LFCC’s Scientific Society to Co-sponsor Lecture by Retired NASA Scientist on March 6

For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2009

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – The Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Scientific Society and the Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers are co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. George Ludwig, a retired NASA scientist and Winchester resident. The lecture, “Foundations of Radiation Belt Research,” will be held on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the William H. McCoy Special Events Center, located inside the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center on the Middletown Campus, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Ludwig will present information about his years of research and co-discovery of the Van Allen Radiation Belts, two belts surrounding Earth that are made up of charged particles and are held in place by Earth’s magnetic field. Ludwig will discuss how the Van Allen Radiation Belts were discovered, what information was collected about the composition of these belts and what understanding was gained regarding the physics of the processes involved.

During his career, Ludwig led U.S. interagency planning for the Global Change Research Program Data and Information System; directed earth, oceanic and atmospheric environmental research programs in many laboratories; led many of NASA’s space sciences and applications data processing facilities; managed a number of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite programs; and served as the principle builder of the early Explorer I, II, III and IV satellites.

For more information about the lecture, interested individuals may contact Bill Warren, associate professor of physics at LFCC, at [email protected] or 540-868-7178.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.