Arizona Governor to Speak at Prescott Graduation

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will be delivering the keynote address at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott's spring 2017 commencement ceremony in which 346 students are expected to receive diplomas on Saturday, May 6, at the Prescott Valley Events Center. 
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April 8, 10 a.m.  – The Art of Science Communication April 10, 5 p.m.  – Experiencing the Extremes of an Aerospace Environment
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Professor Peter Merkle can envision his research, which involves networks of ecotubes full of plants, fish and fish waste, one day helping feed humans living on Mars. “My idea is essentially to have a swamp on Mars,” he says. “We have to learn how to maintain an ecosystem off the planet Earth.”
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CNN recently undertook a series about iconic aircraft that today's aviation enthusiast may still be able to fly in. In part one of the series, they look at their 20 favorite planes from the last 50 years including aircraft such as the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, the Boeing 747 and the Bombardier CRJ. Head over to CNN to see photos and info on their top 20.
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Nothing to see here but a couple of retired astronauts hanging out at this week's South by Southwest Conference in Austin, TX. Worldwide alumnus and retired NASA astronaut Terry Virts met up with NASA legend Buzz Aldrin right before Aldrin gave a speech at the yearly festival. Virts is seen in the photo wearing Aldrin's credentials.  My friend @AstroTerry showed up to hang with me at #SXSW but if he starts impersonating me since he has my pass don't buy it. You can learn more about Virts and his time as the commander of the International Space Station in this Embry-Riddle interview.  
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LEGO has announced a new series of mini figures that will honor five female researchers and astronauts that have been crucial to the history of NASA. The set will include: Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed the flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and space scientist who is known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs Sally Ride, the first American woman in space Nancy Grace Roman, one of the first female executives at NASA who was known for planning the Hubble Space Telescope Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space This was designed by science writer Maia Weinstock.
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The United Kingdom’s Birmingham Airport is so famous for its crazy crosswinds that people often gather just to watch the planes attempt to land. Many a pilot have been sent rocking and swaying down the airport’s already uneven landing strips. Check out the video for a compilation of some of the difficult landings.
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More than 300 community, political and business leaders from Central Florida joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as it officially opened the cornerstone building of its Research Park – The John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) – on Thursday night adjacent to the university’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park has its first established company as a flex-lease tenant at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) – and they are ready to bolster Volusia County’s economy by hiring highly-skilled, in-demand professionals.
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While finishing her bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, Sydney Humbert was able to implement what she learned and earned college credits while working as a government liaison for an aviation training company.
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Profiles

After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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I am pleased to announce Ginger Pinholster has joined Embry-Riddle as the university’s Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ginger’s 34-year career has been largely devoted to science and research writing/editing, with the objective of promoting science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world. I know her expertise in institutional messaging, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing strategy will serve Embry-Riddle well.
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