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Azadeh Tabazedeh

Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association will present another in its Insights Series with "The Sky Detective, a Journey from Oppression to Fulfillment" with Azadeh Tabazedeh.

The free event will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Oak Tree Country Club in Bear Valley Springs.

Escape from Iran

Tabazadeh will speak about her childhood in pre-Islamic-revolutionary Iran, where her love of chemistry propelled her ambitions for a career in science. Following the rise of the theocratic Islamic autocracy in the late 1970s, opportunities for women in Iranian society largely evaporated.

Tabazadeh, along with her younger brother, chose to escape to America, where her dreams could be fulfilled. The "Sky Detective" chronicles the events and circumstances that led her — as a teenager — along a perilous path, across deserts and oceans, sometimes in the hands of smugglers, to achieve her objectives. She will discuss that journey, its life lessons and her rewarding career as a scientist, educator and writer. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers.

The "Sky Detective" will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

About the speaker

Tabazadeh is an award-winning chemist and atmospheric scientist who earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA while studying the stratospheric ozone hole. She has been honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, presented to her at the White House; the award included a five-year $500,000 research stipend.

As an outstanding young scientist, she had received the prestigious Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union. Among her professional work, she has been a senior research scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at the NASA Ames Research Center, and a professor of geophysics at Stanford University.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served and wine will be available for purchase. Reservations are required and can be mailed by emailing Lsturco1@gmail.com or by calling 310-739-3772.