NASA has selected a team led by BAER’s Dr. Meloë Kacenelenbogen to study atmospheric aerosols. Through the three-year project, Dr. Kacenelenbogen will work with scientists from NASA, NOAA, and several universities on a number of tasks designed to improve the predictions made by chemical transport models regarding the composition of aerosols present in the atmosphere.
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NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) selected a team from NASA Ames Research Center, and six other research teams nationwide, to take part in astrobiology research for the next five years. Total value of the award is over $50 million for the duration of the program for all seven teams.
BAER’s Julie Nottage has been recognized by NASA Ames Research Center under its Safety Awards Program. NASA established the program to recognize individuals whose actions, behavior, and job performance go above and beyond the call of duty resulting in improved health and safety conditions.
A team of scientists, including BAER’s Dr. Darlene Lim, have won the prestigious NASA Ames Honor Award for Group Achievement for the Pavilion Lake Research Project. The project, being conducted at a lake in British Columbia, hopes to develop greater insight into the search for life in our solar system and beyond.
Dr. Barclay succeeds Dr. Martin Still as Director of the Kepler Guest Observer Office and was selected from a highly competitive field for his specialized skill set and significant scientific contributions. The Kepler Guest Observer Office leads, and provides support to, the community of scientists using Kepler and K2 data.
Sreeja Nag, MIT graduate student in the AeroAstro Department and summer BAER Institute employee is the winner of the 22nd Annual Frank J. Redd Student Competition held at the Commerce of Small Satellites conference in Logan, UT.
The work of BAER’s Susan Kulawik on NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO‑2) mission now enters a new stage with the launch of the OCO-2 satellite on July 2, 2014. The mission aims to provide scientists with new insight into the Earth’s carbon cycle.
BAER Institute welcomes Margaret Williams as its new Associate Director of Research. Margaret comes to BAER from Impact Carbon, a non-profit organization that uses carbon finance to increase access to clean energy technologies in the developing world. Margaret served as Program Manager for carbon asset development, overseeing all survey design, fuel and emissions data collection, data analysis and document preparation for carbon asset validation and verification under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Gold Standard Registry.
The Showtime television series “Years of Living Dangerously” premiered this month focusing on the role of greenhouse gases in global warming and the danger to the planet posed by rapid climate change. The series’ opening segment shows actor Harrison Ford’s visit to NASA Ames Research Center where he participated in a Project AJAX mission and watched the display of climate data compiled by the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) project. Both AJAX and NEX are climate research projects with BAER Institute scientists playing key roles.
Working with NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, a team of scientists, including BAER’s Thomas S. Barclay, have discovered a planet 500 light-years away that is 10% wider than Earth and could have a climate suitable for liquid water – and therefore life.