13 February 2017 — Women, Science, and International Cooperation

NOTE

Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.

IMPORTANT DATES

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for February! Special guest speaker: Maggie Gross, former Rotary Youth Exchange Student. LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 — 10:00 pm to 4:00 pm — Eighteenth ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, Gelson’s Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for March! Speaker: TBA. LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards.

 

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some themes for the current Program.

Rotary International attaches the theme “Peace and Conflict Resolution” to the month of February, giving us the chance to take a look at international cooperation.

February 11 is “International Day of Women and Girls in Science,” as celebrated by the United Nations.

European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is from Italy, a woman in science, and a six-month resident and hard-working scientist, explorer, and occasional test subject (November 2014 to June 2015) of the International Space Station, perhaps the most successful project of international cooperation on (or in orbit around) Earth.  With that mission, she holds the record for longest-duration spaceflight by a woman.  Of course, all she had to do to become a hero was wear a Star Trek (Voyager) uniform on board the Station.  See above.  (Trekkies viewing this program may catch a brief reference to the Borg.  Don’t miss it.)

In this TEDx talk (with apologies for a brief advertisement that precedes the talk), “AstroSamantha” shares her experience on the ISS with an eye towards the future and what we can accomplish when we’re focused on building and progress.

 

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5 responses to 13 February 2017 — Women, Science, and International Cooperation

  1. I think Americans sometimes forget that there are other astronauts besides those from the U.S. and Russia (cosmonauts). These scientists and explorers from throughout the world, working cooperatively, help in some small way to connect us as humankind l, rather than as citizens of different nations.

  2. Very interesting! It’s nice to know they now have an espresso machine on the space station.

  3. I can only imagine the feeling of being launched into space. Good motto: Don’t Panic!

  4. Very informative program. Thank you!!

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