September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

2017 Atmospheres Annual Awards Ceremony


The Earth Sciences Division - Atmospheres (Code 610AT) Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, September 22nd at NASA Goddard, and three GESTAR members were recognized for their achievements. Each recipient received a plaque from NASA Goddard, and representatives from USRA and MSU presented individual certificates.


Jie Gong (GESTAR/USRA) was recognized for Best Senior Author Publication: “For advancing our understanding of polarized microwave radiation from atmospheric frozen particles: Gong, J. and D.L. Wu, 2017, Microphysical properties of frozen particles inferred from Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) polarimetric measurement, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2741-2757.”


Hiren Jethva (GESTAR/USRA) was recognized for Best Science Highlight: “A Global and Decadal Record of Optical Depth of Absorbing Aerosols Above Clouds from OMI’s Near-UV Observations” (April 2017).


Hyokyung Kim (GESTAR/MSU) was recognized For Outstanding Performance – Science Software Development: “For GPM/DPR (Global Precipitation Mission/Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar) Software Development.”


GESTAR congratulates each of these scientists on their accomplishments


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.