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Women in Science Wednesday at Smithsonian
Career Girls Astronaut
Career Girls Dr. Ellen Ochoa
Watch Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., the first Latina astronaut and the current Deputy Director of NASA Johnson Space Center discuss her experiences during four space shuttle missions. She gives us an insiders view of life as an astronaut; from traveling at speeds over 17,000 miles per hour, watching instant sunrises, photographing the earth, living without gravity and performing experiments and space walks.
Career girls Physicist
Watch Donna Stokes, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Physics at Houston University, share how she uses her childhood love of solving puzzles in conducting her laboratory research in physics. On one project, she recalls the excitement of being at NASA’s Johnson Space Center working with astronauts as they performed experiments growing semiconductor crystals in outer space. As a college professor she advises young students that they will enter college with a big advantage if they hone their math and critical thinking skills as early as possible.
Career Girls Astronomer
Watch Grace Wolf Chase, Ph.D., Astronomer at Adler Planetarium and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, discuss her very cool career of studying planets, stars and outer space. We learn why her favorite star is “Antares” and how childhood visits to New York’s Museum of Natural History and watching “Star Trek”, sparked a lifelong passion for space research. She shares how anyone at home or in school can join the Milky Way Project online and help other scientists inspect amazingly beautiful infrared telescope images.
Biographies about Women in STEM in the MTSU Library