January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

Weir receives the inaugural Piers J. Sellers Award at SED Poster Party

On January 18, 2017, the annual SED (Sciences and Exploration Directorate) Poster Party was held in NASA GSFC’s Building 28 Atrium. The hallways were packed with posters, scientists and attendees. Hyperwall presentations were given on the second floor, the Scientific Visualization Studio welcomed people to view a variety of items as well as try out Virtual Reality headsets, and the Science as Food contest had creative entries, as always.

Among the awards presented, the first Piers J. Sellers Award for Interdisciplinary Science was presented to Brad Weir (610.1/USRA) for a poster titled “The Project formerly known as GEOS-Carb” (co-authors include Tom Oda and Abhishek Chatterjee, also of 610.1/USRA).  Piers Sellers passed away in late December 2016 of pancreatic cancer ( see link ). In honor of his passion for cricket as a native of Great Britain, Lesley Ott, Colleen Hartman and Conor Nixon created an award in Dr. Seller’s name in the form of an actual cricket bat. This award will be presented annually.

From left to right: Brad Weir (610.1/USRA) with the Cricket Bat, Lesley Ott (610.1/GSFC), Colleen Hartman (600/GSFC), and Conor Nixon (690/GSFC). Photo Credit: Jay Friedlander (605/TRAX/GSFC).



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