Dr. David F Nava

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Dr. David F Nava

  • Office Head , Solar System Exploration Grants Support Office
  • 301.286.5483 | 301.286.0212
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 691.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Research Interests

    Studies and Laboratory Analyses of Meteorites and Returned Apollo Lunar Samples, including the Russian returned Luna 20 sample.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. David F. Nava is the Head of the Code 691.1 Solar System Exploration Grants Support Office. This office was officially established by Goddard Space Flight Center in March 2006. This Office serves the NASA Headquarters Planetary Science Division's Research and Analysis Program Officers by implementing annual funding plans for proposals selected for funding that have been submitted in response to NASA ROSES NRA solicitations, thereby helping to ensure that principal investigators and their institutional grants administration offices receive the awards in a timely manner. The Office is responsible for facilitating and assisting with preparation of procurement request documents needed by the GSFC Headquarters Grants Management Office (HGMO) and the GSFC Contract Office. The Head of the Office serves as an ombudsman to the university community regarding grant and contract issues and oversees the work of Office support personnel.

    Positions/Employment

    4/1968 - Present

    Physical Scientist (AST, Solar System Analysis)

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Astrochemistry Laboratory Code 691.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 8800 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, Maryland 20771

    Began employment at GSFC in April 1968 as a Laboratory Research Scientist in the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics, Code 644, until January 1974. Served as Co-Investigator for Returned Lunar Samples from 1971 to 1974; Principal Investigator for Returned Lunar Samples from 1975 to 1977; Co-Investigator: Upper Atmosphere Reaction Rate Measurements 1978 to 1993; Co-Investigator: Chemical Kinetics of Planetary Molecules 1978 to 1993; NASA Selection Committee Member-Graduate Student Research Program Geosciences proposals 1995 to 1997; Served as Associate Discipline Scientist of the Planetary Materials and Geochemistry Program/Cosmochemistry Program at NASA Headquarters 1995 to 1998; Served as Associate Discipline Scientist of the Origins of Solar Systems Program at NASA Headquarters 1996-1998; Member of NASA Management Operations Working Group for Planetary Materials/Cosmochemistry Program 1994-1998; NASA Headquarters Representative on NSF/NASA/Smithsonian Antarctic Meteorite Steering Group 1994-2001; NASA Headquarters Representative on Antarctic Meteorite Working Group 1994-2001; NASA Headquarters Representative on Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM) Working Group 1994-2001; Assisted NASA Headquarters Discipline Scientists with implementation of their annual funding plans for NASA NRA proposal selections 2001 until official formation as a GSFC entity in 2006; then continuing this service to NASA Headquarters as Head of the GSFC Code 691.1 Solar System Grants Support Office from 2006 to the present.

    Education

    B. S. 1963 Northern Arizona University
    Ph.D. 1968 Arizona State University

    Professional Societies

    The Meteoritical Society, 1968 - Present
    The American Chemical Society, 1968 - Present

    Professional Service

    Member of Editorial Board of International Journal: Chemical Geology 1973-1981

    Member of Organizing Committee of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, which was held at the Skyland Lodge in the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, October 27-30, 1970.

    Awards

    1968 Elected to Sigma Xi

    1978 NASA Special Achievement Award

    1982 NASA Special Achievement Award

    1987 NASA Special Achievement Award

    1987, 1995,1996,1999, an 2002 NASA Exceptional Performance Awards

    2001 NASA Special Act Award

    2009 NASA Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medal

    2018 Received from NASA Administrator James Bridenstine 50 Year Service Letter, Certificate, and Service Emblem

    Special Experience

    Classical wet chemical methods of analysis (under the personal training of world-renowned stony meteorite analyst Dr. Hugo B. Wiik, while I was a graduate student at Arizona State University), Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, and Colorimetric Spectoscopic methods of laboratory analysis of extraterrestrial materials (meteorites and lunar samples) in the Planetology Branch of GSFC when I first joined GSFC; Scanning Elecron Microscopy study of iron, nickel, and cobalt metallic particles in stony meteorite chondrules.

    While a Chemist for the City of Phoenix, Arizona, Department of Water and Sewers during the summers of 1962, 1963, and 1964, I performed laboratory Biochemical Oxygen Determinations (BOD) on treated effluent from the treatment process.

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    2018

    1970 to Present of September 2018:


    1970 Presented Talk entitled "Atomic Absorption and Classical Chemical Analyses of the Lost City Meteorite" to the 1970 annual meeing of the AGU in Washington, D.C., on April 21, 1970.


    1971 Presented Talk entitled "The Analysis of Meteorites by Aromic Absorption and Classical Chemical Methods" to the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in Cleveland, Ohio, March 1971.


    1971 Presented Talk entitled "The Analysis of Meteorites by Aromic Absorption and Classical Chemical Methods" to the faculty and graduate students of the Analytical Division of the Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, on March 19, 1971.


    1971 Presented Talk entitled "The Analysis of Meteorites by Aromic Absorption and Classical Chemical Methods" to the Department of Chemistry faculty and students of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, March 23, 1971.


    1972 Presented Talk entitled "Chemical Compositions of Apollo Lunar Samples and Related Extraterrestrial Geochemical Materials as Determined by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy" to the 19th Spectroscopy Symposium of Canada, 1972.


    1972 Presented Talk entitled "Vaporization of the Elements of Metorittes and the Moon-or-The Chemical Compositions of Meteorites, Apollo 14, 15, 16, and Luna 20 Lunar Samples as Seen Through the Optics of a Flaming Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer", to the 35th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 1972.


    1973 Presented Invited Seminar entitled "Analytical Chemistry Aspects of Lunar Science" to the Department of Chemistry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, September 27, 1973.


    1974 Presented Talk entitled "Chemical Compositions and Origin of Apollo 17 Station 7 Boulder Samples" to the 37th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society at the University of California, Los Angeles, California, August 1974.


    1977 Presented Invited Seminar entitled "The Chemical Composition of Lunar Materials" to the Agricultural Environmental Quality Seminar of ther U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland, April 21, 1977.


    1989 Presented Talk entitled "Absolute Rate Constant for the Reaction Cl + CH2CHO + CH3CO + HCL to the Second International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ╦Łaithersburg, Maryland, July 1989.


    Various other Talks presented to Chemical Kinetics Meetings, Photochemical Conferences, and Lunar Science Conferences during the years 1974 to 1989.


    2013 Presented Talk, with Poster, entitled “Solar System Exploration Grants Support Office-Code 691,1” to Dr. James Green, Chief of NASA Headquarters Planetary Science Division, while he was visiting GSFC on September 27, 2013.


    2015 As Head of Code 691.1, Wrote and Prepared (with discussions and guidance from Code 690 Administrators Dr. Anne Kinney and Dr. Lori Glaze), Submitted, and Discussed Proposal entitled “GSFC Code 691.1 Proposal (Statement of Work, Cost Assessment, and Implementation Plan) in Response to PSD Document-PO Support Requirements” dated July 15, 2015, at NASA Headquarters meeting with Dr. Jonathan Rall, Dr. Janice Buckner, and Dr. Jeffrey N. Grossman, July 16, 2015.
     

    Brief Bio

    Dr. David F. Nava is the Head of the Code 691.1 Solar System Exploration Grants Support Office. This office was officially established by Goddard Space Flight Center in March 2006. This Office serves the NASA Headquarters Planetary Science Division's Research and Analysis Program Officers by implementing annual funding plans for proposals selected for funding that have been submitted in response to NASA ROSES NRA solicitations, thereby helping to ensure that principal investigators and their institutional grants administration offices receive the awards in a timely manner. The Office is responsible for facilitating and assisting with preparation of procurement request documents needed by the GSFC Headquarters Grants Management Office (HGMO) and the GSFC Contract Office. The Head of the Office serves as an ombudsman to the university community regarding grant and contract issues and oversees the work of Office support personnel.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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