Kathryn D. Sullivan
|Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan|
October 3, 1951 |
Paterson, New Jersey
|Rank||Captain, United States Navy|
|Time in space||22 days 04 hours 49 minutes|
|Selection||1978 NASA Group|
|Total EVA time||3 hours 29 minutes|
|Missions||STS-41-G, STS-31, STS-45|
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan (born October 3, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut. A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she is the first American woman to walk in space.
Sullivan is a 1969 graduate of William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. She was awarded a bachelor in science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973, as well as a Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University in 1978.
Military career 
In 1988, Sullivan joined the U.S. Naval Reserve as an oceanography officer, retiring with the rank of Captain in 2006. She has served as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Before NASA, Sullivan worked in Alaska as an oceanographer.
NASA career 
After NASA 
After leaving NASA, Sullivan served as President and CEO of the COSI Columbus, an interactive science center in Columbus, Ohio. Sullivan currently serves as Director for Ohio State University's Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy and as a volunteer science advisor to COSI. She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004.
In 2004, Sullivan was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Also in 2004, Sullivan received the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award.
In 2009, Sullivan was elected to a three-year term as the Chair of the Section on General Interest in Science and Engineering for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In January 2011, the White House sent to the Senate the nomination of Sullivan by President Barack Obama to be an assistant secretary of commerce. Sullivan was first nominated in December 2010, but because the Senate didn't approve her nomination and a bevy of others forwarded late in December, the White House renewed the formal requests.
On May 4, 2011, Sullivan, was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Obama to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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