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IN-PERSON and ONLINE: [email protected] – A Personal History of Space Research at Rice

September 17, 2021 @ 18:30 - 19:30 CDT

[OUTSIDE RSVP REQUIRED] The Rice Space Institute (https://rsi.rice.edu/) presents the first lecture of its Spaceport Frontiers Lecture Series for the 2021-22 season.

“Space @ Rice, a personal history of space research at Rice University.

Speaker: Patricia Reiff, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University”

The Department of Space Science was begun in 1963, as a direct result of the JFK “To the Moon” speech at Rice in 1962.

The early days of the department were a hubbub of rocket and balloon flights, combined with incomparable theoretical work, and Rice was considered a premiere institution of Space research. Rice flew its own “Owl” satellite, and placed six instruments on the lunar surface, starting with Apollo 11.

Patricia Reiff has been associated with Rice University for fifty years, beginning as a research assistant in 1971. She studies the Earth’s magnetosphere, aurora, and “Space Weather”, working with Apollo, Atmosphere Explorer, Dynamics Explorer, Polar, IMAGE and now MMS missions..

In 2000 the Department of Space Science (by then called the Department of Space Physics and Astronomy) merged with Physics and the Rice Space Institute was formed to carry on the tradition. This talk relates the highlights of a fun career that has trained 12 PhD students (+2 in progress), 34 Masters of Science Teaching students (+2 in progress), and has reached millions with educational software and planetarium shows. The Discovery Dome that she developed in conjunction with the Houston Museum of Natural Science is now in over 350 locations in 44 states and 45 countries. She leads solar eclipse expeditions and is preparing for her 18th which will be in Antarctica this December.

Reiff’s Rice faculty page: https://profiles.rice.edu/faculty/patricia-h-reiff


The in-person event will be held at 100 Herring Hall.

Herring Hall on the Rice interactive map: https://map.concept3d.com/?id=473#!s/Herring%20Hall?ct/13398

Register for in-person attendance at the event page: https://events.rice.edu/#!view/event/event_id/227542

NOTE: Attendees will be required to provide detailed contact information for potential contact tracing.

Find Zoom information at the same page. No RSVP required for virtual attendance: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/91277490042?pwd=djlNcXJ3b2FyTmpjMzlFdmFsRG84QT09

Space Frontiers Lecture page: https://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/

Campus parking: https://parking.rice.edu/parking-facilities-and-rates

Current COVID policy: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/policies

To be placed on the email list for future Spaceport Frontiers lectures, visit this page: https://mailman.rice.edu/mailman/listinfo/Spacefrontiers


September 17, 2021
18:30 - 19:30 CDT
Event Category:


Houston Science Enthusiasts
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Robert R. Herring Hall
Houston, TX 77005 US + Google Map