UCalgary alumnus appointed Chair of UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Another University of Calgary alumnus has done us proud. Dr. David Kendall MSc’72, PhD’79 was recently appointed by the United Nations as incoming Chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). This is a big deal – the first time that a Canadian has held such a position. The Committee […]

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Gennady Padalka breaks record for total time in space – 804 days

My Russian cosmonaut friend Gennady Padalka just achieved an impressive career milestone. Today Gennady broke the record for total time in space – 804 days. Mind blowing. And a significant landmark in human spaceflight. I trained with Gennady for several years and then flew with him in 2009 aboard the International Space Station. He was […]

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A well-crafted message moves hearts and minds

I was in Athens, Ohio last week participating in International Space University (ISU). Ohio University is hosting ISU’s Space Studies Program for nine weeks this summer. 101 young professionals from 35 different countries are in attendance and learning about space across theme areas that include sciences; engineering; applications; policy, economics and law; management and business; human […]

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Science literacy in our country matters

I was in Hamilton, Ontario today to help my colleague Dr. Bonnie Schmidt with an important funding announcement for her organization Let’s Talk Science. Bonnie and I are kindred spirits in that we both advocate for enhanced STEM skills in Canada. Let’s Talk Science is a national organization that engages youth in science, technology, engineering and […]

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New Earth-Space Technologies’ Research Strategy

Today I had the pleasure to participate in a Town Hall meeting on campus. The topic of the meeting was the University of Calgary’s ‘New Earth-Space Technologies’ Research Strategy. New Earth-Space Technologies is quite a mouthful to say so I was amused that the meeting attendees had already developed their own acronym for the topic: […]

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