Science leaders to open Global Science & Technology week with webcast

April 26, 2002

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies will celebrate Global Science & Technology Week (GSTW) April 28-May 4. The theme is "Science and Technology Serving Our Global Community."

NSF has organized a two-hour webcast, "Meet a Scientist or Engineer," April 29. Available to the media, it will feature the nation's top scientists at several sites taking questions from middle school students. David Heil, formerly the host of Newton's Apple, will moderate. OSTP Director John Marburger and NSF Director Rita Colwell will co-host.

Media may attend the session in person at the Alliance Center for Collaboration Education Science and Software (ACCESS), adjacent to the NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA or on-line at:

Scientists and students will gather at four sites:

In addition to the April 29 event, NSF and Syracuse University's Information Institute of Syracuse will host a week-long Website for "Ask a Scientist or Engineer," inviting students, parents, teachers and others to ask questions of the experts via e-mail. The address for the site is

Who: John Marburger, President's science advisor and director of OSTP, Executive Office of the President Rita Colwell, NSF director David Heil, formerly the host of Newton's Apple

What: Global Science & Technology Week kick-off event, "Meet a Scientist or Engineer"

When: Monday, April 29 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: ACCESS Center, 900 Stuart St., Arlington, VA

Reporters wishing to attend are asked to pre-register.

For more information, registration or directions contact: William Harms or Bill Noxon 703-292-8070;;

Other GSTW events include: is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to