Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Local News Archive
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Jack Tueller Passes
Dr Jack Tueller from the Astroparticle Physics Lab (661) in the Astrophysics Division passed away February 20, 2012 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Jack came to Goddard in 1979 after a PhD with advisor Martin Israel at Washington University, St. Louis. He successfully flew his own cosmic ray thesis balloon instrument as a graduate student. At Goddard he pursued gamma-ray astronomy and became a world-renowned experimental astrophysicist. He worked with Bonnard Teegarden on the LEGS and GRIS balloon spectrometers and became the Principal Investigator for GRIS in 1993. GRIS was a highly successful payload with 8 successful flights and scientific discoveries of gamma-ray line emission from SN 1987A and the distribution of positron annihilation line emission from the galactic center region. For these findings, he shared in the Lindsay award in 1991. Jack was recently leading the InFOCuS balloon instrument for hard X-ray focusing science. He was the Project Scientist for NASA's balloon program. He was also highly active in the analysis of hard X-ray survey data from the BAT instrument on Swift. Jack was an ebullient and happy character who was the life of whatever activity he was involved with. Jack will be greatly missed by us all.
Dr. Bertram "Bert" Donn, the first head of NASA Goddard's astrochemistry group, passed away on Friday December 28, 2012 at age 93. Bert helped put Goddard science on the map in the early days, both within and beyond NASA. He also was influential in starting two lab efforts at Goddard and in hiring some of our better-known scientists.
The Mars Science Laboratory will be landing on Mars early Monday morning EDT. Some useful resources to help you get ready for this exciting event are available on NASA's main MSL website. Some highlights include:
Goddard scientists developed the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite onboard the Curiosity rover that will work together to investigate the chemistry of the Martian surface and atmosphere within Gale Crater. SAM's measurements will help scientists better understand environmental conditions over time and assess whether Mars could support and preserve evidence of microbial life, either now or at some time in its past. Though SAM's instruments would fill a laboratory here on Earth, they have been miniaturized to roughly the size of a microwave oven in order to fit inside the Curiosity rover. Paul Mahaffy is the SAM Principal Investigator.
Temilola Fatoyinbo-Agueh, of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory Division (Code 618), has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Temilola, along with 95 other researchers, was named today by President Barack Obama for this award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Recipients are selected annually for their continued service to their communities, through scientific leadership, outreach, and other public service works to educate the community about science. They are at the frontiers of their fields and show great promise for America’s future in science and engineering.
International Workshop on "Instrumentation for Planetary Missions" - IPM 2012- will be coming to Goddard October 10-12, 2012. Plan on registering and attending. There will oral and poster presentations concerning instrumentation and technology for planetary missions.
Keynote Speakers are Dr. John Mather, Dr. Chris Weber, Dr. Amy Simon-Miller.
Space Exploration via Telepresence: A New Paradigm for Human-Robotic Cooperation
Telerobotics has advanced enormously over the past several decades. Specific advances have revolutionized
the way we carry out complex tasks in space, including those pertaining to science. Telepresence has allowed us
to extend human cognition and dexterity into a variety of extreme and sometimes hostile environments, from the
deepest depths of the oceans to dangerous mines, as well as high radiation sites.
Christa Peters-Lidard and Paul Newman Elected Fellows of the American Meteorological Society
Congratulations to Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard, Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, and Dr. Paul Newman, Chief Scientist for Atmospheres, for being named 2012 Fellows of the American Meteorological Society. Election to grade of Fellow serves as a recognition of their outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years. A maximum of only two-tenths of one percent of the AMS membership is approved through the Fellow nomination process.
In recognition of his exceptional work as a climate communicator, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected Gavin Schmidt as the recipient of its inaugural Climate Communications Prize. Schmidt is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and co-founder of RealClimate.org, a blog that covers areas of science related to climate-from present-day measurements to paleoclimate proxies, from natural climate variation to anthropogenic change. Schmidt has also worked with photographers on a popular science book, on museum exhibits, and on online courses and has often appeared on TV and radio and in print. The award, which was established by AGU earlier this year, recognizes excellence in climate communication as well as the promotion of scientific literacy, clarity of messaging, and efforts to foster respect and understanding for science-based values related to climate change.
Jim Tilton wins 2011 R&D 100 Award
We congratulate Dr. James C. Tilton (Code 606.3) on receiving R&D Magazine's 2011 R&D 100 Award at the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards Ceremony in Orlando, FL on October 13. Dr. Tilton was recognized in conjunction with Bartron Medical Imaging, Inc. for the development of MED-SEG, a software tool that receives medical images and data from various imaging sources. The R&D 100 Awards, widely recognized as the "Oscars of Innovation," identifies and celebrates the top high technology products of the year, such as sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.
Today we heard that the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission was selected as the next New Frontiers class mission. OSIRIS-Rex is a sample return mission to an asteroid that will launch in 2016, and spend over a year exploring 1999 RQ36, acquire samples while providing geologic context, and return to Earth in 2023. GSFC will manage the mission and provide the OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) instrument.
April 21, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) "First Light" press conference. Below are some of the most beautiful, interesting, and mesmerizing events observed by SDO during its first year. Vote for your favorite video until May 5.
When planetary scientist Carrie Anderson (Code 693) signed up for media training last October, she couldn't have known just how useful it would prove. The all-day workshops are designed to enhance scientists' communication skills for encounters with television, radio, and print /online journalists.
Deputy Director of SED Announced: Dr. Piers Sellers
Effective Monday June 6, 2011, Dr Piers Sellers will be the new Deputy Director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate. He is currently an astronaut at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Piers Sellers was a researcher at Goddard from 1982 to 1996. He also served as the first Project Scientist for the Terra mission (1991–1996). His 70 refereed journal publications include 30 as first author and two publications in Science. Piers joined the U.S. astronaut corps in 1996 and flew to the International Space Station in 2002, 2006, and 2010. He was born and educated in the United Kingdom, earning a degree in ecology from Edinburgh University, and a Ph.D. from Leeds University in biometeorology.
Dr. James Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is one of two prominent climate scientists selected for the 2010 Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award which is considered to be Japan's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Director of Earth Sciences Division Selected
Dr. Peter Hildebrand has been appointed the Director of the Earth Sciences Division. He brings a wealth of scientific, managerial and leadership experience to the position. Dr. Hildebrand's appointment will be effective July 18, 2010. Until then, he will be the Acting Division Director for Earth Sciences.
Carey Noll Wins Information Science & Technology Award
This years Excellence in Information Science and Technology award goes to Carey Noll in Solar System Exploration Services Office (690.1). Carey is being recognized for her numerous contributions to Earth Data Systems at GSFC, in particular in the fields of geodesy, solid Earth Studies and sea level monitoring. Congratulations to Carey on this recognition by the center of her contributions!
Claire Parkinson elected to American Philosophical Society
Dr. Claire Parkinson has been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin with the express purpose of "promoting useful knowledge," the society elected 38 new members at their recently concluded annual meeting. Claire is one of seven newly elected members in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences section and the only one from government, the other six being from universities. In the 267 years since its founding, the Society has elected a total of 5,403 members. Early members included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, and current membership (totaling 1,001) includes Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, and Sandra Day O'Connor, giving a flavor of the breadth of the organization.
Please congratulate Neil Gehrels for his election to the National Academy of Sciences. The award is given for Neil's pioneering contributions to gamma ray astronomy and leadership of the CGRO and Swift missions to study AGN and gamma-ray bursts.
Dr. Jim Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been awarded the 2010 Sophie Prize. This is an annual international award for environment and sustainable development. It is awarded to one or several persons, or an organization, which has created awareness of alternatives to modern-day development and/or initiated such alternatives in a pioneering or particularly inventive manner. Jim Hansen receives the award for his clear communication of the threat posed by climate change and for his genuine commitment to future generations.
GSFC 2010 AGU Fellows Elected
Please congratulate the three GSFC scientists who are newly-elected 2010 fellows in the American Geophysical Union (AGU): Michael Hesse (Space Weather Laboratory, Heliophysics Division), Randy Koster (Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Earth Sciences Division) and Paul Newman (Laboratory for Atmospheres, Earth Sciences Division).
Only 1 in 1000 AGU members are selected as fellows each year. This is a huge honor and a recognition of their stature and achievements. And it once again demonstrates the high quality of the science workforce at Goddard.
Drake Deming awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Prize
Drake Deming has been awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Prize, announced at the AAS meeting today. The Tinsley Prize recognizes an outstanding research contribution to astronomy or astrophysics, of an exceptionally creative or innovative character. This prize is for Drake's innovative and pioneering work detecting thermal infrared emission from transiting extrasolar planets using the Spitzer Space Telescope.