PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Stephanie R. Zeluck, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Adrian Herzog , California State University, Northridge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 1997
JPL AND CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE TEAM UP IN EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory and California State University, Northridge
(CSUN) will bring the scientific resources of NASA's prime center
for robotic exploration of the solar system and the educational
capabilities of one of California's largest state universities
together to provide scientific and technological information to
students and educators.
The MOU will be signed on Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m.
Pacific time, at The University Club at CSUN. Signing the
document will be Larry Dumas, deputy director of JPL, and Blenda
Wilson, president of CSUN. The university is located at 18111
Nordhoff St. in Northridge, CA.
As part of the agreement, JPL will:
Within the agreement, CSUN has agreed to:
- Communicate to CSUN the results of JPL/NASA's most recent
Earth and space science studies.
- Provide opportunities for CSUN teacher enrichment at JPL.
- Support the development and evaluation of readily
accessible data repositories for space and Earth science
- Investigate ways in which graphics, audio and video
information can be delivered more effectively over the
- Work with designated CSUN professionals to carry out
mutually agreed upon program activities.
CSUN has been working with JPL in the pilot phase of
Project SUN (Students Understanding Nature), a worldwide network
of detectors operated by students that monitor ultraviolet and
continuous flux of solar radiation at the Earth's surface. The
network currently has schools in the U.S. and internationally.
CSUN will now work with JPL to greatly expand the program to
produce a more extensive worldwide database including many more
schools. Each school will be encouraged to act as a node of a
worldwide data collection network. Data gathered by students are
being used by JPL in helping to learn more about the Earth
- Work with JPL to develop space and Earth science
- Work with JPL professionals to carry out mutually agreed
Future joint projects include the incorporation of data
from the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT), an instrument flying aboard
Japan's Advanced Earth Observing Satellite that measures the
speed and direction of near-surface winds over the global ocean.
A new worldwide network will be formed with CSUN to allow
students to do research into early indications of the El Nino
weather pattern. Additionally, data from JPL's detectors within
the Southern California Integrated Global Positioning System
Network will involve students and educators from the CSUN geology
department in learning about local seismic activity.
"By working together, JPL and CSUN can align our resources,"
said Dr. Adrian Herzog, chairman of the Department of Physics &
Astronomy at CSUN. "This partnership will give us the vehicle by
which we can do a number of mutually beneficial joint projects.
We can offer assistance to JPL in the form of researchers and
college credit to participating students, while JPL can offer the
scientific expertise and information available to them as a
national laboratory for NASA."
Nearly 70 percent of licensed California teachers are
graduates of institutions within the California State University
system. By working directly with CSUN, JPL will strive to provide
future California K-12 educators with the tools necessary to give
students a better understanding of current science, data and