Jessica Meir campus visit

NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Orbits Back to Scripps for Campus Visit

Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications Scripps alumna delivered keynote address at Blue Tech Week, engaged in roundtable discussion with students, and participated in Facebook Live Q&A during visit By Brittany Hook, thisweek@ucsandiego Nov. 16, 2017 Jessica Meir is one of a few scientists and UC San Diego alumni who also hold the prestigious […]

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Women Rising: Women scientists at UC San Diego have overtaken men as leaders of the campus’s biggest research grants

Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications By Kim McDonald, thisweek@ucsandiego Nov. 9, 2017 For Elizabeth Villa, 2017 was a banner year. Earlier this year, the biophysicist and assistant professor of molecular biology received her first of four years of research funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts following her selection last fall as a Pew scholar. […]

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From left, Rosie Casals, Dolores Huerta, Billie Jean King, and Tam O'Shaughnessy.

Sally Ride Science cofounder Tam O’Shaughnessy receives humanitarian award for STEM education advocacy

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

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A new LEGO set honors the women of NASA—and it looks pretty awesome

ARS TECHNICA By Eric Burger A new playset from LEGO will honor four key women in NASA history—astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and pioneering astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. The 231-piece set will be released on November 1, with a recommended selling price of $24.99. First proposed in July, 2016 by the deputy editor […]

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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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Elizabeth Blackburn (left) and Elissa Epel

Researchers team up to share key insights on telomeres and health

Tam on STEAM Elissa Epel, a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, studies how stress affects the body. There’s no shortage of advice out there about what makes a healthy lifestyle. Get regular exercise. Reduce stress. Eat whole foods. It all sounds good, but the advice is easy to ignore when you are tired […]

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