Success Stories

Casey Kahn Thornbrugh Mentors First Space Grant Interns at TOCC

Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh awarded with Centennial Achievement Award!

During his Ph.D. program, FY 2011, 2012 Space Grant Fellow, Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh, went to work as an adjunct geography instructor at Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) on the Tohono O’odham Nation. While being an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Fellow and a NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow, he has spent much of his time mentoring Tohono O’odham college students at TOCC.

Casey’s goal is to continue working with Native communities to develop geography and environmental science curricula that is reflective of tribal/community values and culture, and prepares students for working in their communities, nationally, or internationally.

Classroom on the Mountaintop

Classroom on the Mountaintop

Congratulations to FY 2012, 2013 Space Grant Fellow, Pacifica Sommers, for leading a pilot project with Inner City Outings and the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter! Sommers created a series of activities and games as part of an over night field trip for elementary and middle school students at the SkyCenter. This program gave many students a first time journey outside of Tucson city for a hands-on, science education experience.

Classroom on the Mountaintop
Governor’s 2012 Excellence in Economic Development Award

Governor’s 2012 Excellence in Economic Development Award

The Arizona Space Grant Consortium is proud to announce that our Ralph C. Steckler Space Grant Phase 2 Lunar Greenhouse development program and associated outreach, has received a Governor’s 2012 Excellence in Economic Development Award!

The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center’s Lunar Greenhouse and Teaching Module:  Reaches K-12 STEM students across Arizona, students at the University of Arizona and graduate students, with support from NASA, demonstrating that vegetables can be grown in space and can be incorporated into the diet of astronauts working on long-term missions.
Jake Turner Helps Discover Possible Tropical Lakes on Titan

Jake Turner Helps Discover Possible Tropical Lakes on Titan

FY 2010 Space Grant Intern, Jake Turner, was one of the team members that helped to discover and characterize the first tropical methane lakes on Saturn's moon Titan using the Cassini spacecraft.

Possible tropical lakes on Titan from observations of dark terrain
Saturn Moon Has Tropical "Great Salt Lake," Methane Marshes
A surprising find: Tropical lake on Saturn moon Titan
Tropical lakes on Saturn moon could expand options for life
UA Students Take Three Udall Awards

UA Students Take Three Udall Awards

Congratulations to FY 2011 Space Grant Intern and FY 2012 Space Grant Intern Advisor, Irene Liang, for being awarded the Udall Scholarship from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. In honor of the legacy of the Udalls, UA alumni, the foundation grants up to $5,000 in funding for each scholar – all students who have proven records of leadership and are committed to working in fields that center on the environment, health-care or tribal public policy.

Liang plans to study microbial methods used to monitor and treat water, which are currently expensive. With the UA Soil, Water and Environmental Science Club, Liang implemented a water-harvesting infrastructure and worked on erosion control to enable re-vegetation and reclamation of land. She also helped cleaned up trashed beaches in Mexico.

UA Students Take Three Udall Awards
Chris Lewicki, President of Planetary Resources

Chris Lewicki, President of Planetary Resources

Former FY 1993 Space Grant Intern, Chris Lewicki, is leading the development of a new space industry centered around the mining of near-Earth asteroids. Chris Lewicki, formerly JPL's flight director for the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander, is now the president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources.

Planetary Resources set to begin hunt for asteroids to mine in 18-24 months
Asteroid takeout—a one-billionaire mission to bring a 500-ton asteroid to Earth by 2025
UA Students Design, Test NASA Mars Camera

UA Students Design, Test NASA Mars Camera

FY 2008 Space Grant Intern, Kyle Stephens, is part of Crew 117 which is made up of engineers from The University of Arizona to test a new camera designed for the NASA-sponsored remote imaging system acquisition (RISA).

UA Students Design, Test NASA Mars Camera
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences' EarthWeek 2012 Award

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences' EarthWeek 2012 Award

FY 2010, 2011 Space Grant Fellow, Monica Ramirez, was awarded 2nd place for her abstract and 3rd place for her poster titled "A Greenhouse Study Assessing Potential Risk of Arsenic Exposure from Consumption of Home Produced Vegetables Near the Iron King Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site, Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona" at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences' EarthWeek 2012 event.

Posters on the Hill

Posters on the Hill

Congratulations to FY 2011 Space Grant Intern, Michael Schaffner, selected one of 74 students from over 850 applicants across the nation to present his Space Grant research on Capitol Hill!  Michael will exhibit a poster, “Water on the Moon: Remote Sensing from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter”, detailing his work with Dr. William Boynton from the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Posters on the Hill 2012 event April 24, 2012.

UA Undergrad Taking Moon Research to Washington, D.C.
PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship

PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship

FY 2007, 2008 Space Grant Intern, Chelsea Hodson, was awarded the PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship. Originally from Phoenix, she received her BA in journalism from the University of Arizona in 2009. She has worked as a Space Grant intern for NASA’s Phoenix Mars Mission. Her chapbook, BEACH CAMP, was published in 2010. Chelsea lives in Los Angeles and is writing an essay collection.

MEET THE 2012 EMERGING VOICES FELLOWS!

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