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, 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.
Four GSFC scientists were named AGU fellows
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
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.
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.
Dr. Sellers, featured in the new documentary, Before the Flood, discusses his life and NASA career.
Sellers (left) guides Leonardo DiCaprio (right) through a view of global sea-surface temperatures and currents using NASA Goddard's "hyperwall" display.
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
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
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
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."