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NSBP Members Participate in SciFest Africa March 22, 2009

Posted by HPE Section Chair in : Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO), History, Policy and Education (HPE) , trackback Bookmark and Share

NSBP members, Charles McGruder and Hakeem Oluseyi, are participating in SciFest Africa this week as special representatives of the United States.

Held annually in late March as South Africa’s national science festival,  SciFest Africa is a fun-filled event specially styled to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics accessible to and of interest to every-day people. Each year SciFest Africa offers over 550 events and activities, including exhibitions, educational theatre, lectures, hands-on workshops, excursions, a soap box derby, laser-shows, quizzes, Science Olympics,and whiz-bang science shows.  It is the biggest science festival in sub-Saharan Africa.  The 2008 Festival was attended by no less than 58,000 people.

Dr. McGruder, a former president of NSBP, will be giving two public lectures, one on the STARBASE project and another on the search for extra-solar planets.  In a separate event  Dr. Oluseyi will be lecturing on how dark matter and dark energy help explain the motion of galaxies.

Dr. McGruder is the director of NSBP’s program to build capacity in astronomy in Southern Africa.  While in South Africa he will also be meeting will government officials about South Africa’s bid for the SKA telescope.   Dr. Oluseyi has been a faculty member in NSBP’s program, having taught classes in astrophysics in the National Astrophysics and Space Science Program at the University of Cape Town.     Their participation in SciFest Africa is sponsored by the US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs.

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