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Final Colloquium Presentation to Feature SC Space Grant Director

The Space Studies Spring 2019 Colloquium Series will feature several leading experts in various space related fields.  Please join us for our final presentation in this series that will feature Dr. Cassandra Runyon, Associate Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston, and Director of NASA South Carolina Space Grant Consortium.

Presentation Title:  Reaching for the Stars IS an option: A conversation”

Date:  Monday, April 8, 2019

Time:  5:00-7:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Saving Time)

Location:  Ryan Hall, Room 111

About the topic: Have you or someone you know ever dreamed of doing something big – perhaps starting a business or working for the aerospace industry and/or NASA? You (they) can. Have you or someone you know been challenged by a visible or invisible disability thinking it may be a career-breaking barrier that may not be overcome?  You (they) can! The old adage, ‘where there is a will, there is a way’ is true!  Recognizing, understanding, and being willing to work through – and with – life’s challenges along the way is paramount.  As an educator, employer or friend, we can help to facilitate and include those with exceptional needs so that reaching for their star career choice is an option.

About the speaker: Dr. Cassandra Runyon graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1988 with her Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics. Following graduation, she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center.  Her research focused on understanding the nature and origin of volcanic features on the terrestrial planets.  Later, as an employee of POD Associates, she used laboratory and remote sensing data to interpret and model near-Earth space debris for the National Space Council and the Department of Defense. This research helped to better understand the effects of space debris on various spacecraft materials. As a Faculty Fellow working with her colleagues at NASA Johnson Space Center, Cass helped to explore and define the initial field requirements for future human-robotic missions to the Moon and Mars. Later, after joining the College of Charleston faculty, her research used hyperspectral and multispectral data and imagery to model stressed terrestrial environments including coastal wetlands, precision farming and disturbed ground to assess urban/suburban change to South Carolina’s coastal wetlands through field reconnaissance, remote sensing, and GIS.  She continues to work with NASA and  as a science team member and education & public engagement (E/PE) lead for the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) spectrometer onboard Chandrayaan-1, which discovered water on the Moon!

She is currently an Associate Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston, Director of the NASA SC Space Grant Consortium and SC NASA EPSCoR program and the education/public engagement lead for two NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) teams.  Her passion is helping to provide access to STEM for all audiences, including those with visible and invisible disabilities.


A simple live webcast will be available here.

The Adobe Connect webcast is available here. Questions for the speaker may be posted at this site during the presentation and is best suited for enrolled students.

Colloquium presentations will be added to the colloquium website after the live event for later public viewing.