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Melissa Mathews/Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272/4769)

Jan. 5, 2005
RELEASE : 05-003
NASA Announces New Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Member
Dr. Amy Donahue will join the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an independent organization advising NASA on the safety of operations, facilities, and personnel. Donahue replaces Dr. Rosemary O'Leary, who recently decided to step down from the panel.

Donahue is an assistant professor of public administration at the University of Connecticut Institute of Public Affairs, Storrs, Conn. She teaches graduate courses in public organizations and management, policy analysis, intergovernmental relations, and research methods. Her research focuses on emergency and public safety services.

Under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, Donahue serves as Senior Advisor to the NASA Administrator for Homeland Security. She also serves as a member of the Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group, the independent panel overseeing NASA's implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board recommendations.

"Amy Donahue is a stand-out in her field, and we count ourselves lucky to benefit from her expertise. She brings to the ASAP a rich background as a firefighter, as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, and as an academic," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe.

O'Leary resigned in December, citing personal and professional reasons. A professor of public administration at Syracuse University, N.Y., she recently accepted a one-year research position overseas. "This agency truly benefited from the tremendous work Rosemary O'Leary contributed to the ASAP during her tenure," O'Keefe said. "We will miss her service, but wish her well as she pursues other endeavors."

Congress chartered the ASAP in 1967, after the tragic Apollo 1 fire. The panel consists of nine members appointed to two-year terms, reaffirmed annually, by the NASA Administrator. The Panel reports to the NASA Administrator and to Congress.

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