Archive for September, 2011

Behind the scenes

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Get an inside look on how Amy researches her gorillas.

Explanation of Site Content

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

This site is an aggregate of work submitted by students in a Freshman Seminar (FSEM 100 F8 Beauty and Brains–Women in the Sciences) during Fall 2011 at the University of Mary Washington.  These students investigated and wrote about the lives of these women scientists.  These posts are an attempt to share their knowledge and interests.  Students are exploring the lives of these women, their contributions, and the impact and challenges that being female had on their careers.  These posts should not be used as primary reference material for any academic work (e.g., class paper).   A bibliography of relevant sources is posted as a reference guide for others.

A test post for FSEMF8

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Here is what I wrote!

Perspectives of an Astronaut/Oceanographer

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Perspectives of an Astronaut/Oceanographer

Hey everyone! This post is to share this great video link on Sullivan’s perspectives as an astronaut, oceanographer, and educator.


Power Point Presentation

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

elizabeth blackwell #fsemf8fall2011

My project

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Hello everyone! I have uploaded my project to a page called Kathryn D. Sullivan. If you look to the right hand side of my blog page, you will see a link, that if you click, it will bring you to a new page that has Doc3 on it. Click on Doc3 and it will ask you to allow it to download. Click yes, and my project will show up on a word document. I hope this information is very useful :)


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Angelo, Joseph A. Human Spaceflight. New York, NY: Facts on File, 2007. Print.

Anonymous. “Students Salute Astronaut Sullivan.” The Washington Post 22 Nov. 1984: 81. Print.

“Astronaut Bio: Kathryn D. Sullivan (03/2009).” NASA – Johnson Space Center. Mar. 2009. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. <>.

Lethbridge, Cliff. “NASA Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLAT) Background.” NASA Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLAT) – 1960. Spaceline, Inc., 2001. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. <>.

Sullivan, Kathryn. “Ad Astra per Aspera.” American Scientist 92.1 (2004): 74-76. Print.

“South Carolina Space Grant Consortium Scholarships / Fellowships – Kathy Sullivan.” College Home – College of Charleston. South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, 8 Mar. 2011. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. <>.


*The second and third lines are supposed to be tabbed in, but my computer won’t let me do that for some reason. Sorry!!

Powerpoint Presentation: Kathryn D. Sullivan

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Kathryn D. Sullivan Powerpoint

The link shown above conists of a powerpoint I made for class on Sullivan. The points bulleted are rather brief, as it is just an outline.


Meet this Amazing Woman!!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Hey guys! i found this great video that further explains Nancy Wexler’s trip to Venezuela! Enjoy!

Nancy Wexler In Venezuela

Everyone Dreams Big…Reason as to why I chose Sullivan

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

 Who is Kathryn D. Sullivan?

Sullivan was born on October 3, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey. The day after her sixth birthday Sputnik was launched in 1957; she was almost a Sputnik baby. Her mother’s name was Barbara Sullivan and not a lot is known about her other than she is deceased. And as for her Father, Donald Sullivan he was an aerospace engineer for the Marquardt Corporation. He worked on several projects and when Sullivan got involved with the Shuttle Program, the corporations aim was in making reaction control system thrusters for the spacecraft. As a little kid she was intrigued by aircrafts, boats, and the concept of how things worked and what made it work rather than dolls as any other little girl was into. She followed up on all the stories revolving around NASA, space flight, John Glenn and Alan Shepard’s flights.

Why Kathryn D. Sullivan?

I picked Kathryn D. Sullivan because everyone has phases in life as when you were a little kid where you had a  different picked profession every day. I remember being that six year old that claimed was  going to be president one day, a doctor the next, and even an astronaut three days later. One time from being so indecisive I decided I was going to be a mass combination of  being a violinist ballerina astronaut. And I was going to dance and perform in space. As a little kid you dream big and for Sullivan her dreams came true as her persistence led to her being the first American woman in space…you never know where your dreams can take you.

Societies she was involved in:

Some of the societies in which Sullivan was involved in included Woods Hole Oceanographic institution,  The National Academy of
Sciences’ Committee: On Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Board of Directors for The Planetary Society.

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is known for being one of the “largest private non-profit oceanographic institutions in the world and is dedicated to research and  higher education at the frontiers of ocean science” (WHOI Institution).
  • The Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences for the National Academy of Sciences, “is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use
    for the general welfare” (NAS).
  • As head board of director for the Planetary Society, the operation goals is to conduct methods in which the public may interact
    and have active roles in space exploration. In the society they “develop innovative technologies like the first solar sail spacecraft, fund astronomers hunting for hazardous asteroids and planets orbiting other stars, they also support radio and optical searches for extraterrestrial life and they influence decision makers ensuring the future of space exploration” (Planetary Society).

Major Accomplishments:

  • National Air and
    Space Museum Trophy, Smithsonian Institution, 1985
  • Jaycees
    International Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award, 1987
  • NASA Exceptional
    Service Medal, 1988
  • NASA Space Flight
    Medal, 1984, 1990
  • AIAA Haley Apace
    Flight Award, 1991
  • AAS Space Flight
    Achievement Award, 1991
  • Lone Sailor
    Award, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
  • “First Woman”
    Award, National First Ladies’ Library and Smithsonian Institution, 2000