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WAG Event Advocates Women's Contributions

Women's History Month speaker at podium. C-2007-000. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith (RSIS)Image right: Kling stresses the importance of realistic role models. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

During Glenn's 2007 Women's History Month Celebration on March 28, Center Director, Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., and Channel 3 Meteorologist, Betsy Kling, discussed women and their role in history, and the importance of nurturing girls' interest in math- and science-related careers. Kling's informative, yet humorous, presentation offered facts, photographs and commentary to depict how misconceptions have discouraged girls from pursuing careers in math- and science-related fields. Kling shared some of her own career challenges and stressed the importance of providing young girls with positive, realistic role models. During this event, Glenn's Women's Advisory Group (WAG) also presented the 2007 Federal Women's Program Awards (see the Awards section in this issue).

Astronaut Pettit Tests eZLS

Astronaut tests Glenn biomedical hardware. C-2007-451. Credit: Marvin Smith (RSIS)
Image above: Pettit tries out the eZLS. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

After presenting "Science of Opportunity on the International Space Station" at Cleveland Clinic's Biomedical Engineering Department, astronaut Don Pettit visited Glenn's Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory (ECL) to experience the Enhanced Zero Locomotion Simulator (eZLS). By noting Pettit's reactions during his run on the eZLS, ECL researchers were able to learn more about how the eZLS compares to astronauts' actual exercise on the International Space Station.

Lunchtime Gatherings for Diversity Exchange

Employees at Diversity Dialog Brown Bag session. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris (SGTI)
Image above: Speaking, Gary Klem, chief, System Safety and Reliability Engineering Branch with around the table, left to right, Cynthia Dreibelbis, SGTI/Technology Transfer Partnership Office; Ann Ferguson, GTA/Facilities Division; Eric Clark, Photovoltaics and Space Environments; Ken Aguilar, director, Center Operations; Tesfahunei Tecle, Propulsion, Structures and Thermal Systems Division; and Belinda Walker, SGTI/Office of Strategic Management. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris

"Change Management," a structured process and set of tools for leading the people side of change was the topic of a diversity dialogue brown bag session hosted by the Diversity Management Office in the Administration Building Foyer, April 12. Glenn's Tom Spicer, Office of Human Resources and Workforce Planning, and Chuck O'Brien of the Career Transition Assistance Program, facilitated the session that stimulated open conversation between employees and managers. The informal gathering encouraged the exchange of personal perspectives and suggestions for how individuals can effectively deal with the technical and organization changes underway at the center and across the agency. Bi-monthly diversity dialogue brown bag sessions are part of a centerwide Diversity Leadership Initiative to promote open communications and to identify potential barriers to building productive work teams. The next session, the second installment of Change Management, will be noon, June 14, at the same location.

FIRST Competition Honors

YTA students and mentors in the FIRST pit. Credit: George Bilokonsky
Image above: Glenn mentor Eric Miller, second from the right, helps YTA students fine tune robot in the pits at Atlanta. Credit: George Bilokonsky

Glenn engineers proudly mentored the Cuyahoga Community College Youth Technology Academy (YTA) For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Team onto victory in the FIRST Robotics Championship at the Florida Regional, March 10. The win earned YTA a trip to the national Robotics Championship in Atlanta, April 12-14, where they finished in the semifinals among the nation's best. YTA also earned one of Florida's Judges Awards "for the team's unique partnership of students from eight urban high-schools coupled with professional mentors from government (NASA) and industry (Sherwin-Williams) to provide opportunity to a diverse crosssection of teenage youth in Cleveland." Schools represented were East High, East Tech, Glenville, Lincoln West, Max Hayes, James Ford Rhodes, Jane Addams and Success Tech. Glenn team mentors include George Baaklini, Power and Avionics Division; Mark Polijak, Propulsion, Structures and Thermal Systems Division; Eric Miller, Computing Science Division; and Lawrence Oberle, Instrumentation and Controls Division.

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