First Female Astronaut To Speak on Fairfax Campus

Posted: May 6, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Joseph J. Urban, III

Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, will be the keynote speaker at the National Capital Science Festival, hosted by George Mason at the Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus on Saturday, May 11. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and will coincide with a street fair on the plaza between the Concert Hall and Mason Hall.

The festival offers 23 discovery workshops for young girls and three lectures for adults. The adult lectures cover topics on gender equity, hands-on family science, and preparing your daughter for college. Many George Mason professors will be speaking to the girls at various workshops. The festival is organized by Thomas Hennessey of the President’s Office, Sheryl Beach of the Provost’s Office, and the Sally Ride Science Club.

“The faculty gave us a warm reception when we introduced the concept. The response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive. I’m very proud of our Mason faculty and administrators for this response and for how deeply they care about this issue,” says Beach.

The last day to preregister for the festival is Thursday, May 9, and on-site registration begins at 8 a.m. on May 11. Advance registration is $15; on-site registration is $20. To register online, visit the Sally Ride Festival web site.

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