This artist's conception compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny 'sun'.
This artist's conception compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny "sun" (top) to a known solar system centered around a star, called 55 Cancri, which is about the same size as our sun. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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WHAT: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where numbers, engineering and science create magical missions to planets, comets and other space destinations, will host a state hearing on math and science education. California lawmakers, educators, and an astronaut will testify. The event is free and the public and media are invited to attend.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST

WHO: California State Senator Jack Scott, chair of the Senate Education Committee
Assemblywoman Carol Liu, chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee
Dr. Sally Ride, former NASA astronaut
Angela Phillips Diaz, NASA Associate Administrator for Education (Acting)
Dr. France Cordova, chancellor, University of California at Riverside
Dr. Parvin Kassaie, manager of JPL's education office
David Seidel, JPL manager of pre-college programs

WHY: This joint hearing will explore how teachers can help California students obtain a strong math and science education and inspire them to choose careers that will use those skills. Individual and panel presentations will cover such topics as "What's Happening in Schools" and "Teacher Preparation and Partnerships." After the formal presentations, members of the public will have an opportunity to speak.

WHERE: JPL's von Karman Auditorium. JPL is located off the Oak Grove Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway.

Media who would like to cover the hearing must RSVP in advance to Natalie Godwin in the JPL Media Relations Office at (818) 354-0850. Valid media credentials are required. Foreign nationals must also provide a passport.

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Natalie Godwin/JPL (818) 354-0850