As the calendar rolls over to a new year, NPA will begin to focus on publishing proceedings for the past year. For those who attended and presented scientific works at the 21st NPA Conference at Baltimore, MD, we thank you for your support and presentations that contributed to a successful conference. For those of you unable to attend the conference, you will still have an opportunity to contribute papers for publication in the 2014 Proceedings of the NPA. Please access the Proceedings web page for details on template, timelines and options for editing assistance where needed.
Prof. Martin Kokus has now assumed the office of President and is gearing the NPA up to take on a new challenge to define and carry out a series of observations and experiments coincident with the 2017 total eclipse over western Kentucky. The approach to this event will be carried out in three steps. In 2015, members are encouraged to identify and submit to the NPA archives, papers and references dealing with gravitational anomalies and gravitation experiment techniques to build a knowledge base that will be open to all researchers. Draft concept papers for data gathering and experiments will also be solicited and compiled. In 2016, experimental designs will be refined and grant proposals will be developed to solicit funding support. In 2017, logistics plans for experiments will be finalized and the August 21st eclipse will be carefully observed.
When I discovered NPA, I found an organization with a very worthy objective but struggling with lack of organizational structure. I joined the Board and began an organizational development process that included establishment of bylaws and a business plan with the objective to achieve federal tax exempt status to enable access to foundation research grants. Late this past year the NPA finally received recognition as a federal 501c3 tax exempt organization.
And so as we come to year’s end, I also reach the end of my term as a director for the NPA. I will leave the Board at the end of 2014 having accomplished the objectives I had set out. It has been both challenging and rewarding to have served as a director and as Chairman of the Board.
I wish the leadership and membership of the NPA a successful new year and many more to come.