ECWG September 19, 2015 evening with Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, MED 81

ECWG members and guests enjoyed an evening with Dr Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA, on Saturday the 19th (2015) at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

“Looking at Earth: From Astronaut Photos to Environmental Intelligence”

First American woman to walk in space.

First American woman to walk in space.

Distinguished scientist and renowned astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has made a living out of looking at Earth. As the current Under Secretary of Commerce for  Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sullivan champions the study of our planet for the betterment of our nation and the global community. Dr. Sullivan will speak to her fascination with exploration, including the 1984 shuttle mission on which she became the first American woman to walk in space and her current work leading the nation’s premier environmental intelligence agency.

About Our Speaker:

From a Million Miles Away, a joint NASA, NOAA, & USAF project: Moon Crossing Face of Earth.

From a Million Miles Away, a joint NASA, NOAA, & USAF project: Moon Crossing Face of Earth.

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, MED 81 oceanographer and former astronaut, is NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) first assistant secretary for environmental observation and predication (May 3, 2011). Dr. Sullivan oversees NOAA’s integrated earth observation and environmental modeling enterprise and the descriptive and predictive services that rely on this enterprise.

 

 

Dr. Sullivan previously served as NOAA’s chief scientist from 1993-1996, overseeing a wide variety of research programs. After leaving NOAA in 1996 she served as president and CEO of Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio, and promoted scientific education through the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy at the Ohio State University’s John Glenn Center for Public Affairs.

Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan during spacewalk, October, 1084.

Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan during spacewalk, October, 1084.

As an astronaut in the space shuttle program, Dr. Sullivan flew on three shuttle missions, including the mission that launched the Hubble Space Telescope. Her NASA research focus was in remote sensing, and she was the co-investigator on several innovative earth observation experiments.In 1984 Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.

 

 

Jason-2 satellite measures sea surface height for determining ocean circulation, sea level rise, and wave height.

Jason-2 satellite measures sea surface height for determining ocean circulation, sea level rise, and wave height.

Dr. Sullivan was appointed a member of the National Science Board in November 2004, and served on the Pew Oceans Commission, whose report, “America’s Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change” remains an important ocean policy reference. She remains active in professional organization in both the oceanographic and aerospace communities.

 

Dr. Sullivan earned her doctorate in geology from Dalhouise University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1978, and her bachelor of science degree in Earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1973. She has been honored with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, and is a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

When:     Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Time:      6:00 – 9:00 PM
Where:   Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Cost:       $55 per person for set meal
RSVP:     Bill Runyon
1812 19th St.NW, Washington, DC 20009
bill.runyon@verizon.net 917 744-4210
RSVP no later than: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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No cancellations will be accepted after Tuesday evening, September 15, 2015
Forthcoming 2015 ECWG Dinners at the Cosmos Club: November 21, December 5.

Explorer Club Washington Group website:  www.explorersclubdc.com

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