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March 25, 2003
Kathleen Burton
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-1731 or 604-9000
E-mail: kburton@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 03-16AR

NASA SCIENTIST TO DISCUSS GLOBAL WARMING AT WOMEN’S LECTURE SERIES


An award-winning young scientist who left Iran in 1982 to pursue her dream of a career in science will be the featured speaker at the ‘Women in Science: No Limits’ lecture series on April 2, 2003, at Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif.

Dr. Azadeh Tabazadeh, an atmospheric scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, will discuss "Global Warming: Protecting and Preserving Earth's Fragile Atmosphere” at the 1:30 p.m. talk, which is free and open to the public. Tabazadeh will give an overview of the scientific causes of global warming and air pollution, define ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ozone and discuss global climate change.

“NASA Ames is pleased to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. Tabazadeh about this vitally important topic,” said Estelle Condon, associate director for astrobiology and space programs at NASA Ames. “Azadeh Tabazadeh has one of the finest minds in her field and is a great role model for young people,” Condon said.

The lecture moderator will be Dr. Colleen Wilcox, superintendent of the Santa Clara County Office of Education. There will be time at the end of the lecture for questions from the audience.

Tabazadeh has won numerous awards and honors, including the American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award in 2003 for insights into atmospheric chemistry and microphysics, and the James B.Macalwane Medal in 2001, presented by the American Geophysical Union for research by a distinguished young scientist. Tabazadeh received a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994.

NASA, De Anza College and the National Center for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM) co-sponsor the series, which is open to young people as well as adults. The lectures feature top women scientists from diverse backgrounds discussing the paths they took into science careers and the latest breakthroughs in their fields. The purpose of the lectures is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and convey the excitement of science to a broad audience.

The spring 2003 series will continue with an evening talk on June 11 by NASA astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who will discuss "NASA and Space: An Astronaut's Perspective."

To reach Flint Center, which is located on the campus of De Anza College in Cupertino, take the Stevens Creek Blvd. exit off Highway 85. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Young people of all ages are welcome. Please bring eight quarters for parking. For further information about the series, call 408/864-8816 or go to: www.flintcenter.com

NASA Ames Research Center (http://www.arc.nasa.gov) is located at Moffett Field, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley. NASA Ames specializes in research focused on creating new knowledge and new technologies in nanotechnology, information technology, biotechnology, astrobiology (the search for life in the universe), space science, astronautics and aeronautics.

WiSTEM (http://www.wistem.org) is a non-profit organization established in 2001 to advance the roles of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Membership currently consists of seven national women's organizations.

De Anza College (http://www.deanza.edu), founded in 1967, is a community college serving approximately 24,000 students per year. It offers 60 associate degree programs and 125 certificate programs.

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