February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

The 2018 SED (Sciences and Exploration Directorate) Poster Party was held on Tuesday, January 30th in the Atrium of NASA GSFC’s Building 28. The ICESat-2 Team offered an interactive experience, scientists filled boards with posters throughout the first floor, and the Science as Food exhibit was at the center of the activity. Hyperwall presentations were on the second floor, and several exhibits were set up for experimenting Virtual and Augmented Reality firsthand.

This year, another USRA scientist was recognized with the second annual Piers J. Sellers Award (a.k.a. the cricket bat) for Interdisciplinary Science: Assaf Anyamba (618/USRA), lead author of the poster titled “CHIKRisk: Global Monitoring and Mapping of Chikungunya Risk”, a DTRA-supported study (Defense Threat Reduction Agency). Dr. Anyamba’s team and co-authors on this poster include Radina Soebiyanto (618/USRA), Xhafer Rama (618/USRA), Shivam Bijoria (618/USRA), Rikke Jepsen (618/UMBC), and Kenneth Linthicum (USDA-ARS). (See 2017 news item for more information on the history of this award.) Mr. Xhafer Rama received the award on behalf of Dr. Anyamba. GESTAR congratulates the team on this terrific recognition.

Anyamba and Team receives Piers J. Sellers Award

From left to right: Colleen Hartman (600/GSFC), Sean Bailey (616/GSFC), Xhafer Rama (618/USRA) with the award, and John Yorks (612/GSFC). Photo Credit: Jay Friedlander (605/TRAX/GSFC). 


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