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Monday, February 27, 2017

Hidden connections with Hidden Figures

In my apparel studio, ADes 3224W, we are partnering with NASA and working on creating wearable garments that address various problems. My group is working on making socks for astronauts that prevent the formation of calluses. In April we are going on a class trip to Houston to the Johnson Space Center to present our solutions. (Look out for a blog post on this trip coming soon!)

To have some context about the work NASA does, our class went to see the movie "Hidden Figures" together. Hidden Figures is about African American women, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the human computers of NASA that were vital to the early work of the US space program.

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Recently, Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of the book "Hidden Figures," came to speak as part of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture series. Shetterly talked about all of us having a responsibility to tell our stories, and to tell the stories of others so that these important people don’t become hidden figures. This really resonated with me. I am in a really unique position as a CDes blogger to be able to tell the stories of the apparel program. It’s cool to be able to connect my course work to outside events and even my job as a blogger.

(Photo courtesy of CDes Instagram)

To find more information about the Distinguished Carlson Lecture series click here.