September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018

2018 Hydrosphere, Biosphere and Geophysics Peer Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Hydrosphere, Biosphere and Geophysics Peer Awards Ceremony was held at NASA Goddard in Building 33/Room H114, Six GESTAR members were recognized for their achievements. Dr. Henry Selkirk (GESTAR/USRA) was in attendance to present each awardee a certificate from GESTAR and an individual monetary award. GESTAR congratulates them on their accomplishments.

Ryan Fitzgibbons & Adriana Manrique (both GESTAR/USRA) each received an award as part of the ICESat-2 Outreach & Communications Team: “For outstanding accomplishments in support of the ICESat-2 mission.”

Ivona Cetinic (GESTAR/USRA) for Scientific Achievement: “For keeping the EXPORTS ships afloat: for exceptional leadership in shepherding a major NASA field campaign in the north Pacific Ocean.”

Thomas Eck (GESTAR/USRA) for Scientific Achievement: “As part of the AERONET Team, for outstanding work on remotely-sensed and ground-based measurement and validation of aerosols.”

Yan Soldo (GESTAR/USRA) for Scientific Achievement: “For outstanding achievement in support of Aquarius and SMAP.”

Thomas Stanley (GESTAR/USRA) for Scientific Achievement: “For advancing the global modeling and nowcasting of landslide hazards through in-depth investigation on a national and international scale, supporting exploration by scientists and citizen scientists alike.”


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.