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Blind physicist Aziza Baccouche to give motivational talk tomorrow

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 16, 2011 – Physicist and accomplished science television producer Aziza Baccouche will speak Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in 1670 Litton-Reaves Hall.  Her motivational presentation, titled “Seeking Vision,” is designed to help change the general public’s perception and abilities of blind people.

Baccouche currently is president and CEO of AZIZA Productions, a science media production company she established in the year 2000.

While working on her Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics at the University of Maryland at College Park, Aziza received a Mass Media Science and Engineering fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was assigned to CNN’s science and technology unit in Atlanta. During her fellowship, she gained hands-on experience producing science news video segments which aired on CNN’s newscasts. This experience launched her career as a TV science producer and on-air correspondent.

Subsequent to her AAAS fellowship, Aziza continued to produce science news segments for CNN based out of its Washington, D.C., bureau.

After receiving her doctorate in physics in 2002, Aziza became a regular science producer and correspondent for Evening Exchange on Howard University Television, a PBS affiliate station.

Baccouche says she takes an active role in her company’s productions and is working on a personal television documentary.

Her visit is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Department of Physics, College of Science, Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.