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Media Advisory

NASA astronaut to recount shuttle adventure, return stuffed anteater mascot to UC Irvine
 
EVENT:

NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell will talk about her adventure aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in this public lecture sponsored by AirUCI and the School of Physical Sciences at UC Irvine. Caldwell also will return to UCI a stuffed Peter the Anteater mascot that traveled with her to space during the August mission. AirUCI is a research institute dedicated to understanding how air and water interact in the atmosphere and how those processes affect air quality and global climate change.

DATE: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
TIME: 6:30 p.m. Reception will follow the presentation.
LOCATION: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, UCI campus.
 
BACKGROUND:

Born in Arcadia, Calif., Caldwell received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Fullerton and her doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis. In 1997, she came to UCI as a Dreyfus Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow to research atmospheric chemistry with professors Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, now director of AirUCI, and John Hemminger, now dean of the School of Physical Sciences.

Caldwell became an astronaut in 1998. Since then, she has logged more than 305 hours in space. On her first flight, aboard Endeavour, Caldwell took with her a 3-inch stuffed anteater that has an AirUCI patch on his belly and a flag in his paw that says, “First EMSI in Space.” EMSI stands for Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute, the National Science Foundation-funded program that supports AirUCI. AirUCI’s principal scientists are Finlayson-Pitts, Hemminger, Doug Tobias, Sergey Nizkorodov, Benny Gerber and Donald Dabdub.

Tracy Caldwell Tracy Caldwell

Peter the Anteater Peter the Anteater

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Event Information Contact

Free and open to the public. R.S.V.P.s are requested to Melissa Sweet at 949-824-2628 or msweet@uci.edu.

Members of the media who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Fitzenberger at 949-824-3969 or jfitzen@uci.edu.

Parking is free. For more information on this event, visit www.chem.uci.edu/ airuci/Events.htm.

Media Contact

Jennifer Fitzenberger
949-824-3969
jfitzen@uci.edu

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