Karen Smale

Karen Smale

  • Web Editor in Chief
  • Additional Roles: Web Curator , and NASA Web Modernization Team Member .
  • 301.286.7612 | 301.286.1634
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 606.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: ADNET SYSTEMS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Karen is the SED Web Editor-in-Chief, managing the Code 600 organization website development team and helping to improve the overall web presence of Code 600's websites by shaping policy and assisting web developers across the Directorate. She is co-organizer of the Web Common Interest Group, which holds monthly meetings for web developers, and she serves on several Web-related committees at the GSFC and NASA level.

    Prior to her current position, Karen was the webmaster for the HEASARC (High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center), LHEA (Lab. for High Energy Astrophysics), and then ASD (Astrophysics Science Division) and several project sites. In addition, she developed graphics for public outreach for the HEASARC and the Astrophysics Sciences Division. She designed the first 13 Imagine the Universe CD-ROMs, half a dozen outreach posters, and many mission displays and materials. Throughout this period, Karen provided peer review coordination and technical support for the ROSAT, ASCA, RXTE, GALEX, Fermi, Suzaku, and Swift missions.

    In her first 5 years at Goddard, Karen was a solar forecaster for the Solar Maximum Mission and then moved to the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, where she was a mission planner for the Broad Band X-ray Telescope, which flew on the Space Shuttle in December 1990. After that, she joined the newly-created HEASARC where she supported scientists analyzing data from the ROSAT and ASCA x-ray missions. She also edited the HEASARC journal, Legacy, and the ROSAT and ASCA Newsletters.

    Current Projects

    Sciences and Exploration Directorate Website

    Working with a team of developers to improve the functionality and user experience of the SED flagship website, science.gsfc.nasa.gov.

    SED general web presence

    Working with Divisions to update out-of-date websites with new content and bring their design into the NASA SED look & feel. Developing a set of mission and project templates so new projects can get a site up quickly and spend their time on their project instead of on web development.

    Positions/Employment

    8/2008 - Present

    SED Web Editor in Chief

    SP Systems & ADNET, NASA/GSFC
    10/2000 - 1/2009

    Astrophysics Science Division Webmaster

    SP Systems, NASA/GSFC
    10/1995 - 1/2009

    HEASARC Webmaster

    Hughes STX & Raytheon ITSS & SP Systems, NASA/GSFC
    1991 - 1995

    HEASARC Support Scientist

    Hughes STX, NASA/GSFC
    3/1989 - 1/1991

    BBXRT Mission Planner

    STX, NASA/GSFC
    1/1987 - 3/1989

    Solar Forecaster (SMM)

    NOAA & STX, NASA/GSFC
    12/1985 - 12/1986

    Solar Observer

    NOAA, Boulder, Colorado

    Education

    B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado, 1986
    (emphasis in astrophysical, planetary and atmospheric sciences)

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, 1990 - 2003

    Awards

    Outstanding Achievement Award - ADNET (2020)

    Special Act Team Award - Science Jamboree support (2019)

    ADNET CREW Award (2015)

    ADNET CREW Award - GSFC Code 600 Web Development Team (2013)

    Peer Award - Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (2003)

    Group Achievement Award - ASCA Mission Operations Team (1996)

    Group Achievement Award - High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (1996)

    Peer Award - Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (1994)

    Special Act Group Award - ASCA Team (1993)

    Group Achievement Award - Astro-1 Payload Science Team (1992)

    Special Act Group Award - ROSAT Science Data Center (1991)

    Group Achievement Award - Astro-1 Investigators Group (1991)

    Publications

    Refereed

    Boyd, P. T., A. P. Smale, and K. M. Smale. 2008. "AstroCappella: Songs of the Universe." BAAS, 212: 254.

    Non-Refereed

    Kuehn, K. 1989. "Predicting Solar Activity." SAR Company Newsletter 5: 1-4.

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    How to use the CV editor

    2011

    Other

    SED Web summary 2015
    Presentation at Web Council meeting May 4, 2015, on the status of the SED web development, future plans, and how to engage the SED population.
    SED Website 1 / 2014
    What's new with the SED website.

    AstroCappella poster

    2008

    Description of the AstroCappella education project, presented at the joint AAS/APS meeting's International Year of Astronomy session.

    Selected Public Outreach

    AstroCappella 1998 - Present

    Karen is involved in the AstroCappella project, an effort to bring science to students through a cappella music.

    Imagine the Universe poster series 1997 - 2009
    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/teachers_corner.html

    Karen was instrumental in the design elements of this poster series.

    Imagine the Universe CD-ROM 1997 - 2009
    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/

    Responsible for design and layout of the first 13 editions of this CD-ROM collection of GSFC Astrophysics educational web sites.

    Brief Bio

    Karen is the SED Web Editor-in-Chief, managing the Code 600 organization website development team and helping to improve the overall web presence of Code 600's websites by shaping policy and assisting web developers across the Directorate. She is co-organizer of the Web Common Interest Group, which holds monthly meetings for web developers, and she serves on several Web-related committees at the GSFC and NASA level.

    Prior to her current position, Karen was the webmaster for the HEASARC (High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center), LHEA (Lab. for High Energy Astrophysics), and then ASD (Astrophysics Science Division) and several project sites. In addition, she developed graphics for public outreach for the HEASARC and the Astrophysics Sciences Division. She designed the first 13 Imagine the Universe CD-ROMs, half a dozen outreach posters, and many mission displays and materials. Throughout this period, Karen provided peer review coordination and technical support for the ROSAT, ASCA, RXTE, GALEX, Fermi, Suzaku, and Swift missions.

    In her first 5 years at Goddard, Karen was a solar forecaster for the Solar Maximum Mission and then moved to the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, where she was a mission planner for the Broad Band X-ray Telescope, which flew on the Space Shuttle in December 1990. After that, she joined the newly-created HEASARC where she supported scientists analyzing data from the ROSAT and ASCA x-ray missions. She also edited the HEASARC journal, Legacy, and the ROSAT and ASCA Newsletters.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Boyd, P. T., A. P. Smale, and K. M. Smale. 2008. "AstroCappella: Songs of the Universe." BAAS 212 254

    Non-Refereed

    Kuehn, K. 1989. "Predicting Solar Activity." SAR Company Newsletter 5 1-4

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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