Highlights from a Recent INCOSE Gathering

On Monday, September 19th, I attended an INCOSE gathering. It was organized by the Chesapeake Chapter of Women in Systems Engineering (WISE), with a presentation by Courtney Wright, who is an SEP-Acq. Ms. Wright gave an overview of the INCOSE Certification Program, focused primarily on the growth of the program and the benefits of certification. […]
On Monday, September 19th, I attended an INCOSE gathering. It was organized by the Chesapeake Chapter of Women in Systems Engineering (WISE), with a presentation by Courtney Wright, who is an SEP-Acq. Ms. Wright gave an overview of the INCOSE Certification Program, focused primarily on the growth of the program and the benefits of certification. Since I am responsible for marketing and business development efforts in Canada and overseas, there were several interesting data points, which I caught my attention and that I would like to share:
  • Applicants have 1 year from the time of their application is received to complete their certification.
  • A CSEP is valid for 3 years, while an ASEP is valid for 5 years. An ESEP, which is the highest level of certification is valid indefinitely.
  • The top 6 organizations with active SEPs are:
    1. Airbus
    2. Lockheed Martin
    3. Booz Allen Hamilton
    4. Northrop Grumman
    5. Thales
    6. Honeywell
  • Out of approximately 10,000 INCOSE members, approximately 2,600 (or 26%) are SEPs.
  • A steady growth of active SEPs was reported from 2004 to present day.
ATI provides in-classroom, instructor-led CSEP course for those individuals who prefer this format: http://www.aticourses.com/CSEP_preparation.htm One reason why the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) also provides an online instructor-led ASEP and CSEP course that allows those systems engineers, who wish to take and pass the exam, a flexible alternative and the option the study at their own pace.   http://aticourses.com/ASEP_CSEP_Preparation.html  

How to Promote Your ATI Course in Social Media

How to Promote Your ATI Course in Social Media LinkedIn for ATI Rocket Scientists   Did you know that for 52% of professionals and executives, their LinkedIn profile is the #1 or #2 search result when someone searches on their name? For ATI instructors, that number is substantially lower – just 17%. One reason is […]
How to Promote Your ATI Course in Social Media LinkedIn for ATI Rocket Scientists   Did you know that for 52% of professionals and executives, their LinkedIn profile is the #1 or #2 search result when someone searches on their name? For ATI instructors, that number is substantially lower – just 17%. One reason is that about 25% of ATI instructors do not have a LinkedIn profile. Others have done so little with their profile that it isn’t included in the first page of search results. If you are not using your LinkedIn profile, you are missing a huge opportunity. When people google you, your LinkedIn profile is likely the first place they go to learn about you. You have little control over what other information might be available on the web about you. But you have complete control over your LinkedIn profile. You can use your profile to tell your story – to give people the exact information you want them to have about your expertise and accomplishments.   Why not take advantage of that to promote your company, your services, and your course? Here are some simple ways to promote your course using LinkedIn… On Your LinkedIn Profile Let’s start by talking about how to include your course on your LinkedIn profile so it is visible anytime someone googles you or visits your profile. 1. Add your role as an instructor. Let people know that this course is one of the ways you share your knowledge. You can include your role as an instructor in several places on your profile:
  • Experience – This is the equivalent of listing your role as a current job. (You can have more than one current job.) Use Applied Technology Institute as the employer. Make sure you drag and drop this role below your full-time position.
  • Summary – Your summary is like a cover letter for your profile – use it to give people an overview of who you are and what you do. You can mention the type of training you do, along with the name of your course.
  • Projects – The Projects section gives you an excellent way to share the course without giving it the same status as a full-time job.
  • Headline – Your Headline comes directly below your name, at the top of your profile. You could add “ATI Instructor” at the end of your current Headline.
Start with an introduction, such as “I teach an intensive course through the Applied Technology Institute on [course title]” and copy/paste the description from your course materials or the ATI website. You can add a link to the course description on the ATI website. This example from Tom Logsdon’s profile, shows how you might phrase it:   Here are some other examples of instructors who include information about their courses on their LinkedIn profile:
  • Buddy Wellborn – His Headline says “Instructor at ATI” and Buddy includes details about the course in his Experience section.
  • D. Lee Fugal – Mentions the course in his Summary and Experience.
  • Jim Jenkins – Courses are included throughout Jim’s profile, including his Headline, Summary, Experience, Projects, and Courses.
  • 2. Link to your course page.
In the Contact Info section of your LinkedIn profile, you can link out to three websites. To add your course, go to Edit Profile, then click on Contact Info (just below your number of connections, next to a Rolodex card icon). Click on the pencil icon to the right of Websites to add a new site. Choose the type of website you are adding. The best option is “Other:” as that allows you to insert your own name for the link. You have 35 characters – you can use a shortened version of your course title or simply “ATI Course.” Then copy/paste the link to the page about your course. This example from Jim Jenkins’ profile shows how a customized link looks:   3. Upload course materials. You can upload course materials to help people better understand the content you cover. You could include PowerPoint presentations (from this course or other training), course handouts (PDFs), videos or graphics. They can be added to your Summary, Experience or Project. You can see an example of an upload above, in Tom Logsdon’s profile. 4. Add skills related to your course. LinkedIn allows you to include up to 50 skills on your profile. If your current list of skills doesn’t include the topics you cover in your course, you might want to add them. Go to the Skills & Endorsements section on your Edit Profile page, then click on Add skill. Start typing and let LinkedIn auto-complete your topic. If your exact topic isn’t included in the suggestions, you can add it. 5. Ask students for recommendations. Are you still in touch with former students who were particularly appreciative of the training you provided in your course? You might want to ask them for a recommendation that you can include on your profile. Here are some tips on asking for recommendations from LinkedIn expert Viveka Von Rosen. 6. Use an exciting background graphic. You can add an image at the top of your profile – perhaps a photo of you teaching the course, a photo of your course materials, a graphic from your presentation, or simply some images related to your topic. You can see an example on Val Traver’s profile. Go to Edit Profile, then run your mouse over the top of the page (just above your name). You will see the option to Edit Background. Click there and upload your image. The ideal size is 1400 pixels by 425. LinkedIn prefers a JPG, PNG or GIF. Of course, only upload an image that you have permission to use.   Share News about Your Course You can also use LinkedIn to attract more attendees to your course every time you teach. 7. When a course date is scheduled, share the news as a status update. This lets your connections know that you are teaching a course – it’s a great way to reach the people who are most likely to be interested and able to make referrals. Go to your LinkedIn home page, and click on the box under your photo that says “Share an update.” Copy and paste the URL of the page on the ATI website that has the course description. Once the section below populates with the ATI Courses logo and the course description, delete the URL. Replace it with a comment such as: “Looking forward to teaching my next course on [title] for @Applied Technology Institute on [date] at [location].” Note that when you finish typing “@Applied Technology Institute” it will give you the option to click on the company name. When you do that ATI will know you are promoting the course, and will be deeply grateful! When people comment on your update, it’s nice to like their comment or reply with a “Thank you!” message. Their comment shares the update with their network, so they are giving your course publicity. If you want to start doing more with status updates, here are some good tips about what to share (and what not to share) from LinkedIn expert Kim Garst. 8. Share the news in LinkedIn Groups. If you have joined any LinkedIn Groups in your areas of expertise, share the news there too. Of course, in a Group you want to phrase the message a little differently. Instead of “Looking forward to teaching…” you might say “Registration is now open for…” or “For everyone interested in [topic], I’m teaching…” You could also ask a thought-provoking question on one of the topics you cover. Here are some tips about how to start an interesting discussion in a LinkedIn Group. 9. Post again if you still have seats available. If the course date is getting close and you are looking for more people to register, you should post again. The text below will work as a status update and in most LinkedIn Groups. “We still have several seats open for my course on [title] on [date] at [location]. If you know of anyone who might be interested, could you please forward this? Thanks. ” “We have had a few last-minute cancellations for my course on [title] on [date] at [location]. Know anyone who might be interested in attending?” 10. Blog about the topic of the course. When you publish blog posts on LinkedIn using their publishing platform, you get even more exposure than with a status update:
  • The blog posts are pushed out to all your connections.
  • They stay visible on your LinkedIn profile, and
  • They are made available to Google and other search engines.
A blog post published on LinkedIn will rank higher than one posted elsewhere, because LinkedIn is such an authority site. So this can give your course considerable exposure. You probably have written articles or have other content relevant to the course. Pick something that is 750-1500 words. To publish it, go to your LinkedIn home page, and click on the link that says “Publish a post.” The interface is very simple – easier than using Microsoft Word. Include an image if you can. You probably have something in your training materials that will be perfect. At the end of the post, add a sentence that says: “To learn more, attend my course on [title].” Link the title to the course description on the ATI website. For more tips about blogging, you are welcome to join ProResource’s online training website. The How to Write Blog Posts for LinkedIn course is free. Take the first step The most important version of your bio in the digital world is your LinkedIn summary. If you only make one change as a result of reading this blog post, it should be to add a strong summary to your LinkedIn profile. Write the summary promoting yourself as an expert in your field, not as a job seeker. Here are some resources that can help: Write the first draft of your profile in a word processing program to spell-check and ensure you are within the required character counts. Then copy/paste it into the appropriate sections of your LinkedIn profile. You will have a stronger profile that tells your story effectively with just an hour or two of work! Contributed by guest blogger Judy Schramm. Schramm is the CEO of ProResource, a marketing agency that works with thought leaders to help them create a powerful and effective presence in social media. ProResource offers done-for-you services as well as social media executive coaching. Contact Judy Schramm at jschramm@proresource.com or 703-824-8482.  

Russian Frigate Yaroslav Mudryy Harasses the San Jacinto

Christopher P. Cavas, Defense News6:18 p.m. EDT June 30, 2016 This petty harassment by Russian ships continues! At the time, the USS San Jacinto was enacting plans against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria along with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier. This is a mission that both the US and our “friend”  Russia […]

Christopher P. Cavas, Defense News6:18 p.m. EDT June 30, 2016

This petty harassment by Russian ships continues! At the time, the USS San Jacinto was enacting plans against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria along with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier. This is a mission that both the US and our “friend”  Russia jointly support. With friends like this, who needs enemies? This is personal to me.  He was also onboard in October 2012 when the San Jacinto and the USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765) collided while both vessels are conducting exercises off the coast of Florida. I have a son-in-law on the USS San Jacinto (CG-56). He has posted on Facebook that things were very tense and there was some concern about an attempt to board as a possibility.
USS San Jacinto involved in incident
http://navysite.de/cg/cg56.html Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/3271959/russian-warship-accused-of-aggressive-maneuvers-near-us-navy-ship-the-second-cold-war-style-action-in-weeks/#hpqrL3K0RAV11MIi.99 For more details and photos see the links below and the source article at http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense-news/2016/06/28/russia-navy-destroyer-frigate-gravely-yaroslav-mudry-neustrashimy-mediterranean-truman-carrier-collision-encounter/86481616/ WASHINGTON — The same Russian frigate that, according to the US Navy, spent more than an hour June 17 maneuvering erratically and unsafely near a US aircraft carrier and destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea was at it again Thursday June 30, this time near a different carrier. And this time, the ship’s reputation as a dangerous driver was anticipated. The Yaroslav Mudryy, a Project 1154 Neustrashimy-class frigate wearing pennant number 777 was, according to a US Navy report, conducting shadowing operations of the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group as the flattop was flying combat operations against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. The Russian frigate closed on the cruiser San Jacinto, operating as the carrier’s air defense commander, in an action a Navy message characterized as “abnormal, [un]safe and unprofessional.” The message details how the Yaroslav Mudryy was observed by the San Jacinto to be approaching “with ten personnel topside and weapons uncovered but unmanned.” “The actions of FF-777 were abnormal as they displayed maneuvers rarely seen by professional mariners at sea combined with an aggressive approach of [the San Jacinto],” the message continued. The Yaroslav Mudryy, after the close approach, took station in the San Jacinto’s wake about 3,000 yards astern of the cruiser and, according to the message, began broadcasting “do not cross my bow,” an action the US characterized as “inconsistent with the spirit of the [Incidents at Sea] agreement,” a longstanding agreement between the US and Russia to deal with such situations. “I think it is very important that sailors and officers on the bridge of a ship —whatever nationality it is—act prudently and communicate frequently to avoid any mistakes or miscalculations,” Vice Adm. James G. Foggo IIIwho is simultaneously commander of the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet, Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe and NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO https://news.usni.org/2016/06/30/truman-strike-group-flight-operations    

Jim vs. First Mars tomato: Scientists announce edible space harvest!

Our president, Jim Jenkins is an avid gardener and known to his family and friends as “Farmer Jim”.  He was the first of our “gardening club” to get a big red tomato this year!  The news below should be of interest to our readers especially of a gardening conviction.   Several groups including NASA, Elon […]
Our president, Jim Jenkins is an avid gardener and known to his family and friends as “Farmer Jim”.  He was the first of our “gardening club” to get a big red tomato this year!  The news below should be of interest to our readers especially of a gardening conviction.   Several groups including NASA, Elon Musk and Mars-One hope to take people to Mars in the next ten to fifteen years. Returning to the Moon may happen in the next five years. If we get there it will be to stay for extended periods. People will also have to eat there and what is more logical than to grow your own food locally? In 2013 and 2015  the scientists conducted two experiments to investigate whether it was possible to cultivate peas, radishes and tomatoes on Mars and moon soil simulant supplied by NASA. The 2015 experiment provided the first radishes, peas, tomatoes and rye, but it is also safe to eat them?   The Mars and lunar soils contain several heavy metals that are toxic to humans such as lead, cadmium and arsenic. Plants are not too bothered by these and just carry on growing. We don’t know if the harvested fruits contain heavy metals and we don’t know if it is safe to eat them – which is what we aim to address in this project. If the project is successful, and shows that it is indeed safe to eat the plants and fruits, it brings the journey and the establishment of a long term human presence on Mars and a more or less permanent base on the moon one step closer.   Researchers at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands are growing edible space vegetables in soil similar to the surface of Mars and the moon.   The new experiment will be carried out according to a procedure developed in 2015, with some improvements. It will use experimental trays, with one crop per tray, containing respectively peas, tomatoes and radishes and two other crops. The experiment will be replicated five times and the soils (Mars and lunar simulants and terrestrial control) will be enriched with organic material in order to improve the structure and nutrient supply. For Mars the nutrient will consist of the parts of the plants that would not be eaten and human faeces. Fruits and edible parts will be harvested and analysed for heavy metals at the Wageningen UR institute Rikilt.    

Jim and Fun At Sea or The Best Fishing Trip Ever 2. This time in Maryland!

 The Jenkins House a.k.a. The Ruling Clan of ATI are avid fishermen.  Their fishing prowess has been proven by many years of bringing home large and yummy fish of all varieties.  Their latest jaunt took them out of Chesapeake City into the water of the Chesapeake Bay.The weather was perfect! We got the boat from […]

 

Jim Jenkins, Susan McCarthy, Ed McCarthy, Pat McCarthy, Carolyn Jenkins & Julie Jenkins

The Jenkins House a.k.a. The Ruling Clan of ATI are avid fishermen.  Their fishing prowess has been proven by many years of bringing home large and yummy fish of all varieties.  Their latest jaunt took them out of Chesapeake City into the water of the Chesapeake Bay.

The weather was perfect! We got the boat from Rent a Boat in Ft. Lauderdale for a day  Sun was shining, fish were biting and the good natured taunts exchanged. The rest of us (good landlubbers) were waiting ashore sharpening our knives and shining our silver. Sure thing, the fishing party has returned victorious! Eleven big rockfish were caught, out of the limit of 12. Many smaller rockfish were released. Julie Jenkins caught the biggest rockfish today, 28 inches. The next trip is scheduled in August off the coast of Delaware. Our share of the catch was prepared on the grill and served with Chili Lime Dressing.  The recipe is to die for!  While this recipe for grilled rockfish with an Asian chile-lime dressing is super-fast and easy, it doesn’t taste or look super-fast and easy. Your guests will be impressed, and it will be our little secret.    

Grilled Rockfish with Chili-Lime Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced, or more to taste
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chile pepper sauce (such as sambal oelek)
  • 1 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets rockfisth
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, or as needed
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, or to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Whisk garlic, lime zest, rice vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, chile pepper sauce, and sesame oil in a glass bowl.
  3. Brush both sides of rockfish fillets with vegetable oil and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  4. Cook on the preheated grill until fish is opaque, shows good grill marks, and springs back when pressed lightly, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer fillets to a serving platter.
  5. Whisk dressing again; taste and and adjust seasoning. Drizzle dressing over warm fish. Sprinkle fillets with cilantro leaves.

 


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Why engineers are better than everyone else

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We believe the news summarized below would be of interest to our readers. February 16 marked the beginning of National Engineers week in the U.S.  EDN celebrated engineers with six reasons Why engineers are better than […]
Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We believe the news summarized below would be of interest to our readers. February 16 marked the beginning of National Engineers week in the U.S.  EDN celebrated engineers with six reasons Why engineers are better than everyone else!  The tongue-in-cheek piece elaborated on these engineering qualities:
  • Team work, not cut-throat competition
  • You’re boring at parties
  • Start-ups don’t happen without you
  • Your degree is worth more than the paper it’s printed on
  • Go ahead, argue
  • Others make problems, engineers find solutions.
For the logic, see the entire article (Why engineers are better than everyone else) by Suzanne Deffree, February 20, 2014.  

Anonymous #OpISIS: Can Cyber Warfare Win the War on Terror?

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on Cyber Security, Communications & Networking.  This is our take on the recent activities of the most famed Hacktivist group to date called  Anonymous. The horrors of the Paris attacks have prompted a new wave of hate and determination among the cyberwarfare group of unknown size. Anonymous will […]
Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on Cyber Security, Communications & Networking.  This is our take on the recent activities of the most famed Hacktivist group to date called  Anonymous. The horrors of the Paris attacks have prompted a new wave of hate and determination among the cyberwarfare group of unknown size. Anonymous will not forgive. Anonymous will not forget. Expect them. With the news of this declaration of war, many questions are rising. Will Anonymous succeed? Are cyberattacks what is needed in the face of the ever-expanding terrorist organization? Will it do more harm than good? Cyberattacks have taken many forms in the past, often focusing on taking control of online accounts, websites or databases and causing ridicule or putting a full stop to any of the targeted organization’s operations. The online hacker group has been famous for coming from all over the world to unite over one cause, be it the taking down of a government, as in their recent launch of Operation North Korea, or publishing and thereby shutting down harmful websites, such as child pornography websites in a ploy known as Operation DarkNet. Anonymous had a key role in kickstarting Arab Spring protests with their involvement in Operation Tunisia, which served to fight online censorship and awaken Tunisian activism in the face of their repressive government. What are its plans to destroy Daesh? Operation Ice ISIS, which vowed to execute “coordinated cyberattacks against extremist Jihadi websites and governments such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia who funded and supported ISIS”, had already been initiated in late September of last year.  Among criticism and fear of putting the cyberattackers in extreme danger, however, this operation resorted to using knowledge as a weapon. The goal became to spread the fact that ISIS does not represent a religion, and that the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world do not condone the abominable actions being carried out by the extremist group. The operation was revived after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of this year. Consecutive videos were published as part of #OpIsis (in FebruaryMarch, and April). The operation seemed somewhat successful, as Anonymous publicized the taking down of ISIS websites and published ISIS database information. Will this suffice to take down Daesh, one of the most feared terrorist organizations of the 21st century? According to them, the answer lies in their identity. They represent everyone and everything:
“We Are: Muslims, Christians, Jews… We Are hackers, crackers, hacktivists, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door. We Are students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor. We are young, or old, gay or straight. We wear smart clothes or rugs, we are hedonists, ascetics, joy riders or activists. We come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity.” (taken from the Anonymous Official Youtube channel)
This is particularly important in the face of ISIS, an extremist organization claiming to represent one of the largest religions of the world and aiming to destroy all those who do not believe in the same God they do. Unlike national governments, which hide behind specific ideologies, languages, and other exclusionary factors, Anonymous has the power to attract anyone from anywhere in the world, regardless of their language or religion. ISIS has also often been known to make wide use of the Internet and social media in its recruiting campaigns, as well as in its mission to spread fear across the globe. This widespread use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube accounts, has been crucial in the war that Anonymous has waged, as seen with results of #OpIsis earlier in the year. Already, Operation Paris has resulted in the shutting down of multiple ISIS Twitter accounts, most likely used to recruit youth into the extremist group. Will Anonymous be able to maintain a strong identity and ideology as well as support in its endeavor to destroy ISIS? Please comment below. For more cyber warfare news please visit The Cyber Wire.


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Unidentified Space Object Will Fall to Earth Nov. 13

An unidentified space object will fall to Earth on Friday Nov. 13, but don’t be alarmed; it poses very little risk. The unidentified object was first spotted in 2013 by astronomers in Arizona and it was appropriately dubbed WT1190F. It is believed to only be a couple feet in diameter and not very dense, which could […]
An unidentified space object will fall to Earth on Friday Nov. 13, but don’t be alarmed; it poses very little risk. The unidentified object was first spotted in 2013 by astronomers in Arizona and it was appropriately dubbed WT1190F. It is believed to only be a couple feet in diameter and not very dense, which could mean it’s a leftover piece of a rocket. The European Space Agency said the object has been orbiting Earth every three weeks in a “highly eccentric, non-circular orbit.” Both ESA and NASA are excited to see the object reenter Earth’s atmosphere because it’ll help with research. ESA said the event will provide an opportunity to gather data and improve space agencies’ knowledge of how objects interact with Earth’s atmosphere. “The first goal will be to better understand the reentry of satellites and debris from highly eccentric orbits,” Marco Micheli, astronomer at ESA’s NEO Coordination Centre, said in a statement. “Second, it provides an ideal opportunity to test our readiness for any possible future atmospheric entry events involving an asteroid, since the components of this scenario, from discovery to impact, are all very similar.” WT1190F is expected to reenter Earth’s atmosphere around 6 p.m. (Sri Lanka time) and fall into the Indian Ocean about 62 miles off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Astronomers said the object will put on a spectacular show to those nearby as it turns into a bright strike against the mid-day sky.


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Halloween asteroid 2015 TB145 will fly by Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. CST

Plenty of people are getting spooked by the news giant asteroid 2015 TB145 is set to buzz by Earth on Halloween night, Oct. 31. There’s no reason to worry about the space happenings on the bewitching night, according to NASA, who is keeping an eye on the space rock they’ve dubbed “The Great Pumpkin.” NASA’s […]
Plenty of people are getting spooked by the news giant asteroid 2015 TB145 is set to buzz by Earth on Halloween night, Oct. 31. There’s no reason to worry about the space happenings on the bewitching night, according to NASA, who is keeping an eye on the space rock they’ve dubbed “The Great Pumpkin.” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said they are tracking 2015 TB145 through several optical observatories as well as by radar. The asteroid will fly by the Earth at a safe distance slightly farther than the moon’s orbit on Oct. 31 at around 12:05 p.m. CST. The asteroid, which was only discovered Oct. 10 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS-1 system, has a width of about 1,300 feet. Scientists are excited about the asteroid’s Earth close buzz since it’s the closest currently known approach by an object this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 makes its debut in August 2027. That asteroid is about 2,600 feet wide. Size aside, the Halloween space rock poses no danger to the Earth, according to NASA. “The trajectory of 2015 TB145 is well understood,” said Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.. “At the point of closest approach, it will be no closer than about 300,000 miles — 480,000 kilometers or 1.3 lunar distances. Even though that is relatively close by celestial standards, it is expected to be fairly faint, so night-sky Earth observers would need at least a small telescope to view it.” Scientists said the asteroid should have no “detectable effect” on the moon on anything on Earth, including the  tides or tectonic plates.
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BOOZE IN SPACE! SUNTORY SENDING WHISKEY INTO ORBIT, IN SEARCH OF A SMOOTHER PRODUCT

Suntory is possibly best known to moviegoers as the client that brought “Bob Harris” to Japan to film a commercial, in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 gem Lost in Translation. It’s Japan’s oldest whisky distillery, and if that makes you think that it is in any way dusty or not keeping up with the current trends in […]

Suntory is possibly best known to moviegoers as the client that brought “Bob Harris” to Japan to film a commercial, in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 gem Lost in Translation. It’s Japan’s oldest whisky distillery, and if that makes you think that it is in any way dusty or not keeping up with the current trends in whiskeyology, note that just last year its Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 secured the award for “Best Whisky in the World.” Not only that, Suntory recently announced that it intends to send some of its delightful spirits to age in outer space. They suspect that the zero-gravity environment may result in nothing less than the smoothest whiskey ever produced. Suntory will be sending six varieties of whiskey, aged for 10, 18, and 21 years, along with recently distilled beverages, to outer space as part of an experiment. Their theory is that the weightlessness of space will result in a smoother aged whiskey than is possible to attain on Earth. Employees at JAXA’s Tsukuba City Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture recently prepared glass flasks that will be used to transport the spirits when Konotori Vehicle 5 (HTV-5) launches from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center on August 16. The whiskey samples will be left on the International Space Station for an unspecified number of years before being brought home to be inspected. Unfortunately for drink connoisseurs, Suntory has already stated that they have no plans to sell space whiskey as a product to the general public. Take that, Wild Turkey!


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STEM- The Latest Trend For Kids- Vote For Your Favorite Starter Kit

The latest trend in toys isn’t an app or a TV character, it’s STEM: aka, science, technology, engineering, and math. More companies are creating toys that improve these particular skill sets without boring children. Now is your chance to vote for the best STEM starter kit! Each week you can choose your favorite STEM Starters […]
The latest trend in toys isn’t an app or a TV character, it’s STEM: aka, science, technology, engineering, and math. More companies are creating toys that improve these particular skill sets without boring children. Now is your chance to vote for the best STEM starter kit! Each week you can choose your favorite STEM Starters to move to the next round. Winners of each round (declared by the majority reader-vote) advance to the next round for future voting. Vote here to support young scientists and engineers!


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Eric Clapton, Tom Logsdon, & the Kitchen Stove: A Tiny Tale of Creativity & Innovation

Last week when a customer had questions I talked with Tom Logsdon about the 6 methods of training used in his Creativity & Innovation course. The six methods are spelled out in his book Six Simple Creative Solutions that Shook the World. Tom is a mathematician and rocket scientist by training (and he teaches courses […]
Last week when a customer had questions I talked with Tom Logsdon about the 6 methods of training used in his Creativity & Innovation course. The six methods are spelled out in his book Six Simple Creative Solutions that Shook the World. Tom is a mathematician and rocket scientist by training (and he teaches courses on GPS and Orbital & Launch Mechanics in his spare time) who teaches creativity paired with discipline. Yesterday, my husband called to alert me to a minor crisis at home. Our 2 year old gas stove, both burners and oven, had ceased to heat. It was fine at breakfast and not at lunch. Although fueled by gas it has electric igniters. During the phone call we took a scientific approach. Six Simple Creative Solutions that Shook the World #1: Break your problem apart & put it back together: we concluded that since the burners could be started with a lighter that the problem was not in the gas feed. Additionally, the digital clock didn’t work. Everything pointed to something electric. However, the circuit breaker was fine. Later, when I came home we pulled the stove out and 6SCStStW #2: Take a fresh look at the interfaces. The electric connection appeared secure on both ends and it didn’t work with an alternate outlet. By this time -in a too-crowded kitchen with a malfunctioning appliance- the (wall) clock was ticking, no food was being prepared and my husband and mother were chomping at the bit. I reached for the iPod, plugged it in to the speaker and turned on some vintage Eric Clapton Unplugged….and nothing…..happened. Zero sound. Then the Eureka moment occurred! Or 6SCStStW #6. Happy Serendipity. Believe me, I needed those mellow acoustic notes. That is when I realized that the outlet circuit had tripped. I hit the reset button and Voila! Eric Clapton strummed the guitar and Chuck Leavell dazzled on the piano. Electricity was restored to the stove and dinner was prepared and served. Thank you Tom Logsdon & Eric Clapton! Note: Tom Logsdon’s Creativity & Innovation course is available for training at your facility.

Jim’s Fun At Sea or The Best Fishing Trip Ever!

Jim, our president and supreme ruler, enjoys boating and fishing immensely. We, his faithful minions, enjoy eating the fish he catches even more. We are at absolute awe of his fishing prowess that was proven yet again last Thursday to the unanimous delight of ATI staff. As soon as we heard of his record catch […]
Jim, our president and supreme ruler, enjoys boating and fishing immensely. We, his faithful minions, enjoy eating the fish he catches even more. We are at absolute awe of his fishing prowess that was proven yet again last Thursday to the unanimous delight of ATI staff. As soon as we heard of his record catch in South West Florida the recipes were researched and drooling immediately ensued. Jim aka TeslaJim set off bright and early with Captain Mikey Findictive, his friend Ed McCarthy aka The MarylandCrab and fine group of merry fishermen with creative nicknames as FrontLoaderFrank, Dr. Bill and DoorMat Don. Their epic departure was even capture on Florida television by a mysterious lady in red. Among other prominent fish specimens, Jim’s catch included a 31″ grouper and 30″ amber jack. The cooler of the boat was filling up at record speed! After hours of fun and some hard reeling, these fine gentlemen came into marina elated and victorious. We, back in still cold Maryland cheered! That, and licked our chops… The fish distribution to ATI staff was handled on Monday. I pulled out my best fish taco recipe and we had a glorious family dinner. For those interested the recipe is below.   Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing
INGREDIENTS:
Marinade
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as
Old Bay™
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
Dressing
1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream
1/2 cup adobo sauce from chipotle
peppers
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such
as Old Bay™
salt and pepper to taste
Toppings
1 (10 ounce) package tortillas
3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 small head cabbage, cored and
shredded
2 limes, cut in wedges
DIRECTIONS:
1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
2. To make the dressing, combine the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt, and pepper in desired amounts. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Set grate 4 inches from the heat.
4. Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Grill fish

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ATI “Trained Rocket Scientist” mugs are a part of fond family memories

Students taking courses through Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) receive mugs with the clever slogan “Trained Rocket Scientist.”  This may be a very small perk for most students, but a family recently shared how these mugs have become a fond memory. Josie Cullina sent in what she termed an “odd” request to ATI recently.  Josie wanted […]
Students taking courses through Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) receive mugs with the clever slogan “Trained Rocket Scientist.”  This may be a very small perk for most students, but a family recently shared how these mugs have become a fond memory. Josie Cullina sent in what she termed an “odd” request to ATI recently.  Josie wanted to buy some “Trained Rocket Scientist” mugs.  Her husband, Jeffrey Cullina, had taken various classes here at ATI over the years and had a few of those mugs which the family used on a daily basis.  Sadly, after battling brain cancer for seven years, Jeffrey Cullina passed away two years ago.  The “Trained Rocket Scientist” mugs have worn from use and Josie realized how important they had become to her and her family.  “I just have some fond memories and the kids get a kick out of them for cocoa as well. It’s the little things…” ATI is proud to be a part of this special family memory and offers our most sincere condolences to the Cullina family for their loss. To find out more about Jeff and Josie’s story visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeffreycullina
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Tribute to Dick Wiley (1937 – 2014) – A Expert Instructor, Colleague and Friend

The tribute below was written by Jim Jenkins, founder and president of  ATIcourses. Dr. Richard (Dick)Wiley passed away February 2, 2015 in Singapore.  He was in Singapore doing what he was passionate about – teaching a class on electronic warfare.  Dick taught ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and Electronic Warfare courses for Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) for more […]
The tribute below was written by Jim Jenkins, founder and president of  ATIcourses.
Dr. Richard (Dick)Wiley passed away February 2, 2015 in Singapore.  He was in Singapore doing what he was passionate about – teaching a class on electronic warfare.  Dick taught ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and Electronic Warfare courses for Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) for more than 10 years and for the Association of Old Crows. He was a friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed by all.
Dr. Wiley was a co-founder, Vice President, and Chief Scientist of Research Associates of Syracuse (RAS) prior to his recent retirement.  Before RAS, he had been employed by Syracuse Research Corporation and Microwave Systems, Incorporated. Dr. Wiley also was a First Lieutenant with the US Army Security Agency Special Projects Unit.  During his distinguished career, he contributed to a number of national intelligence and electronic warfare efforts, and he was the author of five books and more than twenty papers on the subject.  He was active in electronic warfare research, most recently in LPI detection and enhanced de-interleaving techniques.  He was elected an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to radar signal interception and analysis.”   Dr. Wiley had over 40 years of experience in ELINT/EW, specializing in signal analysis and receivers.  Dr. Wiley was active with the Association of Old Crows and frequently presented training courses to varied audiences.  He held a BS/MSEE degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

More information about his life and family can be found at http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/syracuse/obituary.aspx?pid=174079217

 
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The FAA Won’t Release Drone Regulations Until 2017, Which Is Absurd and a Problem

Today there’s bad news for Amazon and all the other companies and individuals that are waiting for the FAA drone regulations: They’re not coming until 2017—at the earliest. Originally targeted for September 2015, the Government Accountability Office now says that it will realistically take about two more years to finalize the FAA’s plan for drones. […]
Today there’s bad news for Amazon and all the other companies and individuals that are waiting for the FAA drone regulations: They’re not coming until 2017—at the earliest. Originally targeted for September 2015, the Government Accountability Office now says that it will realistically take about two more years to finalize the FAA’s plan for drones. According to the Washington Post, the GAO’s director of civil aviation Gerald Dillingham said, “The consensus of opinion is the integration of unmanned systems will likely slip from the mandated deadline until 2017 or even later.” Even later?? FAA safety official Peggy Gilligan said at a congressional House panel Wednesday that there is a regulation proposal under executive review, but it will need a public comment period and months of revisions before it’s ready for prime time. Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky., noted that the effort is moving forward on a “geological time scale.” Drones pose significant safety risks, and it’s reassuring that the FAA is taking its regulatory job seriously, but this is ridiculous. While the agency tries to figure out what to do, everyone else is finding ways to move ahead with drone use on an individual or industry scale. If the FAA waits too long to implement regulations it will at best stifle innovation and at worst struggle to maintain authority. If you would like to learn more about drones, register to attend one of the ATI courses below. Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Sensing, Payloads & Products Jan 26-29, 2015 Boston, MA Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Feb 17-19, 2015 Columbia, MD Unmanned Aircraft System Fundamentals Feb 24-26, 2015 Columbia, MD
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hitchBot: Not The Hitchhiker Your Mother Warned You About!

“My name is hitchBot.” Your mother might have warned you about picking up hitchhikers, but clearly she never met hitchBOT. The brainchild of Ryerson’s Frauke Zeller and McMaster’s David Smith, hitchBOT was raised by a family of researchers, and described itself as “a free-spirited robot who wanted to explore Canada and meet new friends along […]
“My name is hitchBot.” Your mother might have warned you about picking up hitchhikers, but clearly she never met hitchBOT. The brainchild of Ryerson’s Frauke Zeller and McMaster’s David Smith, hitchBOT was raised by a family of researchers, and described itself as “a free-spirited robot who wanted to explore Canada and meet new friends along the way.” HitchBot has a bucket body, pool noodles for arms and legs, wears rubber boots and has rubber gloves for hands, complete with the ever important hitching thumb. HitchBOT was created by a team of Ontario-based communications researchers studying the relationship between people and technology. It’s not every day you see a robot at the side of the road, and hitchBOT quickly became a media darling. Pretty soon, hitchBOT was fielding interview requests and rubbing shoulders with celebrities. Somebody would be curious, stop and pick her up. She would say, ‘Hi, I’m hitchBot, I’m going to Victoria. Would you like to give me a ride?’ Usually they would say, ‘Sure.’ She would hop in, plug into the cigarette lighter and they drive along. The driver would drop her on the highway because they had to turn off and they would just leave her on the highway. Just like some human hitchhikers, hitchBot was good road company. She would ask what you think about the creation of the universe or if you believe in God. She was able to talk about that she was going to Victoria. She explained who her creators are by name. So she’s very intelligent. Over the course of its cross-country adventure hitchBOT chilled with the Kelowna-based band The Wild!, met the groundhog known as Wiarton Willie, and crashed a wedding, where it adorably interrupted the bride and groom’s toasts to proclaim, “I like to make friends.” That level of cute should really be illegal, but hitchBOT pulled it off in style. After travelling more than 6,000 kilometres from coast to coast, hitchBOT arrived in Victoria, B.C. on Saturday. Throughout the three-week journey, a popular Twitter account, @hitchBOT, kept followers informed of the robot’s progress and adventures. The account currently has more than 34,000 followers. Robotics are definitely becoming increasingly larger part of our lives. Scientists from Japan and France, working together, announced last month that they had developed an algorithm that can recognize emotions from a human gait. What is your opinion on this? Please comment below…
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Heartbleed Used by Identity Thieves in Phishing Scam

As many security experts predicated, scammers are exploiting the news of the Heartbleed Internet-security bug, sending unsuspecting citizens email messages asking them to log into sensitive accounts. Researchers at security giant Symantec noticed one such message, which purported to come from a well-known insurance company that caters to U.S. military veterans and their families. The message is […]
As many security experts predicated, scammers are exploiting the news of the Heartbleed Internet-security bug, sending unsuspecting citizens email messages asking them to log into sensitive accounts. Researchers at security giant Symantec noticed one such message, which purported to come from a well-known insurance company that caters to U.S. military veterans and their families. The message is part of a phishing scam trying to steal website login credentials in order to gain access to sensitive personal information. MORE: Heartbleed Bug: Information, Advice and Resources “We wanted to make you aware of ‘Heartbleed’ Internet bug affecting many servers,” reads the Heartbleed phishing message in official-sounding but somewhat stilted English. “A security patch was implemented for [the company website] earlier this week, and although we have no indication that our security certificates have been compromised, we have obtained new certificates for [the website].” So far, so good. Heartbleed did indeed affect millions of Web and email servers, and in order to properly patch them, administrators would have to reissue security certificates that may have been compromised. But then the email goes off the rails.
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UKRAINE CRISIS: There is At Least One Place the U.S. and Russia Are Still Getting Along. It’s Not on Earth

International Space Station (ISS)  is jointly operated by the U.S., Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan. Currently, there are three Russians, two Americans, and one Japanese astronaut on board the station currently orbiting earth. Roughly 250 miles below, however, the relationship between the two superpowers is a good deal different, with Vladimir Putin refusing to rule […]
Expedition 38 crew members proudly sport their national flags in this March 2014 picture from the International Space Station. Pictured (clockwise from top center) are Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, commander; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, all flight engineers. Credit: NASA Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/110010/budget-2015-ukraine-crisis-not-disrupting-russian-soyuz-flights-nasa-admin-says/#ixzz2vCxFYTDY
International Space Station (ISS)  is jointly operated by the U.S., Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan. Currently, there are three Russians, two Americans, and one Japanese astronaut on board the station currently orbiting earth. Roughly 250 miles below, however, the relationship between the two superpowers is a good deal different, with Vladimir Putin refusing to rule out using military force in Ukraine and the Obama administration accusing the Russians of creating a “pretext to invade.” The ever-increasing tension between the United States and Russia does not, according to NASA, extend to outer space, via the Washington Post:
“Everything is nominal right now with our relationship with the Russians,” said NASA administrator Charles Bolden during a teleconference Tuesday. With the space shuttle retired, the U.S. relies on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to get to and from the space station. Russia charges about $71 million per seat. There is no other way for American astronauts to get back to Earth.
Tuesday’s teleconference was set up to allow Bolden to discuss the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, but he wound up fielding numerous inquiries from reporters about whether the Ukraine crisis has affected NASA’s strategic planning. No, Bolden said repeatedly. He noted that past flare-ups between the U.S. and Russia have not affected operations in space. “We have weathered the storm through lots of contingencies here,” Bolden said.


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25 years on we overwhelmingly embrace World Wide Web

I don’t take the Web for granted. In my 34 years, we’ve gone from just having TV and land lines to handheld devices that basically make the collected knowledge of the world available any time, any place. The Web allows people to communicate and mobilize around ideas. It informs and amuses us. You wouldn’t be […]
I don’t take the Web for granted. In my 34 years, we’ve gone from just having TV and land lines to handheld devices that basically make the collected knowledge of the world available any time, any place. The Web allows people to communicate and mobilize around ideas. It informs and amuses us. You wouldn’t be reading this without it. Here are some interesting facts that could be of interest to our readers. In March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee proposed a system that would allow the Internet to be used by regular people. He called it the World Wide Web. Though the Web and the Internet often are used interchangeably, the Internet was already in existence as a collection of computer networks used almost exclusively by government and university scientists.
What Berners-Lee created was called “distributed hypertext,” and it provided a means for computers to access files and images stored on other computers. In other words, Berners-Lee made lolcats possible.
The Pew Internet Project has marked this anniversary with a fascinating look at the World Wide Web and how it’s affected our lives.
  • 87 percent of American adults use the Web; 71 percent use it every day
  • More than half regularly go online using a cell phone
  • 90 percent of Web users say it’s had a positive impact on their lives
  • 53 percent of Web users say it would be “very hard” to give up. That compares to 35 percent who say television would be very hard to give up
I’m firmly in the 90 percent that believes the Web has made their lives better.
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Interested in Collaborating with Others in Defense, Aerospace, Satellites or NASA? If So, Join Me At LinkedIn To Expand Your Network of Connections.

In a recent community survey over 85% of respondents stated that one of their top three priorities was to collaborate with other like-minded professionals, to share experiences, ideas, and knowledge. Are you interested in defense, aerospace, space, satellites or NASA? If so, join me at LinkedIn to expand your network of contacts and connections. I am […]

In a recent community survey over 85% of respondents stated that one of their top three priorities was to collaborate with other like-minded professionals, to share experiences, ideas, and knowledge. Are you interested in defense, aerospace, space, satellites or NASA? If so, join me at LinkedIn to expand your network of contacts and connections.

I am Jim Jenkins, President of a technical training company, ATIcourses, and I am using LinkedIn to maintain my connections to others who work in NASA, Space, Satellites and Defense. LinkedIn is a 24/7 virtual networking environment  Make a positive link to business people with years of experience. LinkedIn is free to join and is the premiere professional networking site. If you want to increase your connections in these areas, send me a request to add you to my network. I will accept all connection requests. Mention your technical interest area in your request. I currently have 1000+ focused connections and growing so you get a running start at connecting with a large group of my connections. I personally have 2325+ connections, including many technical experts in engineering and science (who are willing to link to you to expand the set of mutually beneficial connections). LinkedIn allows you to view the profiles of my connections and contact them if you have a common background or strong group overlap. You can also join the group ATI Courses to receive updates about Space and Satellite news and announcements of new courses. Join LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/. When you join, create a short profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments so that you can connect with like-minded individuals. The following describes LinkedIn. I have found it useful to join for the latest in professional news and making connections.
  • LinkedIn has over a billion members
  • A new member joins LinkedIn approximately every second.
  • The Defense and Aerospace group has 68,587 + members
  • Aerospace Professionals has 10,617 + members
  • Global Jobs Network has 177,077 + members
  • The NASA group has 11,320 + members
Learn more about the Advantages of Using LinkedIn View the LinkedIn fact sheet and video at http://press.linkedin.com/ LinkedIn States “Relationships Matter” Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. When you join LinkedIn, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts. You can also join groups related to your interests and profession. These groups help you keep up-to-date in the latest news and hot topics.

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Defense Agency Has Breaking News on Santa

“Why is the military reporting on Santa?” you ask. Well, it started with a bad phone number that had kids calling an important colonel who was trying to defend the United States and Canada. Now just why does a military group with a serious name like North American Aerospace Defense Command track Santa and take […]
1955 Sears ad with the misprinted telephone number that led to the NORAD Tracks Santa Program
“Why is the military reporting on Santa?” you ask. Well, it started with a bad phone number that had kids calling an important colonel who was trying to defend the United States and Canada. Now just why does a military group with a serious name like North American Aerospace Defense Command track Santa and take notes on just where he is and what he is up to? Any kid can tell you, the man who says, “ho, ho, ho” is no danger to anyone. He may eat one too many a cookie, but that’s no crime. So why is the military watching him? Good question. For more than 50 years NORAD and a group that came before it, CONAD, have tracked Santa on Christmas Eve.
This publicity picture for NORAD Tracks Santa shows two Northeastern Air Defense Sector members with radar equipment in December 2008.
The adventure began in 1955 after Sears put the wrong number for Santa Claus into an advertisement. So all the kids who called trying to talk to Santa got none other than the Commander-in-Chief of another group, the Continental Air Defense Command. Col. Shoup got on it right away. Within no time his staff was checking CONAD’s powerful radar equipment to give children everywhere information on exactly where Santa was and when he was there. Since that time, the United States and Canada got together and that’s how CONAD became NORAD. And the men, women, family and friends of NORAD decided to keep up the Christmas mission that Col. Shoup started. They pitch in to take phone calls and emails from children all around the world. So starting Dec. 24, children can track Santa online and get the latest info right quick. Between now and then, kids can also get updates on what the big guy in red is up to.  
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We’re filling a cart for Maryland’s hungry!

This morning when you awoke, you probably quieted the growls of your hungry belly by eating breakfast. Most likely, as your stomach quieted, so did your thoughts of food. One of ATI’s training partners TrainingEtc has a community service program that ATIcourses wants to publicize. TrainingEtc teams with ATIcourses to offer both open enrollment and on-site […]
This morning when you awoke, you probably quieted the growls of your hungry belly by eating breakfast. Most likely, as your stomach quieted, so did your thoughts of food. One of ATI’s training partners TrainingEtc has a community service program that ATIcourses wants to publicize. TrainingEtc teams with ATIcourses to offer both open enrollment and on-site Project Management and Computer courses. You can read more about their volunteer program athttp://www.trainingetc.com/illumanation/ Imagine the heart-wrenching scenario of waking in the morning with nothing to eat. The one loaf of bread you had for the week is already gone, and to make matters worse, your pantry is completely bare. Did I mention that it is only midweek? Not only are you forced to skip breakfast, but you have no idea what you’re going to eat for lunch or dinner today . . . and for the rest of the week. Food becomes an obsession as it consumes your thoughts and heightens your hunger. You worry about when you will eat again and from where your next meal will come. This phenomenon, occurring in more than 17 million households in America today, is what’s known as Food Insecurity. According to the USDA, food insecurity is where “availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for a household.” This problem, along with Food Scarcity (the uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods to meet dietary needs), make up two of the biggest crises facing our nation today. The USDA reports that in Maryland, over 720,000 people live each day with food insecurity. The Maryland Food Bank leads Maryland in working to end hunger and food insecurity for all of our residents. An affiliate of Feeding America, the Maryland Food Bank was founded in 1979 to “coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the state’s hungry.” In 2012, the Maryland Food Bank distributed 26.5 million pounds of food to Maryland residents, which is equivalent to 22 million meals! The federal government’s attempt to alleviate the food insecurity faced by many in our nation today has been to offer $4.22 worth of food stamp assistance per day. However, the average cost for a single meal in this area for one person is $2.66, totaling $7.98 per day. The $4.22 per day assistance is just not enough to eradicate the hunger in our nation. That number is even more staggering when compared to the $61 travel per diem allotted to those in federal civil service, indicating that the federal government deems $61 to be the acceptable amount to spend on meals each day. As long as this extreme disparity exists between the assistance that the poor need and what they actually receive, we will be unable to eradicate hunger in this nation. Bridge the Gap! Donate non-perishable food items for delivery to the Maryland Food Bank. Visit www.mdfoodbank.org to get involved.


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Ground Control to Scotchie

While Scotchie may or may not be recruited by the Iranians to go to the ISS, Hunter will be thinking deep thoughts about the Ground Control aspects of the launch. Incidentally, Hunter would benefit from attending ATI’s November 11-13, 2013  Ground Systems Design & Operation course in Columbia, MD. Learn more about ATI Staff here.
While Scotchie may or may not be recruited by the Iranians to go to the ISS, Hunter will be thinking deep thoughts about the Ground Control aspects of the launch.
Incidentally, Hunter would benefit from attending ATI’s November 11-13, 2013  Ground Systems Design & Operation course in Columbia, MD.
Learn more about ATI Staff here.

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