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Two JSC team members recognized for excellence in writing

Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal and Randy Stone were awarded the Charles Thomson Prize by the Society for History in Federal Government.
Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal and Randy Stone were awarded the Charles Thomson Prize by the Society for History in Federal Government.
Two members of the NASA community were recognized by a national organization recently for their excellence in writing. Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal and Randy Stone were awarded the Charles Thomson Prize by the Society for History in Federal Government for their article on the space agency’s greatest loss during the Shuttle era. Titled, “The Accidents: A Nation’s Tragedy, NASA’s Challenge,” the 3,000-word essay was included in the Wings In Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle, 1971-2010, published last year by NASA.

Ross-Nazzal has served as the NASA Johnson Space Center historian since 2004 and has worked with the JSC Oral History Project since 2000. Not only is Ross-Nazzal a space history scholar, she is a women’s historian. She published a book last year with the University of Washington press on the life of suffragist Emma Smith Devoe, “Winning the West for Women.” Ross-Nazzal is working on a number of articles for publication and is employed with DB Consulting Group as a team member of the NASA JSC ITAMS contract.

Randy Stone currently is the chief engineer for Cimarron Software Services where he served as the company’s president for a number of years. Prior to that, Stone spent almost 40 years at JSC and retired from NASA as the center’s deputy director. He had worked in flight operations for more than two decades, including serving as Chief Flight Director during the Challenger accident.

The Charles Thomson Prize is an annual award by the Society of History in Federal Government given for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history written in or for a federal history program. Entries are judged for value in furthering the understanding and history of the federal government; quality and thoroughness or research; style and appropriateness or presentation; suitability and rigor of methodology; and use of original and primary materials. The article or essay must have been published in the calendar year immediately preceding the organization’s Spring meeting. The Thomson Prize commemorates the secretary of Congress from 1774 to 1789, America’s first archivist.


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