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WISS co-chairs Vera Clark and Katherine Hunt, honoree Dr. Vera Rubin, WISS chair Linda Celesia, and honoree Dr. Heidi Hammel.
WISS co-chairs Vera Clark and Katherine Hunt, honoree Dr. Vera Rubin, WISS chair Linda Celesia, and honoree Dr. Heidi Hammel.

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For the seventh consecutive year, the Women's Board of the Adler Planetarium hosted a program on science and space on Thursday, May 7, 2009. It was an exciting day beginning at 12:30 when about 250 young girls from grades 6-9 from Chicago's public, parochial and private schools arrived for the afternoon. They had the opportunity to meet and listen to experts in the science field and also observe and be part of interactive scientific project activities.  The intent of the Women's Board event is to interest young women in science, as well as the opportunities that the field offers.

At this day and evening of Women in Space and Science (WISS), two important people were honored. Dr. Vera Rubin received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Heidi Hammel received the Women in Space Science Award.  During their 3 hour visit to the Adler, the students heard a talk by Dr. Hammel whose words truly illuminated the world of astronomy and science.

At 5:30 pm, the Women's Board hosted a reception, an awards presentation and dinner for the Women's Board Members, Trustees and Adler friends.  Cocktails were in the Planetarium's Sky Theater, the program in the Universe Theater and dinner was served in the Rice Solarium.  The menu included an asparagus salad, a beef tenderloin entree and sorbet and a chocolate pastry for dessert.  The dinner centerpieces featured purple and blue flowers over blue cloths and the setting was further enhanced with the magnificent view of Chicago's skyline from the dining area.
The Women's Board of the Adler Planetarium was proud to acknowledge the leadership and generosity of Adler Trustee John W. Estey and the S & C Electric Company, lead sponsor of the Women in Space Science Award Celebration.  Additional support was provided by ComEd.

The president of the Adler is Paul Knappenberger who attended with his wife, Naomi.  Chairing the WISS celebration was Linda Celesia and her co-chairs were Vera Clark and Katherine Hunt.  Caroline Becker Joss is president of the Women's Board. Some of the guests included Captain and Mrs James Lovell, retired NASA astronaut, also an Adler Trustee and his daughter, Susan Lovell.  Others were Barbara and  Jack Bierig,  Pam Cramer, Deborah Cassidy and Joe Lower,  Orli and Bill Staley, Laura and Louis Sudler, Danielle Cupps and Cynthia and Michael Ballew.


Paul Knappenberger, Adler president with Caroline Becker Joss, Adler Women’s Board president.
Paul Knappenberger, Adler president with Caroline Becker Joss, Adler Women's Board president.

  Susan Lovell and Pam Jann.
Susan Lovell and Pam Jann.

Nancy Temple and Deborah Cassidy.
Nancy Temple and Deborah Cassidy.

  Ellen Sandor and Eda Davidman
Ellen Sandor and Eda Davidman.

Laura Myntti and Lisa Lewis.
Laura Myntti and Lisa Lewis.

  Michael Ballew and Cynthia Ballew.
Michael Ballew and Cynthia Ballew.

Table décor.
Table décor.

Photos: Dan Rest
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