NASAS Chief Scientist to Speak at Riderwood on November 3; RSVP Now to Attend

Public is Invited to Attend "Science & Exploration in the 21st Century," A Free November 3 Riderwood Lecture by Waleed Abdalati, Ph.D., NASA Chief Scientist SILVER SPRING, MD (October 26, 2011) -- The public is invited to attend "Science  & Exploration in the 21st Century," a free lecture by Waleed Abdalati, Ph.D., NASA Chief Scientist, on Thursday, November 3, at 7 p.m. in Riderwood retirement community's Encore Theater, 3140 Gracefield Road Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Abdalati's lecture is offered as part of Riderwood's Science & Technology Lecture Series. To RSVP please email Becky Hedin:beckyh12@comcast.net . Dr. Waleed Abdalati has been NASA Chief Scientist since January 2011. Abdalati was named to this position byNASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Abdalati previously served NASA as Head of Cryospheric Sciences atGoddard Space Flight Center between January 2004 and June 2008. Abdalati earned a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Syracuse University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1986[3], and later completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado, where he received a M.Sc. in 1991 from the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and a Ph.D. in 1996 from the Department of Geography. In his doctoral research, Abdalati developed an algorithm to use the ratio of two microwave bands of the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) sensor aboard Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) vehicles to remotely detect changes in the spatial extent of the Greenland ice sheet experiencing melt each year.