Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 24, 2000

WSGC Newsletter for Educators

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FOCUS ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE

For Black History Month, Women of NASA will focus on the work of African-American engineers and scientists. The chats begin Feb. 3 with aerospace engineer Laurie Marshall of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Other chats include a chemist, a nutritionist and as psychologist who was the first woman scientist trained as an astronaut.

For a complete list of Black History Month chats and biographies of the participants, go to

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/special/mlk00/

ASTROPHYSICS LECTURE OPEN TO ALL

Astronomer Bruce Margon, a recognized leader in the field of high-energy astrophysics, has been chosen to give the 24th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington. His lecture, "Cosmic Recycling: We Are Made of Stars," will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Kane Hall on the main campus in Seattle. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Margon is a co-investigator on the Hubble Telescope. His research interests include X-ray and ultraviolet astronomy, and the late stages of stellar evolution. He has written more than 170 research papers and is a regular contributor to the popular press including Sky and Telescope and Scientific American. For a more of his thoughts on cosmic recycling, visit

http://www.washington.edu/newsroom/news/2000archive/01-00archive/k011200a.html

NEW COMPANY OFFERS SKY IMAGES

On March 1, the Global Telescope Network (GTN) will start taking thousands of images of the night sky and offering them to subscribers.

The new commercial venture plans to provide educational materials and telescope hosting for universities, individuals, groups, and corporations - a custom-designed program that allows outside interests to have their own telescopes managed and maintained at dark-sky sites.

For more information, visit:

http://www.searchthesky.com

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@uw.edu