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MEDIA ADVISORY: Impact of Technology and Globalization on the Future of Our Nation: A Look at Driving Forces


Contact: Heather Cameron
(510) 642-9437

Who: Daniel S. Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  
WHAT: A talk for students and faculty entitled "Impact of Technology and Globalization on the Future of Our Nation: A Look at Driving Forces." A short question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.  
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  
WHERE: The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. The school is located at 2607 Hearst Avenue.  
BACKGROUND: In his seven years as NASA's Administrator, Daniel Goldin has initiated a revolution to transform America's aeronautics and space program. Despite lower budgets, his "faster, better, cheaper" approach has enabled the agency to deliver programs of high value to the American public without sacrificing safety. Vice President Al Gore calls Goldin "the most impressive NASA administrator I have ever worked with. He has unparalleled understanding of the fine details of our space program and is an untiring and eloquent advocate of our national space policy."

"Defense Business," which named Goldin among the world's top 40 most influential defense-industry leaders, said he "has tightened the workforce, introduced a stunning array of new missions, including information-gathering journeys to the Moon and Mars, and become the major player in the embryonic International Space Station."

Nowhere has Goldin's vision been more evident than in his comprehensive strategy for space exploration. He initiated the Origins Program to understand how the universe has evolved, to learn how life began on Earth and to see if life exists elsewhere. He led a rescue plan for the successful installation of a "contact lens" on the Hubble Space Telescope, leading to startling discoveries of the cosmos. Goldin has challenged Origins planners to search for Earth-like planets within 100 light years of our planet. He also has laid the foundation to complete the first scientific census of the solar system and to send the first probe into interstellar space.