Res Communis Takes Time to Celebrate the Holidays

December 26, 2009 at 10:32 am | Posted in Celebrations, Etc. | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

The Res Communis faculty and staff wish you and yours all the best this holiday season! We will be posting but on a reduced basis during this time. Res Communis will return to full form at the beginning of 2010. In the meantime, Happy Holidays!

Res Communis Takes Time to Celebrate

November 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

No posts today. We are celebrating U.S. Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for all of you who visit Res Communis.

See you next week.

Nowak Pleads Guilty

November 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Not really space law, but notable. From Red Orbit:

Nowak Pleads Guilty, Receives Probation

Posted on: Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 06:06 CST

On Tuesday, former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak pleaded guilty to reduced charges and avoided jail time for her 2007 attack on a romantic rival.

Nowak apologized in court to her victim, which was former Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, before being sentenced to a year on probation.

“I am sincerely sorry to cause fear and misunderstanding and all of the intense public exposure … I hope very much that we can move forward from this in privacy,” Nowak said after the judge directed her to turn and face Shipman.

Nowak drove over 1,000 miles from Houston to Orlando International Airport on February 5, 2007 to assault Shipman with pepper spray. . . . [Full Story]

Res Communis is on Vacation

July 14, 2009 at 10:17 am | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

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Res Communis Takes Time to Celebrate

July 3, 2009 at 11:44 am | Posted in Celebrations, Etc. | Leave a comment

Macy's 4th of July fireworksby Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

No posts today. We are celebrating U.S. Independence Day!

See you next week.


2009 – International Year of Astronomy

January 5, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

With the new year we begin the International Year of Astronomy. So, happy New Year and happy International Year of Astronomy as well!

Happy Holidays!!!

December 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Happy Holidays from Res Communis!

Happy World Space Week

October 6, 2008 at 8:23 am | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Saturday marked the beginning of World Space Week which will run through October 10. Check the calendar for events in your part of the world, or just go out and have a look at the stars.

In Memoriam: Lee Morse Love

September 23, 2008 at 9:10 am | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the International Institute of Space Law:

Obituary: Lee Morse Love

Lee Morse Love, a pioneer in reporting on United Nations’ efforts to ensure the peaceful uses of outer space for over 40 years, passed away Sunday 31 August 2008. She wrote about the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space from its early days, and her personal relations were so close with committee members that during the Cold War years she was one of the very few people who was able to entertain delegates from both the United Sates and the former Soviet Union at the same occasion.

By the time she left the U.N., only a few months prior to her illness, Lee had covered man’s flights into space and the moon and reported on arguments over who owned the rights to outer space, seas and satellites orbits. She attended the annual International Astronautical Congress all over the world and was elected to membership in the International Institute of Space Law in recognition of her work in the area of space law and policy.

Lee was also hired by the United Sates Agency for International Development to go to places like Truk in Micronesia, to see if and how satellites could help its many islands to better communicate.

Her generosity and warmth were eclipsed only by her beauty. A former model and actress, she studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. She grew up in Los Angeles, moved to New York and opened her heart and home to the world.

In a world of givers and takers, she was a giver with no boundaries. Lee’s love and devotion to the United Nations and its diplomatic concepts brought people together from all over the world regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.

With her boundless energy, Lee touched and brought joy to so many people. She will be missed by all her family, friends and anyone fortunate to have been in her company

Lee Lee, as she was known, by those closest to her, leaves behind her loving husband of sixty years, Matthew; her children, Wendy Barnard and Gregory Love and his fiancé Nipa; and her grandchildren, Lance, Alessandra, Samantha and Anouchka and many loving nephews and nieces. One of Lee Lee’s favorite expressions was: Age is a number and mine is unlisted, and it will remain so as per her wishes.

New York services will be held on Wednesday, 10:30am at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Amsterdam & 91st, Manhattan. Funeral Services will be held on Friday 2:00pm at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, 6001 W Centinela Ave., where she will rejoin her mother, father, and loving sister Florence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lee and Matthew Love Foundation (a charitable foundation) (860 UN Plaza Apt. 23A, New York, NY 10017) for the funding of the Lee Love Award for members of the winning team at the International Institute of Space Law’s annual Moot Court Competition.

Norman R. Augustine at the University of Mississippi

September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Etc. | 1 Comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Norman R. Augustine spoke at the University of Mississippi September 3, 2008. Augustine has had a distinguished career in the Aerospace industry:

Augustine was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering and an MSE. The retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., Augustine serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and has served as undersecretary of the Army. He is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award.

A five-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medal (its highest civilian decoration), Augustine was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of Fifty Great Americans on the occasion of Who’s Who’s 50th anniversary. A prolific author, he co-wrote “The Defense Revolution” and “Shakespeare in Charge” and authored “Augustine’s Laws” and “Augustine’s Travels.” Augustine holds 22 honorary degrees and has served in the leadership of numerous professional societies and organizations.

Augustine’s speech did not directly address the aerospace industry, instead it focused on securing the nations ability to compete in a changing global economy. He stated that the ability of the United States to create jobs would depend on its ability to stay competitive in science and engineering. This is challenging due globalization and the great changes it has caused in the global economy. He cited numerous examples of a trend towards outsourcing and people being able to do their jobs from afar. Globalization, according to Augustine, creates candidates from all over the world for domestic jobs, without the need for those candidates to leave their homes.

Augustine stated that the crucial question is “can Americans compete in this new world order.” He stated that leadership in any field is not a birthright and that nation’s do not have “an innate right to greatness.” Pointing to numerous statistics, he stated that high technology jobs have been moving overseas and that the cost of labor is a contributing factor to this, and that equivalence in wages among countries may be a long wait. Therefore, America’s the competitive edge will be found in on the vanguard of technological innovation. The key to gaining this edge is education, and according to Augustine, by global averages United States students are failing. This is particularly so in math and science. He stated that numerous teachers lack certificates in math in science despite the fact that they teach it. This decline in teaching is due to many factors, but he specifically pointed out the lack of prestige in the teaching profession and a lack of competitive wages.

He then gave specific statistics on the engineering profession and the declining percentage of American engineering Ph.D.’s. He stated that China is currently graduating more English speaking Ph.D.’s than the United States is, and that women and minorities are underrepresented in the engineering profession. He also said that American immigration policy forces foreign Ph.D.’s out of the country after they gain their degree.

In conclusion, Augustine said that the key to American competitiveness was to be first to the market with new technologies. He referred to the recommendations of a National Academies’ committee, which he chaired, that addressed this topic. While he did acknowledge that such a program would be costly, he stated that “you can either pay now or pay later.” He said that this year’s federal budget failed to fund the initiatives that were suggested by the committee, but that he had hopes that it would be fully funded in the coming year.

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