I wasn’t going to put out a podcast today. Then I saw this on Twatter.
Thus I was going to record a short podcast on this and move on with the list of things I have to do.
And I end up going on for over an hour.
NASA to Reexamine Nicknames for Cosmic Objects
Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames. As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the “Eskimo Nebula.” “Eskimo” is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions. Most official documents have moved away from its use. NASA will also no longer use the term “Siamese Twins Galaxy” to refer to NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, a pair of spiral galaxies found in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Moving forward, NASA will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.
“I support our ongoing reevaluation of the names by which we refer to astronomical objects,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters, Washington. “Our goal is that all names are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion, and we’ll proactively work with the scientific community to help ensure that. Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”
Nicknames are often more approachable and public-friendly than official names for cosmic objects, such as Barnard 33, whose nickname “the Horsehead Nebula” invokes its appearance. But often seemingly innocuous nicknames can be harmful and detract from the science.
The Agency will be working with diversity, inclusion, and equity experts in the astronomical and physical sciences to provide guidance and recommendations for other nicknames and terms for review.
“These nicknames and terms may have historical or culture connotations that are objectionable or unwelcoming, and NASA is strongly committed to addressing them,” said Stephen T. Shih, Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at NASA Headquarters. “Science depends on diverse contributions, and benefits everyone, so this means we must make it inclusive.”
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LGBTQ Special Emphasis
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Special Emphasis Program
In 2016 NASA created the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Special Emphasis Program embracing another community within our workforce, without any legal obligation to do so. The LGBTQ Special Emphasis Manager works with agency leadership to identify and address key issues and areas affecting NASA’s LGBTQ employees and allies. We believe we are creating an inclusive environment that is conducive to the recognition, development, understanding, and utilization of each employee’s abilities, skills, and knowledge in order to achieve maximum productivity.
The purpose of the program is to provide LGBTQ awareness and education to NASA employees and partners while focusing on such issues as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development and advancement opportunities affecting LGBTQ applicants and employees.
Specifically the role of the LGBTQ Program Manager is as follows:
Provide advice to leadership on matters affecting employment and advancement of LGBTQ employees
Promote and establish effective and equitable participation of LGBTQ employees in the work force
Provide LGBTQ awareness and education to NASA employees and partners
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with community, professional and national organizations, college and universities
Provide NASA representation at national, federal and regional meetings concerning LGBTQ issues
What is NASA doing the prevents them from landing men on the Moon?
Creating transition plans for trannies.
Let’s look at the NASA work force by race.
Why do men make more money that women? I can’t figure it out. Look at the charts below and maybe you can figure it out.
Majoring in STEM is not going to save you. These are literal (Hitler) rocket scientists being forced to not use certain words and being forced to pretend men LARPing as women are actually women.
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