FORMER NASA SCIENTIST, JMU ALUMNA TO SPEAK AT CISAT FRIDAY
HARRISONBURG — The history of NASA and key projects the space agency has sponsored are among the topics retired NASA scientist and James Madison University alumna Elizabeth W. Gauldin will share in a presentation at JMU's College of Integrated Science and Technology Friday, Oct. 29.
Gauldin's talk, "Inside NASA: From Past to Present," will take place at 1 p.m. in Room 1302, Health and Human Services Building. The program is free and open to the public.
Gauldin, who graduated from JMU (then Madison College) in 1950 with a degree in chemistry and biology, worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1967 to 1996. During the years when the United States and the Soviet Union raced to be the first to put a man on the moon, Gauldin helped engineer, design, test, procure and fabricate equipment, supplies and clothing for all the Apollo crews.
During the 1970 crisis of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission — recalled in the 1995 Academy Award-winning film, "Apollo 13" — Gauldin's shop helped the desperate astronauts build an emergency air-filtration device from materials on board the lunar module.
Gauldin's other experiences for NASA included supplying the Skylab program with essentials for living in space and working in the space shuttle program.
Following her presentation, Gauldin will answer questions from the public.
For more information, contact Dr. James L. Barnes at (540) 568-3514 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org