Lots of Great Yuri’s Night Information

March 24, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri’s Night 2011 is nearly upon us, and there are tons of ways that students and friends of SEDS can get involved!

If you haven’t already, you should work on setting up a local Yuri’s Night party.  It could be an amazing party or learning event for hundreds of people or just a meetup between friends to celebrate humanity’s successes in space.  In either case, please post your party at yurisnight.net so that others might be able to come join in the fun.

Once that’s done, you need to go get involved in the contests set up by the Yuri’s Night planning team.  There is a chance for you to enter to win a free trip to visit space sites in Russia as well as chances to use your creativity to create ads to inspire the public and win prizes for your work.  All of the current prizes are listed at yurisnight.net/contests/ and most end in a week, so get busy!

We hope everyone around the world has a great Yuri’s Night this April 12 and thank you for helping our friends at Yuri’s Night make a difference.

- SEDS Executive Board

Yuri's Night 50th Banner

Illinois Space Society wins 2010 Holiday Contest

January 31, 2011 in News by SEDS Webmaster

After a close round of voting, the Illinois Space Society was chosen as the winner of the 2010 SEDS Holiday Decorating Contest over their UB-SEDS competitors. Thanks to both groups for the great holiday photos! There were definitely some comments from the board about the neat rocket-Christmas tree. ISS will be receiving some posters and T-shirts donated by a few of the chapters. Maybe they’ll be able to use that rocket in the upcoming SEDS rocketry contest (more info coming soon!).

4TH Quarter 2010 NOVA Published!

January 28, 2011 in News by SEDS Publications

The SEDS-USA 4TH Quarter 2010 NOVA Magazine is finally here! Inside, you can find a look at this year’s SpaceVision Conference, held by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne SEDS chapter, as well as a new interview with one of our alumni in the Alumni Spotlight. Also featured is a look at the SEDS Endowment Fund, the naming of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory, and a look back at the incredible year 2010 was for the space industry!


SEDS SpaceWiki Contest

January 13, 2011 in News by SEDS Webmaster

There are now less than 20 days left to participate on behalf of your chapter in the SEDS SpaceWiki Winter 2010 contest.  We’re working to help our friends at the new website www.spacewiki.com generate articles about companies, people, and events in the “New Space” industry.  And, if your chapter is able to generate the greatest amount of useful additions to the wiki by February 1, you could win $600 for your chapter to use on your own projects and programs at your school!

If you don’t know how to add to a wiki, it is really easy!  The first rule is to not be afraid to take chances make mistakes and get messy.  Just go to www.spacewiki.com, get an account (they prefer that you use your actual name as the username, i.e. “Jane Doe” rather than “jdoe”), add some information first to your user page about you and add a picture if you have one, then go exploring and add some information to any of the articles that could use some work.  If you want to get fancy and add tables and pictures and links, go check out http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Editing for a lot more information about that stuff.

Also of note, www.spacevidcast.com also just created a wiki site that they have begun building and have some great pages like http://wiki.spacevidcast.com/index.php/Mobile_Applications that lists tons of great space apps for your iPhone or Android phone that you should check out.

SEDS-USA Announces Winners of Youtube Contest and Yearly Awards

December 1, 2010 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

December 1, 2010
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space USA (SEDS-USA) announced the winners of various awards at their national conference recently. Continue reading “SEDS-USA Announces Winners of Youtube Contest and Yearly Awards” »

SEDS Announces New Executive Board

November 9, 2010 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

October 9th, 2010
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

During the final day of the 2010 Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA) SpaceVision conference at the University of Illinois, representatives from SEDS chapters across the country voted to appoint twelve new board members to lead the national student organization for the 2010-2011 term.

SEDS-USA welcomes back board members Rick Hanton, Sara Meschberger, Dave Holewka, David DeBoth, and Josh Sosa. They will be joined by new board members Dan Pastuf, Hallie Gengl, Christopher Ogden, Zach Liquiorman, Mike Lotto, Dina Cavicchia, and Anna Ho.

The new executive board team pledges to continue SEDS’ mission of space education while looking towards expanding our organization. We hope to continue working with our many partner organizations to support each other, obtain increased funding for the SEDS-USA endowment fund, and manage a series of competitions for students and young professionals in the coming year.

Representatives also voted for the 2011 yearly SEDS-USA national SpaceVision conference to be hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder chapter of SEDS-USA, located in Boulder, Colorado. The board congratulates the University of Colorado students on their successful submission and will look forward to that conference in November 2011.

The 2010-2011 Directors of SEDS-USA:

  • Chair – Rick Hanton (Senior in computer engineering at Iowa State University)
  • Vice Chair – Sara Meschberger (Junior in communications and linguistics at the University of Arizona)
  • Chapter Affairs – Dan Pastuf ( Senior in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo)
  • Chapter Expansion – Hallie Gengl (Junior in earth and space exploration and climatology at Arizona State University)
  • Finance – Christopher Ogden (Senior in business administration at the University at Buffalo)
  • Publications – Dave Holewka (Junior in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo)
  • Projects – David DeBoth (Senior in physics and space science at the Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Webmaster – Josh Sosa (Senior in computer science at the University of Arizona)
  • Public Outreach – Zach Liquorman (Junior in philosophy at University at Buffalo)
  • Secretary – Mike Lotto (Sophmore in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • Educational Outreach – Dina Cavicchia (Senior in physics education at the University of Central Florida)
  • High School Affairs – Anna Ho (Freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Media Contact:

Richard Hanton
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (651) 747-5864
Email: chair@seds.org

About SEDS:

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space organization. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 25 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student run space conference in the world, provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit: http://www.seds.org

3rd Quarter 2010 NOVA Magazine Published

October 5, 2010 in News by SEDS Publications

SEDS-USA is proud to announce the release of the 3rd Quarter NOVA Magazine of 2010! In this edition, we feature a “How To” article about SETI@HOME, a look at the International Space University and explore the cosmic wonders of black holes. Also inside, you can find our quarterly “Alumni Spotlight” as well as take a look at NOVAs gone by in our “Blast from the Past” and see humanity’s historical achievements in “This Month in Space!”

SEDS Video Ad Contest

September 18, 2010 in News by SEDS Webmaster

SEDS-USA is now accepting entries for the SEDS Video Ad contest. We challenge you, your friends, or your club to develop an awesome ad for SEDS-USA.

Watch SpaceVision 2010 Live Stream!

September 4, 2010 in News by SEDS Webmaster

The 2010 SEDS SpaceVision conference has begun! Watch live video on the SEDS Website.

University at Buffalo SEDS Vies for Pepsi Grant

September 1, 2010 in News by SEDS Webmaster

The SEDS chapter at University at Buffalo in New York just started a campaign on Pepsi’s Idea 50K website asking Pepsi for the funding to rebuild their run-down campus astronomical observatory.  They would like the funds to rebuild the current old 12′ by 12′ building with a newer, bigger building that will house their telescopes and allow them to do a lot of public astronomy outreach.  Go to http://pep.si/bXRWIT to vote for their idea (may use Facebook login).

Here is a photo of their old building:

UBSEDS Observatory

And an animation of the new one they would like to replace it with:

Click here for more info.