Chief scientist at NOAA is keynote presenter at Bryant’s Research and Engagement Day
March 30th, 2012
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Kathryn D. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, will discuss earth observation and prediction and her experiences as a scientist, astronaut and explorer at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Bryant University's Janikies Theater, 1150 Douglas Pike.
Dr. Sullivan's presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of Bryant University's second annual Research and Engagement Day, known as REDay. Classes are canceled through 5 p.m. so that faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as industry and community partners associated with Bryant can participate in a daylong showcase of research, creativity and innovative academic accomplishments.
Sullivan says she is drawn to outer space and under sea, "realms where, by rights, us soft-bodied critters have no business being." She also is fascinated by the technology that enables humans to be at home in each of these worlds. "I marvel at the ability of clever, creative, curious people to muster technology to let us take ourselves and our intellects to exotic and crazy places," she told an audience in 2008.
One of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978, Sullivan flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. She currently is assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sullivan also serves as NOAA's acting chief scientist.
Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Canada.