NSF PA/M 02-22 - April 26,
Science Leaders to Open Global Science & Technology
Week with Webcast
Top scientists talk with students at NSF's "Meet
a Scientist or Engineer"
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
(OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and
other agencies will celebrate Global Science & Technology
Week (GSTW) April 28-May 4. The theme is "Science
and Technology Serving Our Global Community."
NSF has organized a two-hour Webcast, "Meet a Scientist
or Engineer," April 29. Available to the media, it
will feature the nation's top scientists at several
sites taking questions from middle school students.
David Heil, formerly the host of Newton's Apple, will
moderate. OSTP Director John Marburger and NSF Director
Rita Colwell will co-host. Also in attendance will
be Counselor to the Secretary of Education Susan Sclafani.
Media may attend the session in person at the Alliance
Center for Collaboration Education Science and Software
(ACCESS), adjacent to the NSF headquarters in Arlington,
VA or on-line at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/events/gstw2002/start.htm.
Scientists and students will gather at four sites:
- At Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering
of Living Tissues in Atlanta, participants will
work interactively with devices for replacing
and improving body parts.
- At Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, a
research meteorologist will demonstrate how scientists
find new scientific truths.
- At the National Center for Atmospheric Research
in Boulder, CO, a display model on the impact
of wildfire on local winds will describe how fire
dynamics affect atmospheric stability.
- At the San Diego Supercomputer Center in California,
scientists and engineers will demonstrate ways
to look at data using molecules, human body parts
and the surface of Mars.
In addition to the April 29 event, NSF and Syracuse
University's Information Institute of Syracuse will
host a week-long Website for "Ask a Scientist or Engineer,"
inviting students, parents, teachers and others to
ask questions of the experts via e-mail. The address
for the site is http://askvrd.org/askNSF.
John Marburger, President's science advisor
and director of OSTP, Executive Office
of the President
Rita Colwell, NSF director
David Heil, formerly the host of Newton's
Global Science & Technology Week kick-off
event, "Meet a Scientist or Engineer"
1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, April 29
ACCESS Center, 900 Stuart St.
Reporters wishing to attend are asked to
For more information, registration or directions contact:
William Harms (703) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Noxon (703) email@example.com
Other GSTW events include:
- The Tech Museum of Innovation Awards; "Technology
Benefiting Humanity" presented by Applied Materials,
Inc. invites students to nominate a scientist
or engineer who has created technology to improve
the way we live and serve our global community.
Contact: Angela Weiden (408) 795-6338.
- Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard and former Energy
Secretary James D. Watkins meet with students,
teachers and parents in Room 2318 Rayburn House
Office Building on Tuesday, April 30, 2002, from
11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to participate
via webcast at: www.jasonproject.org.
Contact: Janet Hall Werner (202) 548-7600.
- The National Science Board will release its biennial
report to the President, "Science and Engineering
Indicators 2002," at the National Press Club,
Holeman Lounge On Tuesday, April 30, at 1 p.m.
Contact: William Harms or Bill Noxon (703) firstname.lastname@example.org;
- The American Chemical Society in partnership with
the U.S. Department of Commerce and the House
Science Committee will host a luncheon to recognize
the importance of education in building the nation's
workforce. Honorees will be students from Shelley
High School in Idaho and their teacher who used
high tech equipment to create a map of critical
state resources on Wednesday, May 1. Contact:
Sophia Hughes (202) 872-8725.
- "Space Day 2002...Adventure to Mars!" will begin
with opening ceremonies at Smithsonian's National
Air and Space Museum. Open to Public (space is
limited - standing room only) on Thursday, May
2 from 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Participate in the
live, interactive Cyber Space Day Webcast at www.spaceday.com.
Contact: Brian Ewenson (202) 833-8121.