The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the James Webb Auditorium in the agency’s headquarters in Washington DC on Thursday, October 12, 2017, with a discussion of the contributions of Hispanics to NASA’s mission and the importance of Hispanic representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
Opening remarks will be delivered via video from Dr. Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the first Hispanic woman in space.
The event features a panel moderated by Elvis Cordova, former acting under secretary for the US Department of Agriculture, which will discuss increasing Hispanic participation in the STEM fields. The panelists are:
- Dr. Marla Perez Davis, deputy center director, NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
- Sandra Cauffman, Earth Science Division deputy director, NASA Headquarters
- Dr. Yaireska M. Collado-Vega, physical scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
- Marilé Colón Robles, education outreach coordinator, NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
- Dr. Carolina Aguirre, director, Reaching Rural STEM Students, University of New Mexico
- Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot will deliver closing remarks via recorded video.
¡Latinos STEM Up! is being hosted by NASA’s Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance (HOLA) and the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division (EODM).
Also planned for October 12, 2017, NASA TV will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 5:15am (EDT).
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Source: Grey Hautaluoma, NASA HQ