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NASA Awards Flight Dynamics Support Services II Contract

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NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services (FDSS) II contract to Omitron, Inc. of Beltsville, Maryland.

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Saving Lives at Birth: Round 4 Award Nominees Announced

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ROUND 4 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” partners today announced 30 Round 4 award nominees at the closing forum of the annual DevelopmentXChange. At the closing forum, innovators showcased new ideas to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries and competed for funding to realize and scale their vision.

The award nominees cut across maternal and neonatal health. They present not only disruptive technologies, but also new approaches and ideas on delivering services and influencing better health practices in the poorest places on earth. The nominees will now enter into final negotiations before awards are issued.

The “Grand Challenge” is a global call for groundbreaking, scalable solutions to infant and maternal mortality around the time of birth. “Saving Lives at Birth” is currently in its fourth and final award round for the program’s original $50 million commitment. The “Grand Challenge” has funded 59 innovations in its first three rounds, aiming to address the 289,000 maternal deaths, 2.9 million neonatal deaths and 2.6 million stillbirths that occur each year.


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Bertha (Atlantic Ocean)

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Bertha (Atlantic Ocean) [ http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/bertha-atlantic-ocean ] 08/01/2014 12:00 PM EDT
TRMM found rain was falling heavily in Bertha who was close to the Lesser Antilles.

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Now Available! Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation (FEMA P-909CD)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce that the Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation (FEMA P-909CD) [ http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/97275 ] is now available from the FEMA Publications Warehouse. This new training program on structural and non-structural earthquake mitigation has three components: a Train-the-Trainer course, a Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation course, and a Hands-On Interactive Mitigation Demonstration. On successful completion of the Train-the-Trainer course offered through the FEMA National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) [ http://www.fema.gov/earthquake-training/national-earthquake-technical-assistance-program ], students will be certified to train others and can request sufficient quantities of the CDs from the FEMA Warehouse for their classes (see the NETAP Training Calendar [ http://www.fema.gov/earthquake-training/national-earthquake-technical-assistance-program-training-calendar ] for more information).


* *Train-the-Trainer Course:* This 75-minute course trains students to organize, plan, recruit, and deliver the Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation course (see below). Students also learn about the Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation course by taking the class. A quiz tests knowledge of the material.
* *Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation Course:* This course is designed to be delivered to non-technical audiences by those who have successfully completed the Train-the-Trainer course (see above). The goal is for students to gain the basic knowledge needed to take simple steps toward earthquake safety and mitigation in their homes and businesses. This training may be delivered as a 45-minute educational course that concludes with a hands-on demonstration (see below) in which mitigation techniques are taught to students. An alternative format allows for the demonstration element to be removed and presented visually with PowerPoint Slides.
* *Hands-On Interactive Mitigation Demonstration:* The course is a stand-alone, 15-20 minute interactive, hands-on, and visually engaging presentation for small groups. This course design is similar to workshops offered by big box stores, retailers, earthquake preparedness expos, and other emergency management community efforts for home and business owners. Instructions for the demonstration model are included in the CD provided to students on completion of the course.

Audiences for the FEMA P-909 training program include emergency managers, first responders, volunteer community groups, and others interested in leading an earthquake safety presentation. Students should be familiar with the need for earthquake preparedness. Experience leading presentations on the subject is not required.

To order your copy of FEMA P-909CD from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1-800-480-2520 or fax your request to 1-240-699-0525, FEMA Publication Order Form [ http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1394076937224-48813a4b20f83a2c17bf269d69e36556/FEMA+Publication+Order+Form+2014.pdf ].

To view or download other FEMA publications and products, or to sign up for updates on risk mitigation publications, news, and events, visit the FEMA Library [ http://www.fema.gov/resource-document-library ].

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Iselle (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

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Iselle (Eastern Pacific Ocean) [ http://www.nasa.gov/content/iselle-eastern-pacific-ocean ] 08/01/2014 12:00 PM EDT
Tropical Storm Iselle was born in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Aqua showed powerful thunderstorms wrapping into developing storm’s center.

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NASA Awards Mission Operations Support Contract Extension

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NASA Awards Mission Operations Support Contract Extension [ http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/nasa-awards-mission-operations-support-contract-extension ] 08/01/2014 12:00 PM EDT
NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin Corporation of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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NASA Awards Modification for Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Contract

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NASA Awards Modification for Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Contract [ http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/nasa-awards-modification-for-geophysics-geodynamics-and-space-geodesy-support ] 08/01/2014 12:00 PM EDT
NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. (SGT) of Greenbelt, Maryland to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (GGSG) Support Services contract.

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