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Introducing: Scientists Say

A weekly feature to help you learn all the big science words

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What’s that word? Find new science words every week with Scientists Say.

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Scientists Say (noun, “SIGH-en-tists Sae”)

This is a new weekly feature from our science inspiration blog, Eureka! Lab. Every week, science education writer Bethany Brookshire highlights a new science word, from allele to zoonosis. Each word has a definition and is used in a sentence to help you understand the meaning. There’s even an audio recording, so you can hear exactly how to pronounce the term.

Have you ever wanted to know exactly how eutrophication was pronounced, or find out the difference between autopsy and necropsy or hurricane and typhoon? Make sure to check out Eureka! Lab where every Monday, a new word will be waiting. Got a word you want to know about? Tweet to @eureka_labs and put in a request!

In a sentence

If you’ve ever wondered how to pronounce that pesky science term, Scientists Say is here for you.

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4:00am, August 30, 2015
Broadcom MASTERS ribbons

The 2015 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists include an award-winning ballerina for the AVA Ballet Company, black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, an app creator, and an eighth-grade intern at a Yale computer science lab.

9:13am, August 27, 2015

Fighting national crises and diagnosing critically ill patients- all in a summer's work for Broadcom MASTERS 2014 finalist Daniel Bruce. 

Daniel, a California resident, was nominated for Broadcom MASTERS twice. Seizing the opportunity, he applied the first year and received recognition as a semifinalist. One year later, he applied again-- his persistence paid off, and in October 2014 Daniel joined his peers as a Broadcom MASTER.

11:46am, August 19, 2015

On August 19, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the selection of 300 students as semifinalists in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS - the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

4:30am, August 13, 2015

Chythanya Murali, or Chy, as she likes to be called, was a finalist in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS from Little Rock, Arkansas. Her project on better methods for cleaning up oil spills and her performance during a week-long series of hands-on challenges landed her a first place award in engineering - complete with a $3,500 prize to use toward a summer camp experience anywhere in the country.   

4:30am, August 5, 2015

Anyone can look around and spot a problem. It takes courage and gumption to use that realization to spark a change. Intel STS 2015 semifinalist Pooja Chandrashekar did just that. While still in high school, she launched ProjectCSGIRLS, a national nonprofit organization that aims to teach and inspire middle school girls to go into tech fields.

Pooja shared her journey with us: 

4:30am, July 29, 2015

By Carolyn Carson, Alumni Coordinator for Society for Science & the Public

Before I became SSP’s Alumni Coordinator, I studied history at Georgetown University. Even now, there’s still something about old, dusty files full of correspondence or ephemera that makes me feel all warm and tingly.

Which is why I was so thrilled to receive this scrapbook in the mail.

10:11am, July 24, 2015

Are you an alumnus of one or more of SSP's educational compeitions (Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Broadcom MASTERS) who will be attending college as a freshman this fall?

9:05am, July 16, 2015

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. That’s how we know four-time Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) alum Reid D’Amico is a sane genius. He qualified for the world’s largest pre-college science competition every year for four years (Intel ISEF 2008-2011). He came back year after year to share his research with more peers, take home more prizes, and enjoy the experience once more (times four!)

5:00am, July 13, 2015

A whopping grand total of 2,230 nominees applied for the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS! The 300 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) semifinalists will be announced on August 19.

Here's what we've learned about this year’s spectacular round-up of applicants:

More than half of the applicants: 

4:30am, July 8, 2015

Harshu Musunuri was an Intel ISEF 2015 finalist and Grand Award winner of the Innovation Exploration Award, an award that grants winners a free trip to the California Institute of Technology. Here’s what she has to say about the experience: 

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