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.
Kurtz named Operation IceBridge Project Scientist
Dr. Nathan Kurtz of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory (615) has been selected as Operation IceBridge Project Scientist.
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!
With drought afflicting several parts of the world, and with aggressive use of groundwater in many agricultural regions, this precious water resource is under serious strain, warns NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory hydrologist James Famiglietti.
Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Roman for his selection as a finalist for the Call to Service Medal in the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. This medal recognizes a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at a Washington, D.C. dinner.
New 610 Goddard Senior Fellows
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Newman and Dr. Anne Thompson on their selection for the newest class of Goddard Senior Fellows. The Goddard Senior Fellows Program recognizes the center’s most distinguished employees for their accomplishments and contributions to NASA programs. Appointed by the Center Director, Senior Fellows serve for five years, with possible renewal for additional terms at the discretion of the Center Director so long as they remain civil service employees.
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Tucker of the Earth Sciences Division. He is the recipient of the 2014 Vega Medal, an award given every three years by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. The society created the Vega Medal in 1881 on the occasion of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm, after he had discovered the North East Passage. Since then, the Vega Medal has been awarded to a physical geographer roughly every three years. This award is given by the King of Sweden on 24 April, the anniversary of Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm.
Bhartia wins 2014 AMS Remote Sensing Prize
Congratulations to Dr. P.K. Bhartia for being recognized with the prestigious 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Remote Sensing Prize. The AMS gives this award biannually to recognize individuals for advances in the science and technology of remote sensing, and its application to knowledge of the earth oceans, and atmosphere, and/or to the benefit of society.
Ozone Poster Wins International Design Award
Congratulations to Ginger Butcher, Edward Celarier, and Eric Nash for their work on the poster, "The Ozone Hole: Over 30 Years of NASA Observations” that won a 2013 Communicator Award for Excellence in Print and Design announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. With over 6000 entries received in 2013 from the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals. The poster employs stunning infographic format to highlight NASA's ozone hole observations between 1979 to 2012 from a variety of NASA missions including Aura and Suomi NPP.
An article entitled, "Tracking the long-distance travels of dust: Scientists find huge plume from overseas, eye climate effect" featuring interviews with Hongbin Yu (UMCP-ESSIC/613), Lorraine Remer (UMBC), and Tianle Yuan (UMBC-JCET/613) appeared in The Baltimore Sun, April 12 online edition.
Douglass Selected for Nordberg Prize
Dr. Anne Douglass has been selected as the recipient for the 2013 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The Nordberg Award is GSFC's highest award in the area of Earth science. The prize is for Anne's many years of leadership of satellite missions studying atmospheric composition, and her pioneering work in using measurements to test models
Lau President-Elect for the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section for 2013-2014
William Lau, Deputy Director for Atmospheres, Earth Science Division (Code 610) has been elected President-Elect for the Atmospheric Sciences Section of AGU for 2013-2014. His term will begin 1 January 2013 for two years, and then will serve as President for the next two years. Election results for all AGU council members and secretaries can be found here.
ESD participated with the GSFC Office of Education and other NASA Centers in several Earth Science Week 2012 educational activities and social media events. Please visit NASA's Earth Science Week 2012 website to read transcripts and watch videos of the week's events.
Temilola Fatoyinbo-Agueh, of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory Division (Code 618), has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Temilola, along with 95 other researchers, was named today 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. Recipients are selected annually for their continued service to their communities, through scientific leadership, outreach, and other public service works to educate the community about science. They are at the frontiers of their fields and show great promise for America’s future in science and engineering.
Dr. P.K. Bhartia wins 2012 AGU Yoram J. Kaufman Award
Congratulations to Dr. P.K. Bhartia for winning AGU's 2012 Yoram J. Kaufman Award "for his broad influence in atmospheric science through exceptional creativity, inspiration of younger scientists, mentoring,
international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research.” The award will be presented at the Atmospheric Science banquet at the fall AGU meeting.
Dr. Elizabeth M. Middleton receives Goddard's 2012 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science
Dr. Betsy Middleton of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Code 618, has been named this year's recipient of the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. This high achievement award recognizes the Goddard employee who best exhibits the qualities of broad scientific accomplishments in the area of Earth Sciences that exemplified Dr. Nordberg’s own career.
Dr. Middleton is a trained ecologist and botanist and joined NASA GSFC in 1978 during the early days of the Eastern Regional Remote Sensing Applications Center (ERRSAC), predecessor of the Biospheric Sciences Lab, where she was a project manager and remote sensing specialist. Over the past two decades, her research has focused on hyperspectral reflectance and fluorescence properties of vegetation, with emphasis on applications for remote sensing retrievals of important carbon cycle science parameters. In addition to basic laboratory and field studies to untangle the interaction of reflectance and fluorescent properties of vegetation, she has managed a team that pioneered the use of MODIS ocean bands for land applications, specifically for terrestrial vegetation assessments of photosynthetic efficiency over forests.
Dr. Middleton is a member of Ecological Society of America (ESA); American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE); American Geophysical Union (AGU) with over 100 manuscripts in publication.
To mark Earth Day 2012, we are inviting you to create your own compelling video vision of NASA's exploration of Earth. You could be selected to view the launch of an upcoming Earth science mission in person! Deadline is May 31, 2012.