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Be The Change Herald


Volume 30 – February 23, 2011


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Women on the Bridge

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Women for Women International have announced another Join Me on the Bridge campaign. Join Me on the Bridge is an exciting global campaign "based on a simple concept, women (and of course children and men), be it two, 200, 2000 or more, join together" on March 8th, 2011 " to build bridges of peace. They do this by standing on a bridge near them and holding banners calling for peace, all over the world.

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable societies, changing the world one woman at a time.

The idea for Join Me on the bridge came from the Country Directors of Women for Women's programmes in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Women from different communities decided to come together on a bridge which borders their two countries, in the heart of conflict; to stand up for peace and an end to violence against women.

This year's campaign will be calling for women to have a greater say at the peace negotiating tables and for countries to honor the UN goals they have signed up to, to bring an end to violence against women in areas of conflict.

To learn more, to attend an event, to organize an event, to sign their petition , please visit:

The S3 Initiative

The S3 Initiative is a series of "learning exchanges" built around the need to stimulate dialogue about science and its impact on society.  S3 started in 2007 as "Soirées Scientifiques et Sociales" with a casual dinner following an esteemed scientist's lecture at a prominent Geneva academic Institute. This turned out to be the stimulating beginning for a new "community" experience centered around science, which turned into present day's S3 (S-Cube) -Space X Science X Society.

Since then, the concept has expanded to include communiqués on science developments, interviews with scientists and policy leaders, and small group excursions to laboratories or technical facilities such as the Large Haldron Collider at CERN.

The science communiqués, emailed regularly in French since 2008 to a growing "subscriber" list, are now presented in blog format in both French and English. With broad topics and formats, Daria Lopez-Alegria's "Scientifically Yours" blog posts are poised to inspire even more Science awareness. Daria who is the original organizer and host of the "Soirées Scientifiques et Sociales" is the President of Space Bridges and Science Bridges, and the founder of The S3 Initiative.

To read or subscribe to the blog in English or French, please visit:  

To learn more about the initiative, please visit:

To subscribe to the Initiative's monthly newsletter, please visit:

Signals and Noise, Oh Boy!

In an attempt to help students comprehend how a spacecraft communicates with Earth,  MSU (Montana State University) has developed an activity for grades 3 through 5. In this activity, students are introduced to the terms "signal" and "noise" in the context of spacecraft communications. Using this activity, the students will be able to compare the apparent volume of a signal at different distances from the source, with or without the addition of background noise. Through this activity, the students can understand the challenges of NASA mission operations flight controllers sending messages to a spacecraft.

This interactive activity is part of the education and public outreach program for New Horizons. New Horizons is an unmanned spacecraft that started its nine-year trip to Pluto on January 19, 2006.

To view the activity, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/513840main_Signals_and_Noise_3-5.pdf

to learn more about New Horizons, please visit:

My Dream of Stars

My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer: a book by Anousheh Ansari and Homer Hickam.

In her memoir, Anousheh recalls her long path to success and to achieving her dream.  To learn more about the book, please visit:  http://www.anoushehansari.com/book/

To find a book signing, please check the upcoming appearances section of this newsletter.

To obtain a copy please visit:



Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up."

-Chinese Proverb