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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

September 25, 2003
NASA Engages Next Generation Of Explorers At Congressional Black Caucus Conference
NASA officials will join students, leading educators and others from across the nation tomorrow in Washington to discuss the benefits of space travel and the future of education in America. The discussions will be part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 33rd Annual Legislative Conference at the new Washington Convention Center.

A description of NASA participation follows. All times are Eastern.

9 a.m.: Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's new Associate Administrator for Education, astronaut Joan Higginbotham and others will participate in a Science and Technology Braintrust symposium, "In Tribute to Space Exploration," hosted by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).

4 p.m.: Dr. Loston will keynote an address, "NASA's New Education Enterprise," to kick off an Education Braintrust symposium, "Using Technology for Tutorial and Program Enhancement," hosted by U.S. Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.).

4:30 p.m.: Dr. Loston will join U.S. Rep. Owens to present Technology Empowering Communities (TEC) Champion Awards to directors of three new NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academies (SEMAA) sites.

5 p.m.: Dr. Loston will be interviewed in conjunction with Education Braintrust activities by Net Generation of Youth (NGY) cyberjournalist teams from across the country representing youth-serving organizations. The students will participate in Education Braintrust programs, where they will meet with key decision makers in addition to Dr. Loston, develop increased media literacy skills, and have the opportunity to express youth viewpoints on key issues.

6:30 p.m.: Dr. Loston and other NASA staff will attend a gala awards dinner hosted by U.S. Rep. Owens at the headquarters office of the National Education Association (1201 Sixteenth Street, NW).

Better known as "CBC Week," the Annual Legislative Conference is one of the nation's largest annual professional gatherings of African-Americans and raises millions of dollars for scholarships, internships and fellowships. NASA's presence at CBC Week this year also includes the NASA Pavilion in the exhibit hall.

To schedule interviews with astronaut Joan Higginbotham or Dr. Loston, contact Gretchen Cook-Anderson at 202/358-0836.

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