NYWiSTEM Series: Perspectives in STEM with Dr. Laurie Leshin

NYWiSTEM Series: Perspectives in STEM with Dr. Laurie Leshin

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences

Join us for the first in the NYWiSTEM Series “Perspectives in STEM” as Dr. Laurie Leshin of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) discusses her illustrious career in science and technology.

Grow a New STEM: One Woman’s Walk of Discovery on Earth and Mars

Our nation’s future prosperity is fundamentally linked to our ability to invent and innovate our way to a better world. Innovation drives the world of STEM, and therefore, a healthy STEM ecosystem is critical to our future prosperity. In this presentation, Dr. Leshin will discuss the importance of asking inspiring questions that are almost impossible to answer as a means to drive innovation, and the absolute need to engage intellects from all backgrounds to seek answers and solutions. She will reflect on her own experience as an academic leader, a NASA executive, and an astrobiologist to frame a discussion of the importance of a thriving community of innovators. And she might just share the latest results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover!

Dr. Leshin’s seminar will be followed by a question and answer session.


Laurie Leshin, PhD

Dean of Science, RPI

Dr. Laurie Leshin is Dean of the School of Science at RPI where she leads the scientific academic and research enterprise in the School. Prior to joining Rensselaer, she held several senior executive roles including the Deputy Head of the future Human Spaceflight Program at NASA Headquarters, and Deputy Director for Science and Technology of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Before joining NASA, Dr. Leshin was a Chaired Professor of Geological Sciences, and Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.

Dr. Leshin received her PhD in Geochemistry from Caltech. Her scientific expertise is in cosmochemistry and planetary science. Dr. Leshin is a member of the science team for the Mars Curiosity rover mission, currently roaming the surface of Mars.

Dr. Leshin has received many honors for her contributions to space science and exploration. In 2004, she served on President Bush’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, a nine-member commission charged with advising the President on the execution of his new Vision Space Exploration. She received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2004 for this work, and the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2011 for her work at NASA. This year, President Obama appointed her to the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. And, the International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science with the naming of asteroid 4922 Leshin.

*Coffee and cookie reception to follow.

Registration and Webinar Pricing

Member $0
Student/Postdoc Member $0
Nonmember $5
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow) $5

Register on the NYAS webpage at: http://www.nyas.org/events/Detail.aspx?cid=6ae4dcfb-fea7-400d-b306-07fc1f82d61d


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