On Friday, January 13, 2017, Goddard’s Climate and Radiation Laboratory (Code 613) held its annual party and awards ceremony at the Goddard Rec Center. Dr. Lazaros Oreopoulos, Lab Chief, presented each recipient with a plaque, and Dr. Bill Corso, Director of GESTAR, presented the following award recipients from GESTAR with a certificate and SPOT award:
Jie Gong , For Best First-Authored Paper:
"For her creative study revealing the importance of horizontally oriented ice particles in the transfer of polarized microwave radiation though ice clouds.”
Benjamin Marchant , also For Best First-Authored Paper:
"For his paper documenting significant improvement to the MODIS phase algorithm, an essential first step in obtaining useful cloud optical property retrievals.”
Sergey Korkin received a Special Award for an Act of Exceptional Merit, Beyond the Call of Duty:
"For the development of the polarized radiative transfer code SORD and its integration into the AERONET v3 processing algorithm.”
GESTAR congratulates all of the awardees on their recognition!
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.