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Former NASA astronaut to speak at CCU

September 8, 2010

Barbara Morgan, Distinguished Educator-in-Residence at Boise State University and former NASA astronaut, will give a talk titled The Sky is No Limit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 in Wheelwright Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Morgan completed her first space flight in 2007 on the space shuttle Endeavor on which she was a mission specialist. As NASA's first Educator Astronaut, she has logged more than 305 hours in space. She began her training at the Johnson Space Center in 1998.

Morgan was selected as the backup candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space Program on July 19, 1985. From September 1985 to January 1986, Morgan trained with the late Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger crew at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Following the Challenger accident, Morgan assumed the duties of Teacher in Space Designee. From March 1986 to July 1986, she worked with NASA, speaking to educational organizations throughout the country. In the fall of 1986, Morgan returned to Idaho to resume her teaching career.

Before her 10-year career with NASA, Morgan served as a public school teacher for 24 years. Now, at Boise State University, she leads the universitys science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program. Her duties include policy development, advocacy and university advancement. She directs the universitys efforts to bring NASA education programs to area schools, and serves as a guest lecturer and student mentor.

The talk is part of the Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series sponsored by Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC), the College of Science and CCU's Women's Resource Center. For tickets or more information, call the Wheelwright Box Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 843-349-2502.