Featured in “The Marshall Star” on May 29, 2013:
Marshall at Work: Design for SLS Adapters all in the Drawings of Engineer Jonathon Walden
By Megan Davidson
When a scholarship to The University of Alabama in Huntsville opened the door to an engineering degree for Jonathon Walden, it opened another door to him as well — a job at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, designing a crucial piece of flight hardware for the Space Launch System (SLS).
Yeow Chye Ng received his PhD in Nursing from UAB on May 11, 2013. He was named the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student (Doctoral) in Nursing.
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Debut author Daco Auffenorde, penning as “Daco,” a long-time resident of Huntsville, Alabama, is pleased to announce that her romantic suspense THE LIBRA AFFAIR will be published by Crimson Romance, a Division of F+W Media, Inc. The book is set to be released on April 8th, 2013. It will be available from Amazon.com, BN.com, and other eBook retailers. A print-on-demand version is planned as well; it will be available later in the year.
When not practicing law with her husband at Auffenorde & Auffenorde, P.C., Daco spends her time writing novels and managing the busy lives of two children. Her education includes a B.A. and M.A.S. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Romance Writers of America, the Author’s Guild, and the Alabama State Bar.
Fascinated with thrillers and spy movies, the idea for The Libra Affair spawned one Saturday morning over coffee and a newspaper. The hot topic of the day was Iran, nuclear war, China, trade imbalance, and espionage.
The backdrop of the story questions what goes on behind the scenes in the political realm; what the public never really knows. The plot already in play is a covert scheme aimed at achieving a more equitably balanced world economy. This time it’s the Russians and Americans tripping up the Chinese by creating the appearance of a world war between the Middle East and Europe. To level the playing field, the idea is to draw unwitting players into a political quagmire and take control of the game by rearranging allies. This can only happen once the heroine launches a missile buried in remote desert of Iran, which she intends to aim at Germany. In order to prevent an actual war, the missile must then be destroyed midair by an undetectable laser scheduled to launch on SpaceX Falcon 9. Success comes down to precision timing and no mistakes.
When a targeted NASA scientist follows the heroine into Iran, he changes the game. The fate of the world now hinges on the love of this one man who is willing to risk all for the only woman he’s ever cared about, and one woman, a CIA covert operative, who must learn that in life we’re allowed to embrace love.
Beyond the basic plot and love story, The Libra Affair offers a glimpse at Persian culture, religion, and the hardships suffered by the average citizen at the cost of their misguided leaders. Another of the book’s themes involves the destruction of space debris—a real and significant problem for inhabitants of Earth.
Nothing can stand in the way of Jordan Jakes launching a missile in a remote desert of Iran. Not even Ben Johnson, the NASA scientist she’s targeted. Against all odds, Ben follows Jordan, placing not only the mission at risk, but also the fate of the world. Everything hinges on the strength of their love.
Crimson Romance, a new eBook romance imprint from F+W Media, Inc., was launched in June 2012. Website: http://www.crimsonromance.com.
For additional information or to get a review copy, contact: Daco S. Auffenorde at (256) 880-6236 home or (256) 533-5383 work, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia “Ginger” Barnes (BSBA, Accounting ’83) has been named Vice President and Program Manager for Boeing’s Space Launch System, or SLS, program effective May 10.
Andrew Judge (BA, Communications ’08) and Lee Henderson Judge (BA, Communications ’07) have established Sugar Belle cupcake truck in Huntsville/Madison, Alabama.
Tasia Malakasis (BA, English ’93) was selected to be a celebrity judge for the “Alabama’s Best Chef” competition in Atmore, Alabama. Read more at www.al.com …
Cedona is currently a third year pharmacy student at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.
Richard has been accepted to the Master of Arts in Nonfiction Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.
Michael R. Moore has retired from NASA after 37 years of government service.
Victoria A. Pearson was recognized as the Category V Civilian of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter 2012 for outstanding engineering contributions in the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Program Office of the Long Range Systems Division at Eglin AFB, FL. She was presented with a crystal trophy by the Sr. Materiel Divison Leader at a quarterly ceremony honoring all of the award winners. This award is presented quarterly and annually to the best and brightest in acquisition and this is her 2nd time to win.