News

Greetings to the LAA family.

The next Langley Alumni Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018,  at the NASA Langley Cafeteria (Building 2102). The speaker will be Mr. Howard J. “Howie” Lewis, Director, Flight Research Operations – RetiredHis topic will be “Evolution of Flight Operations at NASA Langley during 2003-2008”. (see poster below)

LAA Members, you are cordially invited to the LaRC Director’s Holiday Social that will be held on Wednesday, December 5, beginning at 2:00 pm at Building 1202, Reid Conference Center. You will receive additional details in the mail.

Our Christmas Luncheon (Aka Fall Luncheon or Winter Luncheon) will be held at Angelo’s Steak and Pancake House on December 11, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Angelo’s is located at 755 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Route 17) in Newport News. (This is the same location as for last year’s luncheon). To sign up for the luncheon, have people contact Dick Davis at 757-595-7474, or at richard.e.davis@earthlink.net .

Attention all LAA Members:  The LAA Board has mounted an effort to update the LAA By-Laws to reflect how the organization is being run.  Most of the amendments are relatively minor or editorial but some, including how  LAA Dues are established and may be used, are significant to enable the LAA Board to efficiently conduct LAA business.  All of these changes have been reviewed and are supported by the LAA Board, however, per Article IX of the ByLaws amendments to the ByLaws must be presented to the LAA membership at the Annual Meeting and voted on by the Board of Directors at their first meeting following the LAA Annual Meeting. Please review the updated By-Laws HERE.

Meetings

The Langley Alumni Association held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the NASA Langley Cafeteria (Building 2102). The speaker was Mr. Edward L. McLarney, Associate CIO for Technology & Innovation, Big Data Analytics & Machine Learning Lead Office of the Chief Information Officer, LaRC. McLarney introduced Jeremy Yagle, Assistant Branch Head, Information Management Branch, who assisted him in the presentation. McLarney’s talk was titled “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Capability Development for LaRC Transformation. He stated that NASA needs an integrated digital tools and technologies capability to enable transformational changes in conducting relevant and innovative research, systems analysis, and design. He discussed Langley’s approach to applying big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing, a core capability towards this goal. His talk was received with great interest by the attendees and President Ferguson presented the speaker with a NASA cup in appreciation.

Minutes for both the LAA General Meeting and Board Meeting are contained in the Meeting and Minutes section.

Information on Obtaining Badges to Attend LAA Meetings at LaRC

To attend Langley Alumni Association (LAA) meetings, Langley retirees can obtain a one-day visitor badge at the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office. Please bring two forms of government-issued identification. We now have a new process to renew your six-month badge.  Within two-three weeks of the badge expiration date, please send an email to:

larc-alumni-request@mail.nasa.gov

Please include your legal first and last name as well as a telephone or cell number and state that you are requesting a six-month LAA badge renewal. Call the Badge and Pass Office at 757-864-2790 within a week after you receive notice that the renewal is being processed and to ensure your new badge is ready for pick-up.

 Ongoing Activities

The LAA has a close working partnership with the NASA Langley Research Center. Our liaison to NASA Langley Research Center is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. melanie.l. robinson@nasa,gov.

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an important partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor the pioneers and contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent display of the Honorees at LaRC for Classes 2015 and 2017 has been completed and can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria, where the LAA meets. This is an exciting accomplishment of the LAA and NASA Langley Research Center partnership and praise for the outstanding effort of the Langley Graphics team. You can find more information about the 2015 and 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.

The LAA is investigating establishing a new LAA effort to explore and develop information on Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture (LRKC).  LAA retirees comprise a vast reservoir of past experience and expertise that possibly needs to be readily available to LaRC, other NASA Centers, and organizations.  A sub-committee has been appointed by the LAA to explore this matter.  Members of this sub-committee are Marilyn Ogburn, Rob Calloway, Wayne Richie, and Dan Palumbo and will be reporting on a proposed charter and any proposed plans at the November LAA Board meeting.

The LAA Board is continuing to pursue information on spousal benefits. President Ira Abbott will work with Melanie Robinson to acquire the necessary information.

There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center auditorium at 2:00 pm and the same or similar Sigma Series lecture in the VASC at 7:30 pm. Please visit Colloquium and Sigma Lectures for more details including the upcoming topic.

To keep up with activities at the NASA Langley Research Center visit the NASA Langley Website.

NASA Langley provides an excellent website on public cultural resources at the Center. Please visit Public Cultural Resources.

The Federal Employee Health Benefits health plan brochures are available online at this link.

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