On Monday, February 6th, Goddard’s Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory (Code 612) held its awards ceremony at NASA GSFC, and a GESTAR member was recognized for his work. Each awardee received a plaque, a certificate and a monetary award.
Mircea Grecu (GESTAR/MSU) was honored with a Contractor Award for Best Scientific Paper: “For an outstanding paper describing the remote sensing of precipitation using a combination of satellite-based radar and passive microwave radiometer data.” The paper’s citation reads as follows: Grecu, Mircea, William S. Olson, Stephen Joseph Munchak, Sarah Ringerud, Liang Liao, Ziad Haddad, Bartie L. Kelley, and Steven F. McLaughlin (2016), "The GPM Combined Algorithm," Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 33 (10), 2225-2245, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0019.1.
GESTAR congratulates Dr. Grecu on this honor.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been in operation for 50 years -- chartered on May 1, 1959. The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. During the past 50-years, Goddard has been at the forefront in exploration, in technological achievement, in space science, and in studying the Earth as a system.
GESTAR conducts research collaboratively, mainly within NASA GSFC's Earth Sciences Division, but also with Solar Systems Exploration Division, Office of Education, and Office of Public Affairs. Scientists and staff at GESTAR, in collaboration with NASA and other investigators, conceive and develop new, space-based missions; provide mission requirements; conduct research that explains the behavior of Earth and other planetary systems; and create engaging media that tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery on Earth and beyond.
Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.