LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA - Former astronaut and U.S. Air Force
Col. (ret.) Guion S. Bluford, Jr., and U.S. Congressman Chaka
Fattah of Philadelphia are scheduled to visit Lincoln University
to help mark NASA Awareness Day on Thursday, September 20, 2001
at 9:30 a.m., in Dickey Hall Auditorium on the University's
main campus in southern Chester County.
Other scheduled guests include George E. Reese, Esq., NASA
associate administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs as well
as a 1965 graduate of Lincoln University, and Cheyney University
President Clinton Pettus.
NASA Awareness Days are held throughout the year and at various
minority serving institutions around the nation to highlight
NASA's research and educational opportunities in mathematics,
science, engineering and technology. This is the first such
event held this year. The next one is scheduled to be held in
"We are pleased to welcome these distinguished visitors to
Lincoln University. Lincoln has been in the forefront of preparing
African-American leaders who can shape the course of engineering
and the sciences in the new millennium," President Nelson said.
"The University is also gratified that NASA continues to recognize
that legacy by providing our students with additional opportunities
to expand their knowledge under the guidance of NASA's unmatched
technological expertise. We relish this opportunity to reinforce
our longstanding relationship with an institution as accustomed
to breaking new ground as we are."
Col. Bluford was a mission payload specialist on four space
shuttle flights. He holds a doctorate in aerospace engineering
with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of
Technology and a master's degree in business administration
from the University of Houston. A Philadelphia native, Col.
Bluford graduated from Overbrook Senior High School in 1960
before receiving a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering
from Pennsylvania State University in 1964. Congressman Fattah
represents Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District. In 1986,
he founded the annual Fattah Conference on Higher Education,
which provides prospective students with information on graduate
NASA will also bring its Mobile Aeronautics Education Laboratory
(MAEL) to Lincoln for its only appearance in this area. Housed
in a 53-foot trailer, the mobile laboratory features 10 workstations
that allow students a hands-on encounter with different high-tech
elements of space flight. Students may use satellite data to
monitor the weather, use global positioning radio to navigate
their position and experience a virtual space flight. High school
and intermediate schools may schedule MAEL tours from Sept.
17 through Sept. 19 by contacting Shelley Johnson, coordinator
of the LASER program at Lincoln, at 610-932-8300, ext. 3470.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lincoln
University School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the
University's LASER program organized the visit. LASER, the Lincoln
Advanced Science and Engineering Reinforcement program, is one
of the most successful pre-engineering and science-training
programs in the nation and is a national model of success in
recruiting and mentoring students for science careers.
First established in 1980 by NASA, LASER is now also supported
by the Office of Naval Research. The program aims to increase
the number of minority students in aerospace and other engineering
fields. In addition to undertaking a rigorous curriculum, LASER
students also have the opportunity to participate in summer
internships at a NASA site.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, Historically
Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal
arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected
graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a
highly technological and global society.
Lincoln University is ranked first in Pennsylvania and second
in the nation in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate
degrees in the physical sciences. Lincoln is also the only university
in the state and one of but 20 universities nationwide where
40 percent or more of its physics graduates are women. * * *