Kulcinski awarded NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

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Kulcinski awarded NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

Postby Roger » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:05 am

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering associate dean for research and Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering Gerald Kulcinski one of its highest honors for non-governmental employees. NASA Director Charles Bolden awarded Kulcinski the Exceptional Public Service Medal to recognize Kulcinski's leadership on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009.


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Postby chrismb » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:37 am

I'd like to know what he actually did, to get the award!

I'm sure he is deserving, I'm not suggesting otherwise, but the article is badly written.

It gives the impression of 'the old boys club' - self-congratulatory public-funded figures who self-congratulate themselves some more. Those folks who get into a cushy position then get awards because they are in a cushy position.

Just look at the statement in this piece;

"In particular, Kulcinski advised on nuclear power in space and chaired the committee on human resource issues regarding education and attracting a younger age group to the NASA workforce."

So, what this article is saying is that the means and methods of nuclear power in space have changed, in the time he was sitting on these committees, and that without him they'd have not changed?? Or that there are now more younger people in NASA than before?? If these are correct interpretations to this accolade, then the piece should've said "Three new nuclear power packs have gone into space, all being 10% better in specific power", and/or "There used to be 1,000 under21 applicants per year to NASA, who took 10, now there are 10,000 and NASA takes 100" and gone on to say "without the recipient, these things would not have happened"!

Without these objective measures, this piece indicates that this guy spent his time sitting on committees but didn't achieve anything. Public service should be about producing an end result. What were those end results?

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Postby Giorgio » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:05 am

I do not know the guy, so I will not comment on him, but I fully second your point.
chrismb wrote:Public service should be about producing an end result. What were those end results?

Too much time spent into a committee is equal to too little time spent in the lab.

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