February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018

This year, GESTAR is proud to congratulate Dr. Assaf Anyamba, a 2017 recipient of 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 second year for these awards.

Assaf Anyamba (USRA/618) received a USRA Individual Excellence Award. His citation reads as follows: “Assaf Anyamba’s work on climate, climate-related diseases, and land degradation—all using satellite data—has generated broad community interest for its relevance and originality. Assaf continues to set the example for excellence in research and entrepreneurship in fundraising, with over 1800 citations of his journal publications and an impressive list of research sponsors comprising NASA, the Department of Agriculture, the Defense Health Agency, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Assaf also contributes energetically to building research collaborations, mentoring students, and communicating scientific results.”

GESTAR congratulates Assaf on this recognition of his efforts!


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.