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NASA Launches New Website, Celebrates Women's Contributions To Science And Exploration



March 14, 2011

Ann Marie Trotta/Sonja Alexander 
Headquarters, Washington      
202-358-1601/1761 
ann.marie.trotta@xxxxxxxx/sonja.r.alexander@xxxxxxxx 


MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-054

NASA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE, CELEBRATES WOMEN'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION

WASHINGTON -- NASA will debut its new Women@NASA website during a 
Women's History Month event at the agency's Headquarters in 
Washington at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 16. 

Approximately 200 local students from elementary through high school 
level will attend and learn about the significant and varied roles 
women have played in the agency's history. 

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will host the event. The 
featured guest will be Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor and 
assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public 
engagement, and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. 

The one-hour program will feature NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson, 
who recently returned from a six-month stay aboard the International 
Space Station, and other notable NASA women whose profiles are on the 
Women@NASA website. Students in the audience will be able to ask the 
presenters questions. 

A pre-show event for the students runs from 12-12:50 p.m. EDT. 
Students will participate in an interactive science demonstration 
with Trena Farrell, a NASA aerospace education specialist. The 
pre-show also will feature a performance by the Science Cheerleaders, 
a group of professional cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers 
who challenge stereotypes while helping to inspire young women to 
pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 
STEM education is a key focus of NASA's education efforts aimed at 
developing the next generation of scientists, engineers and 
explorers. 

News media representatives are invited to attend both events at the 
NASA Headquarters Auditorium at 300 E Street, S.W. Reporters should 
contact Ann Marie Trotta at 202-358-1601 or Sonja Alexander at 
202-358-1761 to confirm attendance. The events will air live on NASA 
Television and the agency's website. 

The pre-show event will be shown on NASA TV's Education Channel. The 1 
p.m. event will air on NASA's Public, Education and High Definition 
channels. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video 
information, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 


For information about NASA's education programs, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/education 


For information about the White House Council on Women and Girls, 
visit: 



http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cwg   

	
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