Personnel News: May 2021 Archives

A message from the NASA Ames Center Director Eugene Tu


Ames family,

It's with a heavy heart and extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of former Ames Center Director Dr. Henry (Harry) McDonald. Harry was the eighth center director, serving from 1996 to 2002.

Harry arrived at Ames with the charge from Administrator Daniel Goldin to take our center into the 21st century and leverage the fact that Ames is located in one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial regions in the world, Silicon Valley. Harry brought to Ames his decades of experience in both academia and industry. As an expert in computational aerodynamics, people at Ames knew and respected his work even before he arrived. Harry was extremely well regarded across Ames and NASA, and was a personal mentor to me and many of us in senior leadership here.

Cliff Feldman

Clifford Feldman, longtime cameraman and producer for major TV networks, dies of covid-19, Washington Post

"Clifford's coverage of the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003 caught the eye of NASA-TV, which asked him to come in-house and reinvigorate how the space station shares its footage. In 2017, he led a project that displayed live location tracking of the eclipse across the country. Clifford received one of NASA's top civilian honors, the Exceptional Public Service Medal, for his work on the Total Solar Eclipse broadcast. He spent his final six months working on how to cover the landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars. At 73, he had no plans to retire."

Keith's note: Cliff died in January. This article just appeared in today's Washington Post.

NASA Announces New Associate Administrator, NASA

"NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday Robert D. Cabana, who has served as director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida since 2008, will serve as associate administrator effective Monday, May 17. Steve Jurczyk, who held the position since 2018, announced his retirement Monday."

Jurczyk Retires as NASA Associate Administrator, NASA

"Steve Jurczyk, who served as acting NASA administrator from Jan. 20 to May 3, 2021, announced Monday he will retire on Friday, May 14, after more than three decades of service at NASA."

Keith's note: Meanwhile talk in the hallways is that Bill Nelson wants everyone to call him "NASA Administrator Senator Bill Nelson". Why not include "congressman", "astronaut", and "Ballast" - his other three honorifics i.e. "NASA Administrator Senator Congressman Astronaut Bill "Ballast" Nelson."? Funny, no one ever referred to NASA Administrator Lt Commander Congressman Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator Major General Charlie Bolden, or NASA Administrator Hon. Secretary Sean O'Keefe. etc. Then of course we can expect to be hearing about NASA Associate Administrator Colonel Director Bob Cabana too. Meanwhile I suspect that Pam Melroy will be more interested in getting actual work done than titles.

NASA Names New Chief of Staff - Susie Perez Quinn

"As chief of staff, Quinn will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of NASA Headquarters. She will work with Nelson and senior NASA staff to shape the strategic direction of the agency, while overseeing and articulating various policies and programs."

Keith's 1 May note: Sources report that Susie Perez Quinn is coming to NASA to work on the 9th floor for NASA Adminstrator Bill Nelson. There will be more Nelson alumni showing up for work - a few already work at NASA - Press Secretary Jackie McGuinness and NASA Legislative Affairs AA Alicia Brown.

- @susie_quinn (Tweets are protected)
- 2017 Wall of Fame Inductee: Susie Perez Quinn, USF
- Susie Perez Quinn, LinkedIn

Vice President Harris Swears in NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA

"As part of the swearing-in ceremony, Vice President Harris and Nelson were joined via video conference by Jim Bridenstine, who preceded Nelson as administrator, and in-person by Charles F. Bolden, who served as administrator from 2009 to 2017. Nelson's family and Pam Melroy, nominee for NASA deputy administrator, were guests at the ceremony."

Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer Moves To New Role, NASA

"Mark Geyer, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, is stepping down from his position leading the center to focus more time on his health and family in light of a cancer diagnosis. "Mark has had an exceptional impact on this agency, leading the nation's key human spaceflight programs for decades. Under Mark's leadership, Johnson has moved the United States into a new era of human space exploration," said NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson. "We're fortunate to continue to have Mark and his decades of expertise serving the agency in his new role as senior advisor to the associate administrator."



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