Archive for February, 2009

Expanding Your Horizons PSA

Thanks to Fox-7’s Rob Cunningham fantastic work on Girlstarts 2009 Expanding Your Horizons PSA!

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February 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Stepping Into Science

Last Friday I attended a “virtual science” event in Second Life called Stepping Into Science. From my own living room I went on several interactive field trips, exploring what other organizations are doing to bring science education to life in second life.

stepping-into-vw1_0022 Conference Keynote: Dr. Troy McLuhan- Troy McLuhan produces science exhibits and also sets up and promotes science-related events in Second Life.

Troy was very involved with the International Spaceflight Museum (ISM) from October, 2005 until September, 2007. He volunteers with the SL NASA CoLab project. He co-founded the SciLands, a continent of sims associated with science and technology organizations such as NASA, NOAA and The Tech Museum of Innovation. He maintains the Science Center Group wiki, which includes a calendar of all science-related events in SL, a database of all science-related places in SL, and more.

before-tsunami Simulated Tsunami

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has an interactive space in Second Life which includes a real time weather map, eye of a hurricane and a simulated tsunami. We were able to walk on the ocean bed and see the earthquake activity that causes a tsunami. (only in second life can you walk under water without proper gear!)

This is a picture after the tsunami earthquake under the ocean, and you can see the water line receding. 

tsunamiSimulated Tsunami Continued

After the water receded it created a huge wave that eventually covered us all (including the small town behind us). Very realistic and kind of scary!


weather_0013Real Time Weather Reporting Map

Here I am standing in Texas on a real time weather map that simulates what is currently going on in real life. You can see it was sunny in Texas, but snowing in New York and DC. This is a place I would love to take some Girlstart girls soon. It shows the whole country and is a huge walk through weather map. 

In addition to these field trips, I also had the opportunity to visit IYA2009 (International Year of Astronomy 2009), as well as participate as part of the live audience for Science Friday on NPR. Science Friday is a weekly radio show that is broadcast live from Second Life onto public radio stations across the U.S. Conference attendees will be able to participate in the show, including possibly asking questions of the show’s guests.

Special thanks to the conference staff at Stepping Into Science for giving me a scholarship to attend this virtual conference. 


February 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart congratulates Rob Cunningham, Outstanding Community Affairs Executive!

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February 19, 2009 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

If you lost your job consider sharing your talent with a non-profit!

unemployed20worker2Our economy is in crisis. Some of our greatest talent in this country is out of a job. Does that include you? You can only spend so many hours a day looking for a job. You want to stay engaged and productive. More than that, you want a sense of meaning, purspose and of giving back to something bigger than you. Come to the non-profit side!  Share your talents with us! Spend half your day looking for a job and the other half of your day fulfilling your soul helping change lives. We need your help!  We can be a great reference for you when you are ready for your next big opportunity.   Who knows?  You just might come to Girlstart and discover your next great passion.  We have numerous short term and long term volunteer opportunities, from a one-day event to a part-time post!  You can visit our website for a snapshot of some of these opportunities and email if you want to learn more.   Opportunity abounds at Girlstart and many other non-profits around the country desperate for your talent. Check out our volunteer opportunities at  

Hope to see you soon at Girlstart!   


February 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

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