Former Monterey Institute president Dr. Clara Yu delivers the commencement speech.
NASA Astronaut Inspires MIIS Fulbrighters
August 10, 2009
Posted August 10, 2009
Dr. James Newman of the Naval Postgraduate School was on campus July 30 to talk with visiting Fulbright students. He shared stories of his time as an astronaut during four Space Shuttle missions. Dr. Newman has logged over 43 days space, including working in the International Space Station and six space walks. He gave the visiting Fulbrighters a taste of what it’s like to be inside a space vehicle as well as his insights for the future of space exploration. Addressing students in both German and Mandarin during his presentation, Dr. Newman expressed his hope that nations would work multi-laterally to set up outposts on the Moon and Mars. His lecture inspired at least one Fulbrighter to consider a career with NASA.
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Professor Leo van Lier, who taught educational linguistics at MIIS with “wit, insightfulness and kindness“ for more than a quarter century, passed away in late December.