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UWS hosts Wisconsin's annual space conference

The University of Wisconsin-Superior this week plays host to aerospace-minded educators and students throughout the state for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium's 17th annual conference.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior this week plays host to aerospace-minded educators and students throughout the state for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium's 17th annual conference.

It brings together the organization's grant recipients to give presentations about their work. The consortium is a partnership between NASA and organizations throughout Wisconsin that helps people from educational, business and nonprofit groups obtain the tools, connections and resources they need to help the state's aerospace community.

About 150 conference attendees arrived in Superior on Wednesday before the main event begins this morning at Rothwell Student Center.

This is the first time UWS has hosted the event, although the university has been a member of the organization for five years, said Eldon Eagle, a senior. Almost every university in Wisconsin will be represented. Research presentations will be delivered by professors who received grant money through the consortium. Student researchers also will present poster session talks on their own research projects.

Both days begin with a keynote address by NASA research scientist Bryan Palaszewski. The scientist is scheduled to speak today about NASA strategies and international cooperation. On Friday, he will speak about the mission to Mars.

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Superior-born astronaut Col. Jeffery Williams, who grew up in Winter, was set to give today's talk but cancelled because of illness. The keynote talks are followed by research presentations covering astronomy, physics, chemistry, student programs, education and outreach.

No local students or faculty are presenting, but having the conference at UWS could spark students' interest in getting involved in the future, Eagle said.

Students in the UWS transportation logistics management program are involved in planning and coordinating the affair. Professor Richard Stewart, director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center, will deliver introductions for the presenters.

The conference is only open to the public through registration. None of the events are free except Palaszewski's address this morning to children from local youth organizations.

Registration is still available for the conference and the youth talk. More information is available online at www2.uwsuper.edu/trans/ and by phone at 394-8254.

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