Highlights for 05/01/09

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Farid Salama (Astrophysics Branch / SSA):

Farid Salama (SSA) was invited to serve on the Science Organizing Committee (SOC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 10th International Colloquium on Atomic Spectra and Oscillator Strengths (ASOS) for Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas to be held in Berkeley in August 2010. The ASOS meeting has been held once every three years since its inception in Lund in 1983 and has provided a forum for atomic spectroscopists and astronomers from around the world to meet and discuss atomic data from the perspectives of their production and application.


Ted Roush (Planetary Systems Branch / SST)

Presented an invited lecture at Bellevue College, near Seattle, Washington on April 22, 2009. The lecture was the culmination of an academic effort entitled “BCC Reads!” BCC Reads, is Bellevue College’s annual common book and community reading program. Its mission is to strengthen literacy practices, promote campus and community collaboration, and generate excitement about ideas through reading and learning together. This year the selected book was “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury. My lecture was entitled “Chronicling Mars: Science Fiction and Fact”. The lecture provided a historic overview of the information that was known about Mars at the time that Bradbury wrote his book. It then continued with a summary of what factual information subsequent spacecraft missions have collected about Mars and how these have provided a greater understanding of this interesting planet.

During my visit to Bellevue College I had afternoon tea with about 30 students, staff and faculty in an informal setting. We had a dialog about their questions regarding Mars, NASA and my own educational journey. Afterwards, I was a guest at the college art gallery where scholarships were presented to three students for their academic achievements. After the awards event, the lecture was held in the campus Carlson Theater and was attended by 50-75 people.