December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016

Lamsal and Rousseaux Recognized with USRA President Awards

Congratulations to GESTAR’s Lok Lamsal and Cecile Rousseaux, who each received a USRA President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements.  Awards fall into three categories: USRA Distinguished Service Award, USRA Individual Excellence Award and USRA Team Excellence Award. This is the inaugural year for these awards.

Lok Lamsal (USRA/614) received a USRA Individual Excellence Award. His citation reads as follows: “Lok Lamsal’s work on global nitrogen dioxide monitoring has had a marked effect on pollution control efforts worldwide.  He was honored twice this year by NASA, receiving the Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Science, and the Laboratory for Atmosphere’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Science.  Lok’s work resulted in one of the most downloaded papers in 2015 in the journal Atmospheric Science, and was featured prominently in the recent video “President Obama Explains How Pollution Affects Our Planet - YouTube.”

Cecile Rousseaux (USRA/610.1) also received a USRA Individual Excellence Award. Her citation is as follows: “Cecile Rousseaux‘s contributions to oceanographic biogeochemistry include co-authoring 15 peer-reviewed articles since GESTAR’s inception in 2011, helping to elucidate the complex interactions between atmospheric carbon and the oceans.  As a scientist, Cecile exhibits extraordinary energy and passion for discovery, serving as Principal Investigator (PI) on two NASA-funded proposals and co-PI on five others.  She has also played an exceptional role in the National Academy of Sciences 2017 Decadal Survey, and is leading the NASA Goddard Ocean Focus Group.”

GESTAR congratulates Lok and Cecile on this recognition in honor of their achievements.


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.