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Blanket Drive for Local Homeless Veterans
Dates: December 10, 2012 – January 10, 2013
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
Donation boxes for blankets (NEW ONLY please) will be provided in each lobby at NASA Headquarters. Donations will be sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs to support its Winterhaven Stand Down event on January 12, 2013. Sponsored by the HQ Exchange Council.

January-March Parking Permits on Sale
Date: December 3, 2012 – January 2, 2013
Location: Colonial Parking Office, P1 level
Contact: Rose Butler, 358-0184
HQ civil service employees must bring their payments ($150) by check, money order or credit card to the Colonial Parking office. Make checks or money orders payable to “Colonial Parking” and include your parking permit number. After the January 2 deadline, vehicles without a current expiration label on the hanging tag will not be permitted in the garage. Unsold permits will be reallocated to employees on the waiting list.

Exchange Council Toys for Tots Drive
Contact: Susan Burch, 358-0550
The Exchange Council would like to thank the Headquarters employees for their generosity in contributing toys for our Toys for Tots drive this year. The Marines collected 9 bags of toys from HQ which will make Christmas much nicer for many children! Thank you!

HQ Combined Federal Campaign Extended
Deadline Extended: December 31, 2012
Contact: Kathy Nado, HQ CFC Campaign Manager, 358-0200
The 2012 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has been extended until December 31 in order to accommodate end-of-year donations and close the year on a high note. If you have not already given, please consider giving today. Your tax-deductible donations make a difference to charities that provide assistance to people here in the Washington Metro area, throughout the nation and the world. To donate online, log in to Employee Express or visit http://www.cfcnca.orgThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. There are more than 4,400 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit: http://hqoperations.hq.nasa.gov/CFC-2012.html

New NASA History Monograph at HQ
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Toward a History of the Space Shuttle, An Annotated Bibliography, Part 2, 1992-2011, was released November 28 in print, eBook, and PDF formats. The NASA History Program’s first monograph, issued in 1992, was an annotated bibliography of the Space Shuttle Program. This updated bibliography covers the final two decades of the program. Pick up hard copies in the NASA History Program Office, Room CO72. You may download electronic copies at: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/shuttle_bibliography_2_detail.html

ASA HQ Basketball Team Sign-up
Registration Deadline: December 23, 2012
Contact: Mike Chatman, 358-0085
NASA “Rockets” Basketball team is currently seeking players to participate in the DC Parks & Recreation Winter Basketball League. League play begins on January 2, 2013. The age requirement is 21 years old and over. All games are played at the Kennedy Recreation Center located at 1401 7th Street, NW. Washington, DC on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Individual cost will be determined and will include jerseys. Sponsored by the HQ Exchange Council.

HQ Combined Federal Campaign Ends Dec 15
Deadline: December 15, 2012
Contact: Kathy Nado, HQ CFC Campaign Manager, 358-0200
The 2012 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) ends Saturday, December 15. If you have not already given, please consider giving today. Your tax-deductible donations make a difference to charities that provide assistance to people here in the Washington Metro area, throughout the nation and the world. To donate online, log in to Employee Express or visit http://www.cfcnca.orgThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. There are more than 4,400 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit: http://hqoperations.hq.nasa.gov/CFC-2012.html

Exchange Council Book Fair in the East Lobby
Date/Time: December 12, 13, and 14; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location:  East Lobby
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
Books Are Fun will be in the East Lobby with a selection of books and gifts for adults and children for sale just in time for the holidays.

Exchange Council Coat Drive
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566
Thank you to everyone who donated coats to the Exchange Council’s Coat Drive. With your generosity, more than 60 adult coats, 25 children’s coats, and 50 miscellaneous items (hats, scarves, etc) have been provided to the needy in DC to make their winter more bearable. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!

HQ Support Services Contract Award
Contact: Rebecca Bythewood, 358-1253
The NASA Headquarters Facilities and Administrative Services Division is announcing the award of the HQ support services contract to Beacon Fusion Joint Venture, known as BFJV. The custodial services subcontract portion of this contract has been awarded to MVLE, from the Ability One Program. All services performed under the current contract will continue to be performed. The new contractors began on December 1, 2012. Questions or concerns regarding this transition can be directed to Rebecca Bythewood, 358-1253.

BASO Required System Courses
Date/Time: Dec. 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Dec. 6, 1-3:45 p.m.
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: BASO Support Center, 358-4367
Register for these courses if you are new to SAP or need a refresher on this system or on creating and approving a purchase requisition (PR). For details, visit: http://baso.hq.nasa.gov/baso/?/baso-services/training.

2013-2014 AAGEN SES Development Program
Application Deadline: December 12
Final Selections: March 8, 2013
Contact: Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) Senior Executive Service (SES) Development Program This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain is a yearlong program, developed in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This program is open to Federal employees, GS-15 or above, with at least 1 year of experience as a manager or supervisor. For details and the online application, visit: http://www.aagen.org/sesdevelopmentprog This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: December 6, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Gail Grant, Health Unit, 358-2600
Blood supplies in the nation are very low. All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. There will be a Double Red Cell machine available for those wishing to make a Double Red Cell donation. To learn more, visit the Double Red Cell Donations Web pageThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit the HQ Blood Drive Web page.

Administrator’s Office Holiday Party
Date/Time: December 5, 4 p.m.
Location: Columbia Cafe
Contact: Natalie Simms
Join the Office of the Administrator for refreshments and good cheer! Happy Holidays from the Office of the Administrator.

Exchange Council Toys for Tot Drive
Date: November 13 – December 10
Location: HQ Building, East and West Lobbies; 1201 Eye Street, 3rd floor; 1225 Eye Street, 12th floor
Contact: Susan Burch, 358-0550
Make a child's holiday brighter by giving a new, unwrapped, unopened toy to the Toys for Tots drive. Donation boxes are located at HQ in the East and West lobbies as well as the Eye Street locations. For more information, visit the Toys for Tots Web siteThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Enter the Holiday Door Decorating Contest
Deadline to Register: December 7
Contest Dates: November 26 – December 10
Contact: Angela Herring
Enter your office or individual cubicle door in the 2012 Holiday Door Decorating Contest to win a prize for Most Festive, Best NASA Theme, or Best Pop Culture. Contact Angela by December 7 to register your door. The Judging will be held December 12, and winners will be announced on December 13. For decorating restrictions, contact Angela Herring or see Guidelines on Holiday Decorations.

Exchange Council Holiday Social
Date/Time: December 4, 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583 and Denise Holley, 358-2566
The Exchange Council invites you for some holiday cheer at the annual Holiday Social. Celebrate the holiday season at this special event with co-workers and friends and enjoy chocolate fondue complete with a variety of sweet treats including strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels.

2012 HQ CFC Carnival – Today November 28
Date/Time: November 28, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Irma Rodriguez, 358-0984
Join your co-workers at the HQ Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Carnival. Enjoy games, chili cooking and baking contests, music and other entertainment, and help raise funds toward the NASA Headquarters CFC goal. Silent auction items include framed original watercolors, signed sports memorabilia, delicious dozen of gourmet cupcakes, and a free consultation with a dietician.

View NASA Technology Days via UStream
Dates/Times: November 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; November 29, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Location: UStream - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-hqThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain
Contact: David Steitz, 358-1730
NASA's Technology Days ShowcaseThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain will take place in Cleveland November 28-30, 2012. Participants from NASA, industry and academia will discuss strategy development, partnerships and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation during the 3-day event. NASA officials will discuss the agency's upcoming technology initiatives, technology transfer and strategic partnerships. On November 28 and 29, employees will be able to watch the showcase via UStream. For details and the complete showcase agenda, visit the NASA Technologies Days Web pageThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Order A CFC Holiday-Gram
Order Date/Time: November 26-30, 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Room 8F22
Holiday-Grams Delivered: Week of December 10
Contacts: Kelly Barnes, 358-7334; Kia Burnett, 358-2008; Justin Oliviera, 358-0962; Joi Salisbury, 358-1318
Show your coworkers, employees and supervisors how much they are appreciated this holiday season. Order your Holiday-gram from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). Holiday-gram = a helium filled balloon with ribbon, attached to candy, and note card of your choice (to sign or leave anonymous). Holiday-grams will be delivered to recipients (within HQ only), the week of December 10. Holiday-gram donations: $3 Donation = 1 balloon Holiday-gram; $5 Donation = 2 balloon; Holiday-gram; $10 Donation = Holiday-gram bouquet (5 balloons). All donations benefit the Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign.

Exchange Council Winter Coat Drive
Date: November 5-30
Location: HQ Building, East and West Lobbies
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566
The Exchange Council is collecting new and/or gently used infant to adult size winter coats, as well as hats, gloves, and scarves for DC Child and Family Services. Please bring your donations to the collection boxes in the East and West lobbies.

2012-2013 Flu Shots Available
Date/Time: October 30 - November 29, Tues-Thurs only, 1-3 p.m.
Location:  Health Unit
Contact: Gail Grant RN, 358-2600
Initially, flu shots are available to all NASA HQ civil service employees. If supplies permit, shots will be made available to NASA HQ contractors. No appointment is necessary. This year's seasonal flu vaccine viruses are made from the following 3 vaccine viruses: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus. For further information, visit  the CDC’s Influenza Web pageThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

HQ Library Book Donations
Contact: Rick Spencer, 358-0172
Getting ready to move? Have books to donate? Call the library at 358-0168 to schedule a desk-side review of your valuable resources! Books, DVDs, and publicly accessible reports are now being accepted.

Vendor Applications:  Exchange Council Fall Craft Fair
Date/Time: November 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
HQ employees and their families and friends are invited to sell crafts and other merchandise at the craft fair. To sign up as a vendor, pick up a vendor application form in the Exchange Store. Turn in completed forms to Exchange Store staff by November 9.

Halloween Costume Contest Winners
The Exchange Council would like to thank all the participants, the judges, and the audience for this year’s Halloween Costume Contest. In the Group category, 1st place went to the “Purple Packages” from OHCM; and 2nd place went to “Galactic Constellation and Exoplanets” from OCOM. In the Individual category, 1st place went to Sherry Fiddler (HITSS) as the “Werewolf” and 2nd place went to Richard Mann (OSBP) as the “Goth Cow.” Congratulations to all our winners!

Survey for HQ SES and HQ Supervisors
Contact: Ruth McWilliams, 358-5125
Headquarters Senior Executive Service (SES) and all Headquarters supervisors are invited to participate in a voluntary survey as one of six agencies selected due to our leadership in supporting a results-oriented organizational culture. The survey is very brief and requests no identifying information from you. Take the survey now: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/agency_performancemeasurement

Need Volunteers: Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team
Contacts: Ebony Stepney or Wendy Davis
NASA Headquarters is currently recruiting volunteers to be part of an essential team with the agency -- the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. CISM members conduct individual and group debriefing for crisis intervention when necessary. The NASA HQ CISM team is comprised of NASA employees from various organizations. Members will be trained in the core components of CISM. All CISM team members must receive approval from their immediate supervisor to participate as a HQ CISM team volunteer. For more information and an application, contact Ebony Stepney or Wendy Davis.

Exchange Council Pecan/Specialty Nut Sale
Date/Time: November 15, 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Darwina Marks, 358-0989
Purchase bags of pistachios, walnuts, cashews, almonds, peanuts and fresh pecans (plain, roasted, chocolate, pralines). Prices: pecan halves and other specialty nuts, $10; pecan pieces, $9.50; roasted peanuts, $4; and raw peanuts, $3. Save 5 percent on cases (24 bags).

GO (Get Organized) System
Date/Time: November 8, 9 a.m. - Noon
Register: SATERN
Location: Room 3P44
Contact: Evelin Saxinger 358-1311 e.saxinger-1@nasa.gov
Do you want to change your life so that you don't have to scramble to find papers; don't have to panic when you have a deadline; don't have to worry about what you forgot to do? Attend this session with professional organizer Susan Kousek and learn techniques to help you focus and reduce procrastination. Register in SATERN or contact Tammy Bolden on 358-2271 or Trish Rapoza on 358-0008. For course details, visit the Training Calendar.

NASA Headquarters Honor Awards Ceremony
Date/Time: November 6, 11 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444
The Headquarters Honor Awards ceremony recognizes employees who have made significant contributions to the Headquarters community. All employees are invited to attend. A reception will follow in the West Lobby.

Annual BASO Customer Satisfaction Survey
Deadline: November 5
Contact: BASO Support Center, 358-4367
The Business and Administrative Systems Office (BASO) Annual Customer Satisfaction SurveyThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain is available now through November 5. Take a moment to provide feedback on the overall satisfaction level of your customer experience and the services provided by the BASO.

2012 Halloween Costume Contest
Date/TimeOctober 31, 11 a.m. - Noon
Location:  Room 2E39
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
All HQ employees are invited to participate in the Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by the Exchange Council. Costumed contestants are asked to arrive no later than 11:20 a.m. for costume judging. Prizes will  be awarded for Best Group and Best Individual costumes.  

Important Travel Update:  Ticketing Procedure Change
Contact:  HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
Beginning October 1, 2012, due to recent changes in the FY13 City Pair Program (CPP) contract, be advised that airline reservations are subject to cancellation by the airline if contracted flights are not ticketed at least 48 hours prior to scheduled departure.  Please ensure that your travel authorizations have received final approval at least 72 hours prior to departure to enable ticketing and avoid possible cancellation.

Acquisition Training Coming to Headquarters
Title: Writing Statements of Work -- The Heart of Any Contract
Date/Time:  October 30 - November 1, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
RegisterSATERN  (search “proc-writing”)
Location: Glennan Conference Center (1Q39)
Contact: Cheryl Robertson, 358-0667
This class is intended for NASA Acquisition Workforce Members (program/project managers, Contracting Officer Representatives, and Procurement Personnel) responsible for developing Statements of Work (SOWs) as a part of the acquisition process. Federal Acquisition Certification continuous learning points will be earned.

FedTraveler.com Preparer Training
Date/Time: October 30, 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: Room 3R55
Register: SATERN (keyword "HQ-FedTraveler")
Contact: HQ Travel Operations Center 358-2301
This course is a 3 hour review of Federal travel regulations and NASA and HQ’s travel policies. Includes training on key system functions for Preparers.

Supervisor Training:  Managing Strategically at HQ - Parts 1 and 2
(formerly titled Meeting Learners Where They Are)
Date/Time: Part 2:  October 30 - November 1, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 3P44  
Registration:  SATERN  or contact Tammy Bolden, 358-2271 or Trish  Rapoza, 358-0008
Contact:  Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257  
With a specific focus on NASA Headquarters, this 5-day seminar uses case study, lecture, practical and experiential exercises, and discussion to help team leads, supervisors, and managers understand the ways in which their leadership actions affect the daily employee experience and the ultimate attainment of the vision and mission that is NASA.  Most importantly, participants learn to focus and approach their managerial work with strategic intent.  In addition, participants continue their training with four 1.5-hour sessions held quarterly. This program also provides participants with 40 hours of supervisory and management training per NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 3410.2F.  Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

- List their roles/responsibilities as a supervisor in the HQ environment;

- Use resources and skills needed to stand-up their organization, recruit the right people, develop and retain top performers through training, mentoring, feedback, and rewards and recognition;  

- Identify HQ Human Resources Management Division (HRMD) tools, and the partnership between the Administrative Officer and the HRMD;

 - Learn how recent brain research can be applied to leading others;

- Apply supervision principles to direct, coach, and motivate employees to meet the organization’s mission and goals; and

- Develop an individual action plan to link learning back to the organization.

Annual Ethics Training
Deadline:  October 31
Training Schedule:  See Ethics Training Web page
Contact: ethicsteam@hq.nasa.gov, 358-2465
Anyone who files a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required to take ethics training every year. The 2012 Ethics Training should be completed by October 31, 2012.  Details including the 2012 training schedule, and information on Web-based ethics training in SATERN is now available on the Ethics Training Web page.

Supervisor Training: Managing Strategically at NASA HQ
Date/Time:Oct 30-Nov 1, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
RegisterSATERN or contact Tamara Bolden
With a specific focus on NASA HQ, participants learn resources and skills needed to approach their managerial work with strategic intent. Both new and seasoned leaders at NASA can benefit from this program.  Those with experience are encouraged to attend, participate, and share your expertise with newer leaders. 

Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Date/TimeOctober 25-26, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Registration Deadline: October 19
Location:  Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.
ContactNadine Andreassen, 358-0087
This 2-day symposium is being hosted by the NASA History Program Office, Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, NASA Science Mission Directorate, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Advance registration is required, but the event is free and open to the public. To attend, register online at the event Registration page. For program information, visit the NASA History Web site.

2012-2013 Flu Shots Available - Starting October 9
Date/Time:  October 9-26, Monday-Friday, 1-3 p.m.
Date/Time: October 30 - November 29, Tuesday-Thursday only, 1-3 p.m.
Location:  Health Unit
Contact: Gail Grant RN, 358-2600
Initially, flu shots are available to all NASA HQ civil service employees. If supplies permit, shots will be made available to NASA HQ contractors. No appointment is necessary. This year's seasonal flu vaccine viruses are made from the following 3 vaccine viruses:  A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus. For further information, visit  the CDC’s Influenza Web pageThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

2012 ACES Technology Expo
Date/Time: October 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Thel Schuhart, 358-2581
See the new computer, mobile devices and peripherals available from ACES at NASA HQ. Join ITCD and ACES to have a hands-on review of new equipment, which also includes up-and-coming technologies.

Annual NASA Headquarters Alumni Luncheon
Date/Time: October 18, 11 a.m.
Reservations/Payment DueOctober 10
Location:  Fort Lesley J. McNair Officers’ Club
Contact: Serena Martinez, 358-0114
The luncheon is open to Headquarters retirees and employees. The cost is $30 per person. Reservation forms and payments (checks payable to “NHQ Alumni Group”) must be received by October 10. Send to: Herbert Snyder, 8721 Burning Tree Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. For details and forms, contact Serena Martinez.

NASA HQ BIG Chapter Sponsors Theater Bus Trip
Date: November 3
Sign Up DeadlineOctober 19
Location:  Sight & Sound Theater, Lancaster, PA
Contact: Darlene Fletcher, 358-0745 or Vickie Walton, 358-1016
The NASA HQ Blacks in Government (BIG) chapter is sponsoring a bus trip to see the musical play “Jonah” in Lancaster, PA. The cost is $120 and includes bus transportation, ticket to the play, and dinner. To sign up, contact Darlene Fletcher or Vickie Walton by Friday, October 19.

HQ Combined Federal Campaign Kick-Off
Date/Time: October 16, 11-11:30 a.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Becky Ramsey 358-1694
The 2012 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is underway and extends through December 15. Join your co-workers for a special CFC Kick-Off on Tuesday, October 16, featuring NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. There are more than 4,000 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. Your tax deductible donations support thousands of worthy causes. For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit the NASA HQ 2012 CFC Web site.

Lunch and Learn: Suicide Awareness
Date/TimeOctober 16, 1-2 p.m.
Location:  Room 1Q39
Contact: Gail Grant, RN, 358-2600  
This HQ Employee Assistance Program seminar will acquaint participants with statistics about suicide and identify risk factors and suicide prevention resources. It will be presented by Wendy Davis, MA, NCC, LPC.

AWIN Premium Enterprise Group Training Sessions
Date/Time: November 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register: Kimberly Miller, 358-0980
Location:  WebEx
As a NASA employee, you have access to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN). To learn more about the network and its databases, register for one of the informational WebEx training sessions by contacting Kimberly Miller by phone or e-mail.

Spirit Day at NASA Headquarters
Date: October 5
HQ employees are invited to show their team spirit by wearing their favorite sports team colors and attire this Friday, October 5, and the first Friday every month.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: October 11, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: 2E39
Contact:  Health Unit - Gail Grant, RN, 358-2600
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. There will be a double red cell machine available at this drive for those wishing to make this type of donation. To learn more, visit the Double Red Cell Donations Web pageThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.  Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit the HQ Blood Drive Web page.

GSFC Systems Engineering Seminar:  Science Systems Engineering for JWST – Why are we building it like this?
Date/time: October 9, 1 p.m.
Location: GSFC, Building 3, Auditorium and NASA TV
Contact: Janet Manuel, 301-286-6140 or Tina Frizzell-Jenkins, 301-286-7998
DetailsSystems Engineering Seminar Web site
Dr. John C. Mather will review the major scientific objectives for JWST, and how they drove the mission concept and detailed design trades. Key technical requirements include aperture, wavelength range, and sensitivity, which imply choices about orbit, cooling technology, deployment, and hardware technologies, with implications for possible servicing, launch vehicle, communications, orbit control, etc. Lessons learned from other missions, especially the Hubble Space Telescope, include the need and ability for on-orbit focusing and wavefront adjustment, and robust test programs to minimize risks when servicing is impossible. He will describe the scientific requirements, how they were chosen, and how they are still valid after 16 years of study, despite rapid scientific progress and especially the discovery of thousands exoplanets, and the cosmic dark energy. Dr. Mather will close with some speculation on possible discoveries that the JWST might enable.

Do You Have a SoftPhone Account Yet?
Contact: Computer Training Center (CTC), 358-1111
Using your NASA-issued computer and your HQ extension, SoftPhone enables you to place and receive calls from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection.  If you wish to take advantage of this powerful tool you must first request a SoftPhone account by contacting the Computer Training Center (CTC).  Then, schedule either an individualized assistance session or attend a SoftPhone class to learn how to use the software features, and to receive your login credentials and headset.  You must attend training to receive their credentials and headset.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kick-Off Event
Date/Time: October 3, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
October 2012 marks the ninth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  All NASA HQ personnel are encouraged to attend the Cybersecurity Awareness Kick-Off Event.  Learn about computer security and pick up valuable resources to help keep you safe online.  Refreshments will be served!  Receive credit in SATERN for attending – search “Cybersecurity Month” in SATERN to register.

Changes to Yammer Enterprise Social Networking Service
Date: Effective September 29, 2012
Contact: John Sprague
NASA’s 18-month pilot contract with Yammer is ending.  With Yammer’s recent acquisition by Microsoft, changes for NASA users will be coming September 29, 2012.  Current NASA users will be downgraded to the free version instead of the premium package.  Changes include group settings, administration, storage limits and more.  For details, view the Yammer Contract Transition FAQ.

HQ Travel Office eTravel Information Briefings
Date/Time/Location: September 26, 2 p.m. MIC 3; or
                                      September 27, 1 p.m., Room 9H40
Contact:  Kim Mague 358-2301
No registration is required. All Fedtraveler.com users are encouraged to attend one of these briefings. Topics include: the new ticketing policy for airline reservations, year-end guidance and conference travel guidance.

Aeronautics Brown Bag Session: AERO R&D 101
Date/Time: September 27, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 6B42
Contact: Tony Springer, 358-0848
Attend this brown bag session for information about the agency’s investments in cutting-edge aeronautics R&D. Learn how the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is improving airspace capacity, flexibility and safety; investigating new aircraft concepts and technologies; and reducing the environmental footprint of civil aviation.

Emotional Intelligence:  Skills Training for Leaders
Date/Time: September 25 and 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location:  Room 3P44
Contact: Rick Farr , 358- 0579
RegisterSATERN  or contact Tamara Bolden
Understanding and improving the connection between emotions and actions are crucial to business and personal success.  Without such insights, even seemingly successful relationships may be courting disaster.  Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a very hot topic in today’s workplace.  Now you can actually develop and enhance the skills that will positively impact your work—and in doing so, tap into a whole new level of achievement in your career. Both new and seasoned leaders at NASA can benefit from this program.  Those with experience are encouraged to attend, participate, and share your expertise with newer leaders. 

Climate Policy Speaker Series Event
Date/TimeSeptember 19, 10:30 a.m.
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact: Kathy Carroll, 358-7200
Join Julia Kumari Drapkin, Multimedia Science Reporter and Lead Producer of iSeeChange, as she discusses “iSeeChange: Crowd-sourced Climate Change Reporting.” Kumari Drapkin will describe how iSeeChange helps scientists to better understand the value of citizen observations to the study of climate change, and assists them in tailoring their science messages to different communities.

Seminar:  Women of Promise – Breast Health Issues
Date/TimeSeptember 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1Q39
Contact: Health Unit, Dellaoise Saunders, 358-2600 
Dr. Robert L. DeWitty, Associate Professor and Surgical Oncologist, Department of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital, will provide pertinent information on breast health and answer questions regarding appropriate care, surgical intervention, and other concerns. This lunch and learn seminar is sponsored by the Health Unit.

Fedtraveler.com FY 2012 Year-End Dates
Contact:  Kim Mague, HQ Travel Office,  358-2301
All Fedtraveler.com users should be aware of the following FY 2012 year-end dates:
Expense Reports Due: September 17, 2012
All expense reports (domestic, foreign, and extended TDY) must be received by the NSSC for payment processing prior to the fiscal year-end closing.
Travel Authorizations DueSeptember 21, 2012
All travel authorizations must be received by the HQ Travel Office for approval processing prior to the fiscal year-end closing.

Columbia Café Has Reopened
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
The Columbia Cafe is open. Visit the cafe 24 hours a day. Perform tasks away from your desk. Enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee or tea while meeting with colleagues or browse the Internet using the wireless connection. No reservation required. 

Workshop:  Conflict and Teams
Date/Time: September 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Room 3P44
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
RegisterSATERN or contact Tamara Bolden
Conflicts are a matter of fact with teams. Disagreements and differences of opinion can help create innovative solutions; however, when they escalate into interpersonal conflict, leaders and team members must respond appropriately. This seminar, for all those on teams, addresses conflict on teams and how to manage conflict when it arises. Prior to the course, participants take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) and are provided a profile of their typical responses to conflict. Based on this information, participants are able to recognize how their and others’ behavior affect conflict situations. With this knowledge, they can develop strategies for managing the conflicts they encounter. Both new and seasoned leaders at NASA can benefit from this program.  Those with experience are encouraged to attend, participate, and share your expertise with newer leaders.

Data-at-Rest (DAR) Encryption Software Deployment
It’s coming!  Most users at NASA HQ will receive the Data-At-Rest (DAR) encryption software.  For a simple overview of the hard disk encryption effort being conducted at NASA HQ, view the new DAR Overview document.  The new Installation Types, Outreach, and Resources document explains the various installation methods and offers instructional handouts for each type of installation.  Users who have already received the encryption software will benefit from the new, simplified DAR User Guide, which provides important information about passwords.  Take a few minutes to review these resources to ensure your DAR experience is a positive one. For more information about the DAR project at HQ, including installation instructions, FAQs, an information video, and more, visit the HQ DAR project Web page.

Annual Ethics Training Scheduled
Date/Time:  September 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and
Date/Time:  September 6, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Glennan Conference Room
Contact: ethicsteam@hq.nasa.gov, 358-2465
Anyone who files a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required to take ethics training every year. This training should be completed by October 31, 2012.  The live training schedule, and information on web-based ethics training in SATERN will be posted next week on the Ethics Training Web page.

Last Chance to Register - NASA Headquarters Fall Golf Tournament
Date/Time: September 14, 8:00 a.m. shotgun start
Registration Deadline: September 7
Location: Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: Kelly Carter, 358-1062 or Kathy Nado, 358-0200
There’s still time to registrater! The cost is $100 per player. Includes green fees, cart, lunch and beverages. To make reservations, send an e-mail to Kelly Carter with the names of your players. Drop off payments in Room 4A10 of the Headquarters building or mail to: NASA Exchange Store, Attn: Kelly Carter, 300 E. Street SW, Washington, DC 20546. Make checks payable to NASA Exchange -- Golf. For details, see the 2012 Fall Golf Tournament flyer.

Exchange Council “Fan Day” Event
Date/TimeSeptember 5, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location:  Room 2E39
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
You’re invited to join the Exchange Council for “Fan Day” and wear your favorite sports team attire. Food and drinks will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for most decorated fans in the “Biggest Fan Mess” contest, and for winners of the “Test Your Natitude” challenges. 

NASA Family Night at Nationals Park - NEW GAME TIME
Date/TimeSeptember 1, 4:05 p.m.
Location: National Park
Contact: Susan Burch, 358-0550
The Exchange Council is sponsoring NASA Family Night at Nationals Park. The game will now begin at 4:05 p.m.  Bring your family and friends and watch the Nationals take on the World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals. NASA’s very own Paul Hertz will throw out the first pitch. Tickets are $20 per person and are available in the Exchange Store.  Locate this event on the Exchange Council’s calendar to view the flyer and seating chart.

2012-2013 EPCS Appraisal Period
Date: September 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013 (Rating Cycle)
Informational Briefing:  August 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium
Contact: Evester Edd, 358-1953
The 2012-2013 Employee Performance Communication System (EPCS) appraisal period is now underway. The updated EPCS forms (NF-1762 for supervisors and NF-1763 for non-supervisors) are available at the NASA Electronic Forms Web site.   For additional information, visit the “Employee Performance Communication System” section of the HR Portal.  Performance plans are to be completed and signed by Aug. 31, 2012.  To learn more, attend a briefing Tuesday, August 7.

Data-at-Rest (DAR) Installation and Encryption
Contact: Agency DAR Team
To comply with Federal law, NASA is in the process of implementing Data-at-Rest (DAR) encryption on all NASA laptop computers as well as desktop computers with sensitive data.  DAR does not take the place of Entrust PKI for encrypting individual files or for sending encrypted e-mail messages.  E-mail messages sent from your laptop or desktop will be unencrypted unless you use Entrust to protect the message.  DAR is designed solely to protect against the loss or theft of your computer (i.e. a laptop stolen from a car or left in an airport lobby).  For more information, visit the DAR project page.

Skin Cancer Screening Appointments
Date/Time: August 28, 8:00 - noon or August 30, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Schedule Appointment:  Health Unit, 358-2600
The Health Unit is offering free skin cancer screenings, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to NASA civil service employees. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. McKinley-Grant will perform the screenings.

NASA Headquarters Fall Golf Tournament
Date/Time: September 14, 8:00 a.m. shotgun start
Registration Deadline: September 7
Location: Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: Kelly Carter, 358-1062 or Kathy Nado, 358-0200
Registration is now open! The cost is $90 per player if paid before August 24 and $100 until the September 7 cutoff date. Includes green fees, cart, lunch and beverages. To make reservations, send an e-mail to Kelly Carter with the names of your players. Drop off payments in Room 4A10 of the Headquarters building or mail to: NASA Exchange Store, Attn: Kelly Carter, 300 E. Street SW, Washington, DC 20546. Make checks payable to NASA Exchange -- Golf. For details, see the 2012 Fall Golf Tournament flyer.

George Washington University Mammovan at NASA HQ
Date/Time:  August 17, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location:  E Street in front of NASA HQ
Schedule Appointment:  Anne Lisa Espinosa, 800-217-0675 ext. 3378
Questions: Dellaoise Saunders, 358-2600
Eligible HQ civil service employees must call for an appointment, and provide the name and telephone number of a personal primary care physician willing to accept the mammogram results.  For details, visit the HQ Mammograms Web page.

Exchange Store Sale
DateAugust 1-17
Contact: Wick Cromwell, 358-0163
Visit the Exchange Store and save 30 percent on store merchandise (except new shuttle shirts, water, candy, toiletries and over-the-counter medications).

Exchange Council Crab Feast
Date/Time:  August 23, 4:30 – 6:30
Location: 2nd Floor Patio
Contact: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583 or Angela Herring
Tickets on sale now in the Exchange Store. Prices are: $20 for adults and $12 for children (ages 5-10). The crab feast menu includes hot steamed crabs, side dishes and drinks.

Exchange Council Doubles Tennis
Date/Time: April - August, Monday-Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Contact: Mike Chatman, 358-0085
The NASA-Agriculture-Treasury-DOJ tennis team is looking for players for doubles match play starting in late April. The cost is about $60 for 10-12 matches. Games are played at Haines Point and Rock Creek Park at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center. The NASA team is sponsored by the Exchange Council. For details, visit the Exchange Council Events Calendar.

NASA Family Night at Nationals Park
Date/TimeSeptember 1, 7:05 p.m.
Location: National Park
Contact: Susan Burch, 358-0550
The Exchange Council is sponsoring NASA Family Night at Nationals Park. Bring your family and friends and watch the Nationals take on the World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals. NASA’s very own Paul Hertz will throw out the first pitch. Tickets are $20 per person and are available in the Exchange Store.

Call for SFA Honoree Nominations for Expedition 30/31 Crew Event
Nomination Deadline:  August 6
Contact: Rocky Lind, 358-1003
Nominate your employees or peers for a Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Program Honoree Award. Selected SFA Honorees have the opportunity to attend the International Space Station Expedition 30/31 crew welcome home ceremony August 21-23, 2012 at Johnson Space Center.  Award criteria and SFA nomination forms are available on the SFA Web site <http://www.sfa.nasa.gov/> .  Signed nominations are due to Rocky Lind by August 6.  Note: This award is not intended for senior managers or supervisors. Travel funds for honorees are provided by their respective organizations.

2012 Agency Honor Awards Ceremony
Date/Time: August 2, 1 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium; Broadcast in Room 1Q39, Library, and NASA TV
Contact: Janet Deschak, 358-0095 
Due to space limitations, seating in the auditorium will only be available for awardees and designated guests. NASA personnel are invited to view the ceremony on NASA TV (HQ Only). The ceremony will also be broadcast in the Glennan Conference Room, 1Q39 (for badged NASA personnel) and in the library off the West Lobby.

View the MARS Curiosity Rover Landing – At NASA HQ
Date/TimeAugust 6, 12 midnight – 4 a.m. EDT
Location: HQ auditorium
Contact: Nora Normandy, 358-0871
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars on Monday, Aug. 6 at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT. You are invited to join the NASA family in the auditorium to view NASA TV coverage of the event live from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The auditorium will be open to NASA employees and the public from 12 to 4 a.m. for large screen viewing of this event. Only the auditorium will be available; employees are asked to please not sign guests in for the main building. Backpacks or large bags or purses are not allowed. No food, beverage or alcohol will be permitted in the auditorium.

Take Your Children to Work Day – Volunteers Needed!
Date: July 31, 2012
Register Online: HQ Take Your Children to Work Day Web Site
Contact: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
The NASA HQ "Take Your Children To Work Day" program is a fun and educational event targeted for children ages 7-15.  Due to space restrictions, registration will close after the first 150 children are registered.  Visit the HQ Take Your Children to Work Day Web site for online registration, a schedule of events, and other helpful information.  Note: Volunteers are needed throughout the day - Register online.  

“Ideas In Flight” Presentations
Date/Time: July 24-25, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium
Contact: Tony Springer, 358-0848
Intelligent aircraft engines and carbon nanotubes are among the aviation topics you'll hear about during 2 days of brief presentations by NASA Aeronautics Scholarship interns and NASA Aeronautics Academy teams. Join the audience any time during the event. View Ideas in Flight Presenters and Timeline.

2012 Annual Information Security Training
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Contact:Darline Brown, 358-2039
All NASA Headquarters personnel with IT access are required to complete the FY 2012 Annual Information Security Training Course in SATERN (check your Learning Plan). The course takes about 1 hour to complete.  Failure to complete the training by this deadline will result in suspension of access to HQ IT resources. No extensions will be granted. Note: SATERN is scheduled for an upgrade beginning May 24, which will implement a new user interface. You are encouraged to take this training early if you wish to use the current SATERN interface. For details, visit the Information Security Training Web page (NASA Only).

indows 7 Exploration Learning Sessions
Register: SATERN (search "Windows Exploration") by the day before
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
   Hands-On Sessions (3 total):
Date/TimeJuly 26, 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m - 12 noon, OR 1-2 p.m.
Location: Room 3R55
  Brownbag Sessions:
Date/Time: July 18, 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: MIC-3A
Date/Time: July 19, 2-3 p.m.
Location:  MIC-6A
See Windows 7 in action. Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more. Visit the Windows 7 Training Web page for more opportunities.

 

Computer Training - Outside the Mailbox: Microsoft Outlook Data Management
Date/Time: July 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
Register: SATERN (search "outside mailbox")
Registration DeadlineJuly 17
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Take charge of your Outlook data and learn how to use tools for archiving, clean-up, advanced search, and more.

NASA Prepared Lunch and Learn Series
Date/Time: July 18, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location:  MIC 6-A
Contact: Matthew Runyon, 358-0926
All NASA HQ personnel are invited to attend the next session in this HQ Emergency Management Team series. Dr. Andrea Fore, NASA HQ medical director, will discuss heat-related emergencies, including ways to recognize and treat heat-related illness and injuries. She will also provide tips on how to “keep your cool” this summer.  Bring your lunch and attend this informal group session. Snacks will be provided.

NASA HQ Softball Challenge Championship Game!
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
On Wednesday, July 11, “H.E.T Us With Your Best Shot” (OCT/HEO) won the double elimination tournament by defeating “Mighty Space Warriors” (MSD) 17-2. Congratulations to all the teams and players competing in the tournament, and thank you to Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and the other umpires for their time "calling them the way they saw them."

ISS Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Launch Coverage
Launch Date/Time: July 14, 10:40 p.m. EDT
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Expedition 32/33 crew members, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV launch coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT. To view pre-launch and docking coverage, see the NASA TV schedule at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Congressional Operations Briefing for NASA Senior Executives
Date/Time: July 30 - Aug. 2, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register: Send e-mail to Tamara Bolden (cc: supervisor)
Registration Deadline: July 16 at 12 noon
Location:  Capitol Hill
Contact: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433
This seminar will provide a comprehensive look at how Congress is organized, the key players and their roles, how the legislative process really works, and how Congress directly affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the Executive Branch. Thirteen slots are available for employees appointed to the SES/ST/SL level in the last 3 years.

Refer to Agency Telework Policy
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444
The Headquarters Policy Requirement (HPR) 3611.1, Telework Program, dated October 25, 2007, has been cancelled. Effective immediately please refer to the Agency Telework Policy, NASA Telework Program, NPR 3600.2, for guidance on the HQ Telework program. If you have questions or need additional information.

Emergency Evacuation Assistance
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
In the event of an emergency, NASA HQ wants to ensure the safe evacuation of all employees. If you have a medical condition (temporary or permanent) and would need assistance during an emergency evacuation, please contact the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management office to discuss your specific needs. This is particularly critical for those being temporarily re-located to the swing space at 12th and I Streets, N.W., Washington, DC.

Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) Familiarization Sessions
Date/Time: July 11, 10-11 a.m.
Location:  MIC-6 (Walk-in sessions; no registration required)
Contact: HITSS Customer Support, 358-0650
Learn more about the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) Web site.  Topics include how to submit and track an incident ticket or service request, how to order new services and equipment, how to request equipment from the loaner pool, and more.  Visit the Enterprise Service Desk @ HQ Web page for details.

NASA HQ Softball Challenge Championship Game
Date/Time: July 11, 2012, 5 p.m.
Location:  Amidon Field, 4th and G St., S.W.
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
“Mighty Space Warriors” (MSD) vs. “H.E.T Us With Your Best Shot" (OCT/HEO)

HQ Building Construction Status
Contacts: Malicha Day, 358-0206 (facilities/construction activities); Joe Costanza, 358-2279 (security concerns)
Key construction on the 9th floor is ongoing as part of the overall Building Renovation Project. The 9th floor will remain off limits to the general building population until the scheduled completion date July 16. The roof terrace will remain open and accessible during construction. Employees can access the roof by taking an elevator to the 8th floor and then using stairwell A or D. Visit the HQ Building Renovation Project Web page for more information.

Elevator Status During Construction
Contacts: Malicha Day, 358-0206 (facilities/construction activities); Joe Costanza, 358-2279 (security concerns)
During all phases of the building renovation, construction personnel will have 24-hour freight elevator access during weekdays and weekends to move building materials, supplies, and equipment. Passenger Elevator 7 in the East Lobby will be used by construction personnel Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Elevator 5 in the west lobby will be used Monday - Friday and weekends, 7 p.m. - 6 a.m. These elevators will only access floors under construction until the Phase I scheduled completion date July 16. Visit the Building Renovation Project Web page  for more information.

NASA HQ  BIG Chapter “Membership” Open House
DateJune 28, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contacts: Darlene Boykins, 358-4743 or Vickie Walton 358-1016
All employees are invited to attend this membership recruitment open house and learn more about Blacks in Government (BIG) and its activities. The program features guest speaker Shirley Jones, BIG Region XI Council president, entertainment, and door prizes. Light refreshments will be served immediately after the program.

SFA Nominations to Attend A J-2X Test Firing
Nomination DeadlineJune 29
Contact: Rocky Lind, 358-1003
Selected Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Honorees will have the opportunity to attend the upcoming J-2X test at Stennis Space Center, tentatively scheduled for August 2012. Award criteria and the SFA nomination form can be found at: http://www.sfa.nasa.gov
Signed nominations are due to Rocky Lind by June 29
Note: This award is not intended for senior managers or supervisors, and travel funds for all honorees will be provided by their respective organizations. 

2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
DeadlineJune 29, 2012
Your opportunity to influence change at NASA Headquarters is here!  The EVS offers you the chance to express your thoughts and opinions regarding your job, working at NASA, and being part of the Headquarters workforce.  Feedback from EVS last year influenced HQ initiatives as diverse as a supervisory enhancement initiative and an extra 30 minutes three times a week to exercise during May Fitness Month.  Your answers from this year’s survey can help determine how NASA HQ can better serve you.  EVS is easy to complete: the e-mail you received from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey with the subject line “2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey” includes a personal link to the survey.  Take this opportunity to let us know your thoughts and opinions.  Visit the HQ Human Resources Management Page on the HR Portal to view previous EVS results.

Headquarters EAP Staff and Schedule
DatesTuesdays, 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room CD70
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counseling services are available to civil service employees and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-222-0364. The new HQ EAP counselor Wendy Davis, M.A., NCC., LPC., will be onsite Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Her phone number is 358-0130. For educational material and information, visit the FOH4You Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain .  For information on the HQ EAP, visit the FASD EAP Web page.

ASA Day at Kings Dominion
Date: June 23, 2012
Location: Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA
Contact: Angela Herring, 358-1698
NASA Day at Kings Dominion is open to Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center employees, and their families and friends. Tickets are $43 for adults and $37 for children under 48” tall.  Additional $3 for tickets purchased after June 8.  Ages 2 and under are free.  The Price includes admission to the park and a lunch buffet: Roasted Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Macaroni Salad, Assorted Chips, and Drinks.  Tickets are available for purchase in the Exchange Store. For details, see the Exchange Council calendar.

NASA HQ Softball Challenge
Date/Time: Every Tuesday May 22 - June 26, 5 - 6:45 p.m.
Location:  Amidon Field, 4th and G St. S.W.
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
Start organizing your teams for this double-elimination tournament sponsored by the Exchange Council. Proposed coaches should contact Paul Brundage for rules and instructions. (The limit is six teams.)

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: June 21, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: MIC-6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. There will be a double red cell machine available at this drive for those wishing to make this type of donation. To learn more, visit the Double Red Cell Donations Web page This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.  Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit the HQ Blood Drive Web page. For assistance, contact Dell Saunders, R.N., in the Health Unit.

Exchange Council Looking for Assistant Treasurer
Contact:  Betsy Edwards, 358-4639 or Debbie Randall, 358-1173
The Exchange Council is looking to fill the position of Assistant Treasurer.  Knowledge of QuickBooks is preferred but not required (training will be provided).  If you would like to expand your skill set and learn about finances, please join us!

Exchange Council Ice Cream Social
Date/Time: June 13, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Location:  West Lobby
Contact: Denise Holley, X2566
The Exchange Council is serving up a refreshing assortment of ice cream treats to cool you down.  Limit one per customer and you must be present to receive it.

Annual Health and Safety Fair
Date/Time: June 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location:  West Lobby, Auditorium, and Multipurpose Room
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All HQ employees and contractors are invited to attend. The fair will offer a range of health and wellness activities (free screenings, seated massage, and demonstrations), as well as information on safety and emergency preparedness. Bring a 2x2 photo of a loved one for your laminated safety badge. Complete a survey during the event to enter a drawing for prizes.

Girl Scouts Rock@NASA (Registration required)
Date: June 8, Sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium
Contact: Stacey Brooks, 358-1890 and Mamta Nagaraja, 358-2014
NASA will be hosting Girl Scouts at Headquarters for two special programs. This engaging program in science, aeronautics and exploration will have scouts learn from Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, former Astronauts Pam Melroy and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and other special guests.  Held in conjunction with the Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, 100th anniversary celebration, participants will learn about NASA’s missions, NASA careers, and experience hands-on, interactive displays. Two separate sessions will be held primarily targeting K-6 and 7-12.  If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Stacey Brooks.  If you have a troop interested in attending, please follow the registration procedures described here: http://women.nasa.gov/events

Agencywide Fitness/Health Promotion ViTS Series
Session #7:  Resistance Training for an Aging Population
Date/Time: June 6, 2:30 – 3;30 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
This series is presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, and will be presented by Dr. Larry Wier. You may join via WebEx (Meeting Number: 991 473 772; Password:  Resist6-6; Dial-in Number: 1-888-370-7263; Passcode:  8811760#).  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.

Agencywide Fitness/Health Promotion ViTS Series
Session #8:  Nutrition and Disease Prevention
Date/Time: June 12, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
This series is presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, and will be presented by Glenda Blaskey. You may join via WebEx (Meeting Number: 994 970 577; Password:  Prevent 6-12; Dial-in Number: 1-888-370-7263; Passcode:  8811760#).  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.

Annual Health & Safety Fair  
Date/Time: June 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby, Auditorium, Multipurpose Room
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All HQ personnel are invited to attend.  The fair will offer a range of health and wellness activities (free screenings, seated massage, and demonstrations), as well as information on safety and emergency preparedness.  Bring a 2x2 photo of a loved one for your laminated safety badge.  Complete a survey during the event to enter a drawing for prizes.  

Practice Sun Safety – “Don’t Fry Day”
Date:  May 25
Contact:Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain has designated the Friday before Memorial Day (May 28) as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness. Skin cancer is largely preventable when sun protection measures are used consistently. For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain .

2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
Deadline:  June 29
Contact: Stephanie Spence Diamond, 358-1919
All NASA permanent civil service employees are invited to express their opinions by completing the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. You should have received an e-mail last week inviting you to participate along with a link to the survey Web site. This annual survey provides federal employees with an opportunity to share their perspectives on a variety of workforce and work life matters. Completing the survey should take no more than 35 minutes, and your survey responses can help NASA Headquarters continue to improve the well-being and morale of its employees.

HQ Travel Office Closed May 29
DateMay 29, 2012
Contact:  Kim Mague, HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
The HQ Travel Office will be closed Tuesday, May 29 to participate in a Telework exercise.    Travel assistance will be provided via phone 202-358-2301 or e-mail HQTravel@nasa.gov.  No walk-in service will be available.

Agencywide Fitness/Health Promotion ViTS Series
Session #6:  Dining Out - Can It Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?
Date/Time: May 31, 12-1 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
 The sixth session in a series presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, will be presented by Glenda Blaskey. You may join via WebEx. For details, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang, by 10 a.m. on May 31.  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.

Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) Familiarization Sessions
Date/Time: May 15, 24 or 30, 10-11 a.m.
Location:  MIC-3A (Walk-in sessions; no registration required)
Contact: HITSS Customer Support, 358-0650
Learn more about the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) Web site.  Topics include how to submit and track an incident ticket or service request, how to order new services and equipment, how to request equipment from the loaner pool, and more.  Visit the Enterprise Service Desk – HQ Web page for additional details.

Science Results and Lectures at Hyperwall@HQ
Location:  Hyperwall@HQ, West Lobby
Contact: Ruth Netting, 358-0539
Are you looking for some great science? The Science Mission Directorate brings you NASA's Hyperwall in the West Lobby of the Headquarters building. The Hyperwall will display magnificent science results and offer a lecture series throughout the month of May. For a listing of lectures, presenters and times, and more information on this project, visit the Hyperwall Web page.

Blood Pressure Screening
Date/Time: May 22-24, 1-3 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600
 May is National High Blood Pressure Education and Stroke Awareness  month. All Headquarters personnel are encouraged have their blood pressure checked. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk for heart attack and stroke. For information on high blood pressure and stroke, visit the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention’s High Blood Pressure Web page
This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain and the American Heart Association’s Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Agencywide Fitness/Health Promotion ViTS Series
Session #6: Dining Out - Can It Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?
Date/Time: May 31, 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
The sixth session in a series presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, will be presented by Glenda Blaskey . You may join via WebEx. For details, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang, by 10 a.m. on May 31.  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.

Regulatory Drafting and Process Course
Date/Time: May 22, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: May 15
Location: MIC-6A
Contact: Cheryl Parker, 358-0252
The Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems is sponsoring a 1-day course for individuals new to the rulemaking process. Participants will learn the fundamental legal and procedural requirements for rulemaking and how to write regulations that communicate clearly to the affected public. With the agency’s increased rulemaking activities, rule writers are strongly encouraged to register for this course.

2012 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance
Date/Time: May 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location:  Wilbur J.Cohen Bldg., VOA Briefing Rm. 1528A, 330 Independence Avenue, SW (use C Street Entrance) 
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
This program will feature Dottie Li, former White House staff member, and Co-Founder and Managing Director of TransPacific Communications, providing media and cross-cultural communications training.  The program will also feature Dorothy Gnos Hoffman, author of Asian American Superwoman, which includes the story of Columbia Shuttle Crew Member, Kaplana Chawla, the first Indian American female astronaut. Ms. Hoffman will share the stories of Asian American women who were pioneers.  This program is sponsored by the Southwest Interagency Committee (SWIC SEP) and will conclude with a cultural food tasting.  All Headquarters' employees are invited to attend.

Bike-to-Work Day
Date: May 18
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Join thousands of area commuters who will be bicycling to work. The Fitness Center locker rooms will remain open throughout the morning to accommodate bikers. For additional activities, visit the Washington area Bike to Work Day Web page.

Windows 7 Exploration Brown Bag Session
Date/Time: May 16, 10-11 a.m.
Registration: Register in SATERN; Search term “Windows Exploration”
Registration Deadline: May 15 at noon
Location:  MIC-6A
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
See Windows 7 in action while enjoying your lunch. Discover new features, learn how to reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, and find what you need faster.  Visit the Windows 7 Training Web page for more opportunities.

Exchange Council Trail Mix Social
Date/Time: May 16, 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Location: 2E39
Contact: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583
Join the Exchange Council and the NASA Federal Credit Union for our Trail Mix Bonanza! Gather with friends and make your own trail mix from a variety of condiments including cereal, nuts, fruit, and chocolate. In addition, this is the last day to bring your donations of “gently used” shoes for our Soles4Souls shoe drive.

Exchange Council Shoe Drive
Deadline:  May 16
Location:  Collection boxes in the East and West Lobbies
Contacts: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583 and Angela Herring, 358-1698
The Exchange Council is collecting new and gently used shoes for the charity Soles4Soulsl. Please bring your donations to the collection boxes in the East and West lobbies. Extra boxes are available if an office would like to sponsor a collection site.

Mentors Needed for Career Development Program
Deadline:  May 11
Contact: LaShawn McDuffie, 358-0965
Volunteer mentors are needed to support the Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s (FAPAC) Career Development Program for High Performers. If you are interested in being a volunteer mentor, visit the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. You may also send an e-mail to Selina Lee or Wang Leaona.

Home Computer Security – Brown Bag Session
Date/TimeMay 10, 11 a.m. – noon
Location:  MIC-7A
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Register:   Register in SATERN using the search term “hcs.”
Explore security settings for home equipment, learn how to browse safely and securely, and keep your computer up to date and secure. Learn how to avoid the “10 Mistakes Hackers Love” and learn how to create an exceptional password. For details and class information, visit the Home Computer Security Web page.

Agencywide Fitness/Health Promotion ViTS Series
Session #5If It Ain't Whole, It Ain't Fiber
Date/Time: May 14, 1-2 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
The fifth session in a series presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, will be presented by Glenda Blaskey. You may join via WebEx. For details, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang, by 10 a.m. on May 14.  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page .

Agencywide Fitness/Health Promotion ViTS Series
Session #4:  Metabolic Syndrome and Physical Fitness
Date/Time: May 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
The fourth session in a series presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, will be presented by Larry Wier, Ph.D., director, Health-Related Fitness. You may join via WebEx. For details, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang, by 10 a.m. on May 7.  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.

Federal Interagency Holocaust Remembrance Program
Date/Time: May 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW (Metro Green Line, U Street/Cardozo Metro Station)
Contact:  Claudia Silver, 358-0936
This year’s program will feature Holocaust survivors Stefania Kenigswain Sitbon and Henry Abraham as well as  Ernst Floeter, who was a German witness to Hitler and the Nazi regime. For detailed information on the program and the featured participants, visit the Holocaust Remembrance Program Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain .

NASA HQ Spring Golf Tournament
Date/Time: May 11, 8 a.m. shotgun start
Registration DeadlineMay 4
Location:  Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: Kelly Carter, 358-1062 or Kathy Nado, 358-0200
Registration is open through tomorrow! The cost is $100 per player and includes green fees, cart, lunch and beverages. If you don’t have a foursome, but still want to play, that’s no problem!  To make reservations, send an email to Kelly Carter.  Drop off payments in Room 4A10 or at the NASA Exchange Store in the west lobby.  Make checks payable to NASA Exchange -- Golf.  For details, see the 2012 Spring Golf Tournament flyer 2012 Spring Golf Tournament flyer

HQ Security Notice: Safety Commuting Between NASA Building
Contact: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
Since not all employees are familiar with the Metro stations, parks, and neighborhoods of NASA Headquarters’ new I Street locations, you are reminded to remain alert, be cautious, and report any suspicious activity. If someone’s actions are suspicious or unusual, contact the nearest police officer or security guard and report your observations. For details, visit the Department of Homeland Security "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign Web site.

Exchange Council Vendors in East Lobby
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
The Exchange Council invites you to visit the vendors in the East Lobby. To view the vendor schedule, visit the Exchange Council Events Calendar.

Publishing NASA STI: A Guide for NASA HQ
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
Scientific Technical Information (STI) is a collection of facts, analyses and conclusions resulting from basic and applied scientific, technical and related engineering research and development efforts. If you need help publishing a NASA STI document, visit: http://www.sti.nasa.gov/nasaonly/publish/stepbystepguideHQ.html This online guide explains the process and includes links to references, templates, and other information you need at each stage of the process. For details on the STI Program, visit, http://www.sti.nasa.gov.

HQ Building Renovation Underway
9th Floor Renovation: March 13 – July 16
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
Phase I of the building renovation has begun. The 9th floor will be off limits to employees, and passenger elevators 5 and 7 are now designated for construction use. You may access the rooftop terrace areas using stairwells A and D. Detailed information on personnel relocating to the temporary I Street locations and the 5th floor swing space is available on the New Locations Web page. Also, personnel locations will be updated in the NASA Enterprise Directory (NED) accordingly. For more information about this project, visit the Building Renovation Project Web page.

“Temporary” Fitness Center Membership - NASA 2012 Wellness Campaign
DateApril 2 – May 1, 2012
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
In support of the 30-day campaign to encourage NASA employees to participate in various wellness activities, including physical fitness, the Headquarters Fitness Center is offering a 30-day “temporary” membership to new Fitness Center users. The required medical clearance by the HQ Health Unit will be waived for the 30-day period effective April 2 through May 1; however new users must complete a PAR-Q form. Contact the Fitness Center for details and to obtain a copy of the PAR-Q Form. To find out more about the Fitness Center programs visit: http://fitnesscenter.hq.nasa.gov/

NASA HQ Spring Golf Tournament
Date/Time: May 11, 8 a.m. shotgun start
Registration DeadlineMay 4
Location:  Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: Kelly Carter, 358-1062 or Kathy Nado, 358-0200
Registration is now open! The cost is $90 per player if paid before April 19 and $100 until the May 4 cutoff date. Includes green fees, cart, lunch and beverages. To make reservations, send an email to Kelly Carter with the names of your players. Drop off payments in Room 4A10 of the Headquarters building or mail to: NASA Exchange Store, Attn:  Kelly Carter, 300 E. Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.  Make checks payable to NASA Exchange -- Golf.  For details, see the 2012 Spring Golf Tournament flyer

Exchange Council Coffee and Donut Social and Shoe Drive Kickoff
Date/Time: April 26, 8 – 9 a.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Angela Herring, 358-1698
You are invited to the coffee and donut social. The Exchange Council is also kicking off its shoe drive for the charity Soles4Souls at the social. Bring your donations of new and gently used shoes, and they will be collected during the event. Following the kick off, April 26-May 19, collection boxes for the shoe drive will be in the East and West Lobbies. Extra boxes are available if an office would like to sponsor a collection site. For details on the shoe drive, contact Angela Herring on 358-1698 or Tekla Szelong on 358-2583.

Congressional Hearing on NASA HQ Channel 76
Date/Time: April 26, 10 a.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Channel 76 (HQ Only)
View the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics hearing, “An Overview of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Budget for FY 2013.” Witnesses: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; Marion Blakey, Aerospace Industries Association, and Chair, Aeronautics Committee, NASA Advisory Council; Dr. Wesley Harris, MIT, and Chair, Committee to Assess NASA’s Aeronautics Flight Research Capabilities, National Research Council; and Dr. John Tracy, The Boeing Company.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation – Protecting Your Privacy
Date/Time: April 26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Registration:  See instructions below
Location: Room MIC-6B
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA’s IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) is conducting a Webinar to answer questions about protecting your privacy.   Learn about the importance of protecting your privacy through the use of NASA policy.  This Webinar counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit; pre-registration is required. Send an e-mail to Darline Brown with the subject “Presentation – Protecting Your Privacy," and indicate you will attend. You must register in order to receive your CPE credit. Please arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in.

EAP Seminar: Building Resiliency
Date/Time: April 26, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline: April 25
Location: Room 2K78
Contact: Wendy Davis, 358-0130
The “Road to Resilience” is a seminar  presented by Wendy Davis, HQ EAP counselor, to address factors that contribute to that particular ability to adapt and bounce back when adversity, big or small, affects us.

April is National Stress Awareness Month
Take time to relax, renew, and rejuvenate. From work demands to financial pressures to family problems, many aspects of life can cause stress. For tips on how to protect yourself from the health-damaging effects of stress, as well as some simple techniques for relaxation and meditation visit the Federal Occupational Health Web site.30-Day Wellness Campaign Fitness Activities 
DateApril 2-30, 2012
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
In  April, the Fitness Center will offer supplementary 30-minute activities to support Administrator Bolden’s 30-Day Wellness Campaign, which encourages NASA HQ employees to participate in health and fitness activities 3 times per week for 30 minutes.  The activities will be geared toward employees who are beginning to exercise, or for those who want quick alternatives for exercise during the day. For further information on fitness programs at HQ visit the HQ Fitness Center Web page.   

Walk-to-Wellness: The Fitness Center will add two additional 30-minute walking group “walk to wellness” sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.  The Walking Group meets in the West Lobby in front of the Exchange Store.  

Stretch & Revitalize: The fitness staff will also incorporate a 30-minute “Stretch & Revitalize” class on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.  

Abs/Core:  The Fitness Center already offers a 30-minute Abs/Core class on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., which can easily be included as an option for those participating in the wellness campaign as well.

FedTraveler.com Training Course
Title: Preparers Training
Date/Time: April 24, 9 a.m. 12 p.m.
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Operations Center, 358-2301
This course on key system functions is for FedTraveler.com preparers. Register in SATERN using the keyword "HQ-FedTraveler." For details, visit the FedTraveler.com Training Web page.

Walk to Wellness Campaign Across NASA
Date/Time: April 23, 7 p.m.
Campaign Date: May 2-29
Enrollment Window: April 16 - May 1
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138, or Health Unit, 358-2600
This 28-day campaign, which runs from May 2-29, is designed to encourage all NASA employees to incorporate walking into their daily routine. Enrollees can participate individually or as part of a team and can set walking goals in minutes or steps. To participate, visit the NASA Healthier You Web site and register on the Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth Web portal (Unique Identifier is healthiernasa).

NASA Night at the Verizon Center
Date/Time: April 23, 7 p.m.
Location:  Verizon Center
Contact: Pat Smith, 358-1928
NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Washington Wizards are celebrating the transfer of the space shuttle Discovery orbiter to its new home at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center with NASA Science Discovery Night at the Verizon Center. To attend, purchase tickets to the Washington Wizards vs. the Charlotte Bobcats game scheduled April 23 at 7 p.m. for an evening of basketball, science education, and fun. For ticket information and program details, visit the Exchange Council Events Calendar. (Download the poster listed under “Documents.”) Headquarters participation sponsored by the Exchange Council.

Support Events Marking Discovery’s Transfer to NASM
Date/Time: April 19-22
Location: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Sign up as a Volunteer: Send e-mail to Jim Hull, 358-1928
Volunteer to support NASA activities and exhibits for “Welcome Discovery,” a series of events celebrating the transfer of the space shuttle Discovery orbiter to its new permanent home at NASM’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Event dates and times are listed below:

Welcome Discovery (main event)
Date/Time: April 19, 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
NASA will provide transportation from HQ to Udvar-Hazy Center for NASA staff working the 4/19 event.

Education Day event
Date/Time: April 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Family Days at Udvar-Hazy Center
Date/Time: April 21-22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FedTraveler.com Training Course
Title: Travelers Training
Date/Time: April 17, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Operations Center, 358-2301
This course on key system functions is for FedTraveler.com travelers. Register in SATERN using the keyword "HQ-FedTraveler." For details, visit the FedTraveler.com Training Web page.

BASO Training: BW Day of Learning -- Accelerated
Date/Time: April 12, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Glennan Conference Room (1Q39)
Contact: BASO Support Center, 358-4367
If you missed the BW (Business Warehouse) Day of Learning in March, attend this session. Intended for both new and experienced BW users, this session will cover the basics of executing commonly run reports, and highlight useful BW tips and tricks for more experienced users. For details, visit the BASO Training Web page.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: April 12, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: MIC-6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit the HQ Blood Drive Web page. For assistance, contact Dell Saunders, R.N., in the Health Unit.

HQ Security Notice: Lobby Turnstile Testing Continues
Contact: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
The testing of the lobby turnstiles has been going well, and several HQ staff have provided valuable feedback. HQ Security has made several programming and hardware modifications to the turnstiles. Beginning Thursday, February 23, one additional turnstile will be activated in the West Lobby. Employees are requested to use the gates as often as possible to familiarize themselves with the operation and assist in the trial period. Information on the turnstile testing project, visitor access, and the process to provide feedback can be found at: http://fasd.hq.nasa.gov/hqsecurity.html

Headquarters Library Book Donations
Contact: Rick Spencer, 358-0172
Going to move? Got books? Call the Headquarters library at 358-0168 to schedule a desk-side review of your valuable resources. Books, DVDs, and publicly accessible reports are now being accepted.

Turnstile Activation in West Lobby
Date:  April 2
Contact: Joe Costanza, 358-2279
The HQ Security Office has made several programming and hardware upgrades to the turnstiles over the past several weeks. Monday, April 2 marks the beginning of the final phase of turnstile implementation with one additional turnstile being activated in the west lobby. Remember to always use the turnstile and card reader on your right side when entering and exiting the facility. Always “going to the right” will aid in limiting congestion in the lobby areas.  It is also important to remember that each lane can only accommodate one person at a time; this includes the large turnstiles. Information on the turnstile testing project, visitor access, and the process to provide feedback can be found on the HQ Security Web page.

Computer Training Classes
Registration: SATERN
Contact: Computer Training Center (CTC), 358-1111
1-hour computer workshops.  For more computer training opportunities, visit the CTC Web Page.

Windows 7 Exploration
Date/Time: April 10, 10 - 11 a.m.
Register By:  April 6
SATERN Search:  “Windows Exploration”
See Windows 7 in action! Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more.

Excel Edge! Advanced Microsoft Excel Training
Date/Time: April 11, 1 - 2 p.m. 
Register By:  April 6
SATERN Search:  “edge”
Learn about the most asked about advanced features of Excel.  Make a visual impact with conditional formatting, use sorting/filtering to aid in data analysis, learn how to link spreadsheets with Word and PowerPoint.

In the Pits with Pivot Tables? Extreme Microsoft Excel Training Date/Time: April 11, 2 - 3 p.m. 
Register By:  April 6
SATERN Search:  “in the pits"
Learn how to create pivot tables – take raw data and turn it into drillable tables that make sense. 

Vendor Registration for NASA HQ Spring Craft Fair
Event Date/Time: April 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Registration DeadlineMarch 30
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
HQ employees and their families and friends are invited to sell crafts and merchandise. To participate, submit your registration form to Debbie Randall or Wick Cromwell. To request registration forms, contact LaVerne Drayton.

Agencywide Fitness and Health Promotion VITS Series
Session #3: Fad Diets - Time to Bust Some Myths
Date/Time: April 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
Trying to diet and having trouble? Learn the truth behind popular diets, how to lose weight the right way and keep it off.  Attend this third session in a series presented by Johnson Space Center; sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer. Glenda Blaskey will be the presenter. You may join via WebEx. For details, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang, no later than 10:00 am on April 4, with “ViTS Series WebEx” in the Subject line.  For information about future sessions and/or to get a copy of previous presentations, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.  There are a few copies of the earlier presentations on DVD that are available for viewing in the library or on loan from the Fitness Center, CC70, or from Cherie Zieschang, 1B52.

Cherry Blossom Items in the Exchange Store
Contact: Wick Cromwell, 358-0163
The Exchange Store has commemorative mugs, key chains, and a book produced for the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Celebration of the gift of the cherry trees.

Safety Culture Survey Extended
New Deadline: March 31
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or
                Christopher Craig, 358-0854
All Headquarters personnel are encouraged to express their opinions about HQ Safety Culture by completing the survey before the new March 31 deadline. To take the survey from any computer, visit the Safety Culture Survey Web page.  For details about this project, visit the NASA HQ Safety Culture Web page.

2012 NASA Scholarship Fund Opportunities
Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
Contact: Adib Sabree, 358-0922 or Terri Mitchell, 358-2077
NASA Scholarship Fund, Inc (NCSF) is announcing the 2012 Scholarship opportunities. Please the NASA Scholarship Web page <http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/NASAScholarship/index.htm>  to download the application and eligibility requirements.  Applications and brochures are also available in Suite 3Q53.

New NASA History Book Available
Contact: History Program Office, Room CO72, 358-0384
The NASA History Program’s new book, “Rockets and People, The Moon Race, Vol. IV,” is the fourth and final volume of Boris Chertok’s memoirs. HQ personnel may pick up free copies in Room CO72.  The book also is available in PDF format at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4110/vol4.pdf.

Brown Bag History Lecture by Dr. Wesley Huntress
Date/Time: March 26, noon - 1 p.m.
Location:  MIC 6
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Dr. Wesley Huntress, former associate Administrator for Space Science, will speak about “Soviet Robotic Lunar and Planetary Exploration” at the quarterly “brown bag” NASA History lecture. All personnel are invited to attend.

Computer Training  - En Pointe with PowerPoint!
Date/Time: March 28, 2-3 p.m.
Register By:  March 23
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
In only 1 hour, you’ll learn advanced features of Microsoft PowerPoint.  Learn how to easily control formatting with Master Slides, add zing to your presentations with embedded video, music, and Excel spreadsheets, as well as how to troubleshoot your presentations.

Computer Training  - BYOP Wednesdays!
Date/Time: March 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register By:  March 27
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Bring Your Own Project to the CTC… Bring any computer project or issue you’re working on and get real-time help. Or bring a concept or problem and work through your design with a trainer.

HR Lunch and Learn for Supervisors
Title: End-of-Year Rating Prep (for Leads, Supervisors and Managers)
Date/Time: March 23, 12-1:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 3P44
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257  
Register in SATERN or contact Tamara Bolden, on 358-2271

Screening Mammogram Appointments Available
Date/Time: March 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  E Street in front of NASA Headquarters
Schedule Appointment: Call 800-217-0675 Ext. 3378
Questions: Dellaoise Saunders, 358-2600
Eligible HQ civil service employees must call to schedule an appointment, and provide the name and telephone number of a personal primary care physician willing to accept the mammogram results. For details, visit the HQ Mammograms Web page.

SoftPhone Training
Dates/TimeMarch 29, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location:  Computer Training Center (CTC), Room 3R55
Registration:  SATERN
Contact:  Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Using your NASA-issued computer and your HQ extension, SoftPhone enables you to place and receive calls from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Learn about the features of SoftPhone and take advantage of this powerful tool.  Computer headsets for use with SoftPhone will be distributed at each class.  Deadline to register is the day before each class is held.  For more information and a detailed training schedule, visit the SoftPhone Training Web page.

Home Computer Security – Brown Bag Sessions
Date/Time/Location: March 27, 11 a.m. (see schedule for future sessions)
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Register:  SATERN (search term “hcs”)  
Explore security settings for home equipment, learn how to browse safely and securely, and keep your computer up to date and secure. Learn how to avoid the “10 Mistakes Hackers Love” and learn how to create an exceptional password. For details and class information, visit the Home Computer Security training page.

Computer Training  - Calendar Gremlins Again?
Date/Time: March 22, 9 - 10 a.m.
Register By:  March 16
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Learn how to rid your calendar of those pesky gremlins!  This Microsoft Outlook workshop will teach calendar management, calendar sharing, scheduling attendees, replying to and saving invitations.  In only 1 hour, you’ll be an Outlook pro!

HQ NPR 7120.5 Rollout Briefing
Date/Time: March 21, 1-5 p.m. EDT
Location:  HQ Auditorium
Contacts: Sandra Smalley, 358-4731, Ellen Stigberg, 358-2297 and Shavon Spry, 358-1823
The Office of the Chief Engineer is hosting a briefing session on recent updates to the NASA Procedural Requirement (NPR) 7120.5, NASA Space Flight Program Project Management Requirements. It includes four presentations and an interactive discussion with NASA Chief Engineer Mike Ryschkewitsch and the four presenters from the Office of the Chief Engineer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Independent Program Assessment Office, and LaRC Flight Projects Office. For details and presentation topics, see the agenda at: http://go.usa.gov/Pyw

High Risk Conflict Resolution Workshops
Register: Contact Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
Half-day Workshops for Employees
  Date/Time: March 19-21, 8 a.m. - noon or 1-5 p.m.
  Location: Multipurpose Room (CG46)
The Office of Protective Services is sponsoring workshops for HQ civil service and contractor employees. Participants will examine previous incidents of workplace violence, learn the behavioral profiles of offenders, and practice verbal and/or physical tactics to cope with violent behavior, should it occur. A recommendation: View the video “Flashpoint: Recognizing and Preventing Workplace Violence” in SATERN prior to attending (search “Flashpoint”).  Also, wear comfortable shoes and clothing if you wish to participate in some light physical activity (strictly voluntary).

Congressional Hearing
Date/TimeMarch 21, 9 a.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Channel 76
Administrator Bolden will testify before the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Budget Hearing.

Exchange Store St. Patrick’s Day Sale
Date: March 12-16
Contact: Wick Cromwell 358-0163
Check out the Exchange Store’s St. Patrick’s Day sales.  Save 15 percent on items that are white or green and 25 percent on all winter merchandise.

NASA Prepared Evacuation Chair Training
Date/Time: March 14, 10 a.m.
Location: 5th Floor Galley
Contact: Darrius Lewis, 358-0608
All Headquarters personnel are invited to attend the HQ Emergency Management Team’s next NASA Prepared Evacuation Chair Training. You will learn about the emergency evacuation chairs at HQ, and can practice using the chairs in a controlled setting. Snacks will be provided.

Take the Safety Culture Survey
Date: March 5-19
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or
                Christopher Craig, 358-0854
Let Headquarters’ leadership know your views about HQ Safety Culture by completing the Survey before the deadline.  Both civil servants and contractors are encouraged to participate.  The survey can be taken on any computer – work or home. For details, visit the Safety Culture Web page.

Agencywide Fitness and Health Promotion VITS Series
Session #2: Exercise for Weight Control
Date/Time: March 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61)
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
This is the second session in a series presented by Johnson Space Center, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer. Larry Wier, Ph.D., Director, Health-Related Fitness, will be the presenter. For information about future sessions and to get a copy of the first presentation, visit the Fitness and Nutrition Videoteleconference Series Web page.  If unable to attend the ViTS, you may join via WebEx. For details, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang, no later than 10:00 am on March 8, with “ViTS Series WebEx” in the Subject line,

Register for “Women, Innovation, and Aerospace”
Date: March 8
Registration: http://women.nasa.gov/womens-history-month
Location: George Washington University
Contact: Debra Kurshan, 358-1473
Join NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, and Administrator Charlie Bolden and celebrate Women’s History Month.  This daylong event “Women, Innovation, and Aerospace” at the George Washington University is designed to encourage women to enter and succeed in the field of aerospace. NASA employees are encouraged to attend. For details and to register, visit: http://women.nasa.gov/womens-history-month. Portions of this event will also be broadcast on NASA TV.

Exchange Council Spring Book Fair
Date/Time: March 6-8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: East Lobby
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
Books Are Fun will be in the East Lobby with a large selection of adult and children's books and specialty gifts for sale.

Columbia Café Closed / 9th Floor Renovations
Date: February 29 - July 16
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
During the upcoming renovation of the 9th floor, the Columbia Café will be closed.  The galley area vending machine will be removed. The break room on the Concourse level will remain open as an alternative eating and vending lounge.   

Register For Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tues. and Thurs., February 28 – April 19; 1 p.m.
Location:  Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room)
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees for the next session are:  $160 for the entire session of classes, $80 for half of the session. Drop-ins are permitted at $15 per class.  All personnel are invited to register for these classes.  Registration checks or money orders are payable to Hot Yoga USA, LLC, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center. 

GSFC Winter Production: “The Philadelphia Story”
Date/Time: February 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, March 2 or 3
Location:  Goddard Recreation Center
Contact:  MAD Ticket Line, 240-475-8800
Tickets are on sale for GSFC’s Winter Production “The Philadelphia Story.” The show is put on by the GSFC Music and Drama (MAD) Productions club. Tickets are $21 plus a $1 service fee, which includes pre-show cabaret entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. For program times and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.madtheater.org or call the ticket line.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation – Malware Self-Defense
Date/Time: February 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Room MIC-3A
Contact: Greg Kerr, 358-2218 or Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA’s IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) is conducting a Webinar to answer questions about protecting your computer from malware. Learn what you can do to combat this vulnerability. This Webinar counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit; pre-registration is required. Send an e-mail to Darline Brown with the subject " WebEx – Malware Self-Defense," and indicate you will attend. You must register in order to receive your CPE credit.  Arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in.

New Support Number for Multi-Function Devices
ContactMichael Crnkovic, 358-0617
For service and support of your Xerox Multi-Function Device (MFD), contact Xerox Customer Support directly at 1-800-731-8905.  Signs with this new contact number will be placed by MFDs for your reference.  In addition, the NASA HQ help line (358-HELP) will be updated with an option to contact Xerox Customer Support for MFD service or repair.

Using the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD)
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
There are various ways to use the new NASA ESD. Use the ESD Web site to submit trouble tickets online using the “My Tickets” feature.  You will receive an email confirming your request.  Or send an email to the ESD describing your problem or to simply ask a question. An ESD Agent will create a ticket, and respond with the appropriate assistance or information. Or call the ESD (358-HELP (4357)) to speak directly to a Call Agent. The Agent will open a ticket and attempt to assist you while you are on the line. NOTE:  While the ESD is available by telephone 24/7, the Call Center is still experiencing delays during this transition period.  It may be more convenient to use the online or e-mail methods for help. View your ticket status online using the “My Tickets” feature anytime. The “Self-Help” feature of the ESD Web site contains a wealth of knowledge, and provides a way for users to conveniently help themselves with various IT topics.

Agency-wide Fitness and Health Promotion VITs Series
Session #1: The Role of Physical Fitness in Health
Date/Time
: February 22, 1 p.m.
Location:  VITS Room CC51 (enter through CD61), or via WebEx
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, x1569
Physical fitness links to the majority of modern-day deaths and diseases. All HQ employees are encouraged to attend this first session in a series sponsored by the Chief Health and Medical Office (CHMO).  This session will be presented by Larry Wier, Ph.D., JSC’s Director of Health-Related Fitness. Dr. Wier will discuss the components of health-related fitness, the connection between exercise, fitness, weight control and health, the amount of exercise needed, and recommended exercise programs.  If unable to attend the VITs in person, employees are encouraged to join via WebEx. For WebEx information, send an e-mail to Cherie Zieschang with “VITs Series WebEx” in the Subject line.

NASA Events Mark 50 Years of Americans in Orbit
Date/TimeFebruary 16, 8 p.m.
Location: NASA TV
February 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the day in 1962 when U.S. Sen. John Glenn piloted his Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first U.S. orbital space flight. In the next 2 weeks, NASA Television will broadcast a series of live events and special programming to commemorate 50 years of Americans in orbit, including the premiere of a new documentary, Friendship 7: 50th Anniversary of Americans in Orbit,” and special interactive online features. To view this NASA TV programming online and see the NASA TV schedule, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Black History Month Observance
Date/Time: February 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Wilbur J. Cohen Building Auditorium, 330 Independence Avenue, S.W.  
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
All Headquarters employees are invited to attend this year's program featuring keynote speaker, A’Lelia Bundles, author of “On Her Own Ground, The Life and Times of Madame C. J. Walker,” a New York Times bestseller on her great-great-grandmother C.J. Walker. Bundles has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC, NPR and C-Span Book TV. The event is sponsored by the Southwest Interagency Committee Partnership.

Lecture: Dr. Scott Hubbard on “Exploring Mars”
Date/Time: February 16, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium
Contact: Gordon Johnston, 358-4685
During this science lecture, Dr. Scott Hubbard, former Director of  Ames Research Center, will discuss “Exploring Mars,” his book on NASA’s Mars exploration effort under his tenure as NASA’s first Mars program director. All NASA personnel are invited to participate. A book signing will follow the lecture.

SoftPhone Training
Date/Time: February 14 or 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location:  Computer Training Center (CTC), Room 3R55
Registration:  SATERN
Contact:  Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Using your NASA-issued computer and your HQ extension, SoftPhone enables you to place and receive calls from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Learn about the features of SoftPhone and take advantage of this powerful tool.  Computer headsets for use with SoftPhone will be distributed at each class.  Deadline to register is the day before each class is held.  For more information and a detailed training schedule, visit the SoftPhone Training Web page.

2012 NASA Prepared Lunch & Learn Series
Date/Time: February 15, 12 – 1 p.m.
Location:. MIC 7A
Contact: Darrius Lewis, 358-0608
All NASA Headquarters personnel are invited to attend our first 2012 NASA Prepared lunch & learn session, hosted by the HQ Emergency Management Team. We will host a discussion on Cyber Security @ Home, highlighting important tools and information for all HQ personnel. Please bring your lunch and attend this informal group session to help you “Know Your Stuff and Be Prepared!”

Register for NASA PM Challenge 2012
Date: February 22-23
Registration Deadline: February 3
Location: Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando, FL
Contact: Lesley Young, 301-286-5694
The NASA Project Management (PM) Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Chief Engineer. The conference provides a forum for all stakeholders in the Project Management Community.  For details and to register, visit the NASA PM Challenge 2012 Web page.

Call for Papers:  Solar System Exploration @ 50
Proposal Submissions Due: February 21, 2012 (new deadline)
Contact:  Bill Barry, 358-0383
The NASA History Program Office, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum have issued a call for papers This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain  for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 which was sent to Venus. The symposium will now be held October 25-26, 2012, in Washington. (Note new symposium dates)

NASA Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Briefing
Date/Time: February 13, 2 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium, NASA TV, Online
Administrator Charlie Bolden will brief reporters about the Agency’s fiscal year 2013 budget. NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will join the Administrator. HQ personnel are invited to attend the news conference. Space will be limited. You also may view the broadcast live on NASA TV and the Web. The NASA budget and supporting information will be available online February 13 at 1 p.m. EST at:
http://www.nasa.gov/budget

Space Station Crew Presentation for HQ Personnel
Date/Time: February 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Pat Smith, 358-1928
NASA Headquarters personnel and their families are invited to join three astronauts from recent International Space Station expedition missions for a special presentation.  Cady Coleman (Expedition 26/27), Ron Garan (Expedition 27/28), and Mike Fossum (Expedition 28/29) will share highlights of their missions to the International Space Station and take questions from the audience at HQ. You may attend the event in the auditorium or view it live on NASA TV or the Web.

Exchange Council Valentine’s Social
Date/Time: February 14, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Location:  Room 2E39
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566
Join the Exchange Council and your co-workers for a Valentine's Day social in Room 2E39. Enjoy cupcakes, play BINGO, and win "sweet" prizes!

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: February 9, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: MIC 6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit: http://fasd.hq.nasa.gov/blood-drive.html. For assistance, contact Dell Saunders, R.N., in the Health Unit.

Spirit Day at Headquarters
Date: February 3
Headquarters employees are invited to show your team spirit by wearing your favorite sports team colors and attire this Friday, and the first Friday every month.

The NSSC News – January 2012
Contact: NASA Shared Services Center, 1-877-677-2123
Check out the January issue of The NSSC News, a quarterly publication designed to provide informative updates on NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) activities.  Read a message from the NSSC Executive Director, learn about new tools to improve the on-boarding process, and see financial management and procurement updates.

REMINDER: Headquarters Town Hall Meeting-Building Renovation Update Date/Time: January 26, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium or Dial-In & WebEx (details will be provided
                 in a Special Notice)
Contact: Stacey Brock-Watkins, 358-1291
The HQ Facilities and Administrative Services Division (FASD) will host a Town Hall meeting to provide an update on the HQ building renovation project.  All HQ personnel are invited to attend.

Special Screening:  “An Article of Hope”
Date/Time: January 26, 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Christine Peterson, 358-1803
On NASA’s Day of Remembrance, January 26, you are invited to attend a special screening of the film, “An Article of Hope,” This film traces the journey of the tiny Torah scroll smuggled into a German concentration camp during the Holocaust and safeguarded by Joachim Joseph, a Holocaust survivor. The scroll was then carried into space on STS-107 by Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon and his six fellow crewmembers on STS-107 were lost in the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy on February 1, 2003.

NASA Day of Remembrance Observance
Date/Time: January 26, 10 a.m.
Location: Arlington National Cemetery
Contact: Christine Peterson, 358-1803
NASA Headquarters personnel are invited to join Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA senior officials for NASA's Day of Remembrance observance at Arlington National Cemetery. On this annual Day of Remembrance in January, NASA pauses to honor the fallen heroes of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia and all the members of the NASA family who have lost their lives furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. To honor their memory, flags at Headquarters and NASA centers will be flown at half-staff. NOTE: Transportation to Arlington Cemetery is available to those who register with Christine Peterson by Friday, January 20.

SoftPhone Training
Date/Time: January 18 and 25, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location:  Computer Training Center (CTC), Room 3R55
                  (Inside 3Q53)
RegistrationSATERN
ContactComputer Training Center, 358-1111
Using your NASA-issued computer and your HQ extension, SoftPhone enables you to place and receive calls from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Learn about the features of SoftPhone and take advantage of this powerful tool.  Computer headsets for use with SoftPhone will be distributed at each class.  Deadline to register is the day before each class is held.  For more information and a detailed training schedule, visit the SoftPhone Training Web page.

Headquarters Town Hall Meeting:  Building Renovation Update
Date/Time: January 26, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Stacey Brock-Watkins, 358-1291
The HQ Facilities and Administrative Services Division (FASD) will host a Town Hall meeting to provide an update on the HQ building renovation project.  All HQ personnel are invited to attend.

Blacks In Government MLK Observance
Date/Time: January 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
Location:  Room 9H40 (PRC)
Contact:  Vickie Walton , 358-1016
All Headquarters personnel are invited to join the NASA HQ Chapter of BIG in commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program will feature keynote speaker, Mr. John W. Franklin, Director, Partnerships and International Programs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  The program will also include HQ employees Omega Jones (musical selection) and Peggy Fleming (poetry selection).  Light refreshments will be served in the Columbia Café immediately following the program.

Climate Policy Speaker Series Event
Date/Time: January 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 9H40
Contact: Cassandra Nuñez, 358-0180
Dr. Poornima Madhavan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University and Director of its Applied Decision Making Laboratory, will discuss her research examining human decision making under risk, stress, time pressure, and uncertainty, how these factors affect attitudes toward climate change, and our subsequent policy.  

Lunch and Learn: Preparing a NASA STARS Resume
Date/Time: January 19, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 3P44
Contact: Cheryl Thomas, 358-0576
Pre-registration is required to attend this lunch and learn session. To pre-register, contact Tammy Boldenon 358-2271 or Trish Rapoza at 358-0008. For details, see the Training calendar.

Perfecting Oral Communications in English
Dates: Daily from January 9 - March 22, 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 5D67
Register: Evelin Saxinger, 358-1311
This daily, 15-minute class is being presented by Paul Brundage of the Office of Procurement. For details, see the Training calendar.

E-Mail Etiquette Topic #12 – Appropriate Use of E-Mail
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
NASA employees and contractors are permitted limited personal use of government resources providing it does not interfere with official business and involves only minimal additional expense to the government. Employees are expected to conduct themselves professionally in the workplace and to refrain from engaging in activities that are inappropriate. For details, read the Appropriate Use of IT Resources Policy. For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit the E-mail Etiquette Campaign Web page.

2012 NASA HQ Chili Cookoff
Date/Time: January 18, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Registration DeadlineJanuary 13
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
NASA employees and contractors are invited to sample and vote for the best chili at NASA HQ at the 2012 Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Exchange Council. To enter the cookoff and compete for the title, register with Kevin Ortegel by January 13. Prizes will be awarded.

NASA IT Security Awareness Newsletter Available Online
Contact: Greg Kerr, 358-2218
The NASA Information Technology “Security Focus” Newsletter is now available online, and is full of invaluable IT security news and useful tips.  The December issue covers a wide range of topics, including online shopping security concerns, protecting yourself against cyber attacks, SBU information disposal, avoiding identity theft, and 2012 security tips.   You can also subscribe to this newsletter and have it automatically delivered to your in-box.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation - Protecting Your Home Computer
Location: ITSATC Training Awareness Site
Contact: Greg Kerr, 358-2218 or Darline Brown, 358-2039
If you missed the Cyber Security PresentationProtecting Your Home Computer,” you can view the slide deck and hear the audio recording. Learn what you can do to protect your home computer from viruses and malicious attacks. This Webinar was conducted by the IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC).

Call for Papers:  Solar System Exploration @ 50
Proposal Submissions Due: February 1, 2012
Contact:  Bill Barry, 358-0383
The NASA History Program Office, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum have issued a call for papers This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 which was sent to Venus. It will be held October 18-20, 2012, in Washington.

Spirit Day at Headquarters
Date: January 6
Headquarters employees are invited to show your team spirit by wearing your favorite sports team colors and attire this Friday, and the first Friday every month.

 

 


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