January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018

On Friday, January 19th, Goddard’s Climate and Radiation Laboratory (Code 613) held its awards ceremony at NASA GSFC at the Goddard Rec Center. The event included a potluck-style lunch. Dr. Henry Selkirk (GESTAR/USRA) represented GESTAR at the event to present a certificate and monetary award to the scientists below, and each awardee received a plaque from Lab Chief Dr. Lazaros Oreopoulos. 

Daeho Jin (GESTAR/USRA) For Best First-Authored Paper:

“For his *Dynamics paper establishing a novel framework for Climate evaluating clouds in climate models”.

*Jin, D., L. Oreopoulos, & D. Lee, 2017. Regime-based evaluation of cloudiness in CMIP5 models, Clim Dyn, 48: 89, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-016-3064-0.

Yingxi Shi (GESTAR/USRA) For Scientific Leadership Award:

“For exceptional drive and leadership in developing satellite retrievals of aerosol characteristics during the 2015 Indonesian extreme fire and smoke event”.

Jackson Tan (GESTAR/USRA), pictured, For Scientific Leadership Award:

“For advancing our understanding of precipitation variability via novel ground validation approaches and convective rainfall evaluation in climate models”.

GESTAR congratulates Drs. Jin, Shi and Tan on this 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.