Margaret Weitekamp, assistant professor of women's studies, will discuss the history and future of the U.S. Space program on Voice of America's “News Now,” in the section Press Conference USA. The show will be aired Friday, Feb. 7, Saturday, Feb. 8, and Monday, Feb. 10, on the Voice of America. Host Carol Castiel conducted the interview along with VOA reporter Jessica Berman. Press Conference USA features newsmakers from America and around the world speaking with journalists in an unscripted and unrehearsed discussion about the critical issues facing the United States and the world.
The broadcast may be accessed here. The English broadcast signal is streamed live via RealAudio, so the RealAudio Player is required to listen. The program will be broadcast by VOA on satellite and short-wave radio, and will be made available to VOA's 52 language services for translation and subsequent rebroadcast. VOA reaches an audience of 130 million listeners per week in all corners of the globe.
Weitekamp was a guest on the Brad Demloe Show on KLFD in Litchfield, Minn., and on Houston, Texas, news radio KTRH on Feb. 7. She is scheduled to appear on the Greg Marshall Show, KLPW, Metro St. Louis, at 7:30 CST on Thursday, Feb. 13, Doug Basham Show, KDWN, Las Vegas, on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 a.m. PST, and the Jerry Jermaine Show, WFAD, Middlebury, Vermont, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. EST.
Adding historical and personal perspective to the tragedy of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia, Margaret Weitekamp, assistant professor of women’s studies, was widely featured in the area this weekend as an expert on aerospace history. She wrote an op-ed that ran in the Feb. 2 Democrat and Chronicle and was interviewed by the D&C for another article. She was also quoted in the Finger Lakes Times and appeared as an expert on R News in Rochester. Weitekamp was also the guest of Bob Smith on WXXI's 1370 Connection Feb. 3, and was part of an article in the Feb. 3 Canandaigua Daily Messenger.
Weitekamp spent a year in residence at the NASA Headquarters History Office as the 1998 American Historical Association/NASA Aerospace History Fellow. She also interviewed NASA astronauts for the Discovery Channel book “The Infinite Journey: Eyewitness Accounts of NASA and the Age of Space” (2000). In 2002, she won the Aviation/Space Writers Award from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Aviation and Space Museum.
Weitekamp joined the Colleges faculty in 2001.