February 3, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7572, chamberlain@wsu.edu
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- WSU Spokane will provide a local site for the sixth annual International Space Station (ISS) Teleconference, a live, interactive satellite program produced by NASA specifically for research and development (R&D) professionals and managers in industry and academia.
        The free conference, offered in collaboration with the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, will be held 10:00 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 25, at WSU Spokane's downtown location at 601 W. 1st, Room B110. Seating is limited. Call 509/358-7527 to reserve a seat.
        The program will emphasize commercial space research and development. It will provide access to industry, government and academic researchers who plan to use ISS to expand knowledge and provide benefits to people on Earth. A diverse panel of top NASA, university and commercial researchers, international investors, and other experts will take questions on the air. They will also provide a firsthand update about the progress of the world's largest orbiting research facility.
        Conference panelists are currently involved with research related to the International Space Station. They include:
-- Bernard Harris Jr., the moderator for ISS: Make It Your Business, the chief scientist and medical director of SPACEHAB, Inc., and a medical doctor and professor.
-- W. Michael Hawes, the deputy director for requirements and chief engineer for the ISS at NASA Headquarters.
-- Kathryn Clark, the Space Station senior scientist at NASA Headquarters Office of Space Flight.
-- Frank D. Schowengerdt, director of the Center for Commercial Applications of Combustion in Space and professor of physics at the Colorado School of Mines.
-- Frank A. DiBello, vice chairman and general partner of SpaceVest, a venture capital firm that invests in privately held space industry companies.
-- David Klaus, a research associate with Bioserve Space Technologies, a NASA Commercial Space Center.
        More information on conference content is available at the conference web site, <http://centauri.larc.nasa.gov/station.html>, including reports on ISS research, Internet resources, and contact information. Questions can be submitted before the conference by e-mail to <business@whro.net>. Participants from Spokane will have the opportunity to call in during the program as well, and selected questions will be answered live during the teleconference.


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