Personnel News: August 2006 Archives

Layoffs Begin at KSC

Layoffs Hit Kennedy Space Center, Central Florida News 13

"In an exclusive report, David Waters at Central Florida News13 has learned that in a cost cutting move, one of NASA's contractors will be laying off workers at the Space Center. This move comes just days before another scheduled launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. 75 NASA contractors will lose their jobs. They work for SGS, a contractor that keeps the infrastructure of the space center running. The contractor fought to keep some jobs, but now have to tell those 75 employees, they'll no longer have a job at the space center."

Rocco Petrone Has Died

Rocco A. Petrone, obituary, LA Times

"... He passed away August 24, 2006 at home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. He graduated from West Point in 1946 serving in the Army. He joined NASA in 1960 where he worked in the Apollo program. Later in his career he was with Rockwell's Space Transportation Division."

SMD Management Update

Reader note: "There was a listing in the Washington Post today (Section F, pg. 6) for the SES jobs of Director & Deputy Director, Planetary Science Division in SMD at NASA Hq ..."

  • New Faces at SMD?, earlier post
  • Astronaut Office Changes

    Editor's note: Astronaut Steve Lindsey has been selected to head the Astronaut Office. CB's current Chief, Kent Rominger, is going to be leaving NASA. The change is effective 1 October. Also, astronaut Mike Bloomfield will become Deputy Director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate (FCOD). FCOD's current director is astronaut Ken Bowersox.

    New Faces at SMD?

    Editor's note: Are big changes ahead at NASA's Science Mission Directorate? With the recent departure of Carl Pilcher and Andy Dantzler from SMD, mounting concern in Congress and the scientific community about NASA's committment to space science, and the recent resignation of Wes Huntress, Eugene Levy, and Charles Kennel from the NAC Science Subcommittee, something needs to be fixed. SMD AA Mary Cleave's retirement - perhaps as early as November 2006 - has been discussed with some people. With senior SMD personnel departing, and many others at SMD in temporary or acting positions, now would be a good time for Mike Griffin to clear the decks and bring in a new team to get the SMD back on its feet.

    Then again, with Griffin's accelerating evisceration of NASA space science projects ...

    A memorial service for the late Mike Dornheim, senior engineering editor and Los Angeles bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology killed June 3 in a car accident near Malibu, Calif. will be held Aug. 19 at 2-5 p.m. PDT at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

    GRC Layoff Update

    NASA Glenn layoff plans on hold for now, Cleveland Plain Dealer

    "NASA Glenn Research Center employees whose jobs were threatened by budget cuts got a reprieve last week: Management is "indefinitely postponing" the process of preparing for layoffs, a memo issued to employees said."

    Ansel J. Butterfield, Daily Press

    "... in 1969 where he was one of the key project managers for the Viking Project to send a lander to Mars. His name is one of only a few that appears on a small plaque attached to the lander that remains on the planet to this day."

    Guy Etheridge Memorial Information, Astrobiology.net

    "To the Gravitational and Space Biology Family: We have all been saddened by the passing of Guy Etheridge this week. His death is a great loss for NASA and especially for KSC. We will miss him in many ways."

    NAI Gets a New Director

    NASA Ames Announces Change in Astrobiology Management

    "Dr. Carl Pilcher, senior scientist for astrobiology at NASA Headquarters, Washington, has been appointed director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) based at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The appointment is effective Sept. 18, 2006."

    Guy Etheridge Has Died

    Man faces charges in crash that killed 2, Orlando Sentinel

    "Passers-by got all of the occupants out except the driver of the GMC, Guy John Etheridge, 43, of Merritt Island, who died at the scene."

    Reader note: Keith - I don't know if you knew Guy Etheridge from KSC, but he was tragically killed in a car accident this weekend when he was hit by a drunk driver.

    NASA Notice of proposed revisions to an existing Privacy Act system of records

    "This system of records is being revised to describe the additional types of information being collected by NASA required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors) and FIPS 201 (Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors)."

    SMD Personnel Update

    Internal NASA GSFC Memo: Space Science Management Changes

    "I'm pleased to inform you that our own Jim Green, currently head of the Science Proposal Support Office (SPSO), will be detailed to NASA HQ as the Acting Director of the Planetary Science Division of SMD. ... Anne Kinney has agreed to become the acting head of SPSO in Jim's absence."

    James Van Allen Has Died

    U.S. Space Pioneer, UI Professor James A. Van Allen Dies, University of Iowa

    "Dr. James A. Van Allen, U.S. space pioneer and Regent Distinguished Professor of Physics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, died this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006 at the age of 91. Arrangements are pending. Though he retired from active teaching in 1985, he continued to monitor data from Pioneer 10 throughout the spacecraft's 1972-2003 operational lifetime and serve as an interdisciplinary scientist for the Galileo spacecraft, which reached Jupiter on Dec. 7, 1995."

    IFPTE Reponses to Questions for The Record: NASA Workforce Hearing

    "IFPTE believes that most employees are pleased to see, once again, a bright, dedicated, and fully technically engaged Administrator at the helm. Unfortunately, despite his many talents, Dr. Griffin cannot turn straw into gold, nor can he make the Vision for Space Exploration a reality with the proposed budget. IFPTE is very grateful for the strong bi-partisan endorsement that NASA received from its Authorizers in their call in the Authorization Act of 2005 for sustained growth in NASA's budget to match the sustained growth in NASA's responsibilities. Unfortunately, neither the President nor House Appropriators seem to have listened."

    All Hands @ LaRC

    Town Hall Meeting at NASA LaRC

    "You are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with Director Lesa Roe this Thursday, August 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Reid Conference Center."

    William G. Bastedo; Dedicated Life to Space Exploration, Washington Post

    "William G. Bastedo, 76, whose family landed on American soil before the Revolutionary War and who spent his life launching the nation into space, died of complications from intestinal surgery Aug. 1 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville."

    Winston Scott's New Job

    Editor's note: The following memo announces the hiring of former Director of the Florida Space Authority Winston Scott at ESCG.

    Frank Kutyna Has Died

    Francis Anthony Kutyna, Glaveston Daily News

    "Francis Anthony Kutyna, 64, passed away at his home on July 31, 2006, in Dickinson, Texas. He was born December 27, 1941, to Frank and Isabel Kutyna and was retired from NASA Space Biomedical Research Inst. as a neuroscientist.

    A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 4, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. at the Shrine of the True Cross, 300 FM East, Dickinson, TX. 77539."

    Charles Barnes Has Died

    Charles Julian Barnes, Washington Post

    "Charles Julian Barnes died on Friday, July 28, 2006 at Prince William Hospital, Manassas, Virginia. Mr. Barnes was a Program Manager for NASA."


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