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For Release:   Jan. 25, 2002

RELEASE: 02-006

Partnership Offers Interactive Learning Experience

NASA Langley’s Center for Distance Learning, in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Society at Christopher Newport University (CNU), introduces "NASA Speaks," a 10-week series of interactive presentations and discussions featuring researchers from the NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton.

NASA Speaks kicks-off on Jan. 31 and continues through April 11. Held on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at CNU, the program is open to Life Long Society members, students and faculty at CNU. Topics will vary and will focus on NASA innovations and accomplishments, such as Biomimetic Flight, Quiet Aircraft Technology, Small Air Vehicle Development, and NASA’s Flight Test of the Russian TU-144 Supersonic Transports.

The programs will be taped for web-streaming on NASA LIVE, a series of two-way videoconferencing programs designed to extend and strengthen NASA’s commitment to educational excellence at the pre-college, college and university level, via interactive, virtual discussions with NASA researchers.

NASA Speaks is part of a continuing effort by CNU to promote science, mathematics and technology education to learners of all ages. The university has also partnered with NASA Langley’s Center for Distance Learning to develop and promote other distance learning programs, such as NASA Kids Science News Network, NASA Why? Files, NASA CONNECT and NASA’s Destination Tomorrow.

For more information on NASA Speaks and registration, please contact Harla Sherwood at 757-864-5287 or The Lifelong Learning Society at 757-594-7568. Visit to find out more about other CNU/NASA distance learning programs. Visit for more information on NASA LIVE.


Date: January 31, 2002
Speaker John B. Anders, Senior Research Scientist, Flow Physics and Control Branch
Topic: "Biomimetic Flight: Learning From Nature"

Date: February 7, 2002
Speaker: Rob Rivers, Research Pilot, Airborne Systems Competency
Topic: NASA Flight Test of the Russian TU-144 Supersonic Transport (SST)

Date: February 14, 2002
Speaker: Prasun Desai, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Vehicle Analysis Branch
Topics: Robotic Exploration in the Coming Decade

Date: February 21, 2002
Speaker: James Russell, Project Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space Operations
Topic: Establishment and Verification of a Microgravity Environment for Space Application

Date: February 28, 2002
Speaker: Victor Carreno, Safety Critical Systems, Assessment Technology Branch
Topic: The Science and Art of Digital System Verification

Date: March 7, 2002
Speaker: Tahani Amer, Aerodynamic Measurement Branch
Topic: Pressure Sensitive Paints – Theory and Application

Date: March 14, 2002
Speaker: Paul Stackhouse, Radiation and Aerosols Branch, Atmospheric Sciences Competency
Topic: Surface Radiation

Date: March 21, 2002
Speaker: Anna C. Trujillo, Base Research for Crew Systems, Crew/Vehicle Integration Branch
Topic: Real World Considerations in Designing and Conducting Human-Subject Experiments

Date: March 28, 2002
Speaker: Dr. Robert D. Braun, Systems Engineering Competency
Topic: Experiences & Challenges in Planetary Exploration

Date: April 4, 2002
Speaker: Shelly Ferlemann, Vehicle Analysis Branch
Topic: An Overview of the Hyper-X Program

Date: April 11, 2002
Speaker: Kenneth Wright, Assistant Branch Head, Advanced Measurement & Diagnostic Branch
Topic: The Development of Virtual Facilities at NASA Langley Research Center

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