Director of Rice Space Institute available to comment on NASA shuttle announcement

first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: [email protected] Director of Rice Space Institute available to comment on NASA shuttle announcementNASA administrator Charles Bolden will name the four institutions that will receive a shuttle orbiter for permanent display during a news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 12. Houston, home of the Johnson Space Center, is one of the two dozen cities vying for a shuttle. Patricia Reiff, director of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University in Houston, is available to comment before and after the announcement. Rice Stadium is where President John F. Kennedy gave his famous speech in 1962 about why the U.S. should go to the moon.Reiff’s research focuses on space plasma physics, mostly in the area of magnetospheric physics. Her research interests include studies of the interactions between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetic field. She has been involved in data analysis for a number of spacecraft, including NASA’s Apollo moon missions.She was the first person to propose radio sounding of the magnetosphere, a key element of the IMAGE mission launched by NASA in 2000. Reiff has also led dozens of public education and public outreach projects over the past 20 years. Her “Space Update” software has been used by more than a million museum visitors, and CDs of the software and its companions, “Earth Update” and “Space Weather,” have been distributed free to more than 220,000 science teachers and students. In 2009, she received the AGU’s Athelstan Spilhaus Award for her lifetime commitment to public education and public science outreach.Members of the news media who want to speak with Reiff should contact David Ruth, Rice University director of national media relations, at [email protected] or 713-348-6327. AddThislast_img

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