List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2005-02-08

    Internal Reform in Iran: Roots and Prospects

    Boston Tuesday - February 8, 2005     05:59 AM

    In the 100th anniversary of Iranian constitutional revolution, the Carr center presents a pannel including:

    Janet Aafary, Professor of History, Purdue University
    Mehrangiz Kar, Iranian lawyer and women's rights activist
    Christopher de Bellaigue, Economist correspondent in Iran

    Moderated by:
    Michael Ignatieff, Professor of the Practice of Human Rights and Director of Carr Center for
    Human Rights Policy

    When: Thursday February 10th, 2005
    Time: 6-7:30 PM
    Where: Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Wiener auditorium (Taubman bldng,
    ground flr). 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138. See map below:

    Free and open to public

    SIP presents Dr. Firouz Naderi NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Manager

    Bay Area - South Bay Tuesday - February 8, 2005     03:12 PM

    Society of Iranian Professionals proudly presents

    Is there life on Mars?

    The story behind the landings and findings

    of the Mars Exploration Rovers -- Spirit and Opportunity.

    Date and Time: Friday, February 04, 2005, 7:00 PM

    Place: Sheraton Hotel Sunnyvale, Faz Ballroom

    1108 N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale, Ca, 94089

    For more information please go to

    Dr. Naderi’s lecture is aimed at taking a fascinating but complex technical subject and transforming it into an audiovisual experience that the general public can enjoy, learn from and hopefully be inspired by. Parents often bring their middle school and high school kids with them.

    Dr. Firouz Naderi
    NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Manager

    Dr. Naderi has spent the last decade managing NASA programs in pursuit of a most fundamental question – are we alone in the universe? The contribution our civilization makes to answering this question, he says, will be the legacy for which we will be remembered even centuries from now after transient issues of today are long forgotten.

    Currently he is the head of the Mars Exploration Program at JPL. The program has the goal of determining if Mars is, or if it ever was, a habitat for life. In the summer of 2000, he helped design this program, which will see one or more spacecraft launched to Mars every 26 months. During his tenure, three successful missions have orbited or landed on Mars including the two recent Mars rovers – Spirit and Opportunity.

    Prior to becoming the head of the Mars program he spent four years as the program manager of the Origins Program—NASA’s ambitious plan to search for other Earths around other Suns.

    Dr. Naderi who received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), has been with JPL for 25 years a career which spans program and project management for satellite communications systems, Earth remote sensing observatories, astrophysical observatories and planetary systems. He is the recipient of a number of individual and group awards including Technology Hall of Fame medal, the NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, and this year’s Liberal Prize winner awarded by an Italian foundation to an international personality who has “contributed profound changes in ideas in modern times”.

    Tickets none-members $15.00, Members $10.00, Students $5.00

    Online purchase at

    Event information 408-605-5591
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