Volume 9, Issue 5 - The thermal shield of the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on JWST goes through rigorous environmental testing to ensure it can perform properly in the extreme cold temperatures that it will encounter in space.
Congratulations to Harvey Moseley!
Please congratulate Harvey Moseley -- he is the recipient of the SPIE's 2013 George W. Goddard award!
The citation reads: "in recognition of his extraordinary inventions of
superconducting imaging arrays for astronomy, ranging from submillimeter
bolometers to energy sensitive x-ray microcalorimeters, and even dark matter
detectors, as well as microshutter arrays for the James Webb Space Telescope
Volume 9, Issue 1 - The James Webb Space Telescope marked another year of significant progress
in 2012 as flight instrumentation was completed and delivered to NASA.
2012 Robert H. Goddard Awards for ASD
Robert H. Goddard Award of Merit (Goddard's highest award): Bruce Woodgate (667)
Citation: For exceptional career achievements in science and service to Goddard and NASA
Timothy Kallman (662) - Citation: For his outstanding performance as GEMS Project Scientist
Eliahu Dwek (665) - Citation: For developing new, detailed, and observationally confirmed models of the formation, evolution, and destruction of cosmic dust grains, from supernovae to shock waves and star-forming regions.
Jane Rigby (665) - Citation: For using gravitational lensing to map a distant galaxy in unprecedented detail.
HEASARC Team (660.1) - [Team list: Alan Smale, Tom McGlynn, Bill Pence, Frank Marshall, Lorella Angelini, Dave Chuss, Phil Newman, Keith Arnaud, Mike Corcoran, Steve Drake, Steve Sturner, Laura McDonald, Ed Sabol, Craig Gordon, Bryan Irby, Pan Chai, Urmila Prasad, Michael Greason] Citation: For enabling new science results from NASA missions by providing high quality software for data search, retrieval and analysis through the HEASARC data archive research center Safety: Curtis Odell (660) - Citation: For thorough and detailed investigation into the root cause of the laboratory fire in Building 34, Room C259, and his efforts to define and implement a recovery plan. Mentoring: Joan Centrella (660) - Citation: For her demonstrated commitment to mentoring women scientists at all stages of their careers, which has resulted in a positive and supportive professional environment for all. Outreach: Frank Reddy (660) - Citation: For outstanding dedication to public outreach through the media, including exceptional scientific writing and coordination with NASA video producers, resulting in high-impact Astrophysics press releases and features.
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
Congratulations to John Mather!
John Mather has been noted among Time Magazine's 25 most influential people in space in the recent "New Space Discoveries" edition.
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.
Please congratulate the following individual winners of 2012 NASA Agency Honor Awards - Peter Serlemitsos (662), Alice Harding (663), Bernie Rauscher (665), Randy Kimble (667), Susan Neff (665), Ann Hornschemeier (662), and Will Zhang (662). Also the BESS-POLAR II Recovery Team (661) won a Group Achievement Medal.
Chuck Bennett (formerly a member of Goddard's Observational Cosmology Lab
and now a professor at JHU), and the WMAP team won the 2012 Gruber Cosmology
Prize. Members of the WMAP team include Al Kogut, Ed Wollack, Robert Hill,
Michael Greason, Janet Weiland, and and Nils Odegard.
Congratulations to the HAWC++ Team!
NASA HQ recently announced the selection of the JHU/GSFC
proposed upgrade to the HAWC far-IR camera on SOFIA (the
upgrade is called HAWC++). The team is led by Johannes
Staguhn (JHU), and with the following Goddard co-Is:
Dominic Benford (GSFC lead), Harvey Moseley, Eli Dwek, Ed
Wollack and Christine Jhabvala (553). Darren
Dowell (JPL) was also selected to provide a polarimeter for
HAWC; Dave Chuss is a co-I on that team.
Congratulations to Sarah Eyermann and members of the JWST NIRSpec Detector team for winning Robert H Goddard Awards in 2011!
Award: Exceptional Achievement Award in Outreach
Citation: For outstanding leadership and coordination of the Afterschool Universe program during its development, culminating in a successful train-the-trainer workshop and nationwide dissemination network.
JWST Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIRSpec) Instrument Detector System Team
Award: Exceptional Achievement Award in Engineering (Team)
Citation: For outstanding accomplishment in the development and delivery of the JWST NIRSpec flight detector system.
Team members from ASD: Bernie Rauscher, Bob Hill (Jr), Meng Chiao, Greg Delo, Don Lindler, Ori Fox
ESB Outfitting Project Team
Award: Customer Service Award
ASD members of the team: Curtis Odell and Larry Olsen
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.
Members of the D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA) recently got an intimate look at one of the most challenging and ambitious astronomy endeavors since Hubble Space Telescope: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), due for launch later this decade. [Volume 7, Issue 2 of the Goddard View]
New 665 Associate Lab Chief
Stephen Rinehart now has a new role in the Observational Cosmology Lab (665) -- as Associate Lab chief. Stephen has worked with many members of the Lab through his own Projects - a laboratory astrophysics program, and BETTII, a suborbital far-IR interferometer -- as well as collaborating with other members of the Lab on potential instruments for SPICA and SOFIA. He is also interested in making connections with the other Labs on future projects -- with a keen interest in exoplanets.