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The 45th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
Rod Pyle
NASA Expert
Rod Pyle Films
How does NASA continue to cross new frontiers in these constrained times? How can the new and revolutionary robotic missions to Mars and beyond, as well as crewed flights to asteroids and the moon, even be pondered, much less accomplished? The answer lies not just in innovation, but in increasingly efficient innovation -- the power at the core of NASA. Says Pyle: "On July 20, it will be 45 years since NASA astronauts first set foot on the moon in 1969. Five more landings would occur after Apollo 11. Trips to the lunar surface suddenly came to an end in 1972, as NASA prepared to build the space shuttle and, ultimately, the International Space Station. But NASA has never stopped inventing new ways to explore our galaxy, push scientific frontiers, and do so with ever-constraining limitations. Today, the agency's funding hovers at about 0.5 percent of the federal budget, or 1/10th of its peak funding during the space race of the 1960's."
Pyle, a NASA expert, taught leadership training to high-level executives at The Johnson Space Center, and is an expert source on space exploration and innovation. He is former VP of Communications for the World Space Foundation, a space-advocacy association based in Los Angeles and closely aligned with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He is the author of "Innovation the NASA Way." He is based in Pasadena, Calif.
Media Contact: Ann Pryor, 

Children Seeking Refuge After Fleeing Central America
Linda Hartke
President and CEO
Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service
"We stand by American and faith-based values of welcome, freedom, safety and due process when it comes to the tens of thousands of children seeking refuge as they flee Central America. We cannot accept any response by the Obama administration or Congress that seeks to forcibly and indiscriminately return these refugee children, who have made perilous and courageous journeys, back into a maelstrom of conflict and criminal violence."
Hartke is available to discuss immigration reform (advocacy and policy); unaccompanied refugee children; best practices in the interest of immigrant children; deportation; justice for migrants impacted by detention (legal aspects of detention); asylum seekers; torture survivors. In 2013, LIRS helped to resettle over 10,000 refugees, making LIRS the second largest resettlement agency in the U.S. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.
Media Contact: Miji Bell, 

Staying on Top of Estate Planning Rules
Bijan Golkar, CFP
Vice President/Senior Advisor
FPC Investment Advisory, Inc.
Keeping tabs on the estate planning rules during the past few years has been a little like watching Olympic-level table tennis: The action moves quickly, and it's difficult to keep up. However, no matter how laws and rules change, there are a few basic tasks that are actually pretty evergreen and that everyone should execute. Says Golkar: "It's common to name family members as executors, but in more complicated situations it might be preferable to use a professional to serve as your executor. It's a good idea to tell your executor that you've named him or her, and also provide details on how to obtain access to important documents, such as your will and a master directory detailing all of your accounts."
Golkar has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, The Fiscal Times, Bankrate and He is located in San Francisco, Calif.
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