— Inspiring Students with Space Settlement Design Projects — Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin, Houston, TX
At an Explorer Scouts Conference in 1984, 75 attendees participated in a “Space Settlement Design Competition”. That little exercise has evolved into an international phenomenon involving non-profit organizations, National and Regional events, spin-offs, and thousands of high school students annually. This presentation will describe what it is, how it happened, and how students you care about can benefit from an SSDC experience.
Anita Gale is a retired aerospace engineer with 40 years of experience, mostly in Payload and Cargo Integration for the Space Shuttle Program. She is a co-founder of Space Settlement Design Competitions, and President of the non-profit organization responsible for conducting SSDC events world-wide. She is also CEO of the National Space Society.
Abby Powell was born in Ohio in 1980 and studied voice at The Juilliard School of Music in New York. While there she was awarded the Rise Stevens Award, the G. & M. Grunin Prize, and the Loretta Lewis Award in Voice, among others.
Abby made her operatic debut as Zita (Puccini's Gianni Schicchi) and shortly after that was cast as Ma Moss (Aaron Copland's The TenderLand) at Aspen Opera Theater (Aspen Summer Music Festival and School) and The Juilliard Workshop, respectively.
The following year she returned to the Aspen Summer Music Festival to perform Brahms' Opus 91, Zwei Gesange fur Alt und Viola alongside the auspices of Masao Kawasaki, viola, and Orli Shaham, piano. The performance won her much acclaim – it was followed by an invitation to perform in Taiwan, as well as numerous opportunities in New York.
Ms. Powell has sung under the batons of James Conlon, Julius Rudel, Harry Bickett, Steven Osgood, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Neal Goren and Richard Bado, to name a few. Her operatic roles have included Juno (John Eccles' Semele), both Dido and The Sorceress (Purcell's Dido and Aeneas), Mêre Marie (Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites), Lyubasha (Rimsky-Korsakoff's The Tsar's Bride), Marcellina (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro), Charlotte (Werther's Massenet), Brangaene (Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde), the title role in Bizet’s Carmen and many others.
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