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Fleetster Friday: Meet Michelle Powers

It’s Fleetster Friday! This week, meet Mission Valley resident, Michelle Powers. As the Director of Donor Relations, Michelle is responsible for engaging, stewarding, and supporting the Fleet’s donors. Michelle is responsible for growing the Luminary Society, the Fleet’s premier circle of philanthropists and cultivating a culture of philanthropy among donors, members, and friends of the Fleet.

April’s (Meteor) Showers

by Jori Wuerth

 

It’s that time of the year again! Every year in April, the earth moves through the comet trail of C/1861 G1 Thatcher. This comet, sends dust and tiny bits of ice into the atmosphere, leaving a beautiful display of lights dancing across the sky.

The radiant for the Lyrids is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra. This year, the peak viewing hours are expected to take place on Tuesday, April 23, before dawn. The Lyrid meteor shower, which started on April 16, will continue to appear in the sky through Thursday, April 25.

Red blood cells, large and small!

By Alyson Smith

We can learn a lot about animals by looking at their cells, and red blood cells are no exception. These specialized cells—found in vertebrates and six other groups of animals—travel in blood vessels to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs (or gills) and the rest of the body. Red blood cells get their color from heme, an iron-containing molecule that transports oxygen. 

Fleetster Friday: Meet Tamra Kirl

It’s Fleetster Friday! This week, meet North Park resident, Tamra Kirl. As Membership Coordinator, she’s the superstar working behind the scenes of the Membership Department. Tamra is dedicated to helping our members have the best experience possible at the Fleet. She knows everything there is to know about our memberships and is always ready to answer any question you might have. She’s the go-to person for new members who want to learn how to make the most out of their membership.

Happy International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate, we’d like to introduce you to the amazing team of women who work here at the Fleet Science Center.

According to the National Science Foundation, women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. While there is a high concentration of women in the social sciences (62%), there are low numbers represented in engineering (15%) and computer and mathematical sciences (25%).

Fleetster Friday: Meet Marla Andrade

It’s Fleetster Friday! This week we’d like you to meet Mission Bay resident, Marla Andrade. As our very own Studio X Coordinator and CAD Designer, Marla’s creativity shines all throughout the Fleet. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to put your creative skills to the test in Studio X, you have Marla to thank as she designs most of the studio’s activities.

Fleetster Friday: Meet Ivel Gontan

It’s Fleetster Friday! This week, we’d like to you meet North Clairemont resident Ivel Gontan. As Community Programs Senior Manager, Ivel is passionate about making positive changes in the world which she does by providing communities with science opportunities. Among her many duties here at the Fleet, she spearheads the BE WiSE program, which engages young women in STEM learning experiences.

Countdown to the New Horizons Flyby!

Credit: NASA

The New Horizons flyby is coming soon!

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center

 

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