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Bland and Aeropod Team Selected for National FLC Technology Transfer Award

Geoff Bland (610.W) and the Aeropod Team (Ted Miles, Kay Rufty, Andy Henry, and Sallie Smith) have been selected to receive a 2021 Technology Focus Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The Technology Focus Award is presented annually to a federal laboratory that has most successfully completed a transfer effort of a featured technology under the Technology Focus initiative.

EarthShine proposal featured on cover of GSFC's Cutting Edge

Cover of Cutting Edge magazine In "Our World as an Exoplanet," Padi Boyd, Emily Wilson, and Alan Smale are featured as they discuss their proposal to use a lunar-surface experiment suite called EarthShine to look at Earth as an exoplanet proxy - a representative of a habitable and inhabited planet we might find orbiting another star.

Earth Sciences Remembers Dr. Franco Einaudi

Photo of Franco EinaudiWe are sad to announce the loss of Dr. Franco Einaudi who passed away on December 10, 2020. Dr. Einaudi served as the Director of the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division from 2000 to 2010 after joining Goddard in 1987 and serving in several prior leadership positions. He is remembered with respect and admiration across the Division.

His obituary can be found online here.

Lau Elected Fellow of the AAAS

Dr. William K.M. Lau (GSFC Emeritus and former Deputy Director for Atmospheres) was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): "For profound contributions to the understanding of atmospheric low frequency oscillations, monsoon dynamics, aerosol-monsoon interaction, and hydroclimate variability and change, through original data analysis and modeling.”

2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610), Gregory Faluvegi (611/CU), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Ralph Kahn Named 2020 AGU Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Ralph Kahn of the Climate and Radiation Laboratory for his election as a 2020 AGU Fellow. AGU’s announcement states: “The members of this year’s class of Fellows have made exceptional contributions in our Earth and space sciences community through breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their disciplines. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1% of members to join this prestigious group of individuals.Thanks to their dedication and sacrifice, AGU Fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences.” That describes Ralph perfectly, and we are honored to have another AGU Fellow in the Division.

Rodell Named a Highly Cited Researcher

Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610) for being named to the 2020 Highly Cited Researcher List by Clarivate Web of Science: “Recognizing the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.”

AGU Honor Awards

Congratulations to two of SED's scientists, who were awarded AGU Honor Awards. The AGU states, “These individuals embody our shared vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future for all powered by discovery, innovation, and action.”

Dr. Claire L. Parkinson (Code 610) is awarded the Roger Revelle medal. The Roger Revelle Medal is given annually to one AGU honoree in recognition of outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.

Dr. Barbara L. Giles (Code 670) is awarded the Edward A. Flinn III Award. The Edward A. Flinn III Award is given annually to mid-career or senior scientists, either individually or in a small group, who personifies AGU’s motto ‘unselfish cooperation in research’ through their facilitating, coordinating, and implementing activities. This award is for the unsung heroes who provide the ideas, motivation, and labors of love that build and maintain the infrastructure without which our science could not flourish.

Code 610 Holds Virtual Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics Peer Awards Ceremony

On October 27, 2020, the following Earth Sciences staff members were recognized at the first Virtual Code 610 Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics Peer Awards Ceremony:

o Administrative/Business Support: Patricia Cade, Victor Freeman, Ryan Fiora, Stacy Milligan, Judy Strohmaier, Regina Oglesby, Natalie Sharpe, Nicole Ayala, Katrice Tanner
o Career Achievement: Carey Noll (Civil Servant) and Jeffrey Demarzio (Contractor)
o Outreach: Andrea Portier, Earth To Sky Team (Anita Davis (Team Lead), Genevieve de Messieres, John Morris, Ruth Paglierani and Jennetta Giddens)
o Scientific Achievement: Dirk Aurin, Joaquin Chaves, Meng Gao, Andrew Sayer, Ryan Vandermeulen, Robert Emberson, Jessica Erlingis, Michael Jasinski, Thomas Stanley, Carrie Vuyovich, Junchang Ju, David Gordon, Daniel MacMillan
o Scientific/Technical Support: Marco Bagnardi, Shelly Bettinger, Christopher Field, Jeremy Harbeck, John Robbins, John Shepherd, The Instrument Support Facility (Peggy Jester (Team Lead), Jim Golder, Jairo Santana, Jordan Uehara, Kristine Barbieri, Daniel Jackson, Lisa Lee, and William Dehaven), Scott Freeman, Inia Soto Ramos, OCI Science Analysis Team (Shihyan Lee (Team Lead), Jeff Mcintire, Samuel Kitchen-McKinley, Hyeungu Choi, Gene Eplee, Nicholas Collins, and Jim McCarthy), James Geiger, Darcy Gray, Eric Kemp, Brendan McAndrew, Mahdi Navari, Daniel Sarmiento, Natthachet Tangdamrongsub, Jerry Wegiel, Soni Yatheendradas, Jinwoong Yoo, Jason Kraft, Aliaksandr Sinyuk, Shane Hendry, Teresa Pennington, Guoqing Lin

Congratulations to all!

Code 610 Holds Virtual Atmospheres Peer Awards Ceremony

On October 16, 2020, the following Earth Sciences staff members were recognized at the first Virtual Code 610 Atmospheres Peer Awards Ceremony:

o Best Senior Author Publication: Ukkyo Jeong, Stacey Frith
o Best Science Highlight or Nugget: Yaping Zhou, Lok Lamsal and OMI NO2 Team
o Distinguished Contribution Group Award: SHADOZ Ozonesonde Dropoff Team (Ryan Stauffer, Debra Kollonige, Henry Selkirk)
o COVID-19 NO2 Web Development and Content Group: Lok Lamsal, Yasuko Yoshida, Zachary Fasnacht, Sungyeon Choi, Keith Evans, Fei Liu, Can Li
o Special Recognition Award: Thomas Northam, Patty McCaughey, Scott Braun, Laurence Twigg
o Outstanding Performance – Science: Jackson Tan, Eric Fleming
o Engineering and/or Instrument Development or Support: Nader Abuhassan
o Technical or Field Campaign Support: Rachael Kroodsma, Peter Pantina, Charles Helms
o Science Software Development: Jasper Lewis, Yujie Wang
o IT or Web Support: Christopher Wright (613 IT Support Team: Corey Bettenhausen, Perry Collins, Horace Payne and Ashley Barrientos)
o Outreach or Mentoring: Robert Swap, Robert Levy, Selwyn Hudson-Odoi
o Administrative or Business Support: Kelly Gillis, Jacqueline Haywood, Cathy Newman, Lindy Whetzel
o Special Recognition during COVID-19: Corey Bettenhausen

Congratulations to all!

Earth Matters Blog: Hurricane Resources for an Active Atlantic Season

Accessing NASA data to track and research these events can sometimes feel like a maze. For a comprehensive starting point, Earthdata has a new Cyclones Data Pathfinder summarizing the data available for pre-assessing storms, making near real-time assessments, and conducting post-storm analysis. There is clear information on where to find and easily visualize those datasets.

Tan Selected for AMS Editor's Award

The Council of the American Meteorological Society voted to award Jackson Tan (613/USRA) an Editor’s Award for his reviews in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The citation reads “For insightful and timely reviews of numerous manuscripts in the field of precipitation remote sensing.”

Gong Receives Citation for Excellence in Refereeing

Each year, the American Geophysical Union publications department recognizes outstanding reviewers selected by the editors of each AGU journal. Congratulations to Dr. Jie Gong (613/USRA) for her selection for the 2019 AGU Editors' citation for excellence in refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters.

U.S. Patent Awarded for Detecting Hydroxyl

Steven A. Bailey (550) and Thomas F. Hanisco (614) were awarded a patent for their method to detect OH (hydroxyl radicals) in an atmosphere. U.S. Patent Number: 10697890 is entitled “Apparatus and Method of Hydroxyl Detection” and was awarded on June 30, 2020. The patent came from their research on hydroxyl radiometers.

Earth Matters Blog: NASA, ESA, and JAXA Provide Global Observations of COVID-19 Impacts

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard. The web platform combines the collective scientific power of the agencies’ Earth-observing satellites to document changes in the environment and society in response to the pandemic.

Dr. Joanna Joiner Named Recipient of 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

We are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Joanna Joiner as the 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Joiner is being recognized for exceptional scientific breakthroughs and leadership in the remote sensing of clouds, trace gases, and photosynthesis.

Dr. Joiner serves as Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA EOS Aura satellite and is the lead for the U.S. OMI Science Team, managing the core team that provides critical support for OMI science team members and the wider user community. Together with her international co-Leads, Dr. Joiner accepted the 2018 USGS Pecora Award on behalf of the entire OMI Science Team.

Of particular note is Dr. Joiner’s innovative application of inelastic rotational Raman scattering (the Ring Effect) in UV remote sensing to derive trace-gas vertical profiles and to measure the Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF) of chlorophyll as a means of estimating gross primary production (GPP) over land surfaces. These contributions, and insights that have produced additional improvements to SO2 retrieval, represent major advances in the field of UV remote sensing, having wide practical implications.

Dr. Joiner will be presented with the William Nordberg Memorial Award during a future Scientific Colloquium that will be scheduled once we are all back on Center.

2019 Robert H. Goddard Award Recipients

Congratulations to the all the 610 recipients of 2019 Robert H. Goddard awards:

Andrew Lacis – Award of Merit
Thomas Neumann – Leadership
Gavin Schmidt – Mission & Enabling Support
Trena Ferrell – Outreach
Geoffrey Bland – Outreach
Jacob Reed – Outreach
Sabrina Hosein – Professional/Administrative
John Yorks – Science
Lazaros Oreopoulos – Science
Hongbin Yu – Science
Brooke Medley – Science
Dalia Kirschbaum – Science
Matthew Montanaro – Science
Nima Pahlevan – Science
George Riggs – Science
Jeanne Sauber-Rosenberg – Science
ICESat-2 Constraint Analysis and Monitoring System Team/Scott Luthcke – Engineering Teams
Space Geodesy Project/Stephen Merkowitz – Engineering Teams
IMERG Development Team/George Huffman – Science Teams
Operation IceBridge Team/Joseph Macgregor – Science Teams
The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Project Science Team/
Jeremy Werdell – Science Teams
ICESat-2 POD/PPD Team/Scott Luthcke – Science Teams

Earth Matters Blog: Pathfinder for COVID-19

The COVID-19 Data Pathfinder provides links to datasets that can be used to research changing environmental impacts from modified human behavior patterns during the global pandemic.

Christa Peters-Lidard Named Goddard Acting Chief Scientist

Photo of Christa Peters-Lidard Christa Peters-Lidard, Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics, has been appointed to serve as the Acting Chief Scientist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In this capacity, Christa will advise Goddard's leadership team on Goddard's scientific research priorities. She will also represent Goddard on the Agency’s Science Council, while Jim Garvin, Goddard's Chief Scientist, has been temporarily assigned to serve as the Principal Investigator of the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Plus (DAVINCI+) mission. Congratulations, Christa, on your new role at Goddard!

Claire Parkinson Named Finalist for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Photo of Claire Parkinson On May 3, 2020, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service announced 27 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) finalists for 2020 – outstanding federal employees who serve the public good and are addressing many of our country’s greatest challenges. One of those winners is climatologist and author, Claire Parkinson of the Earth Sciences Division.

Claire was selected for her achievements in conducting breakthrough scientific research documenting how the changing sea ice covers in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans have played a significant role in climate change and for her role as Project Scientist for the Aqua satellite. Claire is one of six finalists in the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement category.

The Sammies, known as the “Oscars” of government service, are a highly respected honor with a rigorous selection process. Congratulations, Claire!

Earth Day Countdown Blog

50 days of stories and images to mark 50 years of celebrating our home planet.

Earth Matters Blog: Assessing Locust Damage from the Ground

East Africa is experiencing one of its worst locust outbreaks in decades. To help manage outbreaks, NASA scientists are developing tools to track locust breeding grounds and to assess crop damage.

Earth Matters Blog: Nimbus-4–A Satellite Pioneer For Ozone Research

When NASA launched the Nimbus-4 satellite 50 years ago, nobody knew the ozone layer over Antarctica was thinning. And nobody knew that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)—long-lived chemicals that had been used in refrigerators and aerosol sprays since the 1930s—were responsible.

Coronavirus Impacts Field Work

Goddard Space Flight Center airborne campaigns are highlighted in a recent Capital Weather Gang article in The Washington Post. The article describes the novel coronavirus's impact on scientific research and field campaigns.

Ralph Kahn to receive 2019 Nordberg Award

Photo of Ralph Kahn We are thrilled to announce the selection of Ralph Kahn as the 2019 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner. Ralph Kahn has dedicated most of his scientific career to studying aerosols and their major influences on air quality, aviation safety, cloud properties, and global climate. He has conducted pioneering work to greatly advance our understanding of aerosol interactions with their environment and to influence relevant research directions of GSFC, NASA, and the Earth science community as a whole. His work as MISR Aerosol Scientist has resulted in more than 15 years of global high quality aerosol observations from MISR. Ralph has validated detection algorithms of key sources of biomass burning aerosols, characterized their strength and injection heights into the atmosphere, and showed how to identify and track ash plumes from volcanic eruptions. These techniques are routinely used by aerosol scientists worldwide. Kahn has built an enduring legacy at GSFC for his outstanding ability to build collaborations between NASA mission teams. He has been instrumental in bringing together the aerosol teams of MISR, MODIS, CALIPSO, and OMI and urged the modeling and satellite communities to come together. Kahn’s scientific influence is also evident in his prodigious publication record. Publication prowess is only one facet of his scientific reputation and standing. Kahn entertains a ceaseless stream of invitations for talks at scientific meetings and educational/research institutions. Ralph also cares deeply about community outreach and mentoring early-career scientists. His educational credentials include contributions to the Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing, lending frequently his expertise for Earth Observatory stories, and being a founder and editor of PUMAS, an on-line journal providing pre-college teachers peer-reviewed enrichment material (Outstanding Education Product Award in 1999). Many of his former mentees have moved on to successful positions in academia and government.
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