Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dr. Sally Ride 1951-2012

The California Space Grant Consortium is saddened with the passing of Dr. Sally K. Ride July 23, 2012, after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Ride was the first American woman in space, with flights as mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983 and 1984. She served as Director of the California Space Institute, a University of California research unit which was the lead organization for the California Space Grant Consortium. While there, she created EarthKAM, a NASA program involving middle school students shooting and analyzing photos of Earth from cameras on board the International Space Station, inspiring students in space sciences, geography, and mathematics. In 2001 Dr. Ride formed Sally Ride Science, an educational outreach organization, to pursue her passion of inspiring and engaging children into Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Through her stellar achievements and grassroots educational outreach efforts, Dr. Ride has served as a role model for women of all ages to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars.

For a timeline of Dr. Ride’s life and career, please click here. For a biography, please click here.

2012 NASA Academy Interns

The California Space Grant Consortium provided scholarships to nine students for NASA Academy internships this summer (2012):

  • Samira Motiwala (NASA Glenn Research Center)
  • Javier Gonzalez-Rocha (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center)
  • Steffi Valkov (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center)
  • Meagan Sung (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Michael McCormack (NASA Langley Research Center)
  • Tanya Das (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Guadalupe Banales (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Guillermo “Willie” Costa (NASA Ames Research Center)
  • Ivan Lucatero (NASA Ames Research Center).

These students are applying classroom knowledge to exciting real-world projects, gaining experience far beyond any classroom. Through NASA Academy, our students become leaders with a deeper understanding of NASA objectives and outstanding real-world aerospace expertise.

For photos and personal statements, click here.

Women in Engineering: My Daughter is an Engineer

To increase diversity in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the California Space Grant Consortium supported this summer’s “My Daughter is an Engineer” program, July 6-8, 2012. This program is designed for high-performing middle school girls to explore the field of engineering. This year, the program had its highest participation yet with 19 parent-daughter pairs.

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