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
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.
Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Del Genio, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, for being named a 2012 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. To be elected a Fellow of AGU is a special tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions. Nominated Fellows must have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Primary criteria for evaluation in scientific eminence are major breakthrough/discovery and paradigm shift. This designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1% of all AGU members in any given year. New Fellows are chosen by a Committee of Fellows.
Christa Peters-Lidard and Paul Newman Elected Fellows of the American Meteorological Society
Congratulations to Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard, Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, and Dr. Paul Newman, Chief Scientist for Atmospheres, for being named 2012 Fellows of the American Meteorological Society. Election to grade of Fellow serves as a recognition of their outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years. A maximum of only two-tenths of one percent of the AMS membership is approved through the Fellow nomination process.
In recognition of his exceptional work as a climate communicator, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected Gavin Schmidt as the recipient of its inaugural Climate Communications Prize. Schmidt is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and co-founder of RealClimate.org, a blog that covers areas of science related to climate-from present-day measurements to paleoclimate proxies, from natural climate variation to anthropogenic change. Schmidt has also worked with photographers on a popular science book, on museum exhibits, and on online courses and has often appeared on TV and radio and in print. The award, which was established by AGU earlier this year, recognizes excellence in climate communication as well as the promotion of scientific literacy, clarity of messaging, and efforts to foster respect and understanding for science-based values related to climate change.
Dr. James Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is one of two prominent climate scientists selected for the 2010 Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award which is considered to be Japan's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Director of Earth Sciences Division Selected
Dr. Peter Hildebrand has been appointed the Director of the Earth Sciences Division. He brings a wealth of scientific, managerial and leadership experience to the position. Dr. Hildebrand's appointment will be effective July 18, 2010. Until then, he will be the Acting Division Director for Earth Sciences.
Claire Parkinson elected to American Philosophical Society
Dr. Claire Parkinson has been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin with the express purpose of "promoting useful knowledge," the society elected 38 new members at their recently concluded annual meeting. Claire is one of seven newly elected members in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences section and the only one from government, the other six being from universities. In the 267 years since its founding, the Society has elected a total of 5,403 members. Early members included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, and current membership (totaling 1,001) includes Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, and Sandra Day O'Connor, giving a flavor of the breadth of the organization.
Dr. Jim Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been awarded the 2010 Sophie Prize. This is an annual international award for environment and sustainable development. It is awarded to one or several persons, or an organization, which has created awareness of alternatives to modern-day development and/or initiated such alternatives in a pioneering or particularly inventive manner. Jim Hansen receives the award for his clear communication of the threat posed by climate change and for his genuine commitment to future generations.
Molly Brown Wins the David Johnson Award
Molly Brown in the Biospheric Sciences Branch in the Earth Sciences Division has won the David Johnson Award. This is an annual award presented by the National Space Club in honor of the first Administrator of what was to become the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, or NESDIS. This award is given to young professionals who have developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data (alone or in combination with non-satellite data) that is, or could be, used for operational purposes to assess and/or predict atmospheric, oceanic or terrestrial conditions.