Prof. Ashot Chilingarian

CYSCA, NAASR, MIT Armenian Society to Present Panel on Climate Change


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA), along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Armenian Society and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) announces a panel discussion on lightning, climate change and other exciting scientific challenges.

This event is being held as part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival on Monday, April 17, 7-9 p.m. at MIT Building E51, Room 315, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. The moderator will be Mike Wankum, meteorologist, WCVB-Channel 5 Boston.

The panel of scientists will consist of Prof. Ashot Chilingarian, director of the Yerevan Physics Institute and head of its Cosmic Ray Division (CRD) in Yerevan, who has been invited to Cambridge specifically for this event. The five other panelists will include: Dr. Areg Danagoulian, assistant professor, nuclear science and engineering at MIT; Dr. Joseph Dwyer, professor and holder of the Peter T. Paul Chair in Space Sciences, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Bagrat Mailyan, from the Cosmic Ray Division in Armenia and the Geospace Physics Laboratory, Florida Institute of Technology; Dr. Ningyu Liu, associate professor, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire; and Dr. Earle R. Williams, research scientist at MIT whose studies include physical meteorology, cloud microphysics, radar meteorology, and volcanology.

The discussion is intended for the general public and will explain recent research topics dealing with atmospheric physics, thunderstorms, lightning initiation, and the influence of powerful solar storms on the near-earth environment. Much of this research is intended to allow prediction of dangerous weather events such as lightning, hail storms, radiation storms, and geomagnetic storms; all of which can cause immense physical and economic damage.

Admission is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be provided after the program.  For questions or more details, contact Alisa Stepanian at

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