Congratulations to Geronimo Villanueva for winning the 2015 Urey Prize from the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences! This award recognizes Geronimo's exceptional contributions as a young planetary scientist to research on comets and the Mars atmosphere. This is a very prestigious award, and has never before been won by a Goddard scientist. Way to go Geronimo! Read the citation.
This year's Science Jamboree was a huge success. Take a look at the photo gallery.
Parkinson selected for William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science
Dr. Claire Parkinson has been selected as the recipient for the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The Nordberg Award is presented to a Goddard civil service employee who best exhibits qualities of broad scientific perspective, enthusiastic programmatic and technical leadership on the national and international levels, wide recognition by peers, and substantial research accomplishments in understanding Earth system processes. Claire has been awarded this prestigious honor for her work enabling a deeper understanding of the role of sea ice in the climate system, for outstanding leadership of EOS/Aqua science, and for impressive educational outreach accomplishments.
Emily Wilson and team receive Honorable Mention in Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014
The Office of the General Counsel announced the winners of the Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014. Among the Honorable Mentions is the “Miniaturized Laser Heterodyne Radiometer for Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Measurements in the Atmospheric Column” from Goddard Space Flight Center. Please congratulate Emily Wilson Steel and her team.
Heliophysicist Dr. Roger J. Thomas passes away
Dr. Roger J. Thomas was a scientist of immense integrity, focus, and commitment. In over 40 years at Goddard, he provided the optical design or advised on essentially every solar extreme ultraviolet spectrograph flown by NASA or ESA and was widely recognized for his contributions to their record of success. He was a linchpin of the SERTS and EUNIS sounding rocket investigations over a span of 30 years and 13 flights. He was also over the years a Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Project Scientist for the renowned OSO satellites, Study Scientist, Deputy Chief of NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Physics Office, and author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications.
He will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues at Goddard and in the worldwide scientific community.
Code 600 wins Goddard Safety Jeopardy!
Dr. Colleen Hartman will assume the leadership of the SED on Mar 31
Dr. Colleen Hartman will assume the leadership of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate as its director, on March 31, 2015.
Colleen has served as SED's acting director since February 2014, as well as Goddard’s deputy director for science, operations and performance since July 2012. She has a long and distinguished career with NASA, NOAA, the White House and in academia, having held a variety of leadership posts, including the acting associate administrator, deputy associate administrator, planetary division director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, and deputy associate administrator at NOAA.
Through her impressive career, Colleen has served as NASA program manager for dozens of missions, built and launched scientific balloon payloads, and worked on robotic vision. She has been instrumental in developing innovative approaches to powering space probes, including in-space propulsion and nuclear power. By gaining White House and congressional approval, she spearheaded the creation of a whole new line of planetary missions called New Frontiers. We are privileged that Colleen brings with her this extensive scientific expertise and breadth of experience as she takes on the vital mission role of director, Sciences and Exploration Directorate.
Science Jamboree a big success
On July 17, Code 600’s Science Jamboree filled the Building 28 atrium with displays and demonstrations from all science divisions. The Scientific Visualization Studio showed 3D movies in the screening room and there were spectacular Hyperwall presentations. Tours were available in the Flight Dynamics Facility’s Mission Operations Room and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation. Next year... don't miss it!
Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging
Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led
the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of
flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors
that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST
SED Director leaving NASA
A hearty congratulations to Nick White who announced that he will be retiring from NASA to become the Senior Vice President of USRA.
A Fermi science result from this past year was selected as a runner-up for
"Breakthrough of the Year" by Science Magazine... congratulations to the
Vigdor Teplitz honored with an "individual certificate of appreciation"
The Assistant Secretary of State for Ocean,
Environment and Scientific Affairs presented Vigdor Teplitz (663 emeritus)
with an "individual certificate of appreciation" for "exceptional, sustained
performance in furthering the international cooperation goals outlined in
the President's June, 2010 National Space Policy." The award recognized
recognized efforts to help NASA get South Africa to join in realizing the
President's Asteroid Initiative, in general, and to obtain access to a
specific South African radar, in particular.
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.