PIR Hosts Margaret Weitekamp – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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PIR Hosts Margaret Weitekamp

The HWS community will welcome Margaret Weitekamp, Ph.D. to discuss liberal arts and science careers in government as part of the Professionals in Residence series sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.

The presentation, “Liberal Arts and Sciences Jobs with the Federal Government,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Trinity 305 on Thursday, Nov. 21. Weitekamp’s talk is presented in conjunction with Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to inspire a new generation of civil servants and transform the way government works.

Weitekamp currently is curator of the Social and Cultural Dimensions in Spaceflight Collection in the Space History Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The collection supplements the technology and hardware aspects of space history with memorabilia from the space age, including awards, stamps, pins, and toys. Previously, Weitekamp taught at HWS as an assistant professor of women’s studies.

On Friday, Nov. 22, Weitekamp will be available to meet with students one-on-one between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Trinity 109.  Students who wish to attend the talk or reserve a slot for an appointment should email cso@hws.edu.

Weitekamp is the author of “Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery (2013), written with David DeVorkin and illustrated by Diane Kidd. She is the co-editor of the ninth volume in the Artefacts series on the material culture of science and technology, “Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (2013).  Her book, “Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program (2004; paperback 2006), won the 2004 Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature from the American Astronautical Society. She is currently developing a new book project, a social and cultural history of space memorabilia.

She earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A and Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. During her graduate work, she was a Mellon fellow in the humanities and spent a year in residence at the NASA Headquarters History Office in Washington, D.C. as the American Historical Association/NASA Aerospace History Fellow.