Saturday, March 21, 2015

INSPIRATION IN SPACE

I am so excited to be on the board of advisors for Spacedonors.org

SpaceDonors.org along with former JPL advocates, provides grants to high schools to promote STEM education among women and minorities. The students will build small satellites (called cubesats) that will be launched into low earth orbit and transmit a signal back to the students. NASA engineers will help them.  have you on our advisory committee. Let me know if you would like to get involved. It's pretty exciting. Check out our website www.spacedonors.org.

will.i.am's foundation i.am.angel has agreed to partner with us for a Cubesat mission in LA. They already have identified a high school and cleared the way for us. 


Kevin Gebert

Chief Operating Officer at SpaceDonors.org

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The Advisory Committee will select missions to be performed based on an evaluation of well the proposed concepts meet the goals of the Foundation.

William Townsend, Co-owner of Townsend Aerospace Consulting, LLC. Mr Townsend has held senior management positions both within NASA and private industry, ranging from acting Associate Administrator for Earth Science at NASA Headquarters, to Deputy Center Director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, to Vice President and General Manager for Civil Space Systems at Ball Aerospace and Technologies.

Camille Eddy, a mechanical engineering student at Boise State University, is involved in various leadership positions and projects in the STEM fields. Her work ranges from the University Team Lead for NASA’s Microgravity program MicroGNExT (a group that is working to develop a method that will help astronauts gather rocks on asteroid missions), to Research Assistant, to EPO writer for NASA, to serving as a mentor for Strive For College – Boise State Chapter, and Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars. She is a past Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers and Vice President of the Boise State chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Camille was chosen to introduce President Obama for his speech at Boise State on January 21st. In President Obama's speech he said “It's this engagement in the STEM field that makes Eddy a role model for many young college students. She’s a great example of why we’re encouraging more women and more minorities to study in high-paying fields that traditionally they haven't always participated in -- in math and science and engineering and technology”

Christopher Stott, the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man, drawing from his work with Lockheed Martin Space Operations and the Boeing Company. Prior to this, Chris worked in US and British politics focused on campaigning, speech writing, and opposition research in both Westminster and Washington D.C.Chris has a passion for space based STEM education and in support of his work with ManSat he serves on the Boards of a number of Not For Profits focused in this area including the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) where he is the current President, the International Space University where he serves on the Main Board, as faculty and is a former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business, the Challenger Centers, the Conrad Foundation, and the United Space School. Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today. In 2013 Chris was appointed to the Advisory Boards of both the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the National Electronics Museum.Chris is also a published author with the Royal Astronomical Society, the Adam Smith Institute, and the International Institute of Space Commerce where his work focuses on the economics, ethics, and regulation of space.

Michael Potter, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Manna Energy Foundation, and Director of Paradigm Ventures. Mr. Potter is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Space Commerce. He is an advisor to the Singularity University and director of Orphans of Apollo. Mr. Potter is also a former Vice Chairman of the founding Board of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association.

Joe Ritter Ph.D., Dr. Ritter is involved in designing optically active materials for large aperture diffraction limited optics for telescopes and spacecraft, and novel adaptive optics. Among his latest projects are laser powered meta-material nano-actuators optical systems with the goal of launching giant ultra-lightweight space telescopes, and optical systems for Earth-based analysis of exoplanet atmospheres. Previously he was the Director of Optical Systems Research and Development for the SAIC Reconnaissance Surveillance Operations where he worked on novel active optics for space telescopes as well as imaging. He was an Associate Research Scientist in space systems engineering at the Florida Space Institute, and IPA and the Optical Systems Team Lead of NASA Advanced Optical Systems Development (at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) where he had several research programs including novel technology development for the James Webb Space Telescope. As a doctoral student his research focused on developing novel optical instrumentation and computational techniques for measuring optical scattering, he also designed and deployed a unique imaging radiometer, performed the first solar aureole measurements ever made at sea, and co-engineered the GRaDEx genotoxicology and biological radiation dosimetry payload, (space mission STS-91). He has held faculty appointments in several areas from Astronomy, Space systems Engineering to Professor of Animal Science. His interests and skill sets are interdisciplinary: Earlier research covered fields such as, teratology, genetics, space plasma physics, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, as well as several other fields. From 1999-2011 he was awarded 23 grants (15 as PI, 8 as Co-I) where he teamed with colleagues from government, industry, and academia. He is author/co-author of over 35 publications, with over 30 invited lectures. He is founding director of the Global Starship Alliance, and CEO of Neoteric Physics, a new business engaged in space research and environmental concerns.

Dr. Johnny Johnson, Owner of Western OB/GYN Associates and Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Johnson is President of the Mile High Medical Society - a medical society for minority doctors to mentor and support medical students and residents. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the Colorado Medical Society, a past President of the Denver Medical Society, and past member of the Board of Directors at Denver Health. He is also chairman of the Board of Deacons at New Hope Baptist Church. Dr. Johnson is also a charter member of Delta Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi - the first Greek letter fraternity to be founded by African American men.Dr. Matt Gordon, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Denver. Dr. Gordon's research areas include numerical and experimental plasma physics, chemical and physical vapor deposition, electronic packaging, and bio-medical engineering. Dr. Gordon is an avid supporter of STEM initiatives. He gives talks to local K-12 programs promoting engineering and directs the DU Summer engineering camp for 8th-12th graders. Dr. Gordon established the first engineering co-op program at DU and is a member of the South Metro Chamber's STEM coalition. The DU engineering curriculum is structured to be STEM friendly and Dr. Gordon will be our gateway into the substantial expertise/knowledge that the University of Denver offers. We thank Dr. Gordon and the University of Denver for their support. Dr. Gordon's passion and enthusiasm will add great value to our team.

Lydia Cornell, Public figure, AFI Best Actress nominee, People's Choice Award winner; teen mentor; women and children's advocate; maker, producer, director, author, comedienne; and talk show host. From the Harriet Beecher Stowe family, Cornell is developing several new shows for HGTV, DIY, and Discovery involving innovators and makers. Her favorite obsession is NASA-JPL, the Griffith Park Observatory and Mt. Wilson. She is working with a team of young women scientists to bring a line of inspiring new products to market. Her charity work includes High Hopes Tramautic brain Injury; FSH Muscular Dystrophy; drug and alcohol recovery; and Autism Awareness. Ms. Cornell is best know as the star of ABC's hit series Too Close for Comfort as the daughter of Emmy-winning legend Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore; Caddyshack.) With 20-34 million viewers each Tuesday night on ABC primetime, the show is now on 4 times a week in 84 million homes on Tribune's new Comedy Channel. More recently seen on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Variety's Power of Comedy with Russell Brand, The Kelsey Grammer Show and over 250 TV episodes, films and specials worldwide. In 2015 Ms. Cornell directed the SAG film "It's My Decision" and received the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Golden Halo Lifetime Achievement Award. Having been considered a TV Icon as one of the most popular sex symbols on TV, Ms. Cornell wants to encourage women to focus on their brains, not their looks.

Mr. Robert B. Fulton is a senior aerospace executive with over thirty years of leadership and project management experience in business development and engineering with a proven ability to lead engineering programs. He is a respected NASA/civil community leader and advocate with excellent relations with key government, industry, academic and professional organization. His honors and awards are many including NASA Headquarters’ Astrophysics Group Achievement and Heliophysics Division Group Achievement Awards and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Center Director Team Recognition and Group Achievement Awards. In addition, Mr. Fulton is on the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society, a Member of the Virginia State Informal Aerospace Working Group providing insight and guidance on policy, business, education and workforce development of the commercial, government, and academic aerospace community to the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Council and a Member of the Virginia Tech Industry Advisory Board; Space Sciences Department. Mr. Fulton holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering both from Virginia Tech.

Monday, March 02, 2015

DEFEAT DEPRESSION: ENTHUSIASM AND COURAGE CHANGE YOUR BRAIN WAVES

Worry is ingratitude in advance. 
Enthusiasm and courage actually change your brain waves, which means you can sculpt your own reality if you'll just STOP when you are in panic or stress, 
and breathe.  Stop and center yourself. Mentally claim dominion over your reality.
Fear = "False Evidence Appearing Real." There is nothing to fear. 
I have been through a lot of stress lately with my mother being rushed to ER, and the writer's block, fear of financial insecurity that seems to pervade all our lives as we navigate the new economy -- I'm accidentally running a sober recovery house. (More on that later.)
But I've experienced absolute transformation when I surrender my worries and fears to a Higher Power. I call this force GOOD or God, but you can call it LOVE or Nature. The important thing is to realize you are not alone, and you are loved. Use all of us - picture ALL your loved ones as your HP (Higher Power.)  Picture all the good guys of mankind as your higher power.
I have spine-tingling, first hand evidence that miracles are natural laws of the universe. What I call "a miracle" is simply the amazing secret knowledge that there is a law of nature that actually rescues me when I am stressed or in fear. It actually heals my body when I depend on this power. When I relax and 'let go" and pray (which means I yell HELP) or silently cry out to the Universe for help — help always comes.  And when I help someone else, my suffering vanishes.
 "Share your pain you cut it in half; share your joy, you double it."
AND don't forget this: "You can be attractive even if you’re not good looking because if you radiate love you attract people! (That’s a joke I wrote.) Scientists have discovered that brain activity produces waves that are measurable according to your level of serenity or agitation. And Einstein said, “No problem can be solved on the same level it was created on.” In other words, you can't fight fire with fire; you can't cure alcoholism with more alcohol; you can’t start a war to create peace — you have to go to a higher level — a spiritual or diplomatic solution. Or as George Carlin put it, “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

Sunday, March 01, 2015

AGING BACKWARDS

For women in Hollywood, it is very difficult to sustain yourself and stay above water. Women and girls are judged much more harshly than our male counterparts.

In a face-to-face sit-down with a new agent and manager, I was just told, I can't play older than 35-39 years old. But this doesn't help as an actor. You still can't get roles when you are up against actual 35 year-olds. Being a public figure means that the whole world knows your birth year. This is unfortunate because I will never be my so-called age. I am as curious, inspired and excited as a child. Some of us will always be that way.

I don't believe in aging. I don't believe in sickness, disease, or age. I don't look older than 39 or 40 and have never had plastic surgery.

I also don't buy into any limitation in life.

Photos taken February and March, 2015


Lydia Cornell, Jim Bullock, Deborah Van Valkenburgh (my costars from Too Close for Comfort)








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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

THE OSCARS: STOP TALKING ABOUT REESE WITHERSPOON'S FOREHEAD LINES & PATRICIA ARQUETTE, GIRLHOOD and BIRDWOMAN

Stop talking about Reese Witherspoon's forehead lines. This is astounding that women are not allowed to have a few wrinkles. The reason anyone noticed them is because no woman has ever allowed herself to have a normal forehead in Hollywood. Everyone has been using Botox for forehead lines for so long, no one is aware of what a natural woman looks like.

PLUS - there wasn't a single female protagonist in any of the "Best Picture" Nominees.

For example, there are over 47 male actors and 2 female actors in Grand Budapest Hotel.  Maybe 3 with speaking parts.  And most of the Oscar nominated films this year have a male protagonist (Imitation Game; Theory of Everything; Whiplash) or are from the male point of view: Boyhood and Birman.

I have never seen a more pointed lack of equality — not to mention lack of overall diversity — in the entertainment industry as there is now.

Only the male point of view seems important.

Of course there are the token female roles such as Julianne Moore in Still Alice, and Reese Witherspoon in Wild. But I'm talking about the big money-makers. The films that get the most funding and support.

We need more women directors, writers and producers creating movies that portray women's lives, dreams and goals — not just their romantic aspirations. Women are scientists, lawyers, makers, creators, inventors, doctors, mayors.. we need to portray women of adventure, who aspire to be more than just love-sick romance and fashion-driven beings.

This is the year I am finally getting my work out to the world. I'm sick of waiting, and sick of being a perfectionist.