Personnel News: December 2010 Archives

More USA Layoffs Ahead

Keith's note: Word has it that the next round of layoffs at USA are coming on 7 January 2011. This will be a smaller personnel layoff than the subsequent 3 rounds of layoffs being planned in 2011. Employees have heard from management that there will probably be much larger layoffs in April, July, and September 2011. Upwards of 80% of the employees at JSC and KSC may well be gone by the time these layoffs conclude.

NASA KSC Solicitation: Health Assessment Web-based Portal

"The current system allows NASA to customize the information on the site. Through the customization, NASA has acquired data necessary to support an agengcy-wide longitudal health study. Therefore, NASA intends to continue the customized service from Mayo to maintain control of data necessary for study, and to retain the accumulated data gathered over the years. ... The requirement consist of an interactive health assessment web-based portal dedicated to NASA. The web-based portal requires: ... Rewards points incentive programs (and incentive tracking capabilities) designed to increase level of participation by NASA employees.

Keegan Named NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator

"NASA named Richard Keegan as the agency's associate deputy administrator on Thursday. He replaces Charles Scales, who has held the position since April 2007. Scales is retiring. The associate deputy administrator assists and supports NASA's administrator and deputy administrator during day-to-day agency operations, across the broad scope of institutional and workforce issues, and with contingency and continuity of operations planning."

John Sigwarth

It is with deep regret and sadness that I announce the unexpected passing of Dr. John Sigwarth, a senior scientist in the Heliophysics Division here at Goddard Space Flight Center. John died Monday of an aortic aneurysm. He was 49.

John joined Goddard in 2004 and was an incredibly respected and dedicated member of our community. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa in December 1989 and was a world expert in the physics of the Aurora Borealis. John was the Project Scientist for the POLAR mission and was the Principal Investigator for one of the instruments on the recently launched Fastsat mission. Most recently, John was developing new advanced instrumentation to image the Earth's Thermosphere and leading one of the Center's Explorer proposals. John's spouse, Dr. Nicky Fox, is a Project Scientist for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and a close friend of many here at Goddard.

NASA's New Chief Scientist

NASA Names Waleed Abdalati As Agency's New Chief Scientist

"NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Waleed Abdalati the agency's chief scientist, effective Jan. 3. Abdalati will serve as the principal adviser to the NASA administrator on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related investments. Abdalati will represent all of the scientific endeavors in the agency, ensuring they are aligned with and fulfill the administration's science objectives. He will advocate for NASA science in the context of those broader government science agendas and work closely with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget."

Astronaut Alan Poindexter Leaves NASA, NASA

"A veteran of two spaceflights, Poindexter logged more than 669 hours in space. In 2008, he was the pilot on the STS-122 space shuttle mission to deliver and install the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. In 2010, he was the commander for STS-131, a resupply mission to the station that delivered more than 13,000 pounds of hardware and equipment."

IV&V Director Named

NASA Names Independent Verification and Validation Program Director

"Gregory D. Blaney has been named director of NASA's Independent Verification and Validation, or IV&V, Program in Fairmont. The IV&V program provides software verification and validation services, as well as software safety assurance support for the agency's most critical missions. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., oversees the West Virginia facility."



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