Personnel News: November 2019 Archives

At NASA, 2019 was the year of the woman, yet women still are a big minority at the space agency, Washington Post

"But debate still surrounds it. In October, a chat board for members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) hosted a spirited discussion of the term, with some arguing that "manned" refers to all humans and, as one put it, "the word itself has nothing to do with gender." Lori Garver, a former NASA deputy administrator, wrote on the message board that "if we want to encourage women or non-conforming genders to be a part of our next grand adventure, it would serve us well to remove 'manned' from our lexicon." AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher responded on the board that the institute "prefers to use 'crewed' or 'human' rather than 'manned' when referring to space travel in our publications and on AIAA.org. Increasing the diversity of the aerospace community and the future workforce has been -- and continues to be -- a mission priority for AIAA." The debate became so heated that ultimately the organization decided to shut down the discussion board, asking members to write statements "with empathy and respect for your fellow members."

- AIAA Moves Toward Diversity And Inclusion - Old Mindsets Persist, earlier post
- AIAA Responds To Diversity Concerns, earlier post
- AIAA Shuns Gender Diversity In Scholarship Selections, earlier post

Keith's note: Mike Gold from Maxar has been tapped be become a special advisory to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Gold will be providing advice to Bridenstine on a range of topics with a special focus on expanding commercialization in low Earth orbit, cis-lunar space and beyond. In addition of working for Maxar he also served on the NASA Adviosry Council and was the energetic chair of the NAC Regulatory and Policy Committee. Mike also served on the board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and worked for a number of years for Bigelow Aerospace. Mike is also a big Star Trek fan and should provide a balancing influence upon rabid Star Wars fan Jim Bridenstine.

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Ron Reisman

Keith's note: This is from Ron's wife Marcia on his Facebook page: "Dear Friends of Ron, Ron passed away early this morning from complications from pancreatic cancer. Although we knew his time was limited, this still came as a shock. Ron made a lot of friends through the years, and I know appreciated all of you. He leaves behind me, our 3 kids, and endless books and projects."

Ronald J. Reisman, MS, Lifeboat Foundation

"Ron authored A Brief Introduction to the Art of Flight Simulation and coauthored Augmented Reality in a Simulated Tower Environment: Effect of Field of View on Aircraft Detection and Design of Augmented Reality Tools for Air Traffic Control Towers. His patents include Real-time surface traffic adviser and Automated traffic management system and method."

NASA and Aerospace warming up to Blockchain Technology

"Blockchain has seen a lot of success in the past few months. Every industry is trying to get their hands on the success of Blockchain and this time its the aerospace sector. NASA is looking into different ways Blockchain technology can be used in their system. A NASA computer engineer, Ronald J Reisman, sees the scope of Blockchain technology in the US ATC system."

Ad astra Ron.


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