New Go For Launch! Event Manager

Go For Launch! Austin 2017

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Lone Star Series Event

Jul 10-12, 2017 - Austin, TX

Students Grades 8-college freshmen

Flyer graciously created & donated by:

Presenting Team

Gary Morris earned his Ph.D. in Space Physics & Astronomy from Rice University, worked as a post-doctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, then studied transport of air pollution from China to Japan on a Fulbright Scholar grant. He arrived at St. Ed’s in July 2014 as Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics, and is excited to bring Go For Launch! to Austin.

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Natalie’s love for weather actually flourished during her childhood years while living in a small town east of Orlando, Florida. During that time, she discovered a great interest in severe weather and hurricanes – a passion that held on tightly while growing up, even after leaving Florida and moving to Houston with her family in the late 90s. Natalie graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Environmental Science with an Atmospheric Science concentration, as well as a minor in Geology. It wasn’t until an internship at FOX 26 in Houston that Natalie decided to pursue her passion through broadcasting. Natalie joined the KXAN First Warning Weather Team in November 2015 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist & Reporter.

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Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as an Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally, she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA, and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller, and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation’s dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum, AIAA Associate Fellow, and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!

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Presented in Partnership With...

Lunar Colonists

Intergalactic Voyagers

Solar System Explorers

Earth Orbit Club

Contact Details

St. Edward’s University

3001 S Congress Ave

Austin, TX , 78704

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