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Under Secretary for Science & Research at the Smithsonian, Dr. Ellen Stofan on Pioneers in Aviation & Aerospace

AVIATE with Shaesta

Topics discussed include:The greatest inspiration and mentor to Ellen The importance of a pack- a community to lean onSponsorship versus MentorshipRenovations at the Air and Space Museum


6 Aug 2021

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Dr. Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary For Science and Research at the Smithsonian, plays our game about other strange collections of artifacts. She is joined by panelists Karen Chee, Laci Mosley and Bobcat Goldthwait.


24 Jul 2021

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What’s at Stake in the New Space Race, with The Smithsonian’s Ellen Stofan


Ellen Stofan, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Science and Research, makes a timely appearance on today’s show. With a storied career that includes serving as NASA’s Chief Scientist from 2013-2016, Ellen provides an insider’s perspective on the latest developments around private and public space exploration. As she tells LionTree Executive in Residence Ariel Wengroff, “having multiple planets allows you to test models and...understand the Earth a lot better” - a clear advantage in the fight against climate change. It’s a fascinating conversation with a true scientific pioneer. Find and rate KindredCast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. For more content, follow KindredCast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can hear our radio show on SiriusXM Business Radio, channel 132 and on United Airlines. And you can find all of Kindred Media’s podcasts and subscribe to our daily newsletter, “Take a Break with Kindred Media,” here (https://linktr.ee/KindredMediaHQ).Please read before listening: http://www.liontree.com/podcast-notices.htmlSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


22 Jul 2021

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Ellen Stofan Sees Stars Here On Earth


Dr. Ellen Stofan is a planetary geologist who has spent a lot of time looking up at the stars and thinking about life outside our planet. But in this episode, she talks with Kim about the portraits of some of her favorite earth dwellers. Among the trailblazers she highlights: a judge who fought for women's rights and a marine biologist who challenged the way we see ourselves in relation to the natural world. See the portraits: Rachel Carson and the Blue Marble Shot The Four Justices Althea Gibson


29 Jun 2021

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Flight on Mars—An Interview with Smithsonian’s Ellen Stofan

Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

After a successful first flight of the Ingenuity on Mars, the under secretary for science and research at the Smithsonian Institution Ellen Stofan talks with Aviation Week editors about the historic nature of the mission, coming 117 years after the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


19 Apr 2021

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Human Exploration and Science: Episode 1 - Dr. Ellen Stofan

Deep Space Podcast

Joining us in this episode of the “Human Exploration and Science” series of our Deep Space Podcast is Dr. Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum, and former NASA Chief Scientist.   In a conversation with the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO and President Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Dr. Stofan speaks about the rationale behind space science and human deep space exploration. For Stofan, who has spent time studying the behavior and composition of volcanoes on Mars, Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan, what really drives space science is understanding how the Earth works. As a geologist and planetary scientist, Stofan also explains why it is critical to not only focus on space science, but to send humans into deep space to explore in the field, and why Mars is our horizon goal for human space exploration. Dr. Dittmar and Dr. Stofan also touch on the diversity challenges we still face in the space field, and why space exploration is worth the world’s effort and investment, even as we go through a global crisis. 


14 Sep 2020

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Dr. Ellen Stofan The First Female Director of the Smithsonian Air and Space

Tommy and Kelly Show

Tommy and Kelly are highlighting women in celebration of International Women's Day. Dr. Ellen Stofan is the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Stofan started in April 2018 and is the first woman to hold this position.The National Air and Space Museum is one of the world’s most popular museums, with more than 8 million visitors each year. Its mission is to commemorate, educate and inspire visitors by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts. The museum maintains more than 60,000 objects, making it the world’s largest collection of artifacts, archival materials and works of art related to aviation, spaceflight and the study of the universe.Stofan comes to the position with more than 25 years’ experience in space-related organizations and a deep research background in planetary geology. She was chief scientist at NASA (2013–2016), serving as the principal advisor to former Administrator Charles Bolden on NASA’s strategic planning and programs. She helped guide the development of a long-range plan to get humans to Mars, and worked on strategies for NASA to support commercial activity in low Earth orbit as it transitions from the International Space Station (ISS) to sending humans to the moon and Mars in the mid-2020s. She supported NASA’s overall science programs in heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science and astrophysics. While at NASA, she worked with President Barack Obama’s science advisor and the National Science and Technology Council on science policy.


10 Mar 2020

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Ellen Stofan - Director National Air & Space Museum and former NASA Chief Scientist

Girl Power Gurus

Today’s guest is Dr. Ellen Stofan, the Director of the National Air and Space Museum and former Chief Scientist of NASA. We loved talking with Dr. Stofan as she shared her stories, wisdom, and advice. Our conversation covered a lot of topics including the search for life in space, the challenges of getting humans to Mars, flying cars, and the recent success of the Event Horizon Telescope. We hope you enjoy our talk with Dr. Stofan as much as we did.


29 Apr 2019

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Air & Space Museum Director - Ellen Stofan, Head of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Electric Ladies Podcast - Women Leaders Discuss Careers, Trends, Technologies and Innovation in Energy, Climate, and Corporate Responsibility

“If you as an organization, if we as a country, if we don’t ever fail, then we’re not pushing the envelope.” Ellen Stofan on Electric Ladies podcast When Ellen Stofan stepped off the management track to stay home with her kids and work part-time, she accepted that she was probably derailing her career.  She kept a few toes in the game over the 12 year period, working part-time doing a few interesting research projects that she could do on her own time. Today, she finds herself the new Director of the famed Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC -- the most visited museum in the United States -- and spearheading its ~$1 billion transformation, as the first woman in this prestigious role. Wait, really? Listen to this fascinating conversation Dr. Stofan had with host Joan Michelson in person at the museum's Udvar-Hazy location by Dulles airport in Virginia. (This was recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio.) Hear how she landed this job, and: How they design exhibits, choosing between 60,000+ artifacts, 5,500 works of art, 1.75 million photographs, 14,000 videos/films and 12,000+ cubic feet of documents. Redesigning nearly every aspect of the most popular museum – innovating out loud while talking about innovation in aerospace (from WWII pilots being able to see each other, to drones, e.g.). Even doing a Kickstarter campaign. Showing climate change from air and space – how it affects each one of us on the planet -- and is urgent. Why failure is critical to success – "If we don’t ever fail, then we’re not pushing the envelope," Stofan said. Building a STEM career, and advancing, especially as a woman – including how she went from stay-at-home mom to leading the famed museum (and Chief Scientist at NASA before the museum). Career tips that might surprise you, such as,“Think about who you’re going to be and what you’re going to contribute”. And so much more! What’s YOUR favorite exhibit at the Air and Space museum? What suggestions do you have for the renovation? Tweet it to us @joanmichelson or post it on our Facebook Page (and ask to join our new private Facebook group)


16 Nov 2018

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Women in Charge

What’s it like to be the woman who runs one of the most visited museums in the world? Ellen Stofan talks about her path to leadership and the importance of female role models, as well as how the story of one great man is being reimagined as the stories of teams.  You can email us at womenincharge@slate.com.Podcast production by Jessica Jupiter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


22 Oct 2018