The committee’s second meeting was held September 30-October 1 in Washington, D.C. Speakers at the meeting included Richard Obermann, staff director, Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee; Michael Freilich, Earth Science Division director, NASA HQ; Mary Kicza, NOAA assistant administrator for satellite and information services; and Geoffrey Pendleton, Dynetics Corporation. During closed session discussions, the committee finalized its report outline and discussed plans for completion of a short report in the Spring of 2010.

No further meetings of the full committee were held in 2009; however, a subset of the committee participated in a November 2 meeting that was held in conjunction with the November 3-4 meeting of the Space Studies Board in Irvine, California; the committee also convened via frequent teleconferences.


D. James Baker, The William J. Clinton Foundation (co-chair)

Daniel N. Baker, University of Colorado at Boulder (co-chair)

David A. Bearden, The Aerospace Corporation

Charles L. Bennett, Johns Hopkins University

Stacey Boland, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr., University of Maryland, College Park

Carlos E. Del Castillo, Johns Hopkins University

Antonio L. Elias, Orbital Sciences Corporation

Margaret Finarelli, George Mason University

Todd R. La Porte, University of California, Berkeley

Margaret S. Leinen, Climate Response Fund

Scott N. Pace, George Washington University

Mark R. Schoeberl,* NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Graeme L. Stephens, Colorado State University

Annalisa L. Weigel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael S. Witherell, University of California, Santa Barbara

A. Thomas Young, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)

Arthur A. Charo, Senior Program Officer, SSB

Carmela J. Chamberlain, Administrative Coordinator, SSB

Terri Baker, Senior Program Assistant, SSB


Congress directed NASA to arrange for an independent assessment of NASA laboratory capabilities; as a result, the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Laboratory Assessments Board, in collaboration with the SSB, formed the ad hoc Committee on Assessment of NASA Laboratory Capabilities to carry out a review of NASA’s laboratories to determine whether they are equipped and maintained at a level adequate to support NASA’s fundamental science and engineering research activities. The committee held its first meeting on September 8-9 in Washington, D.C., at which personnel from NASA Headquarters and seven NASA centers described their laboratories and associated research activities. In closed sessions, the committee laid out the guidelines for site visits to NASA centers to view firsthand the major laboratories and facilities involved in fundamental research.

The committee’s first site visit was to NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland, on September 9-10. Committee subgroups also visited Glenn Research Center on October 15-16; Langley Research Center on October 21-22; Ames Research Center (aeronautics activities only); and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on November 9-10.

At the second full committee meeting at the National Academies’ Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California, on November 11-12, agreement was reached on the overall report philosophy, and format and writing assignments were made. The committee determined that additional site visits were needed, and committee subgroups visited Ames Research Center’s space activities on December 2-3 and the Marshall Space Flight Center


Resigned from committee August 28, 2009.

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