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Power of Women Luncheon & Expo

March 1, 2024

Join Us for the 2024 Power of Women Luncheon & Expo

Whether you are looking to support student scholarships, hear former NASA astronaut Linda Godwin, have a delicious lunch, get offerings from local businesses, or connect with other female leaders, the Power of Women Luncheon & Expo is your solution.

Friday, March 1, 2024
10 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
$200/6 tickets + 2 Student Hosts

Keynote Speaker: Linda Godwin

Dr. Godwin received a B.S. degree in mathematics and physics from Southeast Missouri State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Missouri where her research was in low temperature condensed matter physics.

Dr. Godwin joined the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in 1980, initially supporting the integration and operation of science missions for the early Space Shuttle Program. She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1985.

A veteran of four space shuttle flights, Dr. Godwin has logged over 915 hours (over 38 days) in space. She was a crewmember of STS-37 which deployed the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory; STS-59, an Earth science mission; STS-76, a docking mission to the Russian Space Station MIR; and STS-108, a crew exchange and supply mission to the International Space Station. She participated in spacewalks external to two space stations – MIR and ISS.

Dr. Godwin’s other assignments during her astronaut career included serving as deputy chief of the Astronaut Office and as acting deputy director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate. She also served as a flight crew representative during the development of the future NASA Exploration Program before she retired from NASA in August 2010.

Following her NASA career, Dr. Godwin was a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri for eight years where she taught physics and astronomy classes. She is currently an emeritus professor of the department and still serves in an adjunct capacity.

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