Piers Sellers receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal
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.
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.
The laboratory for ABoVE is vast. The field campaign – the Arctic Boreal and Vulnerability Experiment – covers 2.5 million square miles of tundra, mountains, permafrost, lakes, and forests in Alaska and Northwestern Canada.
ESD Personnel Recognized by FLC
Congratulations to Peggy O'Neill, Vanessa Escobar, Amy McNally, and Grey Nearing who were part of the SMAP Applications Program that won the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Interagency Partnership Award.
Steven Pawson (610.1), Gavin Schmidt (611), Mian Chin (614), Brent Holben (618), Susanne Bauer (611/CU) and Greg Faluvegi (611/CU) have been named as Thomas Reuters 2015 Highly Cited Researchers. They have been identified as being among the most valuable and significant researchers in the field of Geosciences. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Peggy O'Neill for her selection as an IEEE Fellow for contributions to the remote sensing of soil moisture. The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE, and is bestowed upon a very limited number of Senior Members who have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology bringing significant value to our society.
Three scientists in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Lucy McFadden (693), Jose Rodriguez (614) and Compton Tucker (618) are among 347 AAAS members awarded this honor for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Dr. Brent Holben, Biospheric Sciences Lab, for his selection to receive the 2015 Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award at the AGU Fall Meeting. Brent’s selection is particularly poignant as Brent worked closely with Yoram and embodies Yoram’s legacy of unselfish cooperation here at GSFC.
The award recognizes “Broad influence in atmospheric science through exceptional creativity, inspiration of younger scientists, mentoring, international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research” and Brent is cited for “his seminal theoretical and experimental contributions to the remote sensing of clouds and aerosol properties, particularly in the development of AERONET.”
Congratulations to Dr. Randy Koster for his selection for the American Meteorological Society’s inaugural Hydrologic Sciences Medal "for ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of land-atmosphere interactions and their effects on hydroclimatic predictability and prediction.”
Congratulations to Dr. Steven Platnick for winning this year's American Meteorological Society's Verner E. Suomi Award "for cutting-edge research and leadership in spaceborne observations of the atmosphere, particularly remote sensing of cloud properties."
Three Division scientists -- Lorraine Remer, Cynthia Rosenzweig, and Larry Travis -- have been selected by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for the 2015 class of Fellows for their exceptional scientific contributions to Earth Science.
Congratulations to Dr. Anne Thompson for her selection for this year's American Geophysical Union's Roger Revelle Medal. This award is given annually to one honoree in recognition for “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.”
Parkinson selected for William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science
Dr. Claire Parkinson has been selected as the recipient for the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The Nordberg Award is presented to a Goddard civil service employee who best exhibits 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. Claire has been awarded this prestigious honor for her work enabling a deeper understanding of the role of sea ice in the climate system, for outstanding leadership of EOS/Aqua science, and for impressive educational outreach accomplishments.
Lauren Zamora was competitively selected as one of 672 young scientists from 88 countries to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, the 4th interdisciplinary meeting with Nobel Laureates from the fields of physics, physiology, medicine, and chemistry. The meeting will be held this summer in Lindau, Germany.
Cairns Named PACE Deputy Project Scientist (Atmospheres)
Dr. Brian Cairns of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (611) has been selected as Pre-Aerosols, Clouds, and Ocean Ecosystems (PACE) Deputy Project Scientist for Atmospheres.
PACE Project Scientist and Deputy Project Scientist (Oceans) Announced
Dr. Jeremy Werdell of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory has been selected as the Pre-Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Project Scientist. Dr. Antonio Mannino, also of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory, has been selected as the Deputy Project Scientist (Oceans).
McGill and Team Selected as IRAD Innovators of the Year
The Goddard Office of the Chief Technologist has selected scientist Dr. Matt McGill and his team as this year’s “IRAD Innovators of the Year.” The selection committee chose Matt and his team, including Andrew Kupchok, Stan Scott, and John Yorks, because of their success advancing technologically advanced instruments vital to climate-change studies and pursuing new platforms from which to fly their innovative concepts. Congratulations!