How a daughter of immigrants became a leader in ocean and climate science

Tam on STEAM Young Ana Christina Ravelo seemed like a natural to become a scientist. Growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena, she excelled in math and science classes. She loved nature and outdoor activities. And beyond that, she had a striving, adventurous spirit inspired by her parents. “Both of my parents are […]

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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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NASA’s women space pioneers to star in new Lego set

By Ben Westcott  @CNNTech, March 1, 2017 Lego announced Tuesday that a new set will feature some of the pioneering women who played vital but sometimes underappreciated roles in the U.S. space program.  The figures have been commissioned under the toy maker’s Lego Ideas series that allows fans to propose concepts for new sets. The “Women […]

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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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How a girl from Down Under became an innovator in analyzing math models

Tam on STEAM Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications Ruth Williams really likes to solve problems. In fact, one of her favorite sayings is, “I eat problems for breakfast.” Part of the appeal of math problems, she explained, is that there are two sides to solving them. Growing up in Australia, she was especially […]

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50 Voices of the Future: Tam O’Shaughnessy on STEM education

In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years. As Carl Sagan once said, “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which no one knows anything about […]

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Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy Appointed to Advisory Board of Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 22, 2016 — President Obama has appointed Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, cofounder and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego, to the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In announcing the appointment of O’Shaughnessy and several others to key administration posts, Obama said, “I […]

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The Talk I was Going to Give . . .

Scripps Institution of Oceanography By Tam O’Shaughnessy  |  Nov. 3, 2016 Tam O’Shaughnessy is Cofounder of Sally Ride Science and Executive Director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. She was Sally Ride’s life partner.  The Talk I Was Going to Give for the R/V Sally Ride Commissioning Ceremony on Friday 10/28/2016.   Unfortunately, I […]

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