The campus community is invited to a public lecture and award presentation with Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre. Dr. Parazynski will present a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to Amélie Berger, a Texas A&M senior majoring in environmental geosciences. Following the award presentation, Dr. Parazynski will give a lecture about his experiences as a NASA astronaut that included 5 Space Shuttle missions and 7 spacewalks. An avid mountaineer, he was the first astronaut to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 2009. He is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine, and seaplane-rated pilot with over 2,500 flight hours.
A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, Parazynski’s 17 years as a Shuttle astronaut included leadership of the first joint US-Russian spacewalk during STS-86 while docked to Space Station MIR; serving as John Glenn’s crewmate and “personal physician” during STS-95; and conducting EVA assembly of the Canadian-built Space Station arm during STS-100. Dr. Parazynski currently serves as Director and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas Medical Branch’s Center for Polar Medical Operations in Galveston. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. He is a frequent speaker for keynotes and lectures all over the world to audiences of all ages.
Attendance at the Oct. 2 program is free but tickets are required from the MSC Box Office. For questions, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (979)845-6366. View the evite for this program at http://bit.ly/1lI1RI5.