Julie Payette joins Woodrow Wilson Center
Jan. 19, 2011, Washington, D.C. - On January 10, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Julie Payette began an eight-month fellowship as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
During her tenure with the Woodrow Wilson Center she will be affiliated with the Center’s Canada Institute, where she will be involved in a variety of research and writing projects.
“We are very excited to have such a prominent figure join us at the Canada Institute,” said David Biette, director of the Canada Institute. “Ms. Payette has an impressive record of achievement and her research while at the Woodrow Wilson Center should contribute significantly to leadership and science education. We believe the work she will undertake at the Center, along with her past work, will serve as an inspiration to those inside the Center and those who follow our work elsewhere.”
Payette joins the ranks of notable Canadians such as Benoît Pelletier, Jodi White, and the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark who have also held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center. While on education leave, she remains a member of the Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Corps.
Ms. Payette joined the Canadian Space Agency in 1992. In 1999, Ms. Payette became the first Canadian astronaut to visit the International Space Station. In 2009, she returned to the Station serving as Flight Engineer and Robotic Specialist. In 2000, Ms Payette was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and in 2010 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.