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Hidden Figures
Thursday, August 3, 7:00pm
Space Shuttle Pavilion

Doors open at 6:30pm 

Join us for a screening of Hidden Figures, followed by a conversation
with special guests from NASA.

This Oscar-nominated film tells the incredible story of the African American women working behind the scenes as "human computers" during the early days of the Space Race. Afterward, hear a discussion
of the film by Bert Ulrich, NASA’s liaison for multimedia, film and TV; NASA’s chief historian Bill Barry; flight systems engineer Tracy Drain; and Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson, one of the first 20 African American women to get a PhD in physics in the United States. Moderated by journalist Lynn Sherr.

Space is limited. Register in advance.


About the Speakers

Bert Ulrich


Bert Ulrich Bert Ulrich is the multimedia liaison for film and TV collaborations at NASA. He oversees NASA’s participation
in entertainment-oriented projects such as films, TV shows and documentaries. Aside from Hidden Figures, past collaborations include The Martian, The Avengers, Tomorrowland, Men in Black 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and over a hundred documentaries annually.

Bill Barry


Bill Barry Bill Barry became NASA’s chief historian in September 2010. He joined the agency after 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he flew KC-135 tankers. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford in England in 1996. His dissertation was on Soviet missile design bureaus and manned space policy during the 1950s and 1960s.

Tracy Drain


Tracy Drain Tracy Drain is a flight systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the deputy chief engineer on NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. She has also worked on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Kepler projects.

Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson


Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson received a PhD in physics from Alabama A&M University in 1994, making her among the first African Americans to receive a PhD from Alabama A&M University, the first African American woman to receive a PhD in physics in Alabama and at the time one of fewer than 20 African American women to hold a PhD in physics in the United States. She currently works at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as an engineer with the Discovery, New Frontiers and Lunar Quest Programs Office.

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