March 2, 2004

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Contact: Sue Suhler, Kansas Space Grant Consortium, (785) 864-3999.

State space educators, researchers name KU's Richard Hale associate director

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas School of Engineering professor has been named to work with the Kansas Space Grant Consortium, which represents NASA activities in Kansas.

The KSGC executive committee recently confirmed the appointment of Richard D. Hale, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, to serve as KSGC associate director to KU, which is a KSGC lead institution. Hale was appointed by KSGC director David R. Downing, KU professor of aerospace engineering.

"I saw a need I could fill with the associate director position," Hale said. "It's an opportunity to take on activities that interest me."

Hale will help the KSGC director administer consortium activities in Kansas that introduce students to the world of science, technology, math and engineering. Hale's first duty will be to organize the statewide competition for research proposals.

The executive committees of the KSGC and Kansas NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Program -- known as KNEP -- met Jan. 12 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson to nominate Hale. He officially assumed his new duties on Jan. 19.

The KSGC and KNEP business sessions were separated by a luncheon and a presentation from a Kansas teacher, Peggy Brecheisen, who showed how the benefits from NASA training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston enabled her to transform her Parsons Middle School classroom into a space travel simulation.

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