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Sally Ride to speak April 8 at Baker Hall

Sally Ride

Sally Ride, the first-ever American woman to travel into space, will speak at Baker Hall on April 8 at 8 p.m. as part of the College of Education’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tickets will go on sale today, January 21 at the Zoellner Arts Center box office and over the phone at (610) 758-2787. They are available to the general public for either $10 (balcony) or $15 (orchestra and grand tier). While admittance is free for all Lehigh faculty, staff and students with ID, tickets are still required in order to enter the hall.

Ride’s presentation, titled “Reach for the Stars,” will discuss her rise through the NASA program and how she currently supports young women to pursue careers in math, science and technology. In her nine years with NASA, Dr. Ride worked in mission control on shuttle missions, flew on the space shuttle Challenger twice, and headed a study of NASA's mission options and future.

“We are honored to have Dr. Ride visit us here at Lehigh,” says J. Gary Lutz, interim dean of the College of Education. “She’s an inspirational role model for young women, and her enthusiasm for science education has helped put the spotlight on an issue that is critically important in today's world.”

Ride has long been an advocate for improving science education and is the founder and CEO of Sally Ride Science, an organization dedicated to developing innovative science programs for today’s youth.

Retired from NASA, Ride has been a professor of physics at the University of California-San Diego and has authored five science books geared towards children. She has also been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame.

For more information about Ride’s speech or about the Distinguished Lecture Series, contact Tamara Palmer at the College of Education at (610) 758-3226.

--Tom Yencho

Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008

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