Terri Sindelar Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

(Phone: 202/358-1977) RELEASE: 94-92

June 7, 1994

CHAPPELL NAMED TO WHITE HOUSE GLOBE PROJECT Dr. Charles R. (Rick) Chappell, the Associate Director for Science at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., has been named by the White House to serve a one-year assignment as the Deputy Director of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Chappell will lead NASA's participation in the GLOBE program and will serve as Special Assistant for Environmental Outreach reporting directly to the NASA Administrator. He will be assigned to the White House and together with the GLOBE Director, Thomas Pyke, Jr., will work on the design and implementation of the GLOBE program for the Vice President. "The GLOBE program is an innovative environmental education program envisioned by the Vice President. GLOBE will offer students around the world the opportunity to become active stewards of planet Earth," said NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "Rick Chappell is an outstanding scientist and manager, who throughout his 20 year career with NASA, has actively created education and outreach programs for the Agency," said Dr. France Cordova, NASA's Chief Scientist. "NASA is pleased to support Dr. Chappell's selection to serve on the GLOBE project." GLOBE is an environmental education program in which students and teachers from around the world will make environmental observations in their local communities. The environmental data

include observations about weather, water and air chemistry and quality, geological measurements and ecology. These measurements will be transmitted via a combination of ground and satellite networks and will be available to scientists studying global change. These measurements collected by students worldwide can contribute to NASA's Mission to Planet Earth Program, which together with NOAA's environmental satellites, will be a principal source of data on our changing environment. -more-2 Chappell has served as the Chief Scientist for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. He has directed research in solar terrestrial physics where he has authored more than 100 papers on the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere. He has held a variety of science management positions and trained as an alternate Payload Specialist for STS-45, the Atlas-1 mission that studied the changing Sun-Earth environment. Chappell is a magna cum laude graduate in physics from Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in space science from Rice University. The White House also today announced that Thomas Pyke, Jr., was named as the Director of the GLOBE program. Pyke currently is the Director of High Performance Computing and Communications for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. - end -