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How I Came to NASA to Fix Spacecraft ... [04/26/2014]

04.08.2014
NASA physicist, Dr. Henning Leidecker, presented a Maniac Talk, entitled "How I came to NASA to fix Spacecraft ..." Henning talked about his life, from earliest memories to now, pondering how things work. And how a single tiny incandescent lamp killed 3 GOES, HST gyros running down, and exploding parts in TDRS, and why the Shuttle repeatedly failed to launch, and the underlying physics.

Presented by: Dr. Henning Leidecker

From Studies of Solubility and Divers Breathing Helium, to DOGS, then NCAR and NASA [02/14/2014]

02.26.2014
Dr. Peter Hildebrand, Director of NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division, presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From studies of solubility and divers breathing helium, to DOGS, then NCAR and NASA." Peter described the path that got him to where he now finds himself, with role models, mentors, a few fumbles, and a lot of love for the study of Mother Nature.

Presented by: Dr. Peter Hildebrand

My Story: A Tale of Three Continents [01/24/2014]

02.14.2014
Dr. William Lau, Deputy Director for Atmospheres, Earth Science Division at NASA Goddard, presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "My Story: A Tale of Three Continents." Bill shared his early childhood under a colonial education system with strong Chinese cultural influence and how world events, cultural and education system of three major continents, Europe, Asia and North America shaped his upbringing career goals and work ethics.

Presented by: Dr. William Lau

Jeep Accident, Sea Ice Anomalies and Global Warming [11/05/2013]

11.13.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Josefino Comiso shared some of his experiences growing up in northern Philippines and his sea ice work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center that led to many breakthroughs in our understanding of the role of sea ice and the polar regions in the climate system.

Presented by: Dr. Josefino Comiso

My Radiative Transfer Journey: From Pure Math to Clouds with Stops at Nuclear Reactors, Vegetation and Fractals [10/23/2013]

10.29.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Alexander Marshak presented a Maniac Talk that traced his journey from Tartu (Estonia) to Novosibirsk (Russia) to Goettingen (Germany) and finally to NASA Goddard (USA). He also reflected on his lengthy journey through many aspects of radiation transport and his rich experience in remote sensing observations of aerosols and clouds.

Presented by: Dr. Alexander Marshak

70 Years in Meteorology [09/25/2013]

10.18.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. David Atlas, the founding director of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences at NASA/GSFC, shared some of the advances in radar for atmospheric probing since World War-II and the institutions and people that played major roles, and a personal reflection on meteorology in the last 70 years.

Presented by: Dr. David Atlas

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Why I Came to NASA and Why I Left [09/09/2013]

09.18.2013
NASA climate scientist (emeritus) Dr. Lorraine Remer presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Why I came to NASA and Why I left." Lorraine shared some of the aerosol science she has been involved in at NASA Goddard over the past 21 years, as well as a reflection on her route to becoming a NASA scientist and key factors that influenced her to leave a tenured job.

Presented by: Dr. Lorraine Remer

From Great Expanses of Grassland to Great Expanses of Marine Phytoplankton (or "Ok, Now What Do I Do!") [07/24/2013]

08.01.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Charles McClain presented a Maniac Talk, "From Great Expanses of Grassland to Great Expanses of Marine Phytoplankton (or "Ok, Now What Do I Do!"). Chuck shared some of the marine ecosystems science he has been involved in at Goddard over the past 35 years, as well as a reflection on his journey from a rural agricultural community in Missouri to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Presented by: Dr. Charles McClain

Exoplanets [07/15/2013]

07.24.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Warren Wiscombe presented a special Maniac Talk, 'Exoplanets.' Warren shared how he got interested in exoplanets and gave an overview of the methods used to detect exoplanets, a few of the important and most fun discoveries, and what lies ahead.

Presented by: Dr. Warren Wiscombe

From a Love of Nature to a World of Earth Observations [07/03/2013]

07.19.2013
NASA climate scientist (emeritus) Dr. Michael King shared his scientific career including early unsuccessful pursuits in atmospheric electricity to more rewarding research in radiative transfer, and his crystal ball view of the future of Earth science.

Presented by: Dr. Michael King

Measurements, Modeling, and the Jump to Three Decades of Global Satellite Data [05/22/2013]

05.24.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Compton 'Jim' Tucker presented a Maniac Talk, 'Measurements, Modeling, and the Jump to Three Decades of Global Satellite Data.' Jim shared experiences and lessons learned over three decades while studying global land vegetation, and his early years as a bank credit-card clerk and bill collector in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Presented by: Dr. Compton Tucker

Urbanization in the Anthropocene: What's Ahead for Energy, Climate, and Food Security? [04/24/2013]

05.04.2013
NASA climate scientist (emeritus) Dr. Marc Imhoff presented a Maniac Talk, 'Urbanization in the Anthropocene: What's Ahead for Energy, Climate, and Food Security?' Marc shared some of his new work on integrated modeling approaches that couple socio-economics, climate and energy using data from satellites, as well as key moments during his career at NASA of about 32 years.

Presented by: Dr. Marc Imhoff

Satellite Observations - the Touchstone of Atmospheric Modeling [03/27/2013]

04.01.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Anne Douglass presented a Maniac Talk, 'Satellite Observations - the Touchstone of Atmospheric Modeling.' Anne shared some of her scientific career that is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most important her passion in satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases, which have been her touchstone.

Presented by: Dr. Anne Douglass

Falling Snow Detective [01/23/2013]

01.29.2013
NASA climate scientist Dr. Gail Skofronick Jackson presented a Maniac Talk, 'Falling Snow Detective.' Gail talked about her experiences growing up with hurricanes in Florida and how that shaped her excitement in the science of detecting falling snow from space. Using paper snowflakes and audience help, she explained why snow is important on Earth and why scientists love and hate snow.

Presented by: Dr. Gail Skofronick Jackson

Angel Hair, Ice Cream Castles, Dripping Faucets & Euler Fractals [10/24/2012]

10.24.2012
Dr. Robert Cahalan gave an interesting and stimulating talk, ‘Angel Hair, Ice Cream Castles, Dripping Faucets & Euler Fractals.’ He combined anecdotes from his life and career with insights into the world around us from symmetry, fractals, and chaotic systems.

Presented by: Dr. Robert Cahalan

Advancing the Forecast Enterprise [09/12/2012]

09.28.2012
Over the past 20 years, the entire weather enterprise has made revolutionary advances in the prediction of weather. Remarkably, even greater progress has been made in the prediction of extreme weather events out to 7 days in advance (in some cases). In this presentation, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction, will review the advancements that have been made in the prediction of extreme events. He will then trace the revolutionary transformation of forecasting from a subjective 'art' in the 1940’s to the applied physical science that it is today.

Presented by: Dr. Louis W. Uccellini
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SSED All-Hands Meeting [09/11/2012]

09.17.2012
Here are the slides (in PDF) for the September 11, 2012 Code 690 All Hands Meeting.
Download 690 All Hands Slides

From Math to Civil Rights to Sea Ice to Geoengineering [08/22/2012]

09.07.2012
NASA climate scientist Claire Parkinson presented a Maniac Talk, 'From Math to Civil Rights to Sea Ice to Geoengineering.' Claire shared some of the sea-ice science she has been involved in at Goddard over the past 34 years, as well as key moments on her route to becoming a NASA scientist and key factors influencing her perspective on climate change.

Presented by: Dr. Claire Parkinson

Modeling Atmospheric Aerosols: Opportunities, Excitements, and Danger [07/25/2012]

09.05.2012
Dr. Mian Chin is a physical scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She is the lead of several projects involving global modeling of tropospheric aerosols and chemistry. In the series of Maniac Talks we’ve had so far, Mian's talk provides an important linkage between the observations and modeling world.

Presented by: Dr. Mian Chin
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The Space Geodesy Project [08/22/2012]

08.27.2012
An overview of the Space Geodesy Project.
Download DirSeminar_SGP-3s.pdf
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NGSLR: NASA's Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging System [08/22/2012]

08.27.2012
An overview presentation about the NGSLR system and development.
Download NGSLR-SGP_082212_jlfm-4.pdf
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The Development of the VLBI2010 Global Observing System (VGOS) [08/22/2012]

08.27.2012
An overview of the VLBI2010 and observing system development.
Download Code690f_vlbi2010.pdf

An Update on the CDDIS [07/23/2012]

07.23.2012
The Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS) supports data archiving and distribution activities for the space geodesy and geodynamics community. The poster provided background information about the system and its user communities, archive contents and updates, enhancements for data discovery, new system architecture, and future plans.
Download cddis_poster_120723.pdf

NASA's Next Generation Space Geodesy Network [07/23/2012]

07.23.2012
NASA’s Space Geodesy Project (SGP) is developing a prototype core site for a next generation Space Geodetic Network (SGN). The status of the prototype next generation space geodetic core site, results from the analysis of data from the established geodetic stations, and results from the ongoing network design studies were presented.
Download sgp_poster_120723.pdf

Satellites, Seabirds and Seals: A thirty year retrospective of Ocean Color from Space [06/27/2012]

06.27.2012
Dr. Gene Carl Feldman presents Maniac Talk, 'Satellites, Seabirds and Seals: A thirty year retrospective of Ocean Color from Space' on June 27, 2012 at NASA Goddard.

Presented by: Dr. Gene Feldman
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