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Pressure on CASIS Mounts

By Keith Cowing
April 5, 2012
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CASIS Names Dr. Timothy J. Yeatman Interim Chief Scientist, CASIS
“The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research onboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, today named renowned surgeon and researcher Timothy J. Yeatman, M.D., as CASIS Interim Chief Scientist. Additionally, Dr. Alan Stern, a planetary scientist, aerospace consultant, and former NASA executive, has been appointed CASIS Scientific Advisor. Doctors Yeatman and Stern will lead research initiatives for the organization.
Hearing Notes: Charles Bolden Testifies on NASA’s FY 2013 Budget (22 March 2012)
“Rep. Wolf suggested that NASA needs to look at CASIS carefully saying “if they are not with it in 30-45 days we should pull it and give it to NSF”. Bolden replied that a letter was being sent to CASIS to remind them of their milestones and “if they they do not meet milestones we will find another way”.”
Ohio Delegation Calls on NASA To Fire ISS Nonprofit, Space News
“Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation urged NASA to strip a Florida nonprofit of its status as manager of the international space station’s national laboratory and give the job to a Cleveland-based group instead.”
Brown Urges NASA Leadership To Reconsider Contract For The International Space Station National Laboratory
“CASIS was hired to develop research pathways that connect basic and applied research, and develop a pipeline of funding and projects to support the wide range of research opportunities available in the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. It is the general impression of the situation that CASIS is neither performing this type of work, nor actively heading toward being able to perform this type of work. Because of the limited life of the ISS, it may be time to consider a switch in leadership for this activity.”
Keith’s note: It has been 14 days since Wolf’s comments. The clock is ticking for CASIS. The NASA Inspector General’s Office is looking into CASIS issues and a request for a GAO study of CASIS is being considered in Congress. And now the Ohio delegation is calling for NASA’s agreement with CASIS to be cancelled. Do these appointments announced today by CASIS count as being “with it” (as Rep. Wolf suggested) or is this just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic? Stay tuned.
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