Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board Women in Space Science Award Celebration raises over $100,000
Nancy Temple of Chicago, president of the Adler Women’s Board with Brooke MacLean of Lake Forest | Photo courtesy of Dan Rest
EVENT: Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board Women in Space Science Award Celebration (WISS)
HONORING: Dr. France A. Córdova, Pres. of Purdue
BENEFITING: Adler education programs
DATE: May 2
LOCATION: Union League Club
Updated: August 10, 2012 1:58PM
For the tenth consecutive year, the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium held its “Women in Space Science Awards Celebration (WISS) luncheon, on Wednesday, May 2, at the Union League Club of Chicago.
The event honors women’s accomplishments in the field of science or technology. Through this honor, the Adler women’s Board hopes to inspire young women to pursue careers in the sciences.
On May 2, the Women’s Board honored Dr. Frances A. Córdova, President of Purdue University and the first woman to lead the institution. Dr. Córdova is a former NASA chief scientist, a Senate-confirmed member of the National Science Board and also a member of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents.
Following the luncheon, Dr. Córdova met with 250 middle-school girls from Chicago Public Schools at the Adler. The girls who participated were hand-chosen by their teachers based on their interest and abilities in science. They engaged Dr. Córdova in conversation about her eduction, career path and field of work. Following the presentation, the students worked with Adler educators and scientists on a hands-on science project studying electromagnetic energy.
Chairing the 2012 WISS celebration was Teri Montes and co-chairman was Lisa Jozwiak of Chicago. Members of their committee included Women’s Board president Nancy Temple, Cynthia Ballew, Elaine Cottey, Courtney Pitt, Pamela Pohl and Meg Prendergast of Chicago, Donna Beering of Wheaton, Linda Celesia of Oak Brook, Sarah Fritz of Wilmette, Caroline Becker Joss of River Forest and Lisa Lewis of Oak Park.
The WISS event had 340 attendees and raised over $100,000 for Adler’s eduction programs.
For more information, visit adlerplanetarium.org.