Cool Science in a Warm Place

Embry-Riddle to Host Antarctic Space Sciences Workshop

Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 14, 2007 – The Space Physics Research Laboratory at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host an Antarctic Space Sciences Workshop Sept. 27 and 28 at the university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. The meeting is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The workshop will bring together nationally renowned scientists who conduct space science research at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and other sites in Antarctica. Scientists will review the status of their research, identify scientific criteria for future investigations, and talk about how to increase visibility for space sciences research in Antarctica.

Participating in the workshop will be researchers from Augsburg College, Colorado Research Associates, Dartmouth College, Embry-Riddle, National Science Foundation, Oberlin College, Raytheon Polar Services Co., Siena College, and SRI International. Scientists also will attend from Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Colorado, University of New Hampshire, University of Saskatchewan, Utah State University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Embry-Riddle’s Space Physics Research Laboratory designs and operates passive electro-optical instruments to remotely sense the near-Earth space environment for research directed by professors Abas Sivjee and Irfan Azeem. Instruments developed by the lab operate at many locations in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, gathering data on auroras, atmospheric airglow, and space climate. Research is supported by NASA and NSF, and assisted by graduate and undergraduate students.

For more about the Antarctic Space Sciences Workshop or space science research at Embry-Riddle, contact Dr. Azeem, associate professor of physical sciences, at

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through its Worldwide Campus at more than 130 centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and through online learning.

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