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Aprille Ericsson: NASA Aerospace Engineer

Aprille Ericsson was the first female (and the first African-American female) to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
She was born and raised in the Bedford Styvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As a NASA engineer, Ericsson has worked on many projects, including the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, and in the Integrated Mission Design Center. Currently she is the instrument manager for a proposed mission to bring dust from the Martian lower atmosphere back to Earth.
Ericsson has won many awards, including the 1997 “Women in Science and Engineering” award for the best female engineer in the federal government, and has been profiled by NBC Nightly News, Essence Magazine, and other media outlets. She is a member of the NASA GSFC Speakers Bureau and the Women of NASA Group. Ericsson also teaches at Howard University at the collegiate and middle school level and is a member of their Board of Trustees.

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Aprille Ericsson: NASA Aerospace Engineer

Aprille Ericsson was the first female (and the first African-American female) to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

She was born and raised in the Bedford Styvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a NASA engineer, Ericsson has worked on many projects, including the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, and in the Integrated Mission Design Center. Currently she is the instrument manager for a proposed mission to bring dust from the Martian lower atmosphere back to Earth.

Ericsson has won many awards, including the 1997 “Women in Science and Engineering” award for the best female engineer in the federal government, and has been profiled by NBC Nightly News, Essence Magazine, and other media outlets. She is a member of the NASA GSFC Speakers Bureau and the Women of NASA Group. Ericsson also teaches at Howard University at the collegiate and middle school level and is a member of their Board of Trustees.

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Martian sunrises, as seen by the HiRISE orbiter

These aren’t actual images from HiRISE orbiter camera. They are topographical renderings made by Dutch artist Kees Veenenbos using data from NASA’s Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, an instrument aboard the space agency’s Mars Global Surveyor that mapped the planet from 1997-2006.
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‘Dreamwalking Barcelona’ Goes Forward in Reverse with Artful Precision

Created by Brandon Li, Dreamwalking Barcelona is a beautifully shot video that takes us on the strange, backward journey of a young woman in Spain. As she walks forward through the world, the rest of the world moves backwards around her.

Inspired by formerly-featured creations like Tokyo ReversedDreamwalking Barcelona adds a healthy dose of art direction, injecting some much-appreciated storytelling and artistry into this mesmerizing technique.

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HOW MY FIRST COFFEE OF THE MORNING FEELS

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THE CAMPUS AFTER SUMMER BREAK

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Death Defying Walks in China’s Yellow Mountains

Huangshan (literally “Yellow Mountain”) is a mountain range in eastern China and one of the most iconic locations in the country. Even with its famous glacier carved landscape and wildly jutting granite peaks, local variety of pine tree and frequent views of the clouds from above, the most special location is the area’s aptly named Bridge of Immortals.

The frighteningly high bridge’s ornately carved path leads from a cave in a sheer rock wall to another on a nearby wall, traversing the narrow gorge below. If that isn’t enough of a thrill however, there are a number of footpaths anchored right into the cliff walls. In some instances the only thing keeping you from a sudden drop off the side of the very questionable walkway, is a steel chain to hold onto in (most likely) utter terror. Note: this is not the place to get over your fear of heights!

Considering Huangshan’s extreme beauty, it’s not surprising that the area derives much of its significance from Chinese art and literature. It has inspired poets such as Li Bai, many Chinese ink paintings, and more recently, photography. According to Wikipedia, over 20,000 poems were written about the mountains between the Tang Dynasty (618-906) and the end of the Qing Dynasty (1614 to 1911). They’ve also inspired modern works, lending to the fictional world designed for James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar. Learn more about the area here.

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WHEN MY PAPER IS ACCEPTED WITH MINOR REVISIONS NEEDED

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JUSTIFYING GOING OUT DESPITE AN EARLY DAY TOMORROW

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