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International Ultraviolet Association Co-Sponsors NASA Space Science Day for STEM Students and Educators

October 1, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC

The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) is partnering with NASA Johnson Space Center's Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Educational group for a Space Science Day. The event is free with advanced registration required. Teachers may register online and download sign up sheets for classes. Students may also register online. Space Science Day will be held at the Blackburn Center at Howard University in Washington D.C. Students will attend on November 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Teacher Resources and Learning will occur on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Charlie Galindo, NASA lead scientist, says, "This collaboration brings an experiential learning program, NASA Space Science Days, to the DC metropolitan area. It exposes local high school students and teachers to NASA hands on activities designed to ask scientific questions and find the answers by combining science and engineering activities. Teachers will also receive certification to borrow lunar and meteorite education disks to use in their classroom."

The IUVA is working closely with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) students in high school and college. Deborah Martinez, Executive Director of the IUVA says, "The IUVA presents educational seminars for STEM students to discover the ever evolving options becoming available in their respective fields."

The IUVA was recently spotlighted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, which focuses on minority advancement in education. Students from diverse ethnic and socio economic backgrounds who show promise in STEM fields are encouraged to pursue their educational and career objectives with the help of IUVA's worldwide membership.

Another IUVA educational initiative is a recent partnership with, a national organization that matches mentors to students. "My vision is to build a program with them that emphasizes UV technologies and its applications in water and wastewater disinfection, cleaning air and water for aquatics. These are exciting, well-paying jobs that utilize cutting edge technology, with even more possibilities opening in the future," said Martinez.

IUVA's mission is to advance the science, engineering and applications of ultraviolet technologies to enhance the quality of human life and to protect the environment. Founded in 1999, it is a 501(c)3 educational association of more than 500 members in 35 countries. IUVA is recognized as the leading knowledge-base and voice for UV technologies through its varied conferences and programs. Visit

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