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New York State DEC Seedling Programs for Schools, Vocational, College, University and Youth Education Programs DEADLINE March 31

Planting and caring for tree seedlings can help young people learn about ecosystems and the valuable role trees play. Schools and youth organizations are eligible to receive free trees or shrubs by participating in this educational program. Participants receive seedlings from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery along with guidance on how to plant and care for them.

Provide young people with a hands-on way to understand natural systems, observe their environment, and learn key vocabulary. When students plant tree seedlings they can discover the structure and function of trees while building their awareness about conservation.

As the trees mature they can serve as an ongoing living laboratory for young people to learn from. The experience can help students make informed decisions about the conservation and use of natural resources.

Eligible Organizations

  • All schools located within New York State – public, private, nursery, elementary, secondary, vocational, college or university.
  • Any youth education-based organization.

SOURCE: https://www.dec.ny.gov

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Citizen Comments Wanted on Plans to Expand New York State Greenway Trails DEADLINE January 19

Currently, the state has 2,300 miles of such trails, which are often converted from former rail beds or canal paths. Data collected for the plan identified another 225 miles of planned trails in the works, with more than 850 additional miles identified as suitable locations for future trails.

Open for public review, the plan calls for development and expansion of such trails into under served and moderate- to low-income communities, as well as filling in gaps so trails are better connected together.

SOURCE: https://www.newyorkalmanack.com

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Tanka Poetry Contest PRIZE $100 DEADLINE February 22

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables

So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). This format is not required but a helpful guide. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines.

An Example:
Peaceful solitude (5)
intrinsic to our spirit (7)
lost in pensive thought (5)
standing on the edge of time (7)
the road to nowhere special. (7)
– by Cheri L. Ahner

Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza.

The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.

SOURCE: https://www.fanstory.com

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5-7-5 Poetry Contest PRIZE $100 DEADLINE February 5

A 5-7-5 follows the structure of a Haiku but without any limitation to the topic. While a Senryu, is primarily concerned with human nature. A Haiku, primarily concerned with physical nature. A 5-7-5 poem is a free form with the only limitation being the syllable count.

So have fun with the 5-7-5 poetry type. But it must follow the proper syllable count. A 5-7-5 poem has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.

Example
Don’t eat yellow snow (5 syllables)
It’s not healthy as you know (7 syllables)
Besides, it tastes bad! (5 syllables)
– written by starkat
The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.

SOURCE: https://www.fanstory.com

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Two Line Poetry Contest PRIZE $100 DEADLINE January 30

Write an essence poem. This is a poem of two lines with six syllables per line, each containing an internal rhyme and an ending rhyme.

Example
Mysterious night dream
Elicits a fright scream

The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.

SOURCE: https://www.fanstory.com

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National Center for Advancing Transnational Sciences Chemistry/Biology Opioid Overdose Reduction Challenge DEADLINE February 28

he National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is inviting novel solutions for the Reduction-to-Practice Challenge for the NCATS A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) Program. The overall goal of the NCATS ASPIRE Challenges is to reward and spur innovative and catalytic approaches towards solving the opioid crisis through development of: (1) novel chemistries; (2) data-mining and analysis tools and technologies; and (3) biological assays that will revolutionize discovery, development and pre-clinical testing of next generation, safer and non-addictive analgesics to treat pain, as well as new treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose.

SOURCE: https://ncats.nih.gov

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EPA STEM Challenge: Developing Innovative Analyses Using Emissions and Environmental Monitoring Data DEADLINE February 22

Submissions for innovative and creative uses of CAMD data should advance the knowledge, use, and understanding of CAMD data and related information, with priority on the following possible project themes:

Analyzing data: Answer timely and relevant research questions using CAMD data
Enhancing communications: Design new and innovative ways to present CAMD data to the public
Developing technology and data mashups: Develop new technologies or analytic methods to integrate CAMD data with other datasets to unlock the broader potential of CAMD data
Promoting environmental education: Explore opportunities to use CAMD data in high school or university classrooms
Improving data quality: Identify and apply algorithms (e.g., machine learning) to electronically audit CAMD data and enhance data quality
Still looking for more inspiration? Past winners have integrated CAMD data with satellite data and other energy datasets to answer research questions. Others have created lesson plans for university students to create websites summarizing emissions at different power plants using CAMD data. Recent events may also spark ideas. Projects could characterize or evaluate energy equity or quantify the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic response on electricity and air quality.

SOURCE: <a href="https://www.challenge.gov

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Innovations to Transform the Direct Support for Professionals Working with Individuals with Intellection & Developmental Disabilities PRIZE $310K DEADLINE February 22

When Americans with disabilities live independently, fully included in communities across our Nation – with the right supports in place – they are happier and healthier. Often, DSPs have a critical role to sustaining the independence of individuals with ID/DD. DSPs support individuals in making informed decisions, understanding risk, exercising their rights and choosing personal care support which facilitate the ability of individuals with ID/DD to pursue their individualized pathways to fully participate in the life of communities where we live.

To better balance the supply of qualified DSPs with the demand, innovations are needed that will stabilize the DSP workforce and overall quality of HCBS. This prize competition will support the rapid innovation and adoption of business models that that will better meet market demand, including any factors unique to specific markets, such as geographic location (e.g., be urban, suburban or rural). To bring supply and demand closer together, ACL seeks new approaches that will disrupt current business models which has been driving much of the industry.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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Navy STEM/AI Challenge: Efficiency & Effectiveness Afforded by Security Orchestration & Automated Response (SOAR) Capabilities PRIZES $750k DEADLINE February 12

The Navy’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program Office (PMW 130) seeks to enhance the Security Operations Center (SOC) using automated artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) tools to automate the detection and prevention of advanced persistent threat (APT) and other cybersecurity campaign activity. Current SOC operations require a tremendous amount of time and effort to triage alerts, link related logs, perform incident response, and document investigations. Through this AI ATAC Prize Challenge, PMW 130 is soliciting Security Orchestration & Automated Response (SOAR) tools that use AI/ML to enhance their effectiveness for competitive evaluation. Submissions must be accompanied by a submission description white-paper plus an overview video and a demonstration video describing the SOAR tool and associated technologies.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge for High School Juniors, Seniors and Adults PRIZES up to $3,500 DEADLINE February 5

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as an Institute at the National Institutes of Health! As part of our celebration, we are hosting an art competition inviting individuals to submit images (paintings, drawings, photos, digital art, etc.) that represent NIMHD’s vision: an America in which all populations will have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy, and productive lives.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in two age categories: Teen (16 to 18 years old at the time of submission) and Adult (19 years or older at the time of submission). Prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($3,500), 2nd place ($2,500), and 3rd place ($1,500) in each category .

SOURCE: https://nimhd.nih.gov

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Chemistry/Engineering Challenge: Safer and More Effective Less than Lethal Capabilities for Area Denial and Crowd Control PRIZE Up to $135K DEADLINE February 1

Security forces require more effective and safer Less than Lethal capabilities to control individuals and crowds in both open areas and confined spaces. Such capabilities would enable security forces to carry out their missions successfully while mitigating injury and unintended effects to themselves and the public. The Seeker for this Challenge, the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) of the United States in partnership with the Government of Israel seek to identify innovative new technologies and concepts for Less than Lethal capabilities for area denial and crowd control.

This Challenge seeks Ideation and Theoretical level submissions for different potential awards and requires only a written proposal.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a Theoretical level proposal will receive feedback on their submissions while Solvers submitting Ideation level submissions will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual Ideation level submissions will be provided.

Participants must certify they do not have identical or essentially equivalent work funded by another U.S. or Israeli government agency.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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Navy: Seeking AI algorithms to combine with Robotic Autonomous Systems for Small Unit Maneuver elements $250K Prize-DEADELINE January 29

Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver (AISUM) combines Naval Expeditionary Warfare and Special Operations Forces (SOF) tactical maneuver elements with Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS) to create a low risk human machine maneuver element that gains, maintains and extends access in complex, contested and congested areas, providing a decisive advantage and precision application of effects.

This Prize Challenge reaches out to the defense, academic and industrial community to enhance research and development in the field of artificial intelligence for small unit maneuver. The objective of the Prize Challenge is for the development of an algorithm to enhance the maneuver and reconnaissance capabilities of autonomous drones within defined scenarios. The objective includes the utilization of the Government Furnished Property (GFP) drones, sensors, and onboard processing.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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Power of Passengers Technology Challenge $215K Prize-DEADELINE January 28

TSA is calling on innovators and citizen inventors to leverage innovative approaches and other innovations that would increase TSA’s security effectiveness and efficiency efforts and improve passenger experience. To accomplish this mission, TSA is looking for the best possible solutions from you – the crowd – to help with The Power of Passengers Challenge.

TSA is looking harness new approaches and innovations, from other industries to improve overall security effectiveness, operational efficiency, and passenger experience.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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Precision FDA COVID-19 Precision Immunology App-a-Thon DEADLINE January 29

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls on the scientific and analytics community to develop innovative applications to explore the relationship between personalized immune repertoires and COVID-19 disease variables and associated factors.

SOURCE: https://precision.fda.gov

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Canal Safety Engineer Challenge $50K Prize DEADLINE January 27

The Canal Safety Challenge is a public competition focused on discovering solutions to improve public safety and reduce drownings in canals throughout the United States and make egress from the canals easier or allow for safer rescue and recovery efforts.

SOURCE: https://www.canalsafetychallenge.org

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Department of Energy Smart Visualization Software Platform Challenge $1.5 Million in Prizes DEADLINE January 22

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) “Science-informed Machine Learning to Accelerate Real Time Decisions in the Subsurface” (SMART) Visualization Platform (VP) Challenge prize competition aims to develop an intuitive data visualization tool for the subsurface environment that can be readily accessible by scientists, engineers, subsurface operators, and decision makers. The tool should work in unison with data generated by the SMART Initiatives machine learning solutions to resolve static and dynamic subsurface properties, features, and processes at scales ranging from sub-meters to hundreds of kilometers.

Competitors are asked to focus on bringing the subsurface to life through the development of an innovative, user-friendly, intuitive and attractive visualization platform. We are seeking competitors with software development expertise who are up to the challenge of creating a new visualization platform which will assist in making subsurface insights accessible to a wider range of users and stakeholders.

The SMART VP Prize Challenge offers up to $1.5 million in total cash prizes.

SOURCE: https://netl.doe.gov

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NASA Tournament Lab: Lunar Delivery Challenge PRIZE $25K DEADLINE January 19

The goal of NASA’s Artemis program is to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the moon in 2024. By the end of the decade, NASA wishes to create a sustainable base camp on the lunar surface which will serve as a hub for scientific research and can also be a base for future exploration of Mars. A critical component of this program’s success is the delivery of supplies and systems to the lunar surface and eventually Mars.

Building a base camp on the moon is no small task! From small scientific instruments to large rovers and habitat modules, the Artemis program will need a robust and reliable cargo-handling system that can effectively operate in the lunar environment and is compatible with a broad array of lunar lander configurations. NASA welcomes ideas that address how to unload payloads from the lunar landers.

Payloads of varying mass and volume will be sent to the moon in one of several commercial landers and once they arrive at the lunar South Pole, they need to be unloaded. These landers will range in size depending on the program requirements, so ideally the solution should be flexible enough to handle a variety of payloads being off-loaded from a range of different vehicles. Current Earth-based logistics systems are too massive to easily be packaged and deployed on the lunar surface. This is why we are asking for your help! We are looking for practical and cost-effective solutions to unload payloads to the lunar surface.

Landing on the moon in 2024 and establishing a sustained human presence will be one of the most challenging logistical efforts ever attempted. NASA is excited to get your ideas on systems that will make lunar exploration a reality.

SOURCE: https://www.herox.com

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown Juried Art Exhibition DEADELINE February 15 ~Norwalk, CT~

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is calling for artists for a juried exhibition titled, Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown. The submission deadline is February 15, 12 p.m. The exhibition will open on April 8 and run through Aug 29, 2021. Artist and Trustee Gail Ingis together with Trustee Julyen Norman will select approximately 30 works from digital submissions. Works should be no more than five feet (sixty inches) on all sides.

This exhibition will be an interpretation on the pandemic experience filtered through the eye, mind, and creativity of the artist, who will be asked to submit works that relate to social distancing, isolation, the erosion and transformation of social interactions, and the multi-faceted challenges to themselves and/or the people around them caused by or in reaction to the pandemic.

Whether it’s a reflection on the yearning for a Covid-free life, or an interpretation on the adversities the world has experienced and continues to endure, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will welcome entries in the following categories: all fine arts media, watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, pastel, small sculpture, mixed media, photography, monotype, monoprint, and fiber art. A fee of $35 for 4 images inclusive of a one-year membership will be required to enter.

SOURCE: https://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

Location: Lockwood-Matthews Mansion, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Women’s History Institute Summer Research Fellowship: Call for 2021 Applications DEADLINE January 15 ~Pocantico Hills, NY~

The Women’s History Institute of Historic Hudson Valley is pleased to offer Summer Research Fellowships to support college and graduate students engaged in scholarly research connected to the lives of women in the Hudson Valley throughout the centuries.

Fellowship stipends are $3,000 for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of three months’ duration.

Research fellows are expected to produce an article or mid-term report (750 words) on a topic related to their research, after consultation with the Librarian and the Assistant Director for Collections, during the period of their Fellowship, as well as a final academic report (10-20 pages) on their findings before or at the conclusion of their Fellowship. The Fellows may also be asked to present their research to select HHV staff and supporters, and will be offered the opportunity to take part in HHV programming.

SOURCE: https://hudsonvalley.org

Location: Historic Hudson Valley, 639 Beford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY

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Virtual: Graphic Noel & Comics Workshop REGISTRATION DEADLINE January 14

Taught by Shaun Manning, who has written comic book stories for series including Star Wars Adventures, Garbage Pail Kids, Dark Horse Presents, and more. He is the writer and co-creator of three original graphic novels, most recently the historical fiction epic Macbeth: The Red King… This 8-week course will address the fundamentals of writing for comics, covering aspects unique to the medium such as the importance of page turns, the advantages and pitfalls of captions, working with an artist, and more.

SOURCE: https://writingworkshops.com

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