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May 10, 2001

Victoria Kushnir

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Phone: 650/604-0176 or 650/604-9000

vkushnir@mail.arc.nasa.gov

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to a panel discussion and tour of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA., on May 16, 2001. Ames scientists will demonstrate some of their current research projects. In addition, center researchers and managers will discuss issues of particular relevance to the Asian and Pacific Islander community following the tour. The tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. PDT. To ensure participation in the event, contact Victoria Kushnir at 650/ 604-0176.

RELEASE: 01-31AR

AMES CELEBRATES ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH

In May, NASA’s Ames Research Center is celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month. As one aspect of the celebration, Ames is welcoming media representatives to the center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley to learn about current NASA research and cutting edge technologies under development.

Media representatives will have the opportunity to speak with center scientists and managers who will share their experiences of working at NASA and discuss contributions made by the Asian and Pacific Islander community to space science research and technology development.

This event is thefirst of its kind at Ames designed to specifically reach out to diverse minority news media groups that represent and serve a large percentage of the San Francisco Bay Area population. NASA and Ames are determined to ensure that America’s national space program involves, represents and is accessible to all citizens. To that end, the agency and the center are committed to breaking down the traditional barriers — language, socioeconomic and cultural, among others — that prevent universal access and participation.

"An important thrust of our present campaign is to reach out to minority media organizations, so that we can better serve and reach audiences whose members may not have received our information on as wide a basis as we would like," said Ames’ Chief of Communication David Morse. "We intend to ensure that all of our citizens and media organizations enjoy equal access to information about NASA missions, programs, facilities, goals, people and accomplishments."

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