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NASA Scientist Rockets SUU into Space

Published: January 16, 2014 | Category: Special Events

In an unworldly lecture, Kathryn Clark, NASA’s chief scientist for human exploration and the international science program, will give Southern Utah University’s Convocation Lecture Series a celestial view Tuesday, January 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall located within the Hunter Conference Center.  

Coming down from space, Clark will speak on her experiences in NASA with a presentation titled Find it, Fix It, Fly It: NASA Leadership and Disasters. With a master’s degree and Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology, Clark’s expertise is human movement and neuromuscular development.

With her lecture Clark hopes to rid the perception of space as an episode of Star Trek and more of a reality. In a past interview with the University of Michigan, Clark spoke of her research on the space station, “Space science looks at the universe and it gives us an understanding of our origins. Space science also tells us more and more about our future as the scope of research expands.”

Bringing an astronomical view to SUU’s campus, Clark is a perfect fit for the celebrated Convocation Lecture Series.

A 30-year-old program, the Lecture Series regularly feature top scholars, musicians, philosophers, scientists, educators, authors, and activists, with the goal to increase understanding and opportunity for personal, academic and professional growth across the University and the region. Each unique presentation brings a new world perspective to the public’s consideration and seeks to both educate and inspire.

Diving deeper into the world of science, the Convocation Lecture Series will next be hosting National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Sylvia Earle on February 18.

The series generally runs every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, unless otherwise noted. To see a full schedule of Convocation lectures, visit SUU Convocations.

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