FLATs: A Congressional Gold Medal

December 7, 2018: At the dawn of the space age, a curious doctor wondered if women could withstand the harsh conditions of space as well as men. The First Lady Astronaut Trainees (commonly known as “The Mercury 13”) were tested at Dr. Lovelace’s clinic in the early 1960s and their story continues today. I first . . . → Read More: FLATs: A Congressional Gold Medal

#ACEAP2018: Adventures in Astronomy – Chile Style

November 6, 2018: As a member of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program, I had the privilege of traveling with eight other educators to Chile in June. We toured the NSF-funded telescopes at Cerro Tololo (near the coastal town of La Serena) and the radio dishes of ALMA (near the desert town of San . . . → Read More: #ACEAP2018: Adventures in Astronomy – Chile Style

35 Years Since Sally Rode…

June 25, 2018: On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American female astronaut, following in the space footsteps of Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982). Just three years later, 10 women had flown in space, and in early 1986, Judy Resnick (a classmate of Sally’s) and Christa McAuliffe (the first teacher . . . → Read More: 35 Years Since Sally Rode…

Eyes on the Skies: Zonta’s AE Fellowship

June 29, 2017: One of the highlights of my graduate student career was receiving a Zonta Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowship, which supports women pursuing doctoral degrees in the fields of aerospace science or aerospace engineering. Partly as a result of this award, I now belong to a select group of women throughout the world . . . → Read More: Eyes on the Skies: Zonta’s AE Fellowship