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Retired NASA Space Radiation Scientist to Speak on ECU Campus

East Carolina University will host a special, guest lecturer this Friday. Retired NASA Space Radiation Programs scientist Dr. Walter Schimmerling will discuss “The Space Radiation Challenge,” at 3:15 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, room SC 207. Refreshments will be provided at 3 p.m., prior to the free, public lecture.

Schimmerling will address questions related to space radiation exposure and its consequences, with emphasis on the Galactic Cosmic Rays, which have the greatest biological impact and are the most difficult to protect against.

“The men and women who will explore space need to be able to work and live safely; any place, and at any time,” says Schimmerling. “One of the most important challenges to overcome in order to achieve this is the risk of deleterious health effects resulting from exposure to space radiation. This radiation interacts with cells and tissues, and affects the processing of biological information at every system level.”

This presentation is sponsored by the ECU Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics.

For additional information, contact Pi Marhatta in the Department of Physics at 252-328-6476, or by email at marhattap@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.