Posts Tagged ‘EKU’

Astronaut talk

Area middle schoolers will talk to NASA space station astronaut at Jan. 11 EKU/KET partnership event

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Update 1/14: Watch the entire NASA conversation online right now!

Eastern Kentucky University, KET and NASA are helping to make a dream come true for 23 area students who will talk with Tom Marshburn, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. KET will air the Jan. 11 conversation live on air and online beginning at 9:40/8:40 a.m. on KET and at

One hundred and sixty middle-school students from EKU’s service area were chosen from 46 schools to participate in the NASA downlink event.

KET is significantly extending the reach and excitement of this event by bringing it into classrooms throughout Kentucky. KET will also make the downlink session available for viewing anytime through its online resources for teachers and students and will produce digital learning resources.

“We look forward to partnering with EKU and NASA to bring this exciting event to students across the state,” said Shae Hopkins, executive director and CEO of KET. “Space exploration continues to inspire young minds and kindle an interest in science and technology. This will be an incredible opportunity for Kentucky students to learn directly from those astronauts conducting the latest pioneering studies.”

For more information on this partnership, click here.

Storm Recovery: Special Report

Tonight Gov. Steve Beshear, other state officials and experts discuss Kentucky storm damage and recovery

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

So many communities and families were devastated by last week’s storms, and as the Commonwealth’s only statewide network, KET serves all Kentuckians in good times and in bad. Tonight we bring you Storm Recovery: Special Report at 7/6 pm CT on KET.

During this discussion, Gov. Steve Beshear, Sen. Tom Jensen (R-London), Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger), Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Robert Stivers, two regional emergency response officials, and a school psychologist will be among those discussing the statewide damage from last week’s severe weather, current aid and recovery efforts, and more.

Studio guests include: Brigadier General John Heltzel, director of Kentucky’s Division of Emergency Management; Libby Turner, Region IV Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA; and Dan Florell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School Psychology Program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Beshear, Jensen, Koenig and Stivers will join the discussion from Frankfort.

In addition, today KET will launch an online storm recovery educational toolkit, a resource for parents and educators trying to help children cope with last week’s disaster.

Resources will include, among other items: how to help children interpret what they see and hear in the media; how to discuss this type of situation in terms children can understand; information on how to prepare for a natural disaster; and episodes of popular PBS children’s programs, such as Sesame Street, that deal specifically with recovering from a natural disaster.

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