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Where's The New CASIS Board of Directors?

By Keith Cowing
October 23, 2012
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James Royston Statement at Hearing Highlighting Research, Discovery aboard the International Space Station, 25 July 2012
“Through a series of evaluations, interviews, and down-selects, the Interim Board has identified the first group of permanent Board of Directors candidates, all of whom represent the best American minds in the fields of scientific research and management from academia, government, and industry. An announcement of the first set of Board members will be made shortly, with the remaining 15-member Board finalized soon thereafter.”
William Gerstenmaier Statement at Hearing Highlighting Research, Discovery aboard the International Space Station, 25 July 2012
“NASA is working with CASIS’ interim Board of Directors to identify and evaluate a diverse group of outstanding individuals for that board, and the Agency is also in the process of transitioning existing National Laboratory agreement holders to CASIS.”
Letter from NASA to CASIS regarding Notification of Actions Following Dr. Becker’s Resignation, 21 March 2012
“Moreover, the functions identified in the Cooperative Agreement and the milestones in the Annual Program Plan (APP) are critical given the limited amount of time remaining to do research on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA would like assurances from the Board that CASIS will be able to meet the milestones in the APP.”
Letter from CASIS to NASA: Response regarding Notification of Actions Following Dr. Becker’s Resignation, 28 March 2012
“A Selection process for the full Initial Board has been approved and is underway.”
Keith’s 23 Oct update: Three months since the hearing. Seven months since the memos. Still no news from CASIS as to who is on their board of directors or when this board will be announced. Sources report that no one (White House, NASA, Congress, research community) likes the names that CASIS has floated.

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