Aerospace PhD Candidate Elizabeth Howell to Defend Dissertation on May 30th

Aerospace Science Ph.D. candidate, Elizabeth Howell, will defend her dissertation as follows.  All Aerospace/Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

When:  Thursday, May 30th at 10:00 am (Central Daylight Saving Time)

Where:  Ryan Hall, Room 111

Title: Can You Hear Me, Major Tom? Open Issues In Extra-Vehicular Activity Communications

About the research: This presentation examines high-reliability organizations (HRO) and organizations in isolated, confined environments (ICE) to better understand leadership and error. Hypothesis 1 is that the error rate of a team’s actions is inversely related to the size of the team, based on the distinction between HRO and ICE. Hypothesis 2 is that transformational leaders in ICE reduce the number of human errors compared with transactional leaders.

About the presenter:   Elizabeth Howell (B. Journalism, M.Sc. Space Studies) is a space journalist and science communicator based in Ottawa, Canada. Her work appears in websites such as and Forbes. She teaches communications at Algonquin College in Ottawa, and also does blog writing and ghostwriting. Elizabeth has been a distance student at UND since 2010, for her M.Sc. and Ph.D.

******Those unable to attend in person may view the live webcast******

1) A live webcast which includes PowerPoint slides will be available here.

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