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Victoria Steiner                                                                                            March 8, 2004    

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.              

Phone: 650/604-0176

E-mail: Victoria.L.Steiner@nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Members of the news media are invited to interview women scientists, researchers and administrators at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., this month as the center observes National Women's History Month. Several women at NASA Ames will be available to demonstrate some of their current research projects and discuss issues of particular relevance to women. To arrange an interview, please contact Victoria Steiner at 650/ 604-0176.

RELEASE: 04-16AR

NASA CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH IN MARCH

NASA is recognizing and celebrating National Women's History Month and the contributions of female scientists, researchers and managers to the space program.

Media representatives will have the opportunity to speak with researchers and administrators at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., who will share their experiences and discuss contributions made by women to NASA's aeronautics and space programs. Participants also will address issues related to education and career opportunities for young girls and women.

"Growing up on a ranch and being surrounded by the questions and wonders of biology stimulated my interest in science as a child," said Deputy Director of Astrobiology and Space Research Bonnie Dalton. "Wanting to know more about the unknown was the evolutionary step translating my science interests to NASA research and finally to microgravity flight operations." As part of NASA Ames' management team, Dalton now is responsible for facilitating continuing space research at NASA's Science and Technology Center for Exploration.

NASA Ames chief engineer Dr. Tina Panontin has been with NASA since 1983 and is now leading a team of researchers working on space shuttle 'return-to-flight' activities that will help NASA to meet the objectives of the new national space exploration program.

"The access to mentors and teachers whose perspectives helped broaden my outlook and aptitudes in math, science and problem-solving allowed my pursuit of a technical career and the opportunity to work on interesting problems with talented people in pursuit of an important mission," said Panontin.

The official celebration of women's accomplishments began in 1978 when the Sonoma County, Calif., government sponsored Women's History Week to promote the teaching of women's history. In 1981, Congress passed a resolution making the week a national celebration, and in 1987 Congress expanded the celebration to the full month of March, making it National Women's History Month.

For more information about the women of NASA, visit:

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/intro.html

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