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Catalyst: Celebrating Inspiration and John Glenn’s Legacy
In September, COSI hosted its annual Catalyst luncheon, featuring hands-on science for all attendees, a live science stage show, and a COSI Conversation with former Congressman Pat Tiberi, who now serves as the new President and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable. An advocate for improving Ohio’s business climate, Mr. Tiberi joined Dr. Bertley for a discussion on the importance of STEM jobs and how innovation is driving job creation.
But what made this year’s Catalyst especially powerful was a very special announcement made by Mr. Jack Kessler and Dr. Bertley: the creation of the John Glenn Inspiration Award. This prestigious award will recognize individuals who have inspired others in powerful ways and for the good of humankind. The first recipient of the award will be honored at next year’s Catalyst event.
As the trustee of science for our region, COSI is enormously proud to honor Senator Glenn in this way. After all, COSI and John Glenn had a rich history from the start. In 1965, he accepted a COSI membership directly from the hand of former COSI Executive Director Sandy Hallock, and he later selected COSI as one of the few locales on Earth to receive air-to-ground communication during his second flight in space.
During one visit to COSI, Senator Glenn commented that “everyone should be a member of this wonderful place! This is an education in science that is available in few cities in this country.” Because Senator Glenn had a genuine appreciation of COSI’s legacy of education and inspiration, it is fitting that COSI— with our commitment to engaging, inspiring, and transforming lives— lead the charge in creating this Inspiration Award in his honor. Each year moving forward, we will proudly present the John Glenn Inspiration Award Winner at Catalyst.
As Dr. Bertley told this year’s Catalyst audience: “Today, we launch this award because we value inspiration. We admire inspiration. But most importantly, because we need it.”
Did You Know?...
COSI is the seminal place for important conversations around all things cool, scientific, and technological. Which of the following recently visited COSI as part of these smart conversations?:
a) Paul Dabbar, the U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science.
b) Jim Hackett, President of Ford Motor Company, and Governor John Kasick, attending the Midwestern Governors Association "America's Smartland" Conference on workforce development.
c) Senator Rob Portman, as part of the Future of Workforce event with representatives from Amazon, the Columbus Partnership, and Columbus State Community College.
d) NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, discussing the future of the aerospace and aviation industries in Ohio.
The answer is: ALL OF THE ABOVE!
(Left: Janet L. Kavandi, Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center; NASA Administrator Jim Bridentstine; and COSI's Stephen M. White with students in the COSI Planetarium.)