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Alex Young to receive 2018 AGU Athelstan Spilhaus Award

09/10/2018
The Associate Director of Science in the Heliophysics Division, Alex Young, has been selected to receive the 2018 AGU Athelstan Spilhaus Award! This award is given in recognition for “enhancement of the public engagement with Earth and space sciences, through devoting portions of their career conveying to the general public the excitement, significance, and beauty of the Earth and space sciences.”

Science intern award winners

08/03/2018
The 2018 science intern award winners are Natasha Dacic, Alexandra Hanselman, and Katherine Melbourne. They are pictured here with Colleen Hartman, Blanche Meeson, and Raquel Marshall from the education office.
photograph of the winners and management

Science Jamboree was a huge success

07/30/2018
The Science Jamboree on July 25th provided an opportunity to learn more about the amazing breadth of science conducted at Goddard while connecting with colleagues and potential collaborators.

Read about it: Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

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Photos of the event are available.

Congratulations Anne Thompson, 2018 Nordberg Award Winner

06/29/2018
We are thrilled to announce the selection of Anne Thompson as the 2018 Nordberg Award winner. Anne’s incredibly wide ranging research and service, nationally and internationally, makes her such a deserving recipient of this award. Although her research focuses on tropospheric chemistry, it has spanned a broad realm of Earth Science, including seminar work in air/sea exchange of trace gases, the importance of stratosphere-troposphere exchange for ozone, and the interconnection of atmospheric composition and climate. Anne has spent a large part of her time in the chemistry lab as well as in the field, characterizing the distribution of tropospheric ozone from satellites and ground-based measurements.

Anne has been President of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution where she led efforts to coordinate global research. She is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change. Anne is a Fellow of the AMS, AGU and AAAS and she has been elected President of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the AGU and AMS Councils.

Anne engages people and brings them together to form measurement networks. She has been a driving force in forging the link between ground, suborbital and satellite observations in ozone. Somehow, Anne has also managed to put the training of young scientists in the US and abroad on the front-burner as well. Her research has resulted in more than 260 referred papers and an H-index of >54. Anne is a leader of people, technology and science.

Congratulations Anne!

Gehrels Memorial Meeting

06/06/2018
Gehrels Memorial Meeting
On May 21-22, 2018, over 100 colleagues from around the globe gathered at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the life and career of Neil Gehrels at a memorial symposium. Talks spanned the range of Neil’s scientific interests (cosmic rays, gamma-ray bursts, gravitational waves) and programmatic roles (Compton, Swift, Fermi, and WFIRST), as well as personal reminiscences of a universally admired mentor, colleague, and friend. We were also pleased to publicly announce that, as a result of a generous donation from the Gehrels family, the nationally recognized prize doctoral position offered by the Joint Space-Science Institute will be renamed the Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The meeting’s webpage, including talks, can be found here:

https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/conferences/gehrels_memorial

Early Career Poster Session

05/30/2018
Experts from Codes 500 and 600 presented their work to Thomas Zurbuchen during a poster session on May 29.
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From left to right: Colleen Hartman, James MacKinnon, Lauren Andrews, Alex Glocer, Knicole Colon, Thomas Zurbuchen, Kyle Hughes, Nithin Abraham, Ryan Derosa, Amir Jahromi, and Chris Scolese.
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Knicole Colon presents a poster about exoplanet data to Thomas Zurbuchen.

Goddard's Mars Organic Molecular Analyzer Mass Spectrometer (MOMA-MS) team celebrates major milestone

05/24/2018
photo of MOMA-MS team with shipping box On Wednesday May 16 the MOMA-MS was shipped from Goddard Space Flight Center to Thales Alenia Space in Torino, Italy to begin its integration with other instruments on the ExoMars rover planned to launch toward Mars in 2020. The MOMA instrument is provided to the ExoMars mission with a European and US teaming collaboration that integrates a Goddard linear ion trap mass spectrometer with a French provided gas chromatograph and a laser provided by Germany. The goal of this highly capable instrument is to detect and identify organic material from below the surface of Mars that is delivered to MOMA by a drill on the rover. This drill can acquire sample from up to 2 meters below the surface. At that depth organic molecules are better protected from destruction by the high energy radiation that penetrates through the thin martian atmosphere. The primary goal of the mission is to search for organic molecules of biotic or prebiotic relevance that may give us clues about possible microbial life on ancient Mars at a time where surface water was abundant.

Colleen Hartman leaps into space before TESS

04/30/2018
Carol and Colleen jump in the air in front of rocket Carol Vorderman, famous UK TV host, Board Director for Challenger Center, #1 best-selling math/science education author in the UK, and Honorary Group Captain of the Royal Air Force, joins Dr. Colleen Hartman by leaping into space ahead of the TESS MISSION launch (Falcon 9/TESS in background).

Safety Week, for the win!

04/27/2018
photo of Juri, Brent, and Ryan Injecting levity into the week’s serious subjects, Chief Financial Officer Steve Shinn served as host for Safety Jeopardy, a trivia contest based on the popular television quiz show “Jeopardy!”. Representatives from the Goddard's Sciences and Exploration Directorate claimed the competition’s Safety Cone Award, dethroning the two-time defending champions from the Goddard Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate. The SED team was comprised of Juri Schauerman (690) Brent Gary (698) and Ryan Smallcomb (660).

Claire Parkinson Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

04/19/2018
photo of Claire Parkinson in Antarctica
Claire Parkinson in Antarctica

Claire Parkinson has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.

Congratulations Claire!

Aspen 2017 award for collaboration and scientific research

04/01/2018
Dr. Colleen Hartman, Director, interviewed with Dr. Francesco Tombesi for the Aspen 2017 award for collaboration and scientific research between Italy and the United States. video still of Colleen Hartman being interviewed on Italian television

Code 600 Science Year in Review

03/28/2018
On March 26, all four science divisions presented the "Code 600 Science Year in Review," focusing on science accomplishments in calendar year 2017, to executive management. The full presentation is available (internally only) here.

Recent Awards from the American Astronautical Society

03/27/2018
Congratulations to Goddard scientists Ira Thorpe and Jake Slutsky, both in 663, who are part of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) team, which was recently awarded the 2017 Space Technology Award from the American Astronautical Society. Other Goddard employees who are on the LPF team are Jim O’Donnell, Peiman Maghami, and Oscar Hu in Code 591. Jesse Leitner in Code 300 received the Industrial Leadership Award. Harley Thronson received the AAS President’s Recognition Award for a decade of chairing the Goddard Symposium planning team.
photo of Ira Thorpe and AAS staff photo of Harley and AAS staff
Left: Ira Thorpe with Jim Way and Carol Lane of AAS. Right: Harley Thronson with Jim Way of AAS. Click to enlarge.

Professor Saku Tsuneta, Director General of ISAS, visits

02/26/2018
photo of Tsuneta, Hartman, and Kelley
Colleen Hartman and Richard Kelley (662) present Professor Saku Tsuneta, Director General, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan, with a plaque commemorating the strong scientific collaboration in astrophysics between NASA and JAXA.

Poster Blowout 2018

02/05/2018
Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.
Best,
Colleen


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Newman and NASA Goddard Receive United Nations' Highest Environmental Honor

12/06/2017


Paul Newman and NASA Goddard received the United Nations' highest environmental honor - the 'Champions of the Earth' award. The award was announced Dec. 5 during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Newman and NASA Goddard received the award for their contributions to the Montreal Protocol, which resulted in a reduction of 99% of the substances which deplete the ozone layer, promoting its recovery.

Congratulations to Charles Bennett, Gary Hinshaw, Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr., David Spergel and the WMAP Science Team for winning the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

12/03/2017
Congratulations to Charles Bennett, Gary Hinshaw, Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr., David Spergel and the WMAP Science Team for winning the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on Dec. 3! The citation reads: “For detailed maps of the early universe that greatly improved our knowledge of the evolution of the cosmos and the fluctuations that seeded the formation of galaxies.” The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was founded in 2012 by Yuri Milner to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. The team also includes:

Chris Barnes, Olivier Doré, Joanna Dunkley, Ben Gold, Michael Greason, Mark Halpern, Robert Hill, Al Kogut, Eiichiro Komatsu, David Larson, Michele Limon, Stephan Meyer, Michael Nolta, Nils Odegard, Hiranya Peiris, Kendrick Smith, Greg Tucker, Licia Verde, Janet Weiland, Ed Wollack, and Ned Wright

Newman receives Ozone Heroes: Scientific Leadership Award

11/29/2017

Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and former Executive Director of UN Environment, with recipients of the scientific leadership awards. Newman is the third from the right. Photo credit: Francis Dejon | IISD/ENB

Paul Newman received the Scientific Leadership Award during the Montreal Protocol 30th Anniversary Awards Honour Ozone Heroes on 24 November. The awards ceremony was co-hosted by UN Environment Champion of the Earth for 2016, Leyla Acaroglu; award-winning CEO of PCI Media Impact, Sean Southey; and Grammy Awards nominee Rocky Dawuni, a Goodwill Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, who also delivered a musical performance at the event.

The awardees were nominated for their awards and selected by an international jury comprising eminent environmental leaders based on the recommendations of a technical screening committee made up of experienced ozone experts from around the world.

The Ozone Secretariat only facilitated the process and was not involved in the evaluation and selection of the awardees.

“I congratulate all the recipients of the awards for their extraordinary commitment and unwavering dedication to the Montreal Protocol. We also honour the contribution made by each individual, group, organization, and country towards making the Montreal Protocol a highly successful global environmental agreement that is protecting all life on Earth. We are all winners. We are all ozone heroes,” said Tina Birmpili, head of the Ozone Secretariat.

Darrel L. Williams wins 2017 Pecora Award

11/15/2017
photo of Dr. WilliamsDarrel L. Williams has won the 2017 William T. Pecora Award. The Pecora Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals or teams using remote sensing to understand the Earth, educate the next generation of scientists, inform decision makers or support natural or human-induced disaster response. The citation for Darrel Williams reads: For outstanding contributions toward understanding terrestrial ecosystems by means of Landsat remote sensing. Dr. Williams’ career has been dedicated to development and advancement of digital remote sensing and the Landsat program in particular, as envisioned by William Pecora and Secretary Udall a half-century ago. In stature and achievements, he lives in the true spirit of the USGS/NASA Pecora award and deserves the recognition that this award is intended to honor.

Directorate Helps Shine Light on Total Eclipse

08/22/2017

On August 21, 2017, Division personnel contributed their expertise and enthusiasm to share the science and spectacle of the total solar eclipse with America and the world.

Science Jamboree 2017 is in the books

07/19/2017
crowds at the Science Jamboree
The Science Jamboree was a huge success. Photos are available (click the title of this item).
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Colleen Hartman and Chris Scolese speak with Lucy McFadden at a recent Science Jamboree.

Visiting JWST at Johnson Space Center

06/02/2017
people viewing JWST
L-R: Mark Voyton, Colleen Hartman, Ellen Ochoa, Chris Scolese, and Paul Geithner viewing JWST at JSC on May 31st.

Dellingr cubesats left Goddard Friday May 26

05/31/2017
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Colleen Hartman and Chuck Clagett (596).

Opening of the Code 600 Science Gallery

03/07/2017
Lori Glaze (690) cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Code 600 Science Gallery in the Building 34 lobby. The Gallery, which showcases prominent publications from our Code 600 NASA scientists, will be permanently on display but will rotate publications. Please feel free to submit ideas for recent publications.

2017 Poster Blowout

01/19/2017
The 2017 Poster Blowout photos are available.
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