MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Gabrielle Birchak-Birkman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2000
FREE LECTURES ON HEALTH BENEFITS FROM SPACE TECHNOLOGY
"Medical Technology: Using Technology to Improve Our
Health," is the topic of two free public lectures to be held at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Thursday, Aug. 24, and
Pasadena City College on Friday, Aug. 25.
The lectures by Dr. James L. Lambert of the Intelligent
Instrument and Systems Technology group at JPL will address
recent advances in technology that could repair damaged spinal
cords and other areas of the nervous system. These advances
include an imaging system that can see three-dimensional,
internal structures smaller than human hair; control systems
driven by artificial neural networks capable of real-time
decision making on a low powered microchip; and robotic systems
driven by brain activity.
Lambert is actively involved in the development of
biomedical technologies for non-invasive medical monitoring
systems for use in both manned NASA missions and clinical
medicine. He joined JPL in 1987 after receiving his doctorate in
electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, Penn. Lambert has published over 26 papers,
currently holds six U.S. patents and is also an associate
professor of research ophthalmology at the University of Southern
California's Keck School of Medicine.
The lectures are part of the monthly von Karman Lecture
Series sponsored by JPL's Office of Public Affairs. They take
place in JPL's von Karman Auditorium located at 4800 Oak Grove
Drive in Pasadena and at the Pasadena City College Forum located
at 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Both lectures are at 7 p.m., with
limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information about JPL's von Karman Lecture Series is
available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/lecture/ or by calling (818)
354-5011. JPL is a division of the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena.