Scientist in Residence

The Science Center of Iowa's Scientist in Residence program aims to bring prominent scientists to Des Moines so that children will begin to see new opportunities in STEM careers.

Previous SCI Scientists in Residence:

  • Peggy Whitson, Astronaut
    October 11-13, 2012
    Born and raised near Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Whitson completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the International Space Station and was the first female commander of the orbiting science laboratory. She has accumulated 377 days in space, the most for any woman. Whitson also has performed a total of six career spacewalks, and her total of 39 hours and 46 minutes of EVA (Extravehicular Activity) is more than any other woman. A longtime advocate for SCI, Whitson showed her support by flying the SCI flag during her Expedition 16 mission to the International Space Station in 2007.
  • Ana Tavares, Joint Field-Director of the Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA)
    February 16-18, 2012
    Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Tavares studied Egyptology at University College in London. She began excavating in Egypt in 1987. Tavares has worked at the Giza Plateau with the AERA team since 2002 and is currently co-field director of the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders site. Tavares helped develop SCI's Winter 2011/Spring 2012 traveling exhibition, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.