American astronaut talks to students

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Linteris will give two public presentations Monday, February 25, at Ridgway Schools Conder Hall. The first multi-media slide show will be prepared primarily for elementary grade students, while the second is for middle school and high school students. Both presentations will include question and answer sessions with Linteris. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Ridgway School Board President Howard Butcher helped arrange Linteris' appearance in Ridgway. Butcher emphasized that the presentations are for all students in Ridgway and Ouray, and are open to the public. “We were looking for a motivational speaker who could make math and science exciting,” said Butcher. “Who better to accomplish this than an astronaut?”

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Linteris has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, a master's degree in mechanical design from Stanford University, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton. He is currently on the research staff at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

A specialist in combustion, Linteris has broad experience in energy and environmental research, with more than 100 scientific publications. He has lectured nationally and internationally on his research, and received numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. Working for NASA, Linteris has served as a payload specialist astronaut on two space shuttle missions and has spent 20 days in orbit around earth.

Both school boards have been invited to a joint meeting on March 4 at the Ouray School library, where the discussion topic would be 21st Century Skills, a unified, collective vision for 21st century learning that can be used to strengthen education.

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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills ( is a nationwide organization that brings together the business community, education leaders and policymakers to define a vision in education that will ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. The partnership encourages schools, districts and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education, and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change.

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