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2021 NASA Exploration Science Awards


At NESF, SSERVI presents awards as a way to honor key people in the community: the Eugene Shoemaker Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Science, the Michael J. Wargo Award for Outstanding Achievement in Exploration Science, the Susan Mahan Niebur Award for Early Career Achievement and the Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award.

Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal
The Distinguished Scientist Eugene Shoemaker 2021 Medal, named after the American geologist and one of the founders of planetary science, Eugene Shoemaker (1928-1997), is awarded to Paul G. Lucey for his significant scientific contributions throughout his life. career. The prize includes a certificate and a medal with the Shakespearean quote “And he will make the face of the sky so beautiful that everyone will be in love with the night”.

Professor Paul G. Lucey is a professor at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His research in planetary science and remote sensing was instrumental in the development of imaging spectrometers for NASA. He has been the principal investigator of many programs and has used hyperspectral imagery to effectively map lunar material. His research into the composition of the lunar crust has led to quantitative modeling of the near infrared spectra of the Moon, and more recently he has closely studied various types of rocks detected in the lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin by the moon. Chang’E-4. mission. Dr Lucey is a member of the SSERVI ICE FIVE-O team which models the physical, chemical and isotopic signatures around the lunar poles. He publishes extensively in prestigious journals with over 100 publications, has served on numerous national review and advisory boards, and is the co-inventor of several patents. Dr. Lucey’s significant contributions in many disciplines – from the engineering of new instruments to the analysis of scientific data – make him an outstanding and highly deserving recipient of the 2021 Shoemaker’s Medal.

Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award
The Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award is an annual award given to a scientist or engineer who has made a significant contribution to the integration of exploration and planetary science throughout their career. Dr Michael Wargo (1951-2013) was Chief Exploration Scientist for NASA’s Directorate of Human Exploration and Exploitation Missions and was a strong advocate for the integration of science, engineering and technology. The 2021 Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award goes to Darlene Lim, a researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Dr Lim is currently Project Associate Scientist for NASA’s VIPER Lunar Rover mission, and also leads several NASA-funded research programs focused on blending field science with new concepts of operations for human teams. and robotics. She is Principal Investigator of the BASALT, SUBSEA and Pavilion Lake Research Programs, PI Assistant for FINESSE and Scientific Operations Manager for RESOURCE. Darlene has conducted field research around the world, on land and underwater. She has served on several committees of the NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group and currently sits on the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Committee and the NASA Ocean Worlds Network Steering Committee. Mike Wargo would be proud of his efforts to integrate exploration and planetary science!


Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award
The SSERVI Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Prize is awarded annually to a mid-career scientist for significant and lasting achievements related to the areas of interest of the SSERVI. Angioletta Coradini (1946-2011) was an Italian planetologist who inspired astronomers around the world. The 2021 Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Prize is awarded to Dr Timothy Glotch of Stonybrook University.

Prof. Glotch is a co-investigator on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer and, with Prof. Deanne Rogers, a scientist participating in the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Prof. Glotch’s research on planetary regolith and laboratory spectroscopic measurements of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples in simulated environments have contributed to quantitative remote sensing of the surfaces of the Moon, Mars and small bodies. Professor Glotch has served as a principal investigator on two SSERVI teams and has led the efforts of more than 50 researchers and students to use cutting-edge laboratory, theory and field techniques to advance the scientific and human exploration goals of the NASA. He has also been a leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility efforts both at Stonybrook University and within SSERVI. Congratulations Tim on this well deserved award!


Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award
The Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award is an annual award given to an early career scientist who has made significant contributions to the scientific or exploration communities. The Susan M. Niebur Early Career Award recipients are researchers who are no more than ten years old after completing their doctorate, who have demonstrated excellence in their field and have made significant contributions to the scientific communities. or exploration. Susan Mahan Niebur (1978-2012) was a former scientist in the NASA Discovery Program who launched the first-ever Early Career Fellowship and Annual Early Career Workshop to help new planetary scientists break into the field. . This year, the award is jointly presented to Dr Shuai Li and Dr Parvathy Prem.

Dr Prem is a member of the science team for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and SEAL payload, and is a co-investigator in two SSRVI teams: LEADER and ICE Five-O. His research focuses on the application of computational methods to study the bodies of the solar system and their interactions with the space environment. Current research includes modeling the origin and transport of volatile substances on the Moon and the development of radiative transfer models to aid in the interpretation of remote sensing data. Dr Prem is also co-chair of the scientific organizing committee of this year’s combined NASA Exploration Science Forum and European Lunar Symposium meeting.

Dr Shuai Li is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of the ICE Five-O team at SSERVI, where his research into the unglazed components of icy bodies in the outer solar system provides clues to surface processes and their possible connections with the interior to improve our knowledge. on the formation and evolution of the solar system.

The SSERVI awards are open to the entire research community and are presented with guest lectures at the NESF. Applications are welcome at any time, but must be submitted in early March for consideration during that calendar year. Recipients do not need to reside in the United States or be a United States citizen. The winners officially receive the prizes at the NESF each summer. More information on these awards and past recipients can be found at: http://sservi.nasa.gov/awards.

Posted by: Soderman Staff / SSERVI
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