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2023 Poster Party Blowout winners announced

We had over 175 posters from all four science divisions, as well as a few select entries from the Engineering and Technology Directorate. As one of the few yearly events that brings together the whole Sciences and Exploration Directorate, the large turnout (including GSFC and HQ VIPs) and collaborative communication made the event a great success! While there were so many fantastic contributions, awards were given for outstanding posters in 5 categories:
  • Best Poster Title:
    Francesco Civilini (690.1) - How to Train your Lander: Automatic moonquake detection using machine learning
  • Best Graphic Design:
    Douglas Rowland (675) - The Geospace Dynamics Constellation mission: NASA's next Living With a Star mission to explore the upper atmosphere
  • Best Science as Food:
    Maryam Rahmani (665) - Cosmic Microwave Background/Line Intensity Mapping cake and jell-o
  • Best Science Story:
    Shipra Sinha (670) - The Mystery of Magnetospheric Substorms
  • Piers Sellers Interdisciplinary Award:
    Erin Delaria (614) - The NASA Carbon Airborne Flux Experiment (CARAFE): Observations of Greenhouse Gas Exchange in the Florida Everglades
Collage of images from the Poster Blowout

Doug Rowland (675) gave the 2022 Birkeland Lecture to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

photo of Dr. RowlandDoug Rowland (675) gave the 2022 Birkeland Lecture to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. His talk was about the Grand Challenge Initiative-Cusp and the results of the VISIONS-2 (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral Atom Sensing-2) sounding rocket mission. The talk was titled "Fountains in the sky: Following Earth's leaky atmosphere into space

Robert Pfaff (675) was named the 2022 AGU Marcel Nicolet lecturer

photo of Dr. PfaffRobert Pfaff (675) was named the 2022 AGU Marcel Nicolet lecturer, which is a significant honor and recognition of Rob's work in electric field instrumentation and electrodynamics research in the ionosphere. Rob will give the Nicolet lecture at this year's Fall AGU Meeting in Chicago the week of December 12.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

photo of people at the poster party

Photos from this year's Poster Blowout are available now. Congratulations to everyone, especially this year's winners!

Notes from the Field Blog: Ambushing the Aurora

Like the isbjørn (polar bears), we are ambush hunters. Our prey are atmospheric fountains, jets of gas being shot into space under the impact of the cusp aurora.

Notes from the Field: Night Life

Without the regular rising and setting of the Sun to bring a sense of duration, the long winter nights in Ny-Ålesund can seem timeless.

Notes from the Field: Going to the Top of the World to Touch the Sky

We have journeyed to Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, the northernmost town in the world, so that we can touch the sky.

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