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January 17, 2001

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J01-06

NASA Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar to Visit Seattle

Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, (Ph.D) a veteran of five space missions, will visit Seattle this week speaking at the University of Washington (UW) and McGilvra Elementary School.

Dunbar’s first appearance will be at UW’s “2001: A Career Odyssey” career fair at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 18, in the UW HUB Auditorium. Dunbar will deliver the keynote speech entitled “From Apollo into the New Millennium”.

The next day, Dunbar will address students and teachers at McGilvra Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. She will speak about the challenges of human space flight and how a good education helps make the dream of space travel a reality.

Dunbar has logged over 1,208 hours (50 days) in space as a mission specialist during missions in 1985, 1990, and 1995, and as payload commander in 1992 and 1998. Dunbar is an accomplished private pilot.

Currently, Dunbar serves as Assistant Director for University Research and Affairs at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). In this position, she is the focal point for JSC's educational and grant programs, and collaborative efforts with colleges, universities, scientific, and engineering organizations.

Dunbar is willing to do print or electronic media interviews before or after the events, depending on schedule constraints.

For additional information about the UW appearance, please contact Mr. Don Gallagher with the University of Washington Alumni Association at 206-685-9274.

For additional information about the McGilvra appearance, please contact Ms. Kim Rich of McGilvra Elementary School at 206-726-6443.


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