World-renowned speaker presents 'A Woman in STEM'


The presentation “A Woman in STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) was Oct. 17 in Sun City West’s Webb Room, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Arizona State University Principal Investigator of  the NASA Psyche Mission and an authority on problem solving and critical thinking, spoke on how girls and women can follow their passion and  pursue careers in the STEM curriculum.

Dr. Elkins-Tanton spoke about the NASA Psyche Mission, a journey to a unique metal world of an asteroid, “Psyche,” orbiting the sun near Mars. The mission is in development and the spacecraft to explore Psyche is scheduled to launch in 2022. The Psyche Mission management team is led by Arizona State University and the purpose in space exploration, according to Dr. Elkins-Tanton, is to “inspire and connect with all of mankind.”


This one-hour presentation, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Northwest Valley branch was free and open to all. The AAUW supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math education as an important component of its mission to promote the advancement of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and education.

The Northwest Valley branch is part of the national AAUW organization. Membership is open to women from Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, El Mirage and surrounding areas who hold an associate, two-year med tech, baccalaureate or higher degree. The AAUW NWV branch provides many ways for members to participate including monthly meetings, luncheons, programs, special interest groups and public policy, college connections and STEM initiatives.

For information about AAUW NWV branch’s involvement in STEM, email For information about AAUW NWV membership or activities, visit or contact president Sharon Phelps at 612-799-5474 or

Editor’s note: Joyce Keane is STEM committee co-chair for AAUW Northwest Valley branch.