PRESS RELEASE — Thursday, September 13, 2012
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D4K Opens 14th Season With Show on ‘Galaxies’

— Airs Tuesday, September 18, at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT

Dr. Amber Straughn, a NASA research astrophysicist and the deputy project scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Education and Public Outreach, will join host Joan Cartan-Hansen to answer questions about space, galaxies and the Webb Telescope when D4K begins its 14th season next week.

Galaxies airs Tuesday, September 18, at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT. D4K also starts the season with a few format changes. All shows will be taped, which will preclude live phone calls and Tweets. “However, the heart of the show will remain the same, and students will still be able to submit questions online to our guest scientists,” says Cartan-Hansen. “We will still take questions in advance via email, and now students will also be able to use their smart phones and webcams to submit video questions. Also, part of the show’s new approach is to provide teachers in the state with a video camera so they can record their students’ questions and submit them to the show.”

The award-winning, IdahoPTV-produced science program for grade-school students airs the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT during the academic year. Scientists from various fields join Cartan-Hansen to share their expertise.

The D4K website ( provides educational materials throughout the year. Students can access more information and facts about each topic, links, reading lists and a glossary. They can download video shorts, full episodes, and special D4K Web-exclusive programming.