National Tribute to Sally Ride Salute to Women in Science

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Conversation about Sally Ride, Her Legacy in Education and the Future of Women in Science:
What can we do to encourage interest among young women and under-represented minorities in science and technology and related careers

Friday, May 17, 2013
10:30 am to 12 noon
Moving Beyond Earth Gallery
The National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC


In a panel program at the nation's Air and Space Museum, prominent journalists and leading women in science will talk about the accomplishments of America's first woman astronaut in space, Dr. Sally Ride.

The conversation among the panelists will center on Sally's historic mission and how she opened doors for more women to enter the space program. Panelists will discuss how NASA changed its astronaut training program from recruiting male fighter pilots to recruiting scientists and women. From there, the panel will look to the future of women in science, starting with a discussion of Sally’s vision of inspiring more students – especially girls and under-represented minorities – to pursue careers in science and her impact on STEM education.

Panel program:

A panel of journalists and women in science will discuss these topics advancing the National Tribute to Sally Ride to be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Monday, May 20.


Tom Costello, Moderator, NBC News
Dan Vergano, Chief Science Writer, USA Today
Margaret Weitekamp, Curator, National Air & Space Museum
Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center


Members of the public, members of the press, invited guests of NASA, the Smithsonian and Sally Ride Science, teachers, educators and students