Following Tuesday's (2/21/17) screening of the movie Hidden Figures — the story of three African-American women at NASA, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest space missions in history: the launching of John Glenn into orbit — Dr. Elizabeth Newton, director of the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy, moderated a Facebook Live panel discussion on race, gender, leadership and the importance of diversity and gender equity in the private and public sectors. The panelists were:
  • Natalie Higdon, President: Women in Aviation at Ohio State & John Glenn College Undergraduate Student
  • Dr. Tashia Bradley, SR. Vice President for Student Engagement, Enrollment and Success: Wilberforce University
  • Keena Smith, Deputy County Administrator: Franklin County & President, National Forum, Central Ohio Chapter Black Public Administrators
Click here to go to the Battelle Center's Facebook page to watch the video.


Professor John Horack moderated an International Astronautical Federation symposium at the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meeting in Vienna, Austria, Wed., Feb. 8, 2017.

The event, titled “What is at Stake in Space in 2017 and 2018,” began with an introduction by International Astronautical Federation President Dr. Jean-Yves LeGall, followed by a keynote address from Dr. Sandy Magnus, president of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. A moderated panel with seven speakers addressing "Views on Space — Why We Go" followed. In the last segment of the event, Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Worner, director-general of the European Space Agency, delivered a keynote address that then led into a moderated panel discussion on "International Benefits from Space."