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Dr. Tam E. O'Shaughnessy

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Cofounder and Chief Executive Off...

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Sally Ride Science
9191 Towne Centre Drive Suite L101
San Diego , California 92122
United States

Company Description: Sally Ride Science is operated by Imaginary Lines, Inc. a company founded by pioneering astronaut Sally Ride to support the large numbers of girls in 5th to 8th...   more

Employment History

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  • PhD , school psychology
    University of California-Riverside
  • BS
    Georgia State University
  • MS , biology
    Georgia State University
  • M.S. degree
    Georgia State University
  • B.S. Degree
    Georgia State University
  • Ph.D. , school psychology
    University of California , Riverside
  • Ph.D. , education
    University of California , Riverside
  • M.S. , biology
    Georgia State University
  • B.S.
    Georgia State University
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"Sally Ride, who would have been ..., 26 May 2015 [cached]
"Sally Ride, who would have been 64 today, captured the nation's imagination as a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers," wrote Tam O'Shaughnessy, CEO of Sally Ride Science and Ride's life partner, in a guest essay that accompanies the Doodles on Google's website.
"Looking back at Earth through the window of the space shuttle, Sally was moved by the view of our beautiful blue planet wrapped in its thin blanket of air," O'Shaughnessy described.
With O'Shaughnessy, Ride founded Sally Ride Science to motivate children to pursue careers in science, math and technology.
"She loved being a scientist, but she was concerned that many young people, especially girls and minority students abandon their early interest in science and math," stated O'Shaughnessy.
It is with that in mind that Olivia Huynh, a Google Doodle animator, worked with O'Shaughnessy to pick the themes for the search engine's tribute.
"I know she would be honored by today's Google Doodle," O'Shaughnessy stated.
"Introducing students to the ..., 5 Mar 2015 [cached]
"Introducing students to the opportunities in STEM fields is a growing priority throughout our educational system," said Tam O'Shaughnessy, Cofounder and CEO of Sally Ride Science.
"Through her career as an ..., 7 Mar 2014 [cached]
"Through her career as an astronaut, educator, and then founder of Sally Ride Science, Sally was-and remains-an inspiration to girls of all ages and anyone who knew her," says Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, a co-founder and the Board Chair of Sally Ride Science, a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education company that helps ignite and build student interest in STEM fields and careers.
By introducing students to the diverse women and men working in STEM, we can help students see themselves as one day becoming STEM professionals, too," says Dr. O'Shaughnessy.
Ride is survived by her partner ..., 16 July 2013 [cached]
Ride is survived by her partner of more than two decades, Tam O'Shaughnessy; her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin; and nephew, Whitney; as well as her staff of 40 at Sally Ride Science.
O'Shaughnessy, at Ride's side during the astronaut's lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, co-authored four books with Ride and is a professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University, and chief operating officer and executive vice president of Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.
In Ride's death, many are asking: Who is Tam O'Shaughnessy? The answer is someone who closely shared Ride's passion for science and space.
According to, O'Shaughnessy "helped found Sally Ride Science because of her long-standing commitment to science education and her recognition of the importance of supporting girls' interests in science.
Tam O'Shaughnessy was Sally Ride's partner for 27 years, but their partnership was cut short Monday when Ride - the first American woman in space - died of pancreatic cancer at just 61 years old.
But her longtime partner, Dr. Tam E. O'Shaughnessy, is a very accomplished woman in her own right.
O'Shaughnessy was by Sally Ride's side throughout the astronaut's 17-month battle against cancer, and before Ride became ill they co-authored four books, including "Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate - and How Humans Are Changing Them" and "Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System."
O'Shaughnessy, a professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University, is also chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sally Ride's foundation, named Sally Ride Science , where the duo and their staff nurtured young students and worked to encourage them to pursue their passions in science, tech, engineering and math.
Dr. O'Shaughnessy will not receive the benefits due to the spouses of deceased astronauts, because the United States federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage. Nor has she received much mention or recognition for the active role she took in Dr. Ride's work as the nation mourns.
As we remember Dr. Ride, we also extend our love and sympathy to her loving partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy.
Wikipedia: Tam O'Shaughnessy
I'm A PFLAG Mom: Archive, 1 July 2012 [cached]
Sally Ride, who died today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, was the first female U.S. astronaut in space and became friends with Tam O'Shaugnessy at the age of 12.
Bear Ride, talking with BuzzFeed, said today, "We consider Tam a member of the family."
Bear Ride, though, said that her sister "never hid her relationship with Tam.
O'Shaugnessy is the chief operating officer and executive vice president for Sally Ride Science, as well as an emeritus professor at San Diego State University.
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