NMU RECEIVES CAMPAIGN GIFT FROM SBC AMERITECH

MARQUETTE -- The Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics has received a gift of $50,000 from SBC Ameritech to create the "SBC Adventures in Discovery Series" as part of This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University.

A ceremony was held Thursday (March 14) in the Seaborg Center's Exploration Room to formally present the gift to NMU President Judi Bailey and Seaborg Center Director Peggy House.

The "SBC Adventures in Discovery Series" will consist of four exhibits each year at the Seaborg Center that will focus on a variety of science and mathematics topics.  The exhibits will be both display and interactive in nature.

"SBC Ameritech believes strongly in partnerships with educational organizations such as Northern Michigan University, which strive to improve the quality of life for our communities," said Stephen Balbierz, external affairs director for the Upper Peninsula division of SBC Ameritech.  "We are pleased to support the creation of the 'SBC Adventures in Discovery Series,' which will include hands-on exhibits that reach K- 12 students, teachers, community groups and families.  It is our hope that these exhibits might reach out to children in the U.P. communities, and that maybe one of these children - like Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, an Ishpeming native - will become interested in science and go on to do great scientific works that impact the world, such as Dr. Seaborg did.  "

House said: "These hands-on exploration exhibits are especially important to geographically rural areas such as ours where science and mathematics learning resources can often be scarce."

The ceremony included a sneak preview of the Center's "Window on the Universe" exhibit, the first of the SBC Adventures series, which officially opens March 18 as part of the Seaborg Center's Window on the Universe Week That program is sponsored by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and features a week-long visit from five space scientists from NASA and the Challenger Center for Space-Science Education, who will engage in several community and classroom activities while in the area.  The guest scientists are Kevin Grazier of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Bill Clancey of NASA's Aimes (Iowa) Research Center, along with Matt Bobrowsky, Mary Radnofsky and Jason Smith of the Challenger Center.

Window on the Universe is a two-year program that uses the themes of human space flight and space sciences as an interdisciplinary means to inspire entire communities.

The "Window on the Universe" exhibit includes moon rock samples, astronaut equipment, information displays on space science and exploration, and computer space exploration programs.  While the Window on the Universe Week ends March 22, the "SBC Adventures in Discovery" exhibit will continue to be on display through the month of April.

"We are thankful to the people at SBC Ameritech for this generous investment in the Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University, and in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in the Upper Peninsula," said Bailey.

The goal of This Decisive Season is to raise $30 million in private giving to NMU by June 2003 of which more than $29 million in gifts have been pledged to date.

Background On Window On the Universe

March 18 - 22, 2002

The Marquette-Alger county area has been selected as one of only three new sites in the nation to participate in the Challenger Center's Window on the Universe program.  A proposal to sponsor the program was submitted by the Seaborg Center in conjunction with the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency.

This is a two-year program during which the Challenger Center will present a community-wide Widow on the Universe week each year.  During the week, the Center will bring a national team of NASA space science researchers and engineers to the region.  These researchers will present several community-wide science nights designed for families and children in grades four or older.  Children and families will be able to participate in space-science related activities and learn about current research at NASA.  Three science nights are planned for the area: Tuesday, March 19 in Munising, Wednesday, March 20, at Northern Michigan University, and Thursday, March 21 at Aspen Ridge School.

For area teachers, the Challenger Center curriculum specialists will present educator workshops on innovative teaching methods for space-science.. The Center will provide educational modules that include the science education content to be delivered during Window on the Universe Week.  One hundred twenty-nine teachers and education students will attend two workshops during the week.

Other local organizations have agreed to sponsor activities to extend the Window on the Universe program throughout the year.  The Seaborg Center, the Shiras Planetarium, the Marquette Astronomical Society and the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum will offer additional space-science programs for all ages.

The following school districts will be participating in the Window on the Universe Week: AuTrain-Onota Schools, Burt Township Schools, Father Marquette Schools, Gwinn Community Schools, Ishpeming Public Schools, Marquette Area Public Schools, Munising Public Schools, Negaunee Public Schools, N.I.C.E Community Schools, Powell Township Schools, Superior Central and Wells Township.  Space science researchers and educators will make 84 classroom visits to schools during this week, traveling from Aspen Ridge School in Ishpeming to Burt Township School in Grand Marais.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a non-profit organization founded by the relatives of the astronauts killed aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.  The Window on the Universe program is funded through grants from NASA's Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise and NASA's Office of Space Science.

Window on the Universe, Science Night Schedule

Tuesday, March 19, Munising High School

* Window on the Universe, Space-Science Night, 6:00 - 8:00

PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES:

6:00 - 8:30 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Exhibits of student work as well as other science displays at Munising High School.

FEATURE PRESENTATION:

7:00 - 8:00 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  "Voyage a New Perspective of Home," Munising High School..

Presented by Dr. Matt Bobrowsky, Astrophysicist at Challenger Center for Space Science Education

Dr. Bobrowsky's Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  presentation will take you to Pluto and back in an hour, stopping to see dry river-beds

on Mars, a giant hurricane on Jupiter and other marvels of our Solar System.

Wednesday, March 20, Northern Michigan University, Seaborg Center * Window on the Universe, Space-Science Night, 5:30 - 8:00

PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES:

5:30 - 6:55 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Exhibits of NASA materials on space exploration and space-related student projects.  Seaborg Center Exploration Center

6:15 - 6:45 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  'The Night Skies of Marquette', Mead Auditorium, Seaborg Center

Presented by the Marquette Astronomy Club

6:30 - 6:55 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Display of Sandy Knoll Space Shuttle Bus, the Enterprise, In front of the Seaborg Center "Blast Off" at 6:45

FEATURE Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  PRESENTATION:

7:00 - 8:00 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  "Exploring Mars on Earth", jamrich Hall 102, Northern Michigan University Presented by Dr. Bill Clancey, Chief Scientist for Human Centered Computing NASA/ Ames Research Center

Dr. Clancey will speak about his research in the Canadian Arctic, where geologists, biologists and computer scientists are simulating the conditions of living and working on Mars.

Thursday, March 21

Ishpeming - Aspen Ridge School, 6:00 - 8:00

* Window on the Universe, Space-Science Night PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES:

6:00 - 7:00 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Mini-workshops at Aspen Ridge School

"The Night Skies of Marquette County', presented by the Marquette Astronomy Club

FEATURE PRESENTATION:

7:00 - 8:00 'Moment of Impact"

Aspen Ridge Gymnasium

Presented by Dr. Kevin Grazier, planetary scientist at NASA's fet Propulsion Laboratory UPL) Dr. Grazier will talk about "Moment of Impact." He will discuss the true possibility of a collision between Earth and an asteroid or comet.  He'll give a blow-by-blow account of what happens in a major impact event.

Window on the Universe Speakers

March 18 - 22, 2002

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Name: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Dr. Kevin Grazier

Position: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Investigation Scientist and Science System Engineer

Organization: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Research Specialty: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Large scale computational simulations of Solar System dynamics and evolution

Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory UPL).  He is working with the imaging team on the Cassini Mission to Saturn - a huge space probe which will arrive at Saturn in July 2004.  The Cassini probe recently flew past Jupiter, and performed numerous scientific experiments including sending back stunning images - on its way to Saturn.  Dr. Grazier also does computer research into how the Solar System formed, and how it ended up the way it did.  He also teaches college astronomy, narrates planetarium shows, and occasionally works in the Hollywood entertainment industry.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Name: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Dr. Bill Clancey

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Position: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Chief Scientist, Human Centered Computing

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Organization: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  NASA Ames Research Center

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Research Specialty: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The relationship between technology and people

Dr. Bill Clancey is Chief Scientist for Human-Centered Computing in the Computational Sciences Division at NASA/Ames Research Center.  He works with a group of scientists from many different fields - sociology, psychology, linguistics, and computer science.  They are helping NASA design the mission control centers of the future at Johnson Space Center in Houston, as well as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  Future missions will be very different from today's orbital missions: The International Space Station is permanently occupied, and it will have to be continuously monitored and re-supplied.  Later in this century, when astronauts go to Mars, they will be so far away, even the speed of light will seem slow - they won't be able to have conversations with people on Earth!  The idea of "human-centered computing" is to develop computer tools that will help people live and work on long-duration and distant missions in outer space.

Name: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Dr. Matt Bobrowsky

Position: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Astrophysicist

Organization: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Challenger Center for Space Science Education

Research Specialty: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  planetary nebulae

Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky Â Ã‚  is a researcher at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.  He divides his time between scientific research and public education.  He has made astronomical observations with a variety of telescopes that detect many wavelengths of light, including radio, infrared, visible, and ultraviolet radiation.  He has used telescopes on the ground and also the Hubble Space Telescope.  His specialty is the study of planetary

 nebulae - clouds of gas expanding outward from aging stars.  Dr. Bobrowsky has been teaching and lecturing for over 15 years.



 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Window on the Universe Speakers

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  March 18 - 22, 2002

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  page 2

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Name: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Jason Smith

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Position: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Instructional Designer

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Organization: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Challenger Center for Space Science Education

Jason Smith is an Instructional Designer for Challenger Center for Space Science Education.  Prior to joining the Challenger Center Design Team, Mr. Smith taught ninth grade Earth and Space science and eleventh grade physics from 1992-1998 in the state of Maryland.  He received his Masters of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College in 1997 and is currently working on his doctorate in Elementary Science Education at the University of Maryland.  As an Instructional Designer of the Challenger Center, Mr. Sn-dth has revised existing space science activities, written new materials, developed and conducted teacher training, and presented at numerous science education conventions.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Name: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Dr. Mary Radnofsky

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Position: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Instructional Designer

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Organization: Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Challenger Center for Space Science Education

Dr. Mary Radnofsky is the daughter of a NASA engineer who helped send the first man to the Moon.  She had an exciting childhood, growing up with the children of other NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts who worked at the Johnson Space Center (Mission Control).  She is now an educational researcher and space science curriculum designer at the Challenger Center.  She has taught school at all grade levels in the Unites States, France, and Liberia (West Africa).



Window on the Universe Teacher Workshop Schedule

Teacher workshops:

Monday, March 18, from 12:00 - 4:20

Teacher Workshop on "journey through the Solar System"

University Center, Cadillac and Nicolet Rooms

Thursday, March 21, from 12:00 - 4:00

Teacher Workshop on “Building a permanent Human Presence in Space"

West Science Building, Room 3616

(NOTE: Detailed schedules for the visiting Window on the Universe scientists are included in this media fax.)



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