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Christa Peters-Lidard Named Goddard Acting Chief Scientist

Photo of Christa Peters-Lidard Christa Peters-Lidard, Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics, has been appointed to serve as the Acting Chief Scientist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In this capacity, Christa will advise Goddard's leadership team on Goddard's scientific research priorities. She will also represent Goddard on the Agency’s Science Council, while Jim Garvin, Goddard's Chief Scientist, has been temporarily assigned to serve as the Principal Investigator of the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Plus (DAVINCI+) mission. Congratulations, Christa, on your new role at Goddard!

Claire Parkinson Named Finalist for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Photo of Claire Parkinson On May 3, 2020, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service announced 27 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) finalists for 2020 – outstanding federal employees who serve the public good and are addressing many of our country’s greatest challenges. One of those winners is climatologist and author, Claire Parkinson of the Earth Sciences Division.

Claire was selected for her achievements in conducting breakthrough scientific research documenting how the changing sea ice covers in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans have played a significant role in climate change and for her role as Project Scientist for the Aqua satellite. Claire is one of six finalists in the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement category.

The Sammies, known as the “Oscars” of government service, are a highly respected honor with a rigorous selection process. Congratulations, Claire!

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The Earth Sciences Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center plans, organizes, evaluates, and implements a broad program of research on our planet's natural systems and processes. Major focus areas include climate change, severe weather, the atmosphere, the oceans, sea ice and glaciers, and the land surface.

To study the planet from the unique perspective of space, the Earth Science Division develops and operates remote-sensing satellites and instruments. We analyze observational data from these spacecraft and make it available to the world's scientists. Our Education and Public Outreach efforts raise public awareness of the Division's research and its benefits to society.

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