Personnel News: September 2010 Archives

NASA v. The Scientists, Air & Space

"Just weeks before the Supreme Court is due to hear a case that has dominated his life for the past three years--and may affect the lives of thousands of fellow government contractors--Robert Nelson's thoughts are a billion miles away. "Right now I'm sitting at my desk looking at a spectral image of the surface of Titan," he says by phone from his office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he's a planetary astronomer."

Earlier HSPD-12 postings

More JSC Layoffs

Jacobs lays off 129 at NASA, Bay Area Citizen

"Jacobs Engineering on Thursday notified 129 employees that they will lose their jobs in two weeks, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell told Citizen counterpart The Friendswood Journal. Uncertainty in NASA funding has prompted the Clear Lake company to take this action. "These (129) layoffs aren't necessary," Mitchell said. He points to NASA headquarters in Washington as the culprit, accusing them of improperly redirecting funding for current programs. "They are required to spend the money the way Congress appropriated that money."

Houston-area schools brace for impact of NASA layoffs, Houston Chronicle

"Bracing for layoffs among NASA contractors, several Houston-area school districts are ramping up efforts to support students during what's expected to be an increasingly difficult financial time. Hundreds of families in the Clear Creek, Dickinson, Alvin, La Porte and Pasadena districts are expected to be affected by the layoffs, which are ongoing as the end of the space shuttle program nears."

Robert Truax

AIAA Mourns the Death of Capt. Robert C. Truax, AIAA

"The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the death of Capt. Robert C. Truax, past president of the American Rocket Society, organizer of the U.S. Naval Missile Test Center's propulsion research laboratory at Point Mugu, Calif., and AIAA Honorary Fellow. Capt. Truax passed away in Vista, Calif., on September 17, 2010. He was 93. AIAA President Mark J. Lewis stated: "We mourn the passing of Capt. Robert C. Truax, whose contributions to the field of propulsion made many of today's systems possible. From his early work on Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) systems and development of hypergolic fuels, leadership efforts on the Thor, Viking, and Polaris missiles, and later founding of his own company, Truax was an integral part of modern rocket history."

Judith Robinson

Judith Robinson, helped keep NASA crews healthy, Houston Chronicle

"Judith Liebenthal Robinson, who spent her professional career making space and the space agency safe for astronauts and NASA employees, died Sept. 10 of ovarian cancer. She was 60. After a 30-year-career with NASA, Robinson worked as chief adviser for human health and performance at Johnson Space Center, a senior life sciences position, at the time of her death."

Message from the Administrator: NASA Diversity and Inclusion Assessment Survey

"To assess the current state of diversity and inclusion throughout the agency, as well as at your center, NASA has contracted with Westat, a research organization in Rockville, Md., to develop and administer a Diversity and Inclusion Assessment Survey for civil service staff as part of the NASA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Framework. NASA will use the survey results to establish a diversity and inclusion snapshot, identify our strengths and challenges, and design future activities for the continuing enhancement of diversity and inclusion efforts at the agency."

NASA GSFC Center Director Memo: Diversity and Inclusion Assessment Survey

"Although, there have been many surveys over the years, this is the first survey to specifically address diversity and inclusion."

Reader note: "While I think this survey is a complete waste of time and tax dollars, I note that once again HQ is excluding all on-site contractors from a NASA-wide survey. Please explain to me, Mr. Bolden, how any survey can possibly "establish a diversity and inclusion snapshot" of NASA when right off the bat you are excluding the views of 70% of the NASA workforce."

Sy Syvertson

NASA statement on the passing of Clarence Sy Syvertson

"It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Clarence A. "Sy" Syvertson, a former Director of the NASA Ames Research Center from 1977 to 1984. He died the evening of Sept. 13, 2010 at the age of 84."

Keith's note: A memorial service will be held on Sunday afternoon in Saratoga.In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to either Challenger Center or Space Camp.

Layoffs Loom Ahead

KSC workers refocus as cuts creep closer, Florida Today

"Losing a job is one of life's most stressful events, and on Oct. 1, more than 900 workers will leave KSC for what could be the last time. The overall loss of aerospace jobs as the space shuttle program ends next year is expected to surpass 8,000. A job loss can bring a wide range of emotions, experts said, including hopelessness, anger, guilt, shame, fear and a loss of identity."

Raytheon to lay off 82 workers at NASA Langley, Virginian-Pilot

"The workers will be laid off Oct. 27, according to a notice Raytheon filed with the state under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. "This is the direct result of a recompeted contract," said Jon Kasle, a spokesman for the company based in Waltham, Mass."

NASA extends USA contract, Bay Area Citizen

"NASA has extended the Space Program Operations Contract with United Space Alliance, of Houston to March 31, 2011. ... This is not expected to affect the planned layoffs of from 1,400 to 1,800 USA employees, including 300 to 400 here."

ATK, NASA officials cheer Ares rocket motor test, Deseret News

"President Barack Obama announced the direction of the nation's space program would change. That officially put the program called "Constellation" in jeopardy and prompted more than 1,600 layoffs at Utah companies, including ATK."


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