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Pioneers in Science: Ellen Stofan

Thursday, May 28, 2015
10:00 am - 11:15 am EST

Great minds inspire greatness. Our Pioneers in Science programs offer high school students a path toward greatness through rare opportunities to interact with world-renowned scientists. This year, students from around the globe got to engage with NASA chief scientist and leading planetary geologist Ellen Stofan. Stofan is one of the premier experts on the terrain of Titan, Venus, Mars, and Earth. During this intimate gathering, students asked Stofan about her career, her inspirations, and NASA’s science programs.

Photograph: Jon Smith


Bill RitterJournalist, TV Anchor, News Correspondent

Bill Ritter is a television news anchor and journalist. He began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter, for the Los Angeles Times and others, before moving into television. His work in local and national television has taken him to political conventions for almost 20 years.

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Ellen StofanPlanetary Geologist

Dr. Ellen Stofan is the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She comes to the Museum with more than 25 years of experience in space administration and planetary science. Dr. Stofan was previously Chief Scientist at NASA.

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