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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!

610 Supports "Celebrate Earth Day with NASA" at Union Station

04/19/2018
Many 610 colleagues joined other NASA scientists, educators, and astronauts to demonstrate to the public how NASA gives us a better understanding of our home planet.

World Resources Institute and National Geographic Society launch of Resource Watch

04/11/2018
Stephanie Schollaert Uz was an invited partner to the World Resources Institute launch of Resource Watch at the National Geographic in Washington, DC. 'Open Data in a Closing World’ showcased examples of using Resource Watch to monitor the planet’s pulse using NASA and other data in a user-friendly portal that can be easily shared. The event included accomplished speakers and engaging panel discussions on using technology toward a sustainable future and how to use data to convey narratives from the numbers.

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.

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.

New NASA Disaster Response Blog

09/25/2017
When disasters strike, our Earth Science Disasters Program harnesses the power of space to aid response and recovery efforts around the world.

Kirschbaum Awarded a 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award

05/25/2017

L to R: Mr. Gene Dodaro (Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. Government Accountability Office), Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, and Dr. Kathryn Newcomer (Director of Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University).

Congratulations to Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory for her 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award. Named in honor of Arthur S. Flemming, whose civil service spanned seven decades and 11 presidencies, awardees are recognized for excellence in federal service. Dr. Kirschbaum was recognized in the category of Applied Science & Engineering. Her citation reads, "Dr. Kirschbaum works on evaluating rainfall-triggered landslides around the world. She applied satellite-based surface and rainfall information within landslide hazard models to support situational awareness of these hazards in near real time. This technique has been used for disaster response by countries around the world as well as groups such as FEMA, the World Bank, the Pacific Disaster Center and others."

Kirschbaum and Roman Named as Presidential Early Career Award Recipients

01/10/2017
Dalia KirschbaumMiguel Roman
Dalia Kirschbaum and Miguel Roman of the Earth Sciences Division have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Kirschbaum and Roman, along with 100 other researchers, were named by President Barack Obama for this award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

The awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Piers Sellers: A Legacy of Science

12/24/2016
Piers Sellers, who passed away on Dec. 23 more than a year after learning he had pancreatic cancer, leaves behind a dynamic legacy at NASA.

As an astronaut he helped build the International Space Station. As a manager he helped lead hundreds of scientists. And as a public figure he was an inspiration to many for his optimistic take on humanity's ability to confront Earth's changing climate.

But his most lasting contributions will be in the field where he began his career: science.

photo of  Piers Sellers

Four GSFC scientists were named AGU fellows

12/19/2016
Paul MahaffyClaire ParkinsonBrent HolbenNat Gopalswamy
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced its 2016 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences. Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually. This year’s class of Fellows are geographically diverse coming from 18 states and eight countries and includes Goddard scientists Paul Mahaffy, Claire Parkinson, Brent Holben, and Nat Gopalswamy.

Piers Sellers awarded the 2017 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

12/14/2016
Each year, the Space Foundation reaches out to the space industry worldwide to gather nominations for the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. Our own Piers Sellers has been selected by unanimous consent of the Foundation's Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2017 Hill Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation.

This award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and use of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity.

Kigali: A Huge Step Forward for Climate

10/27/2016
The Antarctic ozone hole in 2016 was not exactly remarkable. But each year, we publish an annual update because, when strung together over time, the series shows the unparalleled success of the Montreal Protocol in stabilizing the atmosphere.

National Geographic Interview with Dr. Piers Sellers

10/20/2016
Dr. Sellers, featured in the new documentary, Before the Flood, discusses his life and NASA career.
photo of  Piers Sellers with Leonardo Dicaprio in front of NASA Hyperwall
Sellers (left) guides Leonardo DiCaprio (right) through a view of global sea-surface temperatures and currents using NASA Goddard's "hyperwall" display.

NASA Facebook Live Event 10/7/16 @1pm EDT: Hurricane Matthew

10/06/2016
"The Science of the Storm" LIVE Friday, Oct. 7 at 1 pm ET with two NASA researchers who will describe the research NASA does on tropical cyclones.

Blog: 6 Ways Earth Observations Tackle Real-World Problems

08/29/2016
On Aug. 10, 2016, the “DEVELOPers” gathered at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to showcase their results. So, how can Earth observations solve real-world problems?

Nordberg Award Winner Piers Sellers receives award from Colleen Hartman and presents memorial lecture.

08/18/2016
Memorial Lecture Photos

Science Jamboree event photos

08/04/2016
The 2016 Science Jamboree was a great success! A collection of 50 photos from the event are available now.

Goddard Scientists Named Fellows of the American Geophysical Union

07/27/2016
Four Goddard scientists were named 2016 fellows of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of their contributions to Earth and space sciences. Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist in Goddard’s Earth Sciences Division; Nat Gopalswamy in the Solar Physics Laboratory; Brent Holben in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory; and Paul Mahaffy, director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, were among the 60 new fellows elected this year. The American Geophysical Union established its Fellows Program in 1962, and only 0.1% of the organization’s membership receives this recognition in any given year. The new fellows will be honored in a December 14 ceremony during the American Geophysical Union’s fall 2016 meeting in San Francisco.

Piers Sellers selected for William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

07/01/2016
Dr. Piers Sellers has been selected as the recipient for the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The award is presented in memory of Dr. Nordberg’s many pioneering accomplishments in the use of space technology in understanding the Earth system. Each year the award is presented to a Goddard civil service employee who best exhibits those qualities of broad scientific perspective, enthusiastic programmatic and technical leadership on the national and international levels, wide recognition by peers, and substantial research accomplishments in understanding Earth system processes, which exemplified Dr. Nordberg’s own career. Congratulations Piers!

Piers Sellers receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal

06/07/2016
On June 2nd, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden presented our very own Piers Sellers, Deputy Director of Sciences and Exploration, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Agency, reserved for those whose “distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of United States’ interests.”

A video of the event is available by clicking on the image below.
Piers Sellers in ISS

Piers Sellers In Greenland

05/13/2016
Piers Sellers' recent trip to Thule, Greenland, is featured in The New Yorker.

Earth Expeditions: Eight New Campaigns in 2016 Span the Planet

04/04/2016
NASA’s Earth Observatory brings you a new view of Earth from above every single day. You also need granular observations that can only be gathered from the ground. And that’s the job of many NASA researchers who embark on expeditions each year, traversing land, air, ice, and sea.

Piers Sellers' CNN interview

03/22/2016
Dr. Piers Sellers appeared as a special guest on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" for a segment about climate change. You can see the interview at this CNN link.
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