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Earth Sciences Division (610) Local News Archive
- A recent article in The Baltimore Sun focused on members of the Earth Sciences Division and their work at Goddard Space Flight Center.
- 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 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.
- Nathan Kurtz, Sea Ice Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, blogs from the Operation IceBridge 2014 Antarctic campaign.
- 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.
- Patrick Lynch
- 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.
- This Earth Day, we asked you to share your inspiring vision about NASA's exploration of Earth. We are in awe, and here are our winners.
- A new contest invites the public to produce a short video that captures what they find inspiring and important about NASA's efforts to observe and understand Earth.