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2021 Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture

  • Monday, January 25, 2021
  • 7:00 PM- 8:15 PM
  • Virtual

This annual lecture has been endowed by Schreyer Scholar alumni and friends to keep alive the legacy of University Scholar Mark Luchinsky, whose life celebrated intellectual honesty, personal integrity, and joy in learning. Through this lecture series, the community gathers to honor his memory through support of a speaker who exemplifies and shares similar characteristics.

This year we are honored to have Mr. Leland Melvin present "Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances."

Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut, and former NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station. He also led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force, developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan.

After 24 years with NASA as a researcher, astronaut and Senior Executive Service leader, he now shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) careers.

In May 2017, Mr. Melvin released his memoir, "Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances." In "Chasing Space," he shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, and examines the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to create the opportunities for success.

Cosponsored by the Multicultural Association of Schreyer Scholars, the Multicultural Resource Center, Penn State Educational Equity, Penn State Gender Equity Center, Penn State Hillel, the Presidential Leadership Academy, and Schreyer Student Council.

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Donna Meyer
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Schreyer Scholar Lisa Gardner

I chose Schreyer because I wanted access to world-class educational opportunities and international experiences, but I also wanted to be a part of a smaller community. Schreyer has served as my home base as I have navigated all the amazing things that Penn State has to offer.

Lisa Gardner '19 Mechanical Engineering

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