NASA OSBP Learning Series Presentation on December 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Rob Betts requested that the following training opportunity be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

This month’s NASA OSBP Learning Series will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 1 p.m.  Dorice Kenely from the NASA Office of Procurement will present “Updates from the FAR: Small Business Edition.”

If you’d like to attend, please register at  Please contact Rob Betts if you have any questions.

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LaRC Contractors Steering Council Holiday Luncheon – December 10, 2020

The LCSC annual holiday luncheon looks different this year! Grab your lunch and a little holly-jolly and join us via Teams for our December 2020 social at 11:00 am on December 10, 2020.

Use the link below to join the meeting.

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Our meeting will address these topics:

  • Holiday Luncheon
  • State of LaRC – Lisa Ziehmann, LaRC Associate Center Director
  • LCSC Year in Review – Jeff Manning
  • Special Topics and Look Ahead to 2021


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LaRC Contractors Steering Council Meeting – November 19, 2020

Join us for the virtual Langley Contractor’s Steering Council (LCSC) meeting Thursday, November 19, at 2:00 pm. This month’s keynote speaker is Dave Bowles, who will talk about Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy. This month’s Center status will be presented by Donna Lawson, who will share  what is happening in Legislative Affairs. Susan McClain, Director of the Office of Procurement, will also provide Return to Onsite Work and LaRC OP updates.

Use the link below to join the meeting.

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Our meeting will address these topics:

  • VASBA Update– Laura Blumberg
  • LaRC OP Update – Susan McClain
  • RTOW Update – Susan McClain
  • Small Business Update – Rob Betts
  • Partnerships Update – Carrie Rhoades
  • Legislative Affairs Update – Donna Lawson
  • Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy – Dave Bowles
  • Special Topics and Look Ahead



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Earth Science Decadal Survey Community Forum on November 12

Jamie Wicks requested that the following Science Mission Directorate Earth Science Division event be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

As we work toward implementation of the new 2017 Decadal Survey, “Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observations from Space,” (2017 ESAS) we are developing mechanisms for communicating progress with you and for hearing any questions that you may have for our further consideration.

The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) invites you to join us for a Community Forum on Thursday November 12, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET, for an update on the approach, timing and opportunities to engage with this process. This meeting will be virtual only. Teleconference and WebEx information appears at the end of this message.

During the forum we will provide an update on the strategic implementation of the 2017 ESAS, with particular emphasis on the studies initiated on the program element identified as the Designated Observables (DOs). ESD is seeking new ways to leverage the work and ideas in the non-governmental/private sector to contribute possible approaches that may address the designated observables recommendations in the 2017 ESAS in order to increase mission/observing system capability and/or to reduce costs. Community forum presentations and other supporting materials will be made available online as they become available.

This is part of a continuing series of Community Forums planned to keep the Earth Science community informed and engaged as we develop specific approaches for implementing Decadal Survey’s recommendations.

For information on the Decadal, upcoming Community Forums, including teleconference and WebEx information, and to provide written feedback please refer to our Decadal Surveys web page.

ESD Decadal Survey Community Forum Connect Information:
Thursday, November 12, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Webex Information:
Meeting number: 199 070 5243
Meeting password: 3wzP2pbAE?5

Audio conference information
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
US Toll: +1-415-527-5035
Global call-in numbers:
Access code: 199 070 5243

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An Inside Look at NASA MUREP Presentation on October 28, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Rob Betts requested that the following NASA announcement be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

NASA OSBP Learning Series Presents: An Inside Look at NASA MUREP
October 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm (ET) (webinar)

Guest Speaker: Rod Chappell, Lead – Partnerships and Sustainability (MUREP)

Did you know that historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) and minority-serving institutions (MSI) have unique opportunities to work with NASA?

Through the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), NASA provides financial assistance via competitive awards to assist faculty and students in research and provide authentic STEM engagement related to NASA missions.

Join us for a FREE webinar featuring Rod Chappell, Team Lead over the MUREP Partnerships and Sustainability initiative, to learn more about how your institution and students can engage with NASA. There will also be a formal question and answer session so attendees can ask specific questions that relate to their institution’s capabilities.

If your company, university, or organization is interested in working with NASA and other HBCUs or MSIs around the nation, this is the webinar for you!

Log-in information for this online class will be sent after individual register, and reminders will be sent the day before and day of the webinar.

If you have questions about this topic, email them in advance to and type “OSBP Learning Series Question – MUREP” in the subject line.

Register at:

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