Education: November 2015 Archives

NASA Statements on Katherine Johnson's Medal of Freedom, NASA

"Katherine Johnson once remarked that even though she grew up in the height of segregation, she didn't think much about it because 'I didn't have time for that don't have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I'm as good as anybody, but no better.' "The truth in fact, is that Katherine is indeed better. She's one of the greatest minds ever to grace our agency or our country, and because of the trail she blazed, young Americans like my granddaughters can pursue their own dreams without a feeling of inferiority."

Katherine Johnson: The Girl Who Loved to Count, NASA

"In 1953, after years as a teacher and later as a stay-at-home mom, she began working for NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA. The NACA had taken the unusual step of hiring women for the tedious and precise work of measuring and calculating the results of wind tunnel tests in 1935. In a time before the electronic computers we know today, these women had the job title of "computer." During World War II, the NACA expanded this effort to include African-American women."

- Is JSC's R5 Droid Worth Fixing?, previous post
- NASA Awards Space Robot R&D Projects to MIT, Northeastern, TechNewsWorld
- NASA wants to make a C-3PO to help colonize Mars, which may not be a super idea, Wired
- NASA selects Northeastern for humanoid robot research, Northeastern University

United Launch Alliance Reveals Transformational CubeSat Launch Program

"ULA will offer universities the chance to compete for at least six CubeSat launch slots on two Atlas V missions, with a goal to eventually add university CubeSat slots to nearly every Atlas and Vulcan launch," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "There is a growing need for universities to have access and availability to launch their CubeSats and this program will transform the way these universities get to space by making space more affordable and accessible."

NASA Awards Two Robots to University Groups for R&D Upgrades

"Humanoid robots will be helpful to astronauts on our journey to Mars, so NASA has awarded prototypes to two universities for advanced research and development work."

Keith's note: I asked NASA HQ and LaRC PAO how many colleges or universities submitted proposals. I was interested in how popular this whole idea was with universities across the U.S. Gina Anderson from LaRC HQ PAO replied "it's not our practice to share information about the number of proposals we received or which proposals were not selected." I replied "Its not your "practice", So, do I need to file a FOIA request? I am not sure why a simple number is not something that you'd readily supply. My interest is in how many school across the country were interested enough to try. I am not asking which schools they were." Gina replied "The program didn't provide that information. Here is the link to the FOIA page: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/foia/index.html" My response "I asked NASA PAO how many universities/colleges applied - that's all - and you refuse to tell me because "the program didn't provide that information". Can't you ask them? I mean, that is usually why someone asks PAO." You are requiring that I file a FOIA. Is that what I am going to post? OK. (shaking my head)"

So .. I guess I will submit a FOIA request.


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