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first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: [email protected] Former NASA scientist to speak at Rice’s Baker InstituteFormer NASA scientist James Head III will reflect on 35 years of U.S.-Russian space science cooperation and lessons for the future at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 5.The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm. Head convenes the Vernadsky Institute/Brown University microsymposia on planetary science and related issues, held twice yearly in Moscow and Houston. He has served as an investigator with NASA and Russian space missions, including the Soviet Venera 15 and 16 and Phobos missions; the U.S. Magellan, Galileo and Mars Surveyor missions; and the Russian Mars 96 mission.Head, who is the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at Brown, studies the processes that form and modify the surfaces, crusts and lithospheres of planets; how these processes vary with time; and how they preserve the historical record of planets. He also has researched volcanism, tectonism and glaciation and participated in field studies in Hawaii and at Mount St. Helens in Washington, as well as on volcanic deposits on seafloor dives and in the Antarctic Dry Valleys.Head came to Brown from NASA, where he analyzed potential landing sites, studied lunar samples and data and trained Apollo astronauts.For more information, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/a-presentation-by-james-head-iii-ph.d. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at [email protected] or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more