NAL-JSC Member Education

Past NAL Programs

2018

  • Jan 4 – Space Shuttle Astronaut Jim Wetherbee, Discussion and Book Signing for “Controlling Risk – In a Dangerous World”
  • Feb 1, 2018 – Tracy Lamm from Space Center gave an update on activities at Space Center Houston
  • March 1 – “Chasing Poor Man’s Space Probes”, a discussion on the study of meteorites and what we learn from them – Dr. Everett Gibson
  • April 5 – Joe Caram/SE&I Lead for Deep Space Gateway
  • May – No program
  • June 7 – NASA Alumni League President Wayne Hale – “Update on the NAL National Organization”
  • June 18 – Dinner & Social – “NAL-JSC – Your Impact on the Community”
  • July – No program
  • August 2 – “International Space Station: Operating an Outpost In the New Frontier” – Dr. Robert Dempsey
  • Sept 6 – “Engineering Technology Development Effort”, JSC/Monte Goforth
  • Oct 4 – “James Webb Space Telescope Testing at JSC during Hurricane Harvey”, JSC/Jonathan Homan
  • Oct 17 – Social & Dinner – “Growth and New Visions at UHCL”,  Dr. Ira K. Blake, the new president of UHCL”
  • Nov 1 – A panel of Apollo veterans, Chet Vaughn, Hal Beck, Gene Ricks, Bill Moon and Denny Holt shared their stories and experiences from these historic first steps leading to the Moon landing.

2017

  • Dec 7 – JSC/Jesse Buffington, “NASA’s Progress and Planning in Exploration EVA”
  • Nov 7 – Social & Dinner – “History of the MOL Program”, Dr. John Charles
  • Nov 2 – STS-5 Reunion “Photos” and “Part 1 Video – Vance Brand’s mission overview”, “Part 2 Video – Panel Discussion”. The panel included Vance Brand, Flight Director Tommy Holloway, Payloads Officer Mike Hawes, Training Manager Ronnie Lanier, Program Office Leonard Nicholson, and NASA Headquarters Jon Michael Smith
  • Oct 5 – UHCL Dr. David Garrison – Overview of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • Sept 21 – UHCL Robotics tour at UHCL Presentation 1, Presentation 2
  • Sept 7 – Cancelled
  • Aug 22 Social & Dinner – “Center Director Update” – Dr. Ellen Ochoa/JSC Center Director
  • Aug 3 – “JSC’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter: Several Projects Applying Space Technology to Help in the Developing World“, Jack Bacon
  • July 18 Social & Dinner – “Orion Program Update without videos, small PDF download”  “PowerPoint Charts with Videos, large download”, – Program Manager/Mark Kirasich
  • July 6 – “History of Underwater/Neutral Buoyancy Training for Astronauts”, Dr. John Charles
  • June 1 – Frank Hughes presented his Apollo 13 class that he teaches at Lone Star College
  • May 4 – Social & Dinner – “Long-term care for those with Azheimer’s and memory issues” – Anne Neelon, Executive Director of Autumn Leaves of Clear Lake
  • April 14 – “Dream Chaser”, John Curry -Dream Chaser Program Director/Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Mar 7 – Social & Dinner – “ISS program Current Status and Outlook” – Kirk Shireman/Manager International Space Station Program
  • Mar 2 – “Eva Suit Design Status” – Amy Ross
  • Feb 7 – “Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration”, Doug Archer

2016

  • Jan 7 – “The Ordinary Astronaut” – Clayton Anderson, Astronaut and Author
  • Feb 4 – The Changing Face of JSC – Renovation, Innovation, New Buildings – Joel Walker, Director of Center Operations
  • Mar 4 – “Space Enviroment Simulation Lab (SEL) Chamber A Reactivaton and JWST Testing”
  • Mar 15 – “Recent Findings About Pluto and Ceres – Texas-sized Planets” – Marc Fries
  • Apr 7 – “The Changing Face of ISS” – Jeff Arend
  • May 5 – “Very Recent Pluto Flyby results and Developing a Micro gravity Instrument for ISS”, Dr. Marc Fries
  • June 2 – Joel Walker, Director of Center Operations, conducted an onsite tour of the newly renovated buildings at JSC.
  • June 7Remembering Columbia: Building the NEXT Greatest Generation”, Belinda Gay from The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA “Remembering Columbia” Museum in Hemphill Texas
  • July 7 – “A New Moon Rises: a 21st Century View of the Moon from LRO”, Dr. Samuel Lawrence, NASA Exploration Integration and Science Directorate
  • Aug 4 – “The Value of the Moon” – Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetery Institute
  • Sept 1 – “DNA Sequencer on ISS”, Dr. Aaron Burton, Principal Investigator
  • Oct 6 – “JSC History: Cradle to Grave”, Speakers – John Uri, JSC History Office Manager and Lauren Meyers, JSC History Collection Archivist, UHCL Neuman Library
  • Nov 3 – “Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) Talk and Tour”
  • Nov 15 – NAL Fall Dinner/Social – Preliminary Results of NASA’s Twins Study, Dr. John Charles, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program
  • Dec 1“Hope 1: Space Suit Project” Gordon Andrews/Strategic Communications Group