Make NASA Cool!

Center leadership has recently identified what is called a “strategic opportunity”. We, as a center, have the opportunity to help change people’s perception of Langley as well as the Agency as a whole. We need your ideas for how to make NASA cool! Put your ideas here and they will be added to those presented to the Center Leadership Council on October 13.

Thanks

Rollout Social

We had a rollout social for our group on Monday, August 17th in the Reid Center at NASA LaRC. It was a good turnout and there were lots of new people looking to get involved. Here are the slides that we presented, for those who couldn’t make it.

Next Gen Rollout Social 8-17-09

Telework Day – Aug. 3rd

The Next Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) is working to raise awareness of Governor Tim Kaine’s announcement of the Statewide Telework Day to be held on Monday, August 3. NGAC is supporting Langley’s senior management by conducting research to determine the effectiveness and productivity of those who participated. Conversely, the NGAC will also analyze the lack of participation and the reactions of employees about teleworking. Please look for our advertisements on @LaRC this week about how you can potentially assist the committee in their efforts to learn more about the attitudes and flexibility surrounding this new shift.

If possible, please consider taking this opportunity to telework. More information about Statewide Telework Day is posted below.

Thank you!

Next Generation Advisory Committee

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Langley NextGen Retreat Follow Up

Hello Next Geners!

As many of you know, we recently held a retreat to establish the foundation for our group and came up with what we think are some really exciting ideas to propel us into the future. The first thing we should share is the vision statement:

The NGAC will leverage its intellectual and social resources to solidify NASA’s position as the premier innovative work environment, ensure NASA’s relevancy in a changing socio-political environment, and advance NASA’s goals into the 21st century and beyond.

Continue reading ‘Langley NextGen Retreat Follow Up’

21st Century Lab white paper posted

NASA Langley has created a Next Generation Advisory Council! See the 21st Century Lab white paper and the related Power Point presentation that the group will be working on:

White Paper: 21st-century-lab-wp

Power Point:  21st-c-plan

Yuri’s Night Hampton Roads a success

n1291803768_30099858_3699863NASA Langley’s first Yuri’s Night on April 4 was a evening of excitement, inspiration and engagement as we joined 171 parties in 41 countries on 6 continents and 2 worlds to celebrate the art and science of space exploration.

Some 1,200 people from Hampton Roads, Virginia and points beyond gathered at the Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC)  in downtown Hampton for a night to festivities that include a DJ Jeyone, reggae band The Prisoners, dancing and martial arts by Capoeira Resistencia, belly dancing by Neferteri and a folk-belly dancing fusion by Dancing Turle Folk Arts of Fields Dance Studio.

Techn0 music pounded on the main floor of the architecturally astounding VASC while on the third-floor open-air Observation Deck, the theme was reggae and stargazing with the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club.

Other highlights included a costume contest, the Galactic Laser Light Show, a Mars-tini lounge, food with the $5 ticket price, demonstrations of robots, and all of the unbelievable exhibits already inside the VASC. NASA Langley, which shared the event with the VASC, displayed numerous interactive exhibits and both organizations staffed the event along with enthusiastic volunteers.

Event staffers, meanwhile, busily interviewed night-goers, took photos and video, and did real-time postings to the NASA Langley Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Yuri’s Night pages. We posted a photo stream via Flickr on the NASA Langley external web site. And there’s more to come. Also check out the Yuri’s Night Hampton Roads web site.

A Congressman and a couple of Hampton City Council members rounded out the crowd and made comments. Speaking of the crowd, for a Gen Y event it drew a generous share of Boomers and Beyond, plus a few parents with their children. This may say something about the event expectations of Hampton Roads residents … it’s a very family-oriented region. And the VASC specializes in activities for the general public and children.

Yuri’s Night Hampton Roads 2009 was supposed to be a young people’s event. Me, though, I liked the inclusivity.

Space is everywhere …

Not your father’s annual report

larc-report-cover-09NASA Langley’s 2008 annual report, “Earth, Air & Space,” is available at larc-report-v8gf09.

The 32-page document covers Langley’s work in aeronautics, science, and space exploration with compelling photos and text — and special features such as “Arctic Adventure,” “Orion’s First Journey,” and “A Winning Team,” the tale of how we shared in the prestigious Collier Trophy.

Did you know we also helped Speedo with the design of the faster swimsuit used at the 2008 Summer Olympics? Or that our facilities and employees will be in a movie, “The Box,” starring Cameron Diaz?

Check it out!

Kudos to nasa.gov

cff5fbc3331334f4Just when you’re ready to throw out the baby with the bath water, along comes a cautionary tale.

In this case, next.gov singles out NASA (and the Library of Congress, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Social Security Administration, and Transportation Security Administration) for “Best Practices for Government Web Sites.”

These sites are not what we would consider to be the best of all federal Web sites — though they certainly could give a number of others a run for their money — but rather sites that employ what consultants say are best online practices. They don’t all make use of the latest and greatest in Web 2.0 technology or sport cutting-edge designs, and that, we’ve learned, can be a good thing.

Go here to see “Why We Picked NASA.”

Barriers to innovation and inclusion

1357154535_94eefec289Wayne Hale has a great blog and video related to stifling dissent. Kinda makes you wonder if anything ever changes. Perhaps fundamentally we as a species are hard-wired to stifle and do other bad stuff … but the variable may be the degree to which we do it. That is the bad news and the good news.

And is the reason we need to keep trying to be better.

Here is how to get the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_424YskAfew

As for the blog, it is reprinted here in it’s entirety:

“I’ve got a video that you need to watch, but first I need to explain why you need to watch it and what lesson I hope you will take away.

The Columbia Accident Investigation Board said that NASA – and specifically the Space Shuttle Program – stifled dissenting opinions which might have prevented the accident. Particularly the action was pointed toward the Mission Management Team. As the new Deputy Program Manager, I was assigned the task of restructuring the MMT and providing means for listening to dissent. Somewhere along the way I acquired the informal title of ‘culture change leader’. I took this to heart and changing the culture to be more welcoming to alternate or dissenting opinions was a task that took a lot of my time and attention. Continue reading ‘Barriers to innovation and inclusion’

New Apollo 40th anniversary poster

apollo-rollup-display2NASA Langley has a new poster commemorating the 40th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the moon (the first that we know about, anyway!).

The poster is the creation of Langley’s Stan Husch and Meghan Guethe, with help from Elaine Gause and Tim Allen.

The details

Top left: Rendezvous Docking Simulator at NASA Langley taken 12/2/64. Image # EL-2001-00448.

Top right: multiple exposure of a simulated landing of the Lunar Lander trainer at Langley’s Lunar Landing Research Facility. Image # L-1967-03177, taken 4/11/67.

Main image: astronaut David R. Scott, commander, gives a military salute while standing beside the deployed U.S. flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. The flag was deployed toward the end of EVA-2.

The Lunar Module “Falcon” is partially visible on the right. Hadley Delta in the background rises approximately 4,000 meters (about 13,124 feet) above the plain. The base of the mountain is approximately five kilometers (about three statute miles) away. Photo by astronaut James B. Irwin, Lunar Module pilot. Image # AS15-88-11863 taken 8/1/71.

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