NICER/SEXTANT and Super-TIGER are featured in Volume 9, Issue 3 (Spring 2013) of the Cutting Edge
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.
Volume 8, Issue 11 - Dr. Eli Dwek and Dr. Neil Gehrels of Goddard, and Dr. Lynn Cominsky of
NASA’s Fermi and Swift missions have been named as fellows of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The election of an AAAS
fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Congratulations to new AAAS Fellows
Dr. Eli Dwek and Dr. Neil Gehrels in have been named as Fellows of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Eli's citation
reads "for his distinguished contributions to the theory of the evolution
and nature of interstellar dust grains, including formation and destruction,
emission and absorption of light, and unified models of observations."
Neil's "for his leadership on the Swift, Compton, Integral, and future dark
Welcome Padi Boyd to the Division Office!
While Joan Centrella is on a 1 year detail to NASA HQ, Padi will be Acting Deputy Division Director.
Neil Gehrels to receive COSPAR Massey Award
The citation reads:
Throughout his career, Dr. Gehrels has been dedicated to advancing high energy astrophysics from space and to increasing our understanding of explosive events in the universe. His pioneering contributions have opened up the gamma-ray range as an astronomical discipline through his leadership of the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory and the SWIFT Mission. His contributions have significantly increased our understanding of gamma-ray phenomena, unveiling the long-sought origin of short gamma-ray bursts.
It is for these reasons, and many more, that Dr. Gehrels is a well-deserving recipient of the 2012 COSPAR Massey Award.
Congratulations to Neil Gehrels!
Neil is the recipient of COSPAR's 2012 Massey Award. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions to the development of space research, interpreted in the widest sense, in which a leadership role is of particular importance.
Blueshift is featured in Volume 7, Issue 5 of the Goddard View. See page 9.
New Members of the Hubble Project Science Team
Congratulations to Jeff Kruk and Padi Boyd, new members of the Hubble Project Science Team! Jeff is our new Observatory Project Scientist, and Padi is our new Deputy Operations Project Scientist.
Jeff has extensive experience with the Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) mission and the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT). Currently he is Instrument Scientist for WFIRST, and he will continue working with WFIRST as well as HST. He is also a co-investigator on the ACCESS sounding rocket. Jeff's experience and enthusiasm will be a great asset for keeping the Hubble Observatory in tip-top shape!
Padi has played key roles in support of a variety of operating missions, especially Swift and RXTE, where as subsystem lead of the Guest Observer and Science Centers she was critically involved in maximizing the science impact from these missions through the GO programs and archive. Her recent 2-year detail at HQ as program scientist for Kepler, MOST and GALEX missions as well as exoplanet R and A program manager gives her insights that will be of great benefit in maximizing operational effectiveness and science return of Hubble's mission. Padi will continue also part time as Associate Lab Chief of the Astroparticle Physics Lab.
Please congratulate the 2011 NASA Honor Award recipients!
New 661 Associate Lab Chief
Padi Boyd has a new role -- Associate Lab Chief for the Astroparticle Physics Lab (661)! Padi brings a very broad and diverse background to her new job, having previously worked on the High Speed Photometer, the MOXE all sky instrument, the Swift Science Center, the RXTE Guest
Observer facility, and more recently as the Kepler and GALEX program scientist during a detail at HQ over the past couple of years.
Congratulations WFIRST Team!
Congratulations to the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) team, winner of the Astro2010 Decadal Survey in the Large Space mission class. The Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM) concept, developed at Goddard, was selected by the Decadal Survey as the basis for the WFIRST mission. WFIRST expands on the JDEM concept of a dark energy mission by adding requirements for exoplanet and galactic and extragalactic surveys. The JDEM concept was determined to be
capable of performing all of the required WFIRST science. WFIRST will be managed by Goddard
Plans for the second annual science jamboree on June 2nd are progressing well. Please keep this day open on your calendars and avoid scheduling other meetings the same day! This will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with your colleagues and see all the exciting science we lead at the center.
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.
Last fall, September 12, 2008, Dr. Elihu Boldt passed away. Dr. Boldt was the first head of the X-ray Astrophysics Branch in the Laboratory of High Energy Astrophysics. Some who worked with him are honoring his memory with talks on subjects that he worked on or to which their work has evolved in a half day symposium on the morning of Nov. 6.