Sunday, September 28, 2003

Giving NASA Glenn a lift: "Unlike his four brothers and his father, Julian Manly Earls wasn't called to the pulpit. Still, the man who assumes the top job at NASA Glenn Research Center believes God has influenced his work.
'I think there's been a lot of divine intervention with things that have happened to me and for me,' he says.

"Earls could use more of that help as he takes over as NASA Glenn's director next week. The research center in recent years has suffered staff and budget cutbacks and lost projects to other centers. Critics, including Gov. Bob Taft, have chastised NASA Glenn for failing to contribute sufficiently to Ohio's economic growth. And employees surveyed this year gave dismal grades to their managers. ...

"He's waiting until Wednesday's handoff from outgoing Director Donald Campbell before commenting specifically on his plans. Yet he concedes the public's awareness of NASA Glenn needs to step up significantly: "I can't tell you how many times I hear people say NASA Glenn is the best-kept secret in Northeast Ohio. ..."

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