Tam O'Shaughnessy

SRS cofounder Tam O’Shaughnessy to receive humanitarian award at Billie Jean King & Friends Gala

Tam O’Shaughnessy, cofounder and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego, is being honored with the 2017 Joe Shapiro Humanitarian Award for her advocacy of science literacy and diversity in science education. O’Shaughnessy will receive the award October 21 at Cal State Los Angeles’ Billie Jean King & Friends Gala in recognition of […]

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STEAM panel on virtual reality in the classroom

STEAM Series panel sees exciting future for virtual reality in the classroom

Virtual reality has huge potential as an educational tool in many subjects, but widespread use of the technology in classrooms must await advances in hardware and development of curriculum, experts said during the latest panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series. The event, “Virtual Reality in the Classroom,” was held Sept. 13 at […]

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Honoring Sally

“Honoring Sally” on UCTV: Sally Ride’s partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, talks about Ride’s remarkable life and research ship that honors her legacy

Not long after astronaut Sally Ride died of pancreatic cancer in 2012, her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, got a call from Ray Mabus, then secretary of the Navy. Mabus said the Navy wanted to honor Ride, America’s first woman in space, by naming a new research vessel after her. Then he asked O’Shaughnessy if she […]

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces expansion of a program offering STEAM workshops.

Free Sally Ride Science Workshops Will Expand to More Libraries, Mayor Announces

A program offering free Sally Ride Science STEAM workshops at San Diego library branches will expand to new communities so it can serve more of the city’s students, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced. The program, Library NExT, is a partnership between the San Diego Public Library and UC San Diego. A pilot program starting in January […]

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STEAM Series panel

WATCH: Sally Ride Science STEAM Series Panel Explores Diverse Uses of Design Thinking

Design thinking is touching more and more aspects of our lives, from education to business and even the way society solves its problems, experts said during the latest panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series. The event, “Transforming the Classroom Through Design Thinking,” was held June 1 at the San Diego Central Library. […]

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Visitors at Open House Preview Summer STEAM Workshops

Local girls and their parents had some hands-on fun exploring astronomy, oceanography, robotics and more during an Open House previewing summer workshops from Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. The event May 13 at Mission Bay High School in Pacific Beach offered an advance look at the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, to be […]

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Sally Ride Science STEAM Series: Equity in STEAM Education

WATCH: Panel Discussion on Equity in STEAM Education The inaugural event in the new Sally Ride Science STEAM Series was a panel discussion on why it is crucial to strive for equity in STEAM education. Watch a video of the Feb. 28 discussion from The STEAM Channel on University of California Television. STEM education refers to science, technology, engineering, […]

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New Sally Ride Fellowship to Support Women in Physics

Professor Brian Keating and wife, Sarah, provide lead gift to launch fellowship March 16, 2017 By Kristin Scahfans, thisweek@ucsandiego An explorer, scientist and public servant, the late astronaut Sally Ride dedicated her career to the betterment of human kind. At UC San Diego, where Ride served as a professor, a new graduate fellowship established in […]

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Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Women, Including Sally Ride, on International Women’s Day

The Google Doodle for March 8, 2017, marks International Women’s Day by celebrating 13 women around the world who shaped history—including astronaut Sally Ride. The doodle shows Ride in space giving a high-five to a young girl. Ride blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, to become America’s first woman in […]

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Girls Can Register Now for Sally Ride Science Summer STEAM Workshops

Registration has begun for this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, a series of hands-on STEAM workshops that let middle school and high school girls take on the roles of space explorer, oceanographer, videogame designer and more. The Junior Academy will run from June 26 to July 21. The weeklong workshops are open to all […]

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