Tam O'Shaughnessy

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Tam Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy
BornJanuary 27, 1952 (1952-01-27) (age 61)
San Andreas, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materTroy High School
Georgia State University
University of California, Riverside
OccupationEducator
Partner(s)Sally Ride (1985-2012)
 
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Tam Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy
BornJanuary 27, 1952 (1952-01-27) (age 61)
San Andreas, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materTroy High School
Georgia State University
University of California, Riverside
OccupationEducator
Partner(s)Sally Ride (1985-2012)

Tam Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy (born January 27, 1952) is an American educator, children’s science writer, former professional tennis player, and co–founder of the science education company Sally Ride Science. O'Shaughnessy was the life partner of astronaut Sally Ride—the first American woman in space—from 1985 until Ride’s death in 2012. O’Shaughnessy and Ride were business partners at Sally Ride Science and also wrote six science books for children together.

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Early life

O'Shaughnessy was born in San Andreas, California and graduated from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, where she was active in tennis.[1][2] As a junior player, she was coached by Billie Jean King. O’Shaughnessy went on to play on the women's professional tennis circuit from 1971 to 1974. She competed in the US Open in 1966, 1970, and 1972. Her entry into the 1966 U.S. National Championships at the age of 14 came about by serendipity. O’Shaughnessy was being coached by Robert Walter Johnson, a physician who played key roles in the tennis careers of Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. Johnson was an official of the American Tennis Association (ATA), an organization that promotes tennis for African-Americans but welcomes players of all backgrounds. During the summer of 1966, O’Shaughnessy, who is not African-American, competed in ATA tournaments in addition to U.S. Tennis Association junior events. O’Shaughnessy won the ATA national 18-and-under championship and so was automatically entered in the U.S. National Championship draw. O’Shaughnessy also competed in the 1972 Wimbledon Championships. During her tennis career, she was ranked as high as No. 52 in the world in women’s singles on the Women’s Tennis Association rankings and as high as No. 3 in the U.S. in women’s doubles (with Ann Lebedeff). O’Shaughnessy holds national hard-court doubles titles in the junior division (with Ann Lebedeff) and in the women’s division in 1969 (with Pam Austin, Tracy Austin Holt's older sister).

Career and education

In 1974, O’Shaughnessy retired from tennis and went to work for Billie Jean King and Larry King, who was then King’s husband, in their new company, King Enterprises. For several years, O’Shaughnessy was the publisher of the Women’s Tennis Association newsletter before going to college to study biology. O’Shaughnessy earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D in school psychology from University of California, Riverside. She was assistant professor of school psychology at Georgia State University from 1998 to 2001, and then associate professor of school psychology at San Diego State University from 2002 until 2007. She retired early to devote her time and energy to Sally Ride Science, and was named professor emeritus at San Diego State University.

O’Shaughnessy began her science writing career in 1990, collaborating with Ride on a children’s book, Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System. O’Shaughnessy has written 10 children’s science books, including six with Ride. Ride and O’Shaughnessy earned the American Institute of Physics Children’s Science Writing Award in 1995 for their second book, The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth From Space.

In 2001, O’Shaughnessy, Ride, Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, and Alan Lopes formed Sally Ride Science, based in San Diego, California. The mission of the company is to create engaging science books and science programs to encourage young students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Sally Ride Science grew to over 40 employees. O’Shaughnessy serves as the chief operating officer and executive vice president of content. As head of content for the company, O’Shaughnessy helped create the vision for series Cool Careers In Science. The series consists of 12 books, each profiling 12 scientists and engineers working in areas from space science, green chemistry, and physics to math, environmental science and engineering. The Cool Careers books feature female and male scientists of diverse backgrounds who are engaged in active, collaborative work. O’Shaughnessy also guided creation of the Key Concepts in Science series, which includes 12 books in Physical Science, 12 books in Earth Science, and 12 books in Life Science. She is overseeing conversion of the books to eBooks.

Selected publications

  • Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy (1999). The Mystery of Mars. Random House Children's Books, ISBN 0517709716
  • TE O'Shaughnessy (2000). A comparison of two reading interventions for children with reading disabilities. Journal of Learning
  • Kathleen L. Lane, Frank M. Gresham, and Tam E. O'Shaughnessy (2002). The Efficacy of Phonological Awareness Training with First-Grade Students Who Have Behavior Problems and Reading Difficulties doi:10.1177/106342660100900402
  • Kathleen L. Lane, Frank M. Gresham, and Tam E. O'Shaughnessy (2002). Interventions for Children With or At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Pearson, ISBN 9780205321827
  • Tam E. O'Shaughnessy, Kathleen L. Lane, Frank M. Gresham, Margaret E. Beebe-Frankenberger Children placed at risk for learning and behavioral difficulties. doi:10.1177/074193250302400103
  • Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy (2003). Exploring Our Solar System. Random House Children's Books, ISBN 0375812040
  • Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy (2004). The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space. Random House Children's Books, ISBN 0517593610
  • Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy (2005). Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System. Random House Children's Books, ISBN 0517581574
  • Tam O'Shaughnessy (2006). The Inside Story of Earth.
  • Tam O'Shaughnessy (2008). Ecosystems.
  • Tam O'Shaughnessy (2008). Totally amazing careers in earth sciences.
  • Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy (2009). Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate--And How Humans Are Changing Them. andom House Children's Books, ISBN 1596433108
  • Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy (2009). Mission: Save the Planet: Things YOU Can Do to Help Fight Global Warming!. Random House Children's Books, ISBN 1596433795
  • Tam O'Shaughnessy (2010). Cool Careers in Engineering. Sally Ride Science. ISBN 13: 978-1933798-32-5

References

  1. ^ Carr, Al (July 15, 1969). Pair of comely lasses. Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Cartnal, Alan (April 28, 1972). On and off the Courts. Fashion: Name of the Tennis Game. Los Angeles Times

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