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2013.04.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Nebraska Astronaut to Visit UNO, Talk STEM Education

Omaha - After leaving the final frontier of space behind, Nebraska astronaut Clayton Anderson is turning his attention to education.

Anderson, NASA’s only astronaut from the state of Nebraska, will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus during the week of April 8 to discuss the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education with faculty, students and the community.

Born and raised in Ashland, Neb., Anderson recently retired from his work at NASA after a 30-year career with the government agency. His UNO visit kick-starts Anderson’s weeklong promotion of STEM to students and teachers at all grade levels.

On Monday, April 8, Anderson will hold a public question-and-answer forum in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

During his time at UNO, Anderson will also visit with students and campus leaders, including a visit to UNO’s Child Care Center to meet with UNO’s youngest learners. Presentations will also include stops at the College of Information Science & Technology Atrium on Tuesday, April 9, at 4 p.m., as well as the Durham Science Center and Roskens Hall, home of the College of Education, on Wednesday, April 10.

Anderson will also be at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, which has partnered with UNO to host his visit, on Thursday, April 11. At the museum, Anderson will speak to Nebraska teachers about promoting STEM curriculums.

The NASA astronaut will follow up his visit to the Strategic Air & Space Museum on Thursday with a public meet-and-greet at the museum on Sunday, April 14, as part of the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival. The event runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The week’s events are sponsored and supported by UNO’s College of Education, UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the UNO Haddix Initiatives and the Strategic Air & Space Museum.

For questions or media requests about Anderson’s visit to UNO, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu. For questions or media requests about Anderson’s visit to the Strategic Air & Space Museum, contact Angela Roeber at 402.944.3160 or by email at aroeber@strategicairandspace.com.


Courtesy of NASA

The Strategic Air & Space Museum: Igniting the thrill of innovation and discovery begins with exciting educational and outreach programs. Each year, the museum serves thousands of students through a variety of field trips, overnight programs, and school and community presentations given throughout the region and state.

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