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Hidden Figures No More! Heroines of Space Science Past, Present, and Future

Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Hidden Figures revealed hidden heroines in the history of space science. Through their curiosity, tenacity, and courage, these women helped send rockets into space and solve the mysteries of planets, stars, galaxies, and beyond. Join this exciting conversation with scientists, astronauts, and other luminaries who broke down barriers in a male-dominated discipline, as they reflect on the many pivotal but unsung figures of space science, assess the cutting-edge of space exploration initiatives across the globe, and envision the essential role for women in the coming era of discovery.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.


Lynn SherrBroadcast Journalist, Author

Award-winning broadcaster and author Lynn Sherr spent more than thirty years with ABC News, covering a wide range of stories—from women’s issues and social change to investigative reports, politics and the space program—at 20/20 and World News.

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Yvonne CagleAstronaut

Dr. Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and Physician. In 2008, she retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996. In 2005, Dr. Cagle was assigned to the NASA/ARC as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Partnerships.

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Cassie Kloberdanz LeeEngineer

Cassie Lee is the Director of Aerospace at Vulcan, Inc. where she leads the development of innovative space solutions in support of Paul G. Allen’s philanthropic initiatives.

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Lesa RoeDeputy Administrator (Acting) and Deputy Associate Administrator

Lesa Roe is the Acting Deputy Administrator and Deputy Associate Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Ellen StofanSpace Scientist

Dr. Ellen Stofan was the NASA chief scientist (2013-2016), serving as principal advisor on the agency’s science programs. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research and an honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London in England.

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