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Greetings to the LAA family.

On Tuesday, Tuesday, August 8, 2017, we had an exciting Meeting of the Langley Alumni Association, from 11:30 am to about 1:00 pm in the NACA Room in the Cafeteria at NASA Langley Research CenterThe speakers for this meeting were Gary P. Stergin and William I. Abrams from NASA LaRC, who gave us a fascinating talk on “NASA Langley Research Center’s New Measurement’s Systems Laboratory”. We had an excellent turnout of 56 members and guests.

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. This effort is described in a separate section of this LAA website. We inducted the 2017 class on Thursday, June 1, 2017 as part of the LaRC Centennial Celebration. The Honorees are: Clinton Brown, Robert Champine, Norman Crabill, Smith DeFrance, Charles Donlan, Cornelius Driver, Roy Harris, Harvey Hubbard, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Joel Levine, James Martin, Jr., Patrick McCormick, Edward Polhamus, James Starnes, Jr., Floyd Thompson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Charles Zimmerman. The HoH committee is currently working on a permanent display for the HoH inductees in the NASA Room.

You can find more information about this class at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.

Our wonderful Gail Langevin, liaison to NASA Langley Research Center, has retired from NASA and we thank her for all the great things she has done for the LAA. Her replacement as liaison is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. melanie.l.robinson@nasa,gov

Special Message to Langley Alumni Members

NASA Langley has had a rich tradition of providing key technologies and instruments for Earth observations.  In fact, the center’s namesake, Samuel Langley, invented the bolometer, which is the detector technology used in the Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments.  CERES Flight Model 6 is scheduled to launch this September on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft.  The follow-on CERES instrument is the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), which is planning its Critical Design Review this September.  This would be a good time to hear anecdotes of both successes and mis-steps from individuals involved in the earlier CERES and Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) missions.  A proposed venue would be an hour set aside at the August 22nd Lessons Learned Committee meeting to hear some of those stories.   The August 22nd meeting runs 2-4 in the afternoon and we’d set aside whatever included hour works best with the volunteer speakers.  If numerous LAA members want to participate, or if there is a desire for going into more details with prepared visual aids, we can consider a longer time window and possibly a stand-alone event.  If the August 22 meeting date doesn’t work, the next scheduled meeting for the Lessons Learned Committee is November 14.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Bart Singer (bart.a.singer@nasa.gov) – LaRC Lessons Learned Committee Chair, Marilyn Ogburn (marilyn.e.ogburn@nasa.gov) – Research Directorate representative to the LaRC Lessons Learned Committee, Bob Estes (Robert.f.estes@nasa.gov) – LaRC Lessons Learned Data Manager

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

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

There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center 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.

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

Next LAA Meeting (s)

Set your calendars for Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the next Meeting of the Langley Alumni Association, from 11:30 am to about 1:00 pm in the NACA Room in the Cafeteria at NASA Langley Research CenterThe speaker for this meeting will be LAA member Joseph Chambers, who will give us a presentation on his newly completed version of his LaRC’s Centennial “Coffee Table” Book.

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

General Information.

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. Six-month badges are available to LAA members. For a six-month badge, fill out a NASA form 1760. The form is available from the NASA liaison to the LAA at the monthly meetings. Please allow two weeks to process six-month badges.

Website Updated on August 10, 2017