BRONX STUDENTS GET A CHANCE TO “ASK AN ASTRONAUT”

Spacewalker Lee Morin to Appear at Bronx Community College
and Discuss Careers in the Sciences

October 16 — Astronaut Lee M. Morin served on the International Space Station, spending three months in orbit, including 14 hours of spacewalking. Now Dr. Morin is coming to Bronx Community College for some down-to-Earth talk with middle and high school students and current BCC science majors about the futures that could await them in the “STEM” fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Dr. Morin will discuss his experiences as a highly honored scientist-astronaut and his unique perspective on STEM careers and then take questions from his audience.“BCC is proud to host this visit by such a supremely accomplished scientist and explorer,” observes BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe. “The world of tomorrow will need the talent and experience of the STEM students we are educating today and Dr. Morin is leading them by example.”

Dr. Morin will be accompanied by U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano, who arranged the visit. As the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees NASA, Congressman Serrano has a long interest in education for the science and technology of the future. “Astronauts travel to places out of this world, literally, and risk it all for the opportunity to better our society through research,” says Congressman Serrano. “I am proud to host Astronaut Lee Morin in the Bronx to share his experiences and attest to the fact that the sky is not the limit. Bronx students will gain inspiration from an ‘action hero’ and learn more about the educational opportunities available at NASA for those who decide to pursue higher education in the STEM fields.”

This chance for students to “Ask an Astronaut” will take place in the Schwendler auditorium of Meister Hall, home of BCC’s science departments, on Tuesday, October 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For further information, contact david.levers@bcc.cuny.edu or 718.289.5157.