United Nations, Jan 16 (IANS) India has the world's largest diaspora with about 18 million people born there now living abroad, according to John Wilmoth, the director of UN's Population Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Presenting the International Migration Report 2020 on Friday, he said that the US was the top host country for migrants with 51 million of them or 18 per cent of the world's total living there.
The report said that between 2000 and 2020, the size of the migrant population abroad grew for nearly all countries and areas of the world with India experiencing the largest gain of nearly 10 million during that period, going from the third place in 2000 for the number of migrants to the first spot in 2020.
The report takes a broad view of migrants, including also students and those going abroad for family reunions in the definition.
Explaining the phenomenon of the migration from India, UN's Population Affairs Officer Clare Menozzi said: "The Indian diaspora is one of the most vibrant dynamic world... It's present in all continents, in all regions."
The Indian diaspora is diverse, "comprised predominantly of persons who are workers but also students, and people who have moved for family reasons", she said.
The contingent of India-born migrants born in the Gulf countries are playing a central role in the economic prosperity of those countries, Menozzi said.
"They're also widely present in Northern America and Canada, the US and UK and Australia," she said. "And if you look for example at the US, I know from the education statistics of some of the persons who are born in India, they have often a very high educational attainment some tertiary or even post-doc(toral), and so forth."
She said that there is "a common misperception that migration is a reaction to lack of opportunity".
While that may be true in some contexts, "it's also the sign of dynamism, the fact of a person, an individual makes a choice to pursue opportunities", according to Menozzi. There is also a change in how people go abroad.
"The notion that a person would migrate and then forever leave their countries is no longer the case. Most migrants actually now have an experience of moving abroad but then they return, they would go abroad to study, and then bring back some of the knowledge that they find abroad," Menozzi added.
New York, Jan 14 (IANS) An expert on energy and climate change, Sonia Aggarwal, was named on Thursday by President-elect Joe Biden as the senior advisor for climate policy and innovation, the latest of several key Indian American nominees for his administration.
She led America's Power Plan, bringing together 200 electricity policy experts, at Energy Innovation, of which she was a co-founder and Vice President, according to the biography from Biden's transition team.
Aggarwal also directed the team that developed the Energy Policy Simulator to analyse the environmental, economic, and public health impacts of climate and energy policies
Earlier, she managed global research at ClimateWorks Foundation, "where she worked on the McKinsey carbon abatement cost curves and led research for the American Energy Innovation Council", the biography said.
Born and raised in Ohio, Aggarwal has a masters at Stanford University in civil engineering.
Indian Americans named to important positions in the administration of Biden, who will take over as President, and Kamala Harris, as Vice President next Wednesday, include Neera Tanden, who will be the director of the Office of Management and Budget with cabinet rank, and Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General, both of whom will have to be confirmed in their positions by the Senate, and Vedant Patel, to be his assistant press secretary, Vinay Reddy to be the director of speechwriting and Gautam Raghavan, to be the deputy director of the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Among others are: Atul Gawande and Celine Gounder, members of the COVID-19 task force; Bharat Ramamurti, deputy director of the National Economic Council; Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary for Harris; Mala Adiga, policy director for Jill Biden, who will become the First Lady, and Maju Varghese, executive director of their inauguration -- the swearing-in ceremony and the festivities around it.
At the powerful National Security Council, the nominees are Tarun Chhabra, senior director for technology and national security; Sumona Guha, senior director for South Asia, and Shanthi Kalathil, coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights.
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New York, Jan 11 (IANS) Indian-American novelist Ved Mehta, who shone a bright literary light of evocativeness and imagery overcoming his blindness, has died here at the age of 86. The New Yorker magazine, where he had been a staff writer for 33 years, reported that he had died on Saturday.
Mehta provided the first introduction to India for many contemporary Americans through his popular books and articles that ranged from the autobiographical to the political and historic.
The prolific writer of 24 books and hundreds of articles lost his eyesight because of meningitis at the age of three but that was never a handicap as he navigated the world uncannily with his remaining four senses and did not use even a cane or seek assistance from anyone.
Mehta was born in 1934 in pre-partition Lahore and educated in India, the UK and the US, which he made his home and became an American citizen.
His first book, "Face to Face", a recounting of his early life that was published in 1957 and caught the eye of literary figures, launching his career as a writer and turning him away from a career of scholarship that he had initially set on.
e later published a series of autobiographic books, "Continents of Exile", starting with "Daddyji" about his father Amolak Ram Mehta, a doctor whose regret was that he had not been able to save his son's eyesight.
From Lahore, his father sent him to a school for the blind in what was then Bombay and later to an institution in Dehradun primarily for soldiers who had lost their vision in action.
Meanwhile during the bloody partition of India, his family joined the millions fleeing to India from what became Pakistan.
Mehta sent off letters to various schools for the blind abroad and he was accepted by Arkansas School for the Blind in the US where he began studying in 1949.
He moved on to Pomona College in California for his bachelor's degree and then to Oxford for another.
He returned to the US and received a master's degree from Harvard.
His article on a visit to India was published in 1960 in the New Yorker and its editor, William Shawn hired him as a staff writer.
Many of his books got a start as long articles at the New Yorker.
His writings at the magazine ranged from philosophy and politics to personal introspection and travel.
His career there ended in 1994 when Tina Brown took over and after that he taught at Yale and New York universities while continuing to write books.
Mehta's books have vivid descriptions of people and scenes as if he had seen them, but based on his sensitive hearing and other senses.
There is an apocryphal story that the American novelist Norman Mailer did not believe that Mehta was really blind because of his colourful writing and had threatened to punch him in the face to see if he could see the oncoming fist and flinch.
Besides his autobiographical books that not only gave a portrait of his family but also of India under colonial rule and emerging from it, his other books, "Walking the Indian Streets", "Portrait of India" and "Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles" opened windows on India for American readers.
His autobiographical works included "Mamaji" about his mother Shanti; "All for Love", an introspective work on his psychoanalysis and his relationships; "Sound-Shadows of the New World" about his education at the American school for the blind; and "Up at Oxford" on his years in the UK.
"Fly and the Fly-Bottle: Encounters With British Intellectuals" about his encounters with British philosophers was one of his high-impact early books.
He also wrote a novel, "The Delinquent Chacha".
The author of books on Indian politics, including "A Family Affair: India under Three Prime Ministers", Mehta was a critic of both Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi.
In his book, "The New India", he exposed Gandhi's Emergency when civil rights were crushed and the media censored, while leaders opposing her were jailed.
"There is a sense of looming calamity here, a sense of danger," he wrote of India under the Congress Party's dictatorship, but concluded that her defeat in the 1977 elections were "the most hopeful sign in recent years for the growth of democracy in a poor country".
At the 2014 Jaipur Literary Festival just before Modi's election, he said that if he were to come into office, it "will be a great danger to India because of his thinking differentiating between Hindus and Muslims".
He married Linn Cary, a descendant of the 19th century American writer James Fenimore Cooper, who survives him along with their two daughters, Sage Mehta Robinson and Natasha Mehta.
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New York, Jan 8 (IANS) Indian American Sabrina Singh, a long time aide to US Vice President elect Kamala Harris, has been named White House Deputy Press Secretary in the incoming administration, according to a statement released Friday by the Biden-Harris transition team.
Singh was earlier a senior spokesperson on the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign and National Press Secretary for Cory Booker's presidential campaign.
In roles prior to that, she served as Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, Spokesperson for American Bridge's Trump War Room and Regional Communications Director on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. She has also worked at SKDKnickerbocker, served as Communications Director for Rep. Jan Schakowsky and worked at various Democratic committees.
In the weeks after the US election results were announced, several Indian Americans have been appointed to important posts by Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
They include Neera Tanden, who will be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General, both of whom will have to be confirmed in their positions by the Senate, and Vedant Patel, to be his assistant press secretary, Vinay Reddy to be the director of speechwriting and Gautam Raghavan to be the deputy director of the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Others include Atul Gawande and Celine Gounder to the Covid-19 task force, Mala Adiga to be the policy director for Jill Biden, who will become the First Lady, and Maju Varghese to be the executive director of their inauguration - the swearing-in ceremony and the festivities around it.
New York, Jan 8 (IANS) US President-Elect Joe Biden's pick to be associate attorney general, Vanita Gupta, has recalled her experience of racial bigotry as a four-year-old while she pledged her commitment to civil rights and justice reform.
Speaking on Thursday after Biden introduced her as "one of the most respected civil rights lawyers in America", Gupta spoke of her parents as "proud immigrants from India", and the family's experience of bias, "an early memorybut one that is seared in my mind".
"One day, I was sitting in a McDonald's restaurant with my sister, mother, and grandmother. As we ate our meals, a group of skinheads at the next table began shouting ethnic slurs and throwing food at us until we had to leave the restaurant," she said.
"That feeling never left me of what it means to be made to feel unsafe because of who you are," said Gupta, who went on to a brilliant career as a fighter for civil rights.
She came to national attention when as a newly-minted lawyer she won the release of 38 people, most of them African-Americans, who had been wrongly convicted by all-White juries on drug charges in a Texas town and also got them $6 million on compensation.
She was then working for the Legal Defence Fund of NAACP (National Association of Coloured People) and went on to work for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department protecting the rights of immigrants and the underprivileged.
Gupta now heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 human rights organisations.
But alongside the experience of bigotry, Gupta said she also learnt the lesson of the promise of the promise of America.
"I kept another feeling with me, though, too one ingrained in me by my parents and shared by my husband (Chinh Q. Le), whose family fled violence and war in Vietnam and sought refuge on these shores," she said.
"They believed more than anything in the promise of America and that loving this country brings with it the obligation to do the necessary work to make it better."
When she takes up her new job at the Justice Department, Gupta said: "Those two feelings converge in the work ahead of us."
Gupta, who had served as the principal deputy assistant attorney general and head of the Civil Rights Division in former President Barack Obama's administration returns to the Justice Department, she will have to be confirmed by the Senate in her new post, which should be easy because the Democratic Party controls it.
While introducing her, Biden said: "At every step, with every case, she has fought for greater equity and to right the wrongs in our justice system where they existed."
She promised an activist role for the Justice Department, which will be headed by Merrick Garland, an appellate court judge whose nomination for the Supreme Court by Obama had been scuttled by the Republican-controlled Senate.
Gupta said: "The Department of Justice, as it has done throughout history, will have to uncover and reckon with hard truths; hold people, companies, and institutions accountable to our Constitution and laws; drive change where there is injustice; and heal a nation starving for decency and hope.
"Now is the time to ensure our economic system works for everyone, to protect the health and safety of the American people, and to harness all DOJ levers for civil rights, justice reform, and climate justice."
Several Indian-Americans have been appointed to important posts by Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
They include Neera Tanden, who will be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General, both of whom will have to be confirmed in their positions by the Senate, and Vedant Patel, to be his assistant press secretary, Vinay Reddy to be the director of speech-writing and Gautam Raghavan to be the deputy director of the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Others include Atul Gawande and Celine Gounder to the Covid-19 task force, Mala Adiga to be the policy director for Jill Biden, who will become the First Lady, and Maju Varghese to be the executive director of their inauguration - the swearing-in ceremony and the festivities around it.
Hyderabad, Dec 31 (IANS) Eminent breast cancer surgeon Raghu Ram Pillarisetti is named on the prestigious 2021 new year's Honours list of Queen Elizabeth II. The list has just been published in the 'London Gazette', the official publication of the Crown. Instituted in 1917 by King George V, the Queen's Honours are amongst the most prestigious awards worldwide.
Raghu Ram is the director of KIMS-Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases and founder-CEO of Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation. He is also the immediate past President of the Association of Surgeons of India.
The 54-year-old has the rare distinction of becoming one of the youngest surgeons of Indian origin in over 100 years to be honoured by the Queen with an OBE - Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
It is the second highest Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood/damehood) conferred in recognition of his outstanding services towards improving breast cancer care and surgical education in India and to the UK-India relations.
The British Honours system aims to show gratitude publicly to those who have 'gone the extra mile' in their service and who stand out 'head and shoulders' above others in their distinction.
"It felt surreal. I was at a loss for words when I was told that Her Majesty, the Queen, may graciously appoint me as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. I am deeply grateful and incredibly humbled to accept this high honour conferred by Her Majesty, the Queen. For well over a decade, I have strived to replicate the best of British practices in my motherland and feel immensely proud to be a 'living bridge' between the UK and India," Dr Raghu Ram said.
He dedicated the recognition to his family and patients. He also thanked the Board of Directors of KIMS Hospitals. "Dr Raghu has achieved at a very young age what some may take a lifetime to achieve. When he undertakes anything, he does it with 100% commitment and dedication. Having spent 10 years in the United Kingdom, shortly before relocating to India, he met me to present his dream of improving breast healthcare in India. I was impressed with his bold time-bound vision that he presented to me. So, I gave him an opportunity to unfold his dreams," said Dr B Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director, KIMS Group of Hospitals.
Raghu Ram is also one of the youngest recipients of Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National awards conferred in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
He has scaled new heights in his career over the past 25 years, ever since he qualified to become a surgeon in 1995.
Over the past 13 years, he has played a pivotal role in significantly improving breast cancer care in India.
He established South Asia's first dedicated comprehensive breast health centre, founded a breast cancer charity to raise awareness about the importance of early detection, and implemented a population-based breast cancer screening programme in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
New York, Dec 29 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden has named Aisha Shah, a former staffer in his campaign, as the partnerships manager for his White House Office of Digital Strategy.
Her bio, with the announcement made jointly by him and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on Monday, described Shah as "born in Kashmir and raised in Louisiana" without specifying the country of origin as was done for most other nominees with immigrant backgrounds, including those from India.
Shah had also held the position of partnership manager for the Biden campaign, before joining the museum, zoo and education organisation, the Smithsonian Institution, as an advancement specialist.
The emergence of social media as the primary media for political discourse has made it a pillar of the administration.
Harris said: "Digital communities and online spaces have taken on even more importance in the wake of the pandemic. We're building a team to speak to the lived experiences of all Americans."
According to her LinkedIn profile, Shah had graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in English language and literature, and had studied Spanish at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.
The bio from the Biden transition said that Shah had also worked as an assistant manager on the Corporate Fund of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts "supporting the first-ever expansion of a presidential memorial".
She has been involved in promoting non-profit organisations as a strategic communications specialist at Buoy, a marketing firm specialising in social impact communications and helping non-profits use pop culture as a tool for social change at Spitfire Strategies.
According to LinkedIn, she had also done a stint as a philanthropic events coordinator at LexisNexis, the information and analytics company.
London/Mumbai, Dec 23 (IANS) London based Malhotra Family is set to make a mandatory open offer at Rs. 75 per share for Prime Focus. This way the Malhotra Family will acquire additional 35% shareholding of Prime Focus from Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse to sell 10.5 crore shares, representing 35% equity of Prime Focus, to the Malhotra family. Transaction is likely to be at Rs. 75 per share - significant premium to the ruling market price.
Naresh Malhotra, Chairman Emeritus and Whole-time Director of Prime Focus is a veteran in the Indian M&E industry, best known for producing the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shahenshah, Naresh realized early the potential boom in the Indian television industry. At the vanguard of the Prime Focus management is his son Namit Malhotra who is the Founder and Non Executive Director of the company. He is the grandson of cinematographer M.N. Malhotra.
In 2006, Malhotra listed Prime Focus on the Indian stock exchanges and became MD & CEO of the newly-listed company. Prime Focus expanded globally with the launch of Prime Focus World (PFW), which acquired visual effects (VFX), broadcast and post-production facilities in London, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
In 2009, using Prime Focus World's proprietary View-D technology, the company converted Clash of the Titans into 3D. The work on this movie led to Prime Focus delivering stereo conversions for a number of other movie blockbusters, including: Star Wars: Episode I, Star Wars: Episode II, and Star Wars: Episode III; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Wrath of the Titans; Transformers: Dark of the Moon; and Shrek 2.
With the closure of this transaction, the promoters' shareholding, post acquisition, will increase from 35% to 70%. This transaction will attract mandatory open offer for acquisition of minimum 26% shares from the public, as per SEBI Takeover Regulations. Mandatory open offer to be for acquisition of minimum 26% shares from the public, as per SEBI Takeover Regulations. Mandatory Open Offer likely to be at Rs. 75 per share. Deal also envisages Credit Suisse to provide financing to Malhotra family for acquisition of shares.
New York, Dec 22 (IANS) US president elect Joe Biden has named two more Indian Americans to plum appointments in the post-Trump world: Gautam Raghavan is coming in as Deputy Director in the Office of Presidential Personnel and Vinay Reddy will be the Director of Speechwriting, according to a statement on Tuesday from the transition team.
Already, at least eight Indian Americans have snagged headline grabbing appointments in the incoming government: Vivek Murthy is US Surgeon General nominee, Atul Gawande and Celine Gounder are on the coronavirus task force, Neera Tanden is nominated for Office of Management and Budget lead, Vedant Patel will be White House assistant press secretary and Mala Adiga has been chosen as policy director for First Lady Jill Biden.
Below is the full text of the introductory notes on the two new appointees from the Biden-Harris team:
Gautam Raghavan, Deputy Director, Office of Presidential Personnel: Raghavan serves as Deputy Head of Presidential Appointments on the Biden-Harris Transition. Prior to joining the transition, Raghavan served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Previously, Raghavan served as an Advisor to the Biden Foundation, and as Vice President of Policy for the Gill Foundation, one of the oldest and largest private foundations dedicated to the cause of LGBTQ equality. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Raghavan served in the White House as the liaison to the LGBTQ community as well as the Asian American & Pacific Islander community, and in the White House Liaison Office for the U.S. Department of Defense and as Outreach Lead for the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Working Group. A first-generation immigrant, Gautam was born in India, raised in Seattle, and graduated from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband and their daughter.
Vinay Reddy, Director of Speechwriting: Vinay Reddy serves as a speechwriter on the Biden-Harris Transition and served as Senior Advisor and Speechwriter for the Biden-Harris Campaign. He previously served as chief speechwriter to Vice President Biden in the second term of the Obama-Biden White House, after which, he worked as Vice President of Strategic Communications at the National Basketball Association. During the Obama-Biden Administration, he also served as senior speechwriter at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services, deputy speechwriter for the Obama-Biden reelection campaign, and speechwriter for his home state Senator, Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
Reddy grew up in Dayton, Ohio, the middle of three sons in an immigrant family and is a product of Ohio public schools from kindergarten to Miami University to The Ohio State University College of Law. He currently lives in New York with his wife and their two daughters.
New Delhi/Ottawa, Dec 18 (IANS) In an eye-opening report, Terry Milewski, one of Canada's veteran journalists, has warned that the Khalistan project is sponsored by Pakistan and it is detrimental to the national security of not only India but Canada as well.
An award winning journalist, Milewski reported from 52 countries during four decades as a correspondent for Canada's most watched CBC TV News. He was CBC's first Middle East bureau chief and also covered at least three former US administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
In 1985, he covered the Air India bombing in which 329 people were killed aboard from Montreal to Heathrow. He has chased that story for the last 35 years, covering the entire investigation and inquiry into the case. Milewski retired as CBC's senior correspondent in 2016, returning occasionally as a guest host on the network's Power and Politics.
The Milewski report published by Macdonald Laurier Institute, a reputed think tank based in Ottawa, reveals how Pakistan launched the Khalistan insurgency using Indian Sikhs in Indian Punjab to avenge its own defeat in the Indo-Pak 1971 war.
India had intervened in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) to stop the genocide perpetrated by Pakistani Army and consequently helped it to liberate from West Pakistan. Interestingly, the report points out how Pakistan viewed the Khalistan project as a strategic buffer and how a independent Khalistan would end India's land access to Kashmir to north, another key interest of the Pakistan Army since 1947.
Highlighting the logical fallacy of the Khalistan project, Milewski reveals how separatist Sikhs complain loudly and properly about the massacre of several thousand Sikhs by Hindus in 1984, but do not hold rallies to demand justice for at least a quarter-million Sikhs massacred by Muslims in 1947 in the name of Islam during the Partition of India.
The Milewski report claims that the western democracies with large Sikh communities like Canada, the UK and the US are aware of this absurdity and therefore, sceptical of the Khalistan referendum, planned for November 2020. Canada's government has already said it won't recognise it.
Questioning the Khalistan referendum, the veteran journalist in his report has asked why the separatist Sikhs seek India's "occupation" of Indian Punjab, but never ask Pakistan to end its occupation of Pakistani Punjab.
Majority of Sikhs, the report points out, are happy with India and those who live in Indian Punjab even cheer for their regional government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh.
Washington, (IANS) NASA has selected an initial team of 18 astronauts, including Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari, to form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next lunar missions, including sending the first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface in 2024.
Vice President of the US Mike Pence introduced the members of the Artemis Team on Wednesday during the eighth National Space Council meeting at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
"I give you the heroes who will carry us to the Moon and beyond -- the Artemis Generation," said Vice President Mike Pence.
"It is amazing to think that the next man and first woman on the Moon are among the names that we just read. The Artemis Team astronauts are the future of American space exploration -- and that future is bright."
The astronauts on the Artemis Team come from a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and experience.
The agency's modern lunar exploration programme will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.
NASA said it will announce flight assignments for astronauts later, pulling from the Artemis Team.
The US space agency said that additional Artemis Team members, including international partner astronauts, will join this group, as needed.
Chari joined the astronaut corps in 2017. A colonel in the US Air Force, he was raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
He received a bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics.
The US Naval Test Pilot School graduate worked on F-15E upgrades and then the F-35 development programme, before coming to NASA.
His father Sreenivas V. Chari immigrated from Hyderabad.
"We are incredibly grateful for the president and vice president's support of the Artemis programme, as well as the bipartisan support for all of NASA's science, aeronautics research, technology development, and human exploration goals," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
"As a result, we're excited to share this next step in exploration -- naming the Artemis Team of astronauts who will lead the way, which includes the first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface."
The astronauts of the Artemis Team will help NASA prepare for the coming Artemis missions, which begin next year working with the agency's commercial partners as they develop human landing systems; assisting in the development of training; defining hardware requirements; and consulting on technical development.
"There is so much exciting work ahead of us as we return to the moon, and it will take the entire astronaut corps to make that happen," Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester said.
"Walking on the lunar surface would be a dream come true for any one of us, and any part we can play in making that happen is an honour."
The Artemis Team members also include Joseph Acaba, Kayla Barron, Matthew Dominick, Victor Glover, Warren Hoburg, Jonny Kim, Christina Hammock Koch, Kjell Lindgren, Nicole A. Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir, Jasmin Moghbeli, Kate Rubins, Frank Rubio, Scott Tingle, Jessica Watkins and Stephanie Wilson.