June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

GESTAR’s Annual Excellence Awards – Year Six

In 2016, GESTAR began its second five-year extension, which will run from 2016-2021. A celebration to reflect on this sixth year of various accomplishments will be held later this summer. For 2016 – 2017, the GESTAR Annual Excellence Awards were modified to recognize achievements in the following three categories: Leadership, Science and Technology, and Community. Nominations were made, votes were tallied, and awardees were selected. At the GESTAR All Hands Meeting held at NASA Goddard on Wednesday, June 28th, the following people were announced as the award winners:

Ivona Cetinic  (Leadership): “For her outstanding achievements as a scientific leader in the NASA Goddard Ocean Ecology Laboratory and in the ocean biology community at large.”

Mircea Grecu  (Science and Technology): For his major contribution to GPM’s combined precipitation algorithm which has been successfully upgraded from V4 to V5 during the past year.” 

Stephen Steenrod  (Community): “For his superior service as a System Administrator and scientist supporting the NASA Global Modeling Initiative (GMI), GEOS-5 chemistry and transport model, and Atmospheric Tomography mission (ATom) projects at NASA GSFC.”

Congratulations to all!


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.