Personnel News: December 2018 Archives

The Most Famous Person To Die In 2018, According To Data Science, Huffington Post

"What this graph doesn't tell us, however, is who specifically was the most famous person to die in 2018. To calculate this, we need a means to measure an individual's level of fame. And this is where we can borrow a trick from Google. The search engine ranks results by counting the number of pages linking into a given page - the theory being that the more pages linking there, the more authoritative it is. And using this Wikipedia data, we can do something similar: We can count the number of other Wikipedia pages linking to the dead person. The bigger the number, the bigger the impact that person had on our world."

"10 - Paul Spudis - Aug. 29 - Scientist - 1502"

Paul Spudis, earlier post

Nancy Grace Roman

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as 'mother' of Hubble, dies at 93, Washington Post

"Undeterred by the barriers to women in the sciences, Dr. Roman found a professional home at NASA. Even there, she recalled in an interview years later, she felt compelled to use the honorific "Dr." "Otherwise," she said, "I could not get past the secretaries." After joining the fledgling space agency in 1959, Dr. Roman became the first chief of astronomy at NASA headquarters, a role that made her one of the agency's first female executives. She remained in that position for nearly two decades before her retirement in 1979."

- NASA Administrator's Statement Regarding Nancy Grace Roman
- Nancy Roman, Wikipedia

Keith's note: The last two times there was a data breach I was directly affected since I am a former NASA civil servant even though I left the agency 25 years ago. I also underwent a FBI security scan to get a press badge at NASA HQ 15 years ago. I sent an email to NASA HQ PAO, Human Resources, and CIO yesterday asking how media and former employees are affected by the latest security breach. This is the response I got.

It is pointless to send me to the website since I am no longer a NASA civil servant and I do not have a "Smart Card" to log in. So I called the phone number. They never bothered to ask me for my case number (so why was I given one?). A recording of the call is below. Clearly NASA is not prepared for handling responses to former NASA employees about this topic. Note: I am in Virginia which is a "one party" state when it comes to recording phone calls (which I never do if you call me BTW). This is a customer service call that I think is worth sharing.

"Dear Keith, Thank you for your inquiry to the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) regarding the potential PII compromise. At this time we are being advised to direct all media inquiries to NASA Headquarters, Ms. Karen Northon at [deleted]. We are dedicated to providing you with a high-quality and timely resolution. You can review the status of your inquiry at https://esd.nasa.gov. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us at 1-877-677-2123, option 2 or submit a ticket at https://esd.nasa.gov. For quicker service, reference your case number [deleted] when calling or include it in the subject line of your e-mail. Thank you,

Service Provider, NASA Enterprise Service Desk (ESD)
NASA Shared Services Center
Self-Service/Web: http://esd.nasa.gov/esd
Phone: (877) 677-2123
Fax (support documentation only): (888) 525-6497"

Rona Ramon

Rona Ramon, Widow of Israel's First Astronaut Ilan Ramon, Dies at 54, Haaretz

"Rona Ramon, the widow of Israel's first and only astronaut, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at age 54. Ramon's husband, Ilan Ramon, was a crew member on America's 2003 Columbia space shuttle mission when the spacecraft blew up, killing all on board. Rona Ramon later lost her son Asaf, an Israel Air Force fighter pilot, in a training accident. She subsequently established the Ramon Foundation to promote academic excellence and social leadership among Israel's young people."

Columbia: Thinking Back - Looking Ahead, New Moon Rising

"From the an event held on the one year anniversary of Columbia's loss at the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC: "At the end of the event, Rona Ramon, Ilan's widow, spoke last. "Our mission in space is not over" she told the hushed audience. "He was the first Israeli in space -- that means there will be more."

Keith's 14 December note: NASA has a new Associate Administrator for the headquarters Office of Communications: Bettina Inclán. According to her Twitter profile at @BettinaInclan: "Entrepreneur. Storyteller. Political junky. Tired mom of 2 boys. Wife. Wine enthusiast. Proud Latina. Alum of Capitol Hill @GOP @RNCLatinos @NRCC Romney, McCain".

Here's her Linked In profile: Bettina Inclán Agen. Bettina Inclán reports for duty at NASA next week. A quick Google search turned up these interesting stories that mention her:

Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship. Now she's running for Congress, Miami Herald (with video)

"A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials. ... Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican who is running to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recounted her experience with the ETs during a 2009 television interview." ... Rodriguez Aguilera's daughter is former Republican National Committee Hispanic outreach director Bettina Inclán Agen. Her son-in-law, Jarrod Agen, is Vice President Mike Pence's deputy chief of staff."

RNC ad has own staffer 'breaking up' with Obama cardboard cut-out, MSNBC (with video)

"The video portrays a woman sitting across a restaurant table from a cardboard cut-out of Obama. "You think I didn't see you with Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney?" the woman asks. "It's not me, it's you." But perhaps it is the woman. The actor depicting a disillusioned Obama supporter from 2008 is actually the RNC's Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclan. "You're just not the person I thought you were," Inclan tells cardboard Obama in the ad, while pretending to be someone she is not."

George H.W. Bush

NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of George H.W. Bush

"From being the Navy's youngest fighter pilot in World War II and being shot down, to his years of public service in Congress, the State Department, CIA, Vice President and President, there was nothing he wouldn't give for our country and her people. "President Bush's Space Exploration Initiative helped us to think big and long-term about space. His impassioned vision of 'a journey into tomorrow - a journey to another planet - a manned mission to Mars,' helped sustain NASA's early work on the International Space Station, and it still can be felt in our ongoing efforts to send humans farther into the solar system to live and work for extended periods. "The President noted it was humanity's destiny to explore, and America's destiny to lead. We salute this great American leader, who challenged us to chart a course for the future to benefit all humanity."

Former President George H.W. Bush discusses life in space with station crew, February 11, 2016

"Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA discussed Kelly's year-long mission and research aboard the orbital laboratory during a conversation on Feb. 5 with former President George H.W. Bush, who paid a visit to the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston."


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