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Dr. Valerie Neal (B.A, English and History, University Honors, 1971) has published another book, Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond: Redefining Humanity’s Purpose in Space (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017). She has authored or edited four previous volumes, including one for NASA titled Science in Orbit: The Shuttle-Spacelab Experience. After earning a Ph.D. in American Studies in 1979, Neal worked with NASA during the 1980s as a writer, editor, and mission support specialist before becoming a curator in the Space History Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where she has developed exhibits and public programs, and done historical research, since 1989.

TCU graduates Bob Schieffer, 1959, and Dr. Valerie Neal, 1971, teamed up to present the annual John H. Glenn Lecture at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in July 2017. The program was a tribute to “John Glenn, The Man and The Legend” on what would have been his 96th birthday. (Glenn died in December 2016.) Schieffer exercised his renowned skill as moderator of a discussion with two of Glenn’s closest associates, former Senator David Pryor of Arkansas and former astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, with a surprise appearance by Glenn’s daughter Lyn. Neal organized the program in her capacity as Chair of the museum’s Space History Department.

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