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NASA scientist talks about weather and climate July 16 at Grandfather Mountain

doddridge_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University and Grandfather Mountain are partnering to present a program on NASA, Earth and space/planetary science in the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum.

The 45-minute talk by Dr. Bruce Doddridge from the NASA Langley Research Center will be presented Saturday, July 16, at 3 p.m. in the nature center auditorium. Admission to the talk is free; however reservations are required by calling the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation at 800-468-7325 by Thursday, July 14.

The program is sponsored by NASA and Appalachian’s Climate Action Network through Direct Observations and Outreach (CAN-DOO) program.

Doddridge will give an overview of NASA’s contributions to understanding weather and climate, including examples of how the agency’s science and technology is enabling advances that benefit society. His presentation also aims to promote public awareness of climate science and highlight NASA’s weather and climate products that provide critical data to the nation and the global community. NASA data products and research in climate science are at the forefront of trying to understand changes in climate, what is causing them, and helping policymakers make informed decisions on what to do about this global problem.

Doddridge leads the Chemistry and Dynamics Branch in the Science Directorate at the NASA Langley Research Center located in Hampton, Va. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at the rank of professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland College Park.

Appalachian’s CAN-DOO program complements the NASA Science Mission Directorate education and public outreach portfolio by promoting public awareness of climate science and by introducing various levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles to homeschooled students, local public school students, and undergraduate students through hands-on, problem-based climate science activities.

For more information about CAN-DOO, visit http://appalair.appstate.edu/can-doo.

For more information about Doddridge’s talk, contact Ginger Kelly, CAN-DOO outreach coordinator, at kellygm@appstate.edu or 919-360-1406.

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