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Public Science Day brings new experiences to Seattle students

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Seattle, WA - On 12 February, Shirley Malcom, Director of Education and Human Resources at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will join more than 1,000 Seattle public school students for Public Science Day, launching the annual meeting of the world's largest general society of scientists.

These students will learn a lesson of a different kind by leaving their science textbooks and classrooms behind to celebrate Public Science Day 2004 at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. At 10:15 am, Dr. Malcom will speak to approximately 1000 students.

Immediately following Dr. Malcom's address Jim West of John's Hopkins University will talk about the life of a research scientist. Dr. West's pioneering research on charge storage and transport in polymers led to the development of electret transducers for sound recordings and voice communication. Almost 90% of all microphones built today are based on principles first published by West in the early 1960s.

Dr. Max Gomez, health correspondent for WNBC (Channel 4) in New York, will speak at 12:55 pm. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, Gomez has received three New York Emmy Awards, two Philadelphia Emmys and a UPI honor for "Best Documentary" for a 1986 report on AIDS. In addition, he was named the American Health Foundation's Man of the Year and was a NASA Journalist-In-Space semi-finalist in 1986.

The purpose of Public Science Day is to motivate and inspire youth to get excited about math, science, and engineering, and to show them all the opportunities the future has to offer.

Students will be matched with student volunteers from the University of Washington upon arrival to the Science Center, and will have the opportunity to explore the exhibits and interactive displays at the Pacific Science Center, including a space exhibit.

WHAT: Public Science Day 2004

WHEN: Thursday, 12 February 2003, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

WHERE: Pacific Science Center Seattle, Washington

HOSTS: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Pacific Science Center
Seattle Public Schools
University of Washington's Women in Science and Engineering Program.

CONTACT: Reporters should contact Monica Amarelo at 202-326-6440 or


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