Press Release

Dr. Neal Burns Returns to Academic Pursuits

By SpaceRef Editor
September 22, 2004
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Dr. Neal M. Burns, who since July has served as a special
assistant to the Administrator and acting Chief of Strategic
Communications, has decided to return full time to his family and
his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin.

“When Neal joined us, I asked him to commit to a couple of months
to help us focus our long range communications strategy. He has
done an exemplary job and dramatically improved the coordination
among public affairs, legislative affairs and external
relations,” said Administrator Sean O’Keefe. “Thanks to Neal, we
now have a running head-start on our broader communication
imperatives. I want to thank him for his efforts and wish him
well in his future endeavors.”

Dr. Burns worked to help develop communications strategies to
better communicate the Vision for Space Exploration for the NASA
family and audiences outside the agency.

His relationship with NASA dates back to 1959, when he directed
studies on aviation safety and survival and tested cockpit
designs and astronaut mobility for the Mercury and Apollo

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