Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gift Drive Benefitting Santa Maria Hostel for Women and Children

This charity drive is taking place at my wife’s place of work, and seems a worthy cause. Please consider donating.


If possible, please drop off in the designated box in the CNRC lobby between December 13th -­‐ December 22nd, There will also be a wish list tree, where you can pick an ornament for a specific item! Clothes may be gently used.

Please contact: Udita Iyengar (, Sheila Martinez (, 713-­‐798-­‐0352/0358

WHERE: Children’s Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), Baylor College of Medicine

LOCATION: 1100 Bates, Houston TX 77030 (See Map Below)

LOCATION DESCRIPTION: The Texas Medical Center. On the south side of Bates, just east of Fannin Drive NE-bound.

WHEN: Now, thru December 22nd!


Holiday Drive CNRC poster (PDF Version)

Commercial Access To Space: Soon Coming To An Orbit Near You?

[Excerpts] …Paul Allen has … a pioneering vision for commercial space travel. Allen, on Tuesday, unveiled designs for an efficient air-launch system that resembled a giant airplane split into two fuselages. The craft will take both government and commercial payloads into orbit, with human missions as an eventual goal.

…Allen funded the development of SpaceShipOne, the first manned private spaceflight.

The commercial space transport system will be built by Stratolaunch Systems, Allen’s new company. Burt Rutan, an aerospace engineer integral to the development of SpaceShipOne, will be helping Allen develop his new project. The billionaire believes that the carrier plane lifting rocket ships to higher altitude will be both safer and more cost-effective than launching a rocket from the ground.


New NASA Dawn Visuals Show Vesta’s ‘Color Palette’ [NASA Press Release]

This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Vesta's southern hemisphere in color, centered on the Rheasilvia formation. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

News release: 2011-375                                                                      Dec. 5, 2011

New NASA Dawn Visuals Show Vesta’s ‘Color Palette’

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Vesta appears in a splendid rainbow-colored palette in new images obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. The colors, assigned by scientists to show different rock or mineral types, reveal Vesta to be a world of many varied, well-separated layers and ingredients. Vesta is unique among asteroids visited by spacecraft to date in having such wide variation, supporting the notion that it is transitional between the terrestrial planets — like Earth, Mercury, Mars and Venus — and its asteroid siblings. Continue reading

Boise State U. Prof. Nancy Napier Awarded Vietnam Medal of Honor for Educational Contributions

Dr. Napier has been a guest on our radio show. You can hear her interview from August 23, 2010 on this page.


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Posted By Sherry Squires | Dec 1st, 2011 – 1:34 pm

College of Business and Economics professor Nancy Napier has been awarded Vietnam’s highest award for contributions to education in the Southeast Asian country.

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