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First American woman to walk in space to speak at Ohio University

October 15, 2003

ATHENS, Ohio – Dr. Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to perform a space walk, will address Ohio University faculty and students next Tuesday.

Her lecture, “Reaching for the Stars,” part of the Stocker Lecture Series sponsored by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the Robe Leadership Institute, will be held October 19, 7-8 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium on the West Green of Ohio University’s Athens Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sullivan is currently president and CEO of COSI Columbus, one of the nation's premiere science centers. A deep-sea oceanographer and three-time space shuttle astronaut, she will relate her experiences exploring these two great frontiers and give us glimpses of what new discoveries may lie ahead. She will also tell how her personal passion for learning led her to her current challenge, leading COSI into the future.

Sullivan was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2004 for her 14 years of work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, she is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Sullivan also has served as chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and received the National Science Board's Public Service Award for her lifelong commitment to science education. This fall, she received a Presidential nomination to be appointed a member of the National Science Board – her fourth Presidential nomination under four different administrations.

The Stocker Lecture Series is named for the late C. Paul Stocker, a 1926 Ohio University engineering graduate, and his wife, Beth.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.

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Media Contacts: Colleen Girton, Russ College Director of External Relations, 740.593.1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, 740.597.1793

 
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