High School Students Learn About Planetary Climate Changes

High school students from Westchester and Rockland counties will learn about climate changes on other planets from two of the country’s leading experts. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, Pace University will sponsor “Science Day ‘97” on the Pleasantville campus, hosting NASA astronaut Commander Mario Runco, and Climatologist Dr. Michael Allison of NASA’s Goddard Institute at Columbia University, along with more than 200 local high school students.

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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — High school students from Westchester and Rockland counties will learn about climate changes on other planets from two of the country’s leading experts. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, Pace University will sponsor “Science Day ‘97” on the Pleasantville campus, hosting NASA astronaut Commander Mario Runco, and Climatologist Dr. Michael Allison of NASA’s Goddard Institute at Columbia University, along with more than 200 local high school students.

Science Day ‘97, sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, will address how planetary climate changes affect space travel, global warming, and the earth’s atmosphere, temperature and weather. “This presentation allows high school students to experience science on the college level and demonstrates that science is important, challenging, and exciting,” says Dr. Charlene Hoegler, professor of biology, who is coordinating the day-long event with Dr. William Flank, professor of chemistry.

A veteran of three Space Shuttle flight crews, including Atlantis in 1991, and Endeavour in 1993 and 1996, Astronaut Runco has logged more than 551 hours in space.

Dr. Michael Allison works in the fields of planetary atmospheric dynamics and spaceflight mission planning. He served on the science study team for the Cassini Mission to Saturn. He is participating on the Surveyor ‘98 Mission to Mars. His research also includes studies of the atmospheric dynamics of Jupiter.

As part of Science Day ‘97, some of the high school students will showcase posters illustrating their original science research projects. Students also have the opportunity to speak informally with the guest speakers.

Founded in 1906, Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate and doctoral degree programs.

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