We are thrilled to invite you to an inspiring conversation with two of our most prominent trailblazers in science, and who we are proud to say will be distinctly honored in our transformed Science & Engineering Library:
Sandra M. Faber, Ph.D.
Professor emerita of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz; University Professor, University of California
Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D.
UC Santa Cruz alumna; astronaut; first person to both orbit the planet and reach its deepest ocean point (Cowell ’73, Earth sciences)
The conversation will explore their incredible careers and the influence UC Santa Cruz has had on their unparalleled success. Among many of their accomplishments, for instance, Sandra co-led the largest project in the history of the Hubble Space Telescope, an undertaking that extended our view of galaxy formation back nearly to the Big Bang, while Kathryn was part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope.
The list of their accomplishments, recognitions, and awards is unmatched. What inspired them to pursue these exceptional careers? What is next for them? What are their hopes for our current students?
The conversation will be moderated by fellow groundbreaking UC Santa Cruz scientist Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.
In honor of their achievements, and with the generous support of a donor, we have named the third floor and the first floor, respectively, the Sandra M. Faber Floor and the Kathryn D. Sullivan Floor. This virtual conversation will be followed by two separate in-person celebrations (once COVID restrictions have been lifted).