THE ANTONIO MEUCCI YOUNG INVENTORS’ COMPETITION

CALLING ALL YOUNG INVENTORS! IT IS TIME TO ENTER THE THE ANTONIO MEUCCI YOUNG INVENTORS’ COMPETITION Open to all Students in Grades 3-8.
THE ANTONIO MEUCCI YOUNG INVENTORS’ COMPETITION
Sponsored by the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum & Time Warner Cable

In keeping with the legacy of inventor Antonio Meucci(1808-1889), the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and Time Warner Cable are pleased to announce The Young Inventors’ Competition to be held:
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12-3 pm in Staten Island, (venue to be announced.)

Throughout his life time, Antonio Meucci was responsible for many inventions, improvements and ideas. These innovations included smokeless candles, coffee and tea filtering systems, oil/kerosene lamps and most notably, the telephone.

The contest is open to public, private, parochial and home school students in grades 3-8.

Students are to present an original idea for a new invention or an improvement upon an existing one. Inventions include anything from a kitchen gadget to machinery.

Cash Prizes awarded to individuals or group inventions.
• 3 First place – $200.00 each
• 3 Second place–$100.00 each
• 3 Third place–$50.00

For group inventions, the awarded prize will be presented to the group representative who will divide it equally among the group members.

Deadline for entries is Friday, May 8, 2015
Finalists will be notified via email by Friday, May 29, 2015
Final Competition, Sunday, June 14 2015. Staten Island, NY.

Contestants completed applications will first be judged by GMM and TWC representatives. Finalists will be invited to present their entries to a panel of expert judges on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Staten Island.

Rules

1. Individual students or groups in grades 3-8 may apply.
2. Only completed applications will be accepted (photographs/ diagrams are optional but highly recommended)
3. Actual PROTOTYPE has only to be presented at the Final Competition, if selected.
4. Groups must list all names of group member’s on their application. Maximum, four per group. Students must be in the same grade.
5. Groups must designate one member to receive prize check. Designee is responsible for dividing prize among the group.
6. Ideas must be original and must come from students.
7. All applications must be completed and mailed before May 8,2015 to:

GARIBALDI-MEUCCI MUSEUM
420 Tompkins Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10305
Attention: Marianna Randazzo, Director of School Programs o

Judges will be looking for:
• Simple creative solutions to common problems and originality.
• An understanding of the scientific principles behind an invention.
Please note, there is no entrance fee.

For more information and application please email: mrandazzo@garibaldimeuccimuseum.org

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ISSNAF – Italian Scientists and Scholars in N.A. Foundation Call for Awards

Call for Applications 2015
Deadline: April 15, 2015 (23:59 PST)

ISSNAF – Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation yearly presents awards to acknowledge the research of young Italian investigators working in North America, whose commitment to their discipline of study is innovative, potentially impactful and honors their country of origin.

logo-issnaf-300ISSNAF Board of Trustees encourages all Italian early-stage researchers currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their application and research abstract to compete for one of the following awards:

  • ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators – Medicine, Biosciences and Cognitive Sciences
  • ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators – Environmental Sciences, Astrophysics and Chemistry
  • Paola Campese Award for Research on Leukemias
  • Franco Strazzabosco Award for Young Engineers
  • Annamaria Molteni Award for Mathematics and Physics

Each winner will receive the Medaglia di Rappresentanza del Presidente della Repubblica, a certificate and a monetary prize of $3,000. All finalists will receive a Travel Award.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Proof of Italian Citizenship (Italian passport or ID card);
  • Current affiliation with a research Institution in the United States or Canada;
  • PhD or Medical Residency (whichever comes first) from no less than two years and no more than 10 years.

REVIEW PROCESS

  • A Review Board composed of international experts in the field will score all valid applications according to the candidates curricula (titles, positions, publications, grants, patents) and the scientific quality of the abstract (study design, methodology, discussion, significance, innovation)
  • The best 5 (five) research summaries for each Award will be selected to be presented during the 2015 ISSNAF Annual Event on October 22nd, 2015 at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. Finalists will present their research in oral or poster sessions.
  • Both oral and poster presenters will be evaluated by the Award Jury, focusing in particular on the quality of their talk and on the presentations skills. The Award Jury will select the winners amongst the presenters and awards will be presented during a formal ceremony on the same day.
  • The decisions of the Review Board and of the Jury are final.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Applications must be completed only online at www.issnaf.org/awards.html
  • Applications are composed of the online application form, the uploaded full CV and the uploaded research abstract. Applications must be completed following instructions provided online.
  • Applications that are not completed according to instructions will not be considered. No paper applications or applications sent by e-mail will be accepted.
  • All applications and presentations must be in English.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • All applications must be submitted by April 15, 2015 (23:59 PST)
  • The Review Board will select finalists by June 30, 2013

TRAVEL AWARDS

Finalists presenting in Washington DC will be acknowledged with a travel award proportional to the distance of their Institution from Washington, DC:

  • West Coast, British Columbia, Alberta: $350
  • Mid West, Southern States, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec: $250
  • US East Coast (over 250 miles): $100
  • US East Coast (between 100-250 miles): $50

 

For more information about the application process write to awards@issnaf.org
For more information about ISSNAF and the awards go to www.issnaf.org

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Aspettando Expo Milano – A Washington, la mostra “Simposio: cibo per la mente, il corpo e l’anima” con i capolavori dell’antichità recuperati dalla Guardia di Finanza

Washington, 19 febbraio 2015 – Dal 27 febbraio al 15 maggio prossimi l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington ospiterà la mostra Symposium – Food for Mind, Body and Soul, che esporrà circa trenta rari reperti archeologici recuperati dall’indotto clandestino grazie alle indagini della Guardia di Finanza italiana. Gli artefatti, tutti di inestimabile valore, provenienti da corredi sepolcrali e siti archeologici della Magna Grecia, dell’Etruria e del Sannio, sono accomunati dal tema del cibo. L’iniziativa sarà infatti un’originale preludio a Expo Milano 2015, la grande esposizione universale sul cibo e la nutrizione globale che avrà luogo nella città meneghina dal 1 maggio al 31 ottobre 2015: anfore per il trasporto del cibo, crateri per mescolare, vasi per versare il vino e coppe per bere, ma anche un busto di satiro e alcuni ritratti serviranno a riprodurre nella nostra sede diplomatica l’atmosfera degl antichi simposi, banchetti dedicati agli intrattenimenti, alla conversazione, alla musica e alla poesia.

“Questa mostra è di grande interesse per almeno tre motivi”, ha commentato l’Ambasciatore d’Italia a Washington Claudio Bisogniero. “Primo, perché darà al pubblico di Washington un’occasione per ammirare dei pezzi di grande pregio storico ed artistico. Secondo, perché ci permetterà di rivivere le atmosfere dei simposi dell’antichità, celebrate da innumerevoli autori classici, da Platone a Plutarco. Terzo, perché mette in luce la grande dedizione e professionalità dei militari della Guardia di Finanza italiana, impegnata sia in Italia che all’estero con risultati eccellenti a contrastare i traffici di organizzazioni criminali senza scrupoli.”

Inaugurazione il 27 febbraio alle 18:30 con una introduzione sul simposio nell’antica Roma del Professor Alexander Nagel del Dipartimento di Antropologia del Museo Nazionale di Storia Naturale presso la Smithsonian Institution di Washington.

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L’AMBASCIATA D’ITALIA E I CONSOLATI ITALIANI NEGLI USA CELEBRANO LA “GIORNATA DELLA MEMORIA”

WASHINGTON, 23 gennaio – L’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington e la rete dei Consolati e degli Istituti italiani di cultura negli USA onoreranno la “Giornata della Memoria” con una serie di conferenze, incontri, film e altri eventi nella capitale americana ma anche a Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Tampa e in altre località.

La Giornata della Memoria è stata istituita in Italia con una legge del 2000 per ricordare la data del 27 gennaio del 1945, quando – settanta anni fa – le truppe sovietiche liberarono Auschwitz-Birkenau, il più grande campo di concentramento nazista. “Quella legge, che ha aperto la strada ad iniziative simili da parte delle Nazioni Unite e di altri Paesi, mira a mantenere viva la tragica memoria della Shoah e la comprensione della sua realtà storica a beneficio delle giovani generazioni, oltre che a scongiurare che tragedie del genere possano ripetersi”, ha commentato l’Ambasciatore d’Italia a Washington Claudio Bisogniero.

L’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington organizzerà due eventi. Il 27 gennaio, la proiezione del film documentario “L’Isola delle Rose” sulle vicende della comunità ebraica di Rodi mother and daughter on beachdurante la seconda guerra mondiale. Il film sarà preceduto da una conversazione con Cesare Frustaci, all’epoca un bambino sopravvissuto alla Shoah. Il 2 febbraio, l’Ambasciata celebrerà invece il sessantesimo anniversario della Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea di Milano (CDEC) con la proiezione straordinaria di una pellicola recentemente restaurata, appartenente alla famiglia Della Seta: raro video sulla vita degli ebrei italiani prima dell’Olocausto.

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