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News - July 27, 2012

Sally Ride's legacy: engaging others in science

First American woman in space was Stanford alum

by Lauren-Marie Sliter

Despite her groundbreaking flights into space, Sally Ride, who died Monday, July 23, of pancreatic cancer, was "very down to earth," said one of Ride's postdoctoral colleagues at Stanford University.

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Posted by Michael, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm

"The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers."

Well put. Rest in Peace, Sally Ride.

Posted by FirstWoman, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Sally Ride died of pancreatic cancer, as did Steve Jobs and an alarming number of local people who worked in the computer hardware industry in the last 30 years

"The disease has the worst prognosis of any cancer, with just 3% of people surviving beyond five years.

Genes, smoking, and type 2 diabetes are all risk factors, but diet is also thought to have a role, and may explain why rates vary so much from country to country, say the authors.

ScienceDaily (July 23, 2012) —

Increasing dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and selenium could help cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to two thirds, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

Web Link

There is no cure for pancreatic cancer but the above research shows promise for prevention-unfortunately taking supplements does not work- the anti oxidants in the study came from food diets

Posted by an American hero, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Sally Ride was a true American hero and pioneer. I am shocked that the "social conservatives" have started attacking her after her death because she happened to be gay.

Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I remember when Sally told me she had just applied to the astronaut program. Her enthusiasm started to rub off on me and I started thinking about applying as well, but then she looked up at me and bluntly said I could never make it. Turns out there was max height limit that ruled me out.

Back before Sally was famous, and just another fellow grad student, you could still see that she was an exceptional person.

Farewell Sally, a genuine hero.

Posted by Palo Alto native, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

My daughter and I were honored to meet Sally Ride at a science camp at NASA Ames years ago.