons has been made unavailable to consumers.
  • 2003: Yukio Hirose of Kanazawa University, for his chemical investigation of a bronze statue, in the city of Kanazawa, that fails to attract pigeons.
  • 2002: Theodore Gray (USA and Switzerland), for gathering many elements of the periodic table, and assembling them into the form of a four-legged periodic table table.
  • 2000: Donatella Marazziti, Alessandra Rossi, and Giovanni B. Cassano of the University of Pisa, and Hagop S. Akiskal of the University of California (San Diego), for their discovery that, biochemically, romantic love may be indistinguishable from having severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • 1999: Takeshi Makino, president of The Safety Detective Agency in Osaka, Japan, for his involvement with S-Check, an infidelity detection spray that wives can apply to their husbands' underwear.
  • 1998: Jacques Benveniste of France, for his homeopathic discovery that not only does water have memory, but that the information can be transmitted over telephone lines and the Internet.
  • 1996: George Goble of Purdue University, for his blistering world record time for igniting a barbeque grill-three seconds, using charcoal and liquid oxygen.
  • 1995: Bijan Pakzad of Beverly Hills, for creating DNA Cologne and DNA PERFUME, neither of which contain deoxyribonucleic acid, and both of which come in a triple helix bottle.
  • 1994: Texas State Senator Bob Glasgow, wise writer of logical legislation, for sponsoring the 1989 drug control law which make it illegal to purchase beakers, flasks, test tubes, or other laboratory glassware without a permit.
  • 1993: James Campbell and Gaines Campbell of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, dedicated deliverers of fragrance, for inventing scent strips, the odious method by which perfume is applied to magazine pages.
  • 1992: Ivette Bassa, constructor of colorful colloids, for her role in the crowning achievement of twentieth century chemistry, the synthesis of bright blue Jell-O.
  • 1991: Jacques Benveniste, prolific proseletizer and dedicated correspondent of "Nature," for his persistent discovery that water, H2O, is an intelligent liquid, and for demonstrating to his satisfaction that water is able to remember events long after all trace of those events has vanished.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology -  (Zurich, Switzerland)

The school also helps scientists develop and commercialize their research products, and thus paved the way for hundreds of spin-off companies

Once the home of Albert Einstein, today ETH draws more than 18,000 students from about 80 countries (36.9 percent of its students are foreigners), who are studying German and English.

ETH also benefits from its proximity to other major research institution, the University of Zurich.

Especially good relations ETH private sector. And produces approximately 80 new patent every year ..

University has a special power supply in the areas of strengths, risk management, and development of the city, and global food security, and international health.

ETH also benefits from its location within one of Europe’s leading cultural centers. Zurich has the reputation of a clean and pleasant place, and this is the reason for as long as is classified as a city with the highest level in the world of the living.

Twenty-one winners of the Nobel Prize associated with the school.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is widely known by the German abbreviation ETH- is Switzerland’s leading universities and top-ranked school in the European continent

anonymous asked:

can you please give me a background in your writing, courses at college or jobs, sorry if this is a hassle i'm just a little lost, thank you

My pleasure! 

I had seven majors in college, finally allowing myself to do the only thing I loved: writing. But I didn’t want to be a creative writing major, so I was an English Studies major. But I still mostly took creative writing courses. One poetry class, 2 fiction classes, one nonfiction writing class, and a novel writing course. I also took a lot of classes outside the department. Womens Studies, Leadership Development, Multicultural Education, etc. I was all over the place. I followed my curiosity. It helped. 

While I was in school, I never had less than two jobs at a time. For the first three years, I was part-time Americorps and also worked as an office assistant, a career center assistant, and a number of other odd gigs. I interned with our Alumni center, our local United Way chapter, and The Midwest Writers Conference (where I’ll be teaching a course this summer). I had a terrible job with an accounting firm, and a great one with a museum called Minnetrista.

When I moved to Indianapolis after school, I worked as a freelance writer, church secretary, and reading tutor in homeless shelters. When my car broke down, I lost the secretary and tutor jobs, and my freelance work dried up at the same time. While I was unemployed, between applying for jobs, I decided to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and pursue it as hard as I could. Of course, the answer I came up with was writing. 

I made a list of all the publications I wanted to write something for (I’ve now written for or been solicited by half of them), a list of every idea for a book I’ve ever had, and I read every book I could get my hands on about being a committed artist or vulnerable human or brave woman. I made every part of my life about being who I wanted to be and doing what I wanted to do. I had nothing, and so nothing to lose by putting myself first. 

After that time of unemployment everything changed. I had a job I didn’t like much for about two months, and it paid more than I’d ever made in my life, even when I had three jobs! But man, was it soul-sucking. I would leave the job, come home and get in bed with all my clothes on, then I’d just stay there. I couldn’t write. I couldn’t read. It took everything I had to go to that job every day and not walk out forever at lunchtime. I was so unhappy that when a friend offered me the opportunity to come live with him in Denver and not worry about anything but writing, I said yes. I thought the only way I could get the life I wanted, doing the thing I loved, would be to move away. The good thing about exploring the life you want, is having an idea what that looks like. The bad thing (but somehow still a good thing) is having no patience for anything that doesn’t seem to be taking you in the direction of that dream.

Of course, about a week later I was offered a job at another friend’s place of employment. It was a great job as a project coordinator/office manager/copyeditor. It paid less than the shitty job, but not by too much, and it was for a cool marketing company that did (and does) beautiful meaningful work. I loved it. It was so invigorating that I still had energy to go home and write! And I wrote a lot. I even pitched and sold a few freelance pieces. I had fantastic coworkers, a boss who believed in me (even my writing), and the future seemed full of potential. Then Kelly came back to Indiana for a week. And we fell in love in that week. I was so happy. Then I wanted more.

More came to me in the form of a job offer from BuzzFeed.Com. I told my boss I was leaving and she opened a bottle of champagne in her excitement for my new adventure. When I started working there, she asked me to give her a year in the position before I moved on to bigger and better. I thought she was nuts. To me, the job she gave me was as big or better as it would get for me for many years. But she knew. And when I told her my last day would be one weak past the the day I started one year ago, she smiled. I smiled. Then, I packed my things and moved to New York City in May of 2014.

This past Friday was my last day at BuzzFeed. I loved my time there, but it was time for me to move on. I’ll go back to freelance writing, and focusing on a few other book and art projects I’ve been wanting to get to. Also, this coming Tuesday will be my first day working with The Harnisch Foundation. It was through my work at BuzzFeed, my first job in journalism, that I quickly realized representation of women and girls in media is one-sided and lacking. I’m so excited to work for a place so eager to level that playing field. What I loved most about BuzzFeed was the diversity of my coworkers and how that was purposeful, something the company worked toward with intention. I’ll get to help do something similar at The Harnisch Foundation, just in a different capacity. It’s a different dream come true. 

That was longer than I meant for it to be, and I still feel like I left our so much, but here it is. Here I am. This is an overview of a story with twists and turns I’m not even sure I remember, and lots of unlikely and surprising opportunities popping up seemingly out of nowhere. If you’re lost, I can say this: try to enjoy being lost. Go where your curiosity takes you. It won’t take you to some paradise of fulfillment and contentment, but it will take you wherever you need to go next. That’s really what all this is about, just taking your next steps toward the next thing, and hoping you get closer to right every time. This journey is meant to go in many different directions. The only way worth going is onward.