April 4th, 2014.
Posted 29th April, 2014. Email consent received 28th April 2014 from Paula Cleggett, to make this testimonial public.
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I have known Ms Helen Gavaghan for over two decades, initially in a professional capacity and eventually as a friend. I met Ms. Gavaghan while serving as a public affairs officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. Among my duties was to convey news and information to media covering space science; Ms. Gavaghan was one of many reporters seeking interviews or information regarding the many science missions in orbit or in development.
Over time, I became the deputy of the Office of Public Affairs, or the senior-most civil servant for that organisation at NASA Headquarters, located in Washington, DC. I retired from NASA in September 2005, and subsequently worked at Vanderbilt University as the Assosiate Director of Policy for the Curb Centre for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy. My professional association with Ms. Gavaghan continued; when she asked me to become an advisor for Science, People and Politics, I wholeheartedly accepted.
I have seen Ms Gavaghan on two occasions while in London, most recently in the fall of 2011; that trip included an advisory board meeting. Conversely, when she visits the States we typically meet as well.
I have known Ms Gavaghan as an astute science writer and a consumate professional journalist. She has vast intellectual interest and is a capable, competent communicator.
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