Space Gal

Emily Calandrelli, a West Virginia native who is the executive producer and host of Xploration Outer Space, will be the featured speaker on “The World of Space” Thursday, March 14 at the Culture Center in Charleston.

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Science & Research, a division of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, presents “The World of Space,” featuring Emily Calandrelli, on Thursday, March 14 at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Calandrelli is the executive producer and Emmy-nominated host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space, a chief correspondent on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves The World and writer and host of YouTube’s Spotlight Space, a series from Lockheed Martin detailing their latest space projects in development. Calandrelli’s passion for space drives her to prove the industry is more thrilling than ever before.

“I'm excited to return to my home state and share my love for science and space exploration — because, of course, this is where that passion started for me,” Calandrelli said.

Calandrelli received a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from West Virginia University and two masters of science degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one in aeronautics and astronautics and the other in technology and policy.

In 2017, Calandrelli began publishing Ada Lace Adventures, a children’s book series featuring a third grade girl who loves science and works with her best friend to tackle life’s challenges. A book signing will immediately follow the event with purchases available onsite courtesy of Taylor Books.

The Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series began in 2014 with a goal of communicating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research to all West Virginians. This event is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is free to registered guests. For more information or to register for the event, visit wvresearch.org.

West Virginia Science & Research, a division of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, directs the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in West Virginia, while also managing state-funded academic research programs, including the Research Challenge Fund.

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