The speech by Hernández, titled “Reaching For Your Own Stars: A
Recipe To Succeed In Life,” will highlight how Hernández turned his
unique circumstances into a wonderful career. Hernández was a mission
specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-128 to the
International Space Station in 2009.
"José Hernández is a trailblazer who spent his childhood doing
agricultural work with his family, constantly relocating from one job
to another in California," said Deana Weibel, professor of
anthropology and Roger That! co-organizer. "When he decided at a
young age that he wanted to be an astronaut, scientist, and engineer,
his family and teachers worked together to help him successfully
achieve his goals. A movie about José Hernández's life, 'A Million
Miles Away,' is currently in production by Amazon Studios.”
Hernández will speak at 6:30 p.m. February 10 at the Loosemore
Auditorium on GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The lecture is free
through registration at the Roger That! website; it will also be livestreamed.
The GRPM speech by Hernández is currently sold out; visit the GRPM
website for more information about museum-related events.
GVSU's free academic conference on February 10, open to educators and
the general public, will present a wide array of speakers and learning opportunities.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to study the final frontier and
find out about the birth of galaxies, and the history of spaceflight,
from researchers and experts in this field," said Samhita Rhodes,
professor of engineering. "It embodies GVSU’s values of lifelong
learning and making education accessible to all in a variety of ways.
It’s a unique event that draws from both the STEM and Humanities
fields around a central, exciting theme - it’s a big universe and we
were meant to explore it."
Some highlights of the academic conference:
- Speeches from experts in topics ranging from physics to
institutional directors to history. Speeches will be available in
person and virtually, over Zoom. Register at the Roger That! Website.
- A hybrid Design That! Challenge which allows students
in grades 4-8 to create projects reflecting space-related topics.
- A new outreach program is available to fifth-grade teachers in
Kent and Ottawa counties. GVSU's Roger That! STEAM outreach
coordinator will go to classrooms to talk about space as well as
present free STEAM kits for students. To learn more about this
program and to schedule a visit, email [email protected]