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December 2019 Meeting

  Topic: “Artemis I and Beyond: From the Moon to Mars“, 1 PDH
  Speaker: Dr. Renee Horton, NASA Space Launch System (SLS)
  Date: Thursday December 12, 2019
  Time: 6:00 PM Check-In and Social
  7:00 PM Dinner and Presentation
  Location: Southern Yacht Club (SYC)
  105 N. Roadway St., New Orleans, La. 70124  
  Menu: Appetizer: Caesar Salad,   Entrees: Choice of 6 oz. Filet Mignon or Gulf Fish Amandine with Sides selected by Chef, Bread and Iced Tea   Dessert: Chocolate Mousse 

Please Register by Noon, Wednesday December 11th; this helps immensely with planning and food prep and ensures you will receive a PDH certificate that evening. Registration/Attendance after that time is on a space available basis; your attention to reserve in advance can affect everyone's positive outcome. Ty!

Reserve and pay with PayPal below (You may also call or email Pam Williams, 504.733.8050, as an alternate registration method):


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"Artemis I and Beyond: From the Moon to Mars"

Dr. K. Renee Horton is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically Being, Inc., a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math (2002) and with a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama (2011), as the first AA to receive this degree.

In her day job, she serves as the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. Throughout her academic career, Renee has received numerous accolades and awards including the Black Engineer of the Year Trailblazer Award in 2011. In 2016, Renee was elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) as the second woman to hold the office. She has served the physics community abroad as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Women in Physics Working Group and currently serves on several advisory boards dedicated to a more diverse inclusion in physics. In 2017, she was elevated to a Fellow in the NSBP, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member.

Renee has been an invited speaker for the first International Women and Girls Day at the United Nations, Essence Power Stage, March for Science – New Orleans and has spoken all over the world including South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico. She is featured in NASA’s I am Building SLS, Physics Today, the LSU Alumni Magazine and the on the cover of the Hearing Health Foundation magazine. She is the author of Dr. H Explores the Universe, a children’s series, Dr. H and her Friends, and Dr. H Explores the ABCs. Renee recently was named the Silver Anniversary Artie Literature Award winner for 2018 for her published works.

She is a proud member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the proud mother of three.