➜ Council of Elders member Phil Lane Jr. recently
completed an interfaith peace mission to countries in the Middle East,
including Jordan and Israel. Lane is CEO of the Four Winds International
Institute and president of Compassion Games.
➜ AISES Board of Directors member Kristina Halona,
program manager at Northrop Grumman’s Antares Systems Engineering,
facilitated a live Q&A on the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Facebook
page in advance of the February launch of an Antares rocket.
➜ In February Dr. John Herrington, the first
tribally enrolled astronaut, participated on a panel at the National Air
and Space Museum, in collaboration with the National Museum of the
American Indian. Dr. Herrington and Alaska Native pilot Ariel Tweto
discussed their IMAX film Into America’s Wild, described as an
“unforgettable cross-country adventure into the hidden wonders of the
natural world.” Dr. Herrington is a former member of the AISES Board of
➜ The Brookings Register published a profile of Morgan Catlett-Ausborn.
She is the adviser for the AISES College Chapter at South Dakota State
University, where she serves as program coordinator and retention
advisor for Native students.
➜ Dr. Judith Brown Clarke has been appointed chief
diversity officer at Stony Brook University, where she will serve on the
University Council. In her previous role at Michigan State University,
she served as diversity director of the Bio-Computational Evolution in
➜ Northeastern State University senior Lindsay Howe was featured in both the Muskogee Phoenix and the Tahlequah Daily Press
for her winning poster presentation at the 2019 AISES National
Conference. The cellular and molecular biology major took home second
➜ As part of its observation of American Indian Heritage Month, the Naval Sea Systems Command website profiled James Herbert Oxendine.
In addition to his personal background, the article included a
description of his Lumbee heritage and pointed out that he has been
active in AISES since he was a young student. Oxendine, who holds a
master’s degree in material science engineering, is a system safety
engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.
➜ AISES founding member J.C. Elliott High Eagle has
completed “Malagueña Nueva,” a major work for classical guitar. An
adaptation of the 1928 work “Malagueña,” by Ernesto Lecuona, High
Eagle’s composition comprises a prelude and seven movements. High Eagle
is a retired NASA physicist and a member of the American Society of
Composers, Authors, and Publishers whose compositions have been
performed by symphony orchestras around the country.
➜ MIT News, a publication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, featured Kristy Carpenter
in an article titled “Computer Science in Service of Medicine.”
Carpenter, a senior majoring in computer science and molecular biology,
participates in leading the AISES College Chapter at MIT. She hopes to
earn a doctorate and pursue computational approaches to biomedicine.
➜ A posthumous 2019 inductee of the National Native American Hall of Fame, Sequoyah Member Mary Golda Ross
(d. 2008) was an inspiring trailblazer in aerospace. One of the
country’s original rocket scientists and Lockheed’s first woman
engineer, Ross did pioneering work for NASA. She was a strong advocate
for STEM education and received the highest AISES honor, the Ely S.
Parker Award. For more on Ross, see “Hidden Native Figures” in the Fall
2017 issue of Winds of Change.
➜ Tia LeBeau, Beau DuBray, and Allison Gross, students at Timber Lake High School in South Dakota, were interviewed for the Timber Lake Topic
about their experiences at their first AISES National Conference. Two
of the students, DuBray and Gross, participatedin the pre-college poster
presentations in Milwaukee.
➜ The efforts of Jason Baldes to reintroduce bison to the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming were featured in an extensive story in the Great Falls Tribune. For more on Baldes, see the Fall 2017 issue of Winds of Change.