Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Local News Archive
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Dr. Jim Tucker Awarded Vega Medal
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Tucker of the Earth Sciences Division. He is the recipient of the 2014 Vega Medal, an award given every three years by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. The society created the Vega Medal in 1881 on the occasion of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm, after he had discovered the North East Passage. Since then, the Vega Medal has been awarded to a physical geographer roughly every three years. This award is given by the King of Sweden on 24 April, the anniversary of Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm.
Dieter Bilitza awarded International Kristian Birkeland medal
Dieter Bilitza was awarded the 2013 International Kristian Birkeland medal for outstanding scientific results related to Space Weather and Space Climate. The Birkeland medal is awarded by the Norwegian academy of science in conjunction with the European Space Weather Week (ESSW). The medal will be presented during this year's ESSW this week in Antwerp, Belgium.
MAVEN Liveshot Campaign
Jim Garvin, Pam Conrad and Michelle Thaller were featured on dozens of television stations during a Liveshot campaign for the MAVEN launch. The viewership of the stations included several million people.
GSFC Intern is semi-finalist in Siemens Competition
James Sullivan, a 2013 summer intern from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, VA), has been selected as a Semifinalist in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Jamie¹s research was on "Using Multi-Spacecraft Observations to Determine AKR Emission Cone Structure." His mentors were Shing Fung (673) and Leonard Garcia (Wyle/605/673).
Bhartia wins 2014 AMS Remote Sensing Prize
Congratulations to Dr. P.K. Bhartia for being recognized with the prestigious 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Remote Sensing Prize. The AMS gives this award biannually to recognize individuals for advances in the science and technology of remote sensing, and its application to knowledge of the earth oceans, and atmosphere, and/or to the benefit of society.
Michelle Thaller receives Women in Aerospace Award
Congratulations to Dr Michelle Thaller (SED Assistant Director for Science Communication and Higher Education) who received the 2013 Women in Aerospace (WIA) Aerospace Awareness Award. The citation reads for "bringing NASA Science to life in the public eye by creating a breakthrough outreach program using TV, conferences and social media to get the scientists’ message out to the world."
Anne Kinney wins a Presidential Rank Award
Anne Kinney received a 2012 Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious Executive). These awards are given to high-performing senior career employees for "sustained extraordinary accomplishment." Executives from across Government are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by citizen panels, and designated by the President. Winners of these awards are deemed to be strong leaders, professionals, or scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.
Hasso Niemann died peacefully in his sleep early Thursday morning after a brief battle with cancer. Hasso leaves a huge legacy at Goddard and in the planetary and atmospheric sciences community with a career devoted to the development of mass spectrometer technology and using these capabilities to measure the composition of planetary atmospheres.
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.