Category: <span>Events</span>

Sally Ride Day at the Museum of Flight Seattle:…

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride’s historic STS-7 mission to become the first American woman in space! On June 17, the Museum celebrated Sally’s legacy. by hosting a day filled with conversations with extraordinary women in science and all-ages STEM activities.

Linda Dawson, former NASA engineer and Space Shuttle flight controller kicked off the presentations that include other engineers from NASA and Blue Origin as well as retired astronaut-teacher Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.

Sally’s Night | The Museum of Flight

The Monocle – Foreign Affairs Radio Podcasts

For over ten years, Monocle magazine has offered a global perspective on everything that matters, including current affairs, business, politics, travel, culture or design, Monocle magazine provides an informed and intelligent outlook on the goings on of the world. Monocle’s online presence includes a bureau of foreign affairs that includes current topics as well as a historical perspective on significant worldwide events.

Hosted by Andrew Mueller, an award-winning journalist, the latest podcast addresses the launch of Sputnik. The show is presented as a radio broadcast that could have occurred in 1957, when the Russian satellite Sputnik was launched.

The October 29th episode is entitled: Historical Series: The Sputnik Crisis

In part one of our historical series, we travel back in time to 1957 to unpack the Sputnik crisis. What did this new satellite foreshadow, and how did the Soviet Union do it? Andrew Mueller speaks to Henry Rees-Sheridan, Tom Nichols, Mark Galeotti and Linda Dawson.

Linda has taken on the role of a scientist commenting on the Sputnik launch.

Listen to this fascinating broadcast:

Historical series: The Sputnik crisis, The Foreign Desk 461 – Radio | Monocle

Photo of Project Paperclip Team, Fort Bliss

From WWII to the Space Race: The Story of…

Linda Dawson moderated this important virtual conversation on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Event presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Check out the video posted on the museum website for this event or on YouTube:

From WWII to the Space Race: The Story of Project Paperclip – YouTube

Event details: From WWII to the Space Race: The Story of Project Paperclip


Between 1945 and the 1960s, the United States government brought more than 1,500 German scientists and engineers into the country through Project Paperclip to work on guided missiles, jet and rocket engines, aerodynamics, aerospace medicine, and submarine technology. The U.S. hoped these specialists could give them an advantage at the end of WWII and into the Cold War. Over time, many of the Germans disappeared into American military, industrial, and academic positions. However, one of them, Wernher von Braun, became prominent through his involvement in the Space Race.

Join the Museum for a program exploring Project Paperclip with Dr. Michael Neufeld, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, and Eric Lichtblau, author of The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men. The conversation will be moderated by Linda Dawson, author of The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration.

The Linda Getch Dawson STEM Scholarship for Women

The Linda Getch Dawson STEM Scholarship for Women at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Massachusetts was established by AWHS alumna Linda Getch Dawson ‘67 to support deserving young women in their pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics degrees.

The recipient must be able to strongly identify with and excel in STEM related coursework at AWHS. In addition, the student(s) must be able to verbalize their STEM interest and the importance of an increased number of women in science related careers.

Requirements upon the acceptance of the scholarship:

  • Student must remain in high standards academically and behaviorally, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Student must participate in a STEM related activity such as a science fair or presentation.

Space War

War in Space lecture at Museum of Flight on…

War in Space: A special presentation from author Linda Dawson

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
What: Lecture / Presentation
Location: Charles Simonyi Space Gallery

War fought in space is becoming increasingly likely in a politically tense world, and author Linda Dawson explores how such a conflict could manifest in her new book, War in Space: The Science and Technology Behind Our Next Theater of Conflict. Presenting scenarios of what would occur in the event of a space attack, Dawson discusses the required technologies for both offense and defense in a possible war in space.

This event is FREE with Museum admission!

Apollo 16 Commander John Young on the moon in 1972. Lunar roving vehicle in background.

Washington State History Museum talk on 9/19/2019

The History of Space Exploration

Scholarly Selections

September 19, 2019 6:30 PM

Discover the complicated history, politics, and future of space exploration with Aerospace Engineer and UWT Senior Lecturer Emeritus Linda Dawson, who worked on the space shuttle program at NASA’s Houston Control Center.

Then visit the Washington State History Museum’s exhibit “A New Moon Rises,” featuring 51 dramatic, large-scale landscape images of the Moon’s surface.

About Scholarly Selections

A partnership between the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the Washington State History Museum, Scholarly Selections brings UWT scholars’ work to the public in an informal setting. Talks are held on the Third Thursday of the month when admission to the museum is free.