Astronaut Dr. John Herrington, First Indigenous Person in Space, to Speak at Clackamas Community College


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Thursday March 2,  5-6 p.m.
Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City

Clackamas Community College is proud to host a talk by Dr. John B. Herrington, a native of Oklahoma and member of the Chickasaw Nation, selected by NASA in 1996 to become the first registered Indigenous person in space. The lecture will be at Gregory Forum, Thursday March 2, 5:00 p.m., with a book signing and reception beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Commander Herrington  is a retired Naval Aviator and test pilot with over 4,700 hours in more than 30 different types of aircraft. He flew as a Mission Specialist for NASA on STS-113 in 2002, logging over 330 hours in space and conducting three spacewalks totaling nearly 20 hours.

Following his career in the United States Navy and NASA, Commander Herrington has been an ardent supporter of education, specifically in the Native American community. Herrington’s research on the motivation and engagement of Native American students in math and science led to his PhD in Education from the University of Idaho in December 2014.

In 2008 he bicycled more than 4,200 miles across the length of the United States speaking to Native American students and NASA Explorer Schools about the importance of motivation and mentors on their educational journey.

Doors for the talk will open at 4 p.m. for both Gregory Forum and the overflow seating in McLoughlin Hall. General Admission seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free! Seating is limited. Visit Eventbrite to reserve your seat. Doors open at 4 p.m.

STEM TALK: Engaging speakers from the  fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Hosted by STEM-CATS, the Cultural Arts Committee and the Multicultural Center at Clackamas Community College.