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SIUE To Welcome Astronaut To Speak At 2012 Spring Colloquium

Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut.

As part of the 2012 College of Arts & Sciences Spring Colloquium, "Thinking About Space," Story Musgrave, famous and accomplished astronaut (stet), a, member of numerous honorary organizations and recipient of several distinguished awards, will be the keynote speaker during a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Morris University Center Maple/Dogwood rooms on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

According to his official biography, Musgrave, who originally is from Boston, Mass., graduated from several educational institutions, including Syracuse University, the University of California at Los Angeles and Marietta College, with degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and Psychology. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates and served as a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30-year career as an astronaut.

Musgrave was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Theta and other honorary organizations during his educational career. He earned a doctorate in medicine and master's degrees in areas including physiology and biophysics. He has received Air Force Wings, NASA Space Flight Medals and a NASA Distinguished Service Medal as part of his many great accomplishments.

The colloquium will feature 160 faculty and students presenting papers, posters, performances and panels. Faculty members from all disciplines, along with students, will cover a broad range of topics relating to space.

Colloquium sessions will be held throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-28, with featured presentations each evening. A complete program is available online at

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