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International Space University Presents STEM Education Lecture June 7

MELBOURNE, Florida —Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, associate administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.,, will deliver a free lecture at Florida Institute of Technology on Thursday, June 7, 2012. His talk, of special interest to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers, is in conjunction with International Space University, which opened its 25th Space Studies Program (ISU/SSP12) at the university and Kennedy Space Center on June 4, 2012. The program runs through August 3, 2012.

Melvin will lecture on STEM and space at 3 p.m. in the F.W. Olin Engineering Building, Room 118. He will address the STEM/ISU students of Florida Tech University Professor Guy Boy.

An engineer, Melvin was selected as an astronaut in 1998 and served aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on two missions, in 2008 and 2009, as a mission specialist. He was also assigned to the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations Branch prior to his current position. He has traveled across the country discussing space exploration with teachers and students, and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Melvin will remain in the room until 5:30 p.m. to discuss education at NASA and the future of STEM education globally.

Approximately 130 post-graduate university students from 31 countries are attending the two-month 2012 ISU/SSP to learn about all aspects of space programs and enterprises. Public Invited

Also open to the public are the TEDx TED Talks on July 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at Florida Tech. Details are available on this and other public events at

For information on the June 7 lecture, contact Delilah Caballero at (321) 209-4960 or

For more information on ISU/SSP contact Caroline Schwob at

Register for TEDxISU at

For ISU/SSP12 general information, visit

About International Space University Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Strasbourg, France, ISU is the world’s leading international space education institution. It is supported by the world’s leading space agencies and aerospace organizations. All ISU programs are taught at the graduate level and are dedicated to promoting international, interdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation in space activities. ISU also offers two master’s programs (M.Sc. in Space Studies and M.Sc. in Space Management) as well as an Executive MBA and executive programs.

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