Space Grant Success Stories

In Memoriam Maria Teresa Velez

We lost a dear friend and force for good with the passing of long-time UA/NASA Steering Committee Member and associate dean of the UA’s Graduate College Maria Teresa Velez on April 13. Our sense of loss and commitment to carry on her impressive legacy is beautifully captured by the words of 2008 Space Grant Intern Jennifer Stanley:

Phenomenal woman she was, Dr. Maria Teresa Velez phenomenally extraordinary. She was a motherly-mentor to many minority scholars - to this day, continue to be leaders in their own communities, by way of her mentorship. The Mother Teresa of the academic world.

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Congratulations to FY2015 Space Grant Intern Christopher Jabczynski, an Outstanding Senior to Be Honored at Commencement!

Congratulations to FY2015 Space Grant Intern Christopher Jabczynski, an Outstanding Senior to Be Honored at Commencement!

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Congratulations to FY11/12 Space Grant Graduate Fellow Seafha Ramos for her "Outstanding Dissertation"!

Congratulations to FY11/12 Space Grant Graduate Fellow Seafha Ramos for her "Outstanding Dissertation"!

“I was awarded the recognition of "Outstanding Dissertation" at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment awards ceremony this afternoon.  I can hardly believe it!  I want to thank you and the NASA Space Grant Consortium, again, for my fellowship allowing me to work with Native American high school students, bringing more personal meaning and depth to my dissertation process….I am so very grateful for the networks I made.” (Seafha Ramos, APR 2016) Read more

2006 Space Grant Intern Melissa Sevigny Publishes New Book on LPL History!

2006 Space Grant Intern Melissa Sevigny Publishes New Book on LPL History!

Congratulations to 2006 NASA Space Grant Intern Melissa L. Sevigny for her new book, Under Desert Skies! The book originates from a LPL oral history project during Melissa's Space Grant internship mentored by LPL director Dr. Mike Drake. Under Desert Skies describes how a small lunar-and planetary-focused laboratory at the University of Arizona forged the field of planetary science at a time when few people studied the solar system. Read more

2014 UA Space Grant Undergraduate, Casey Honniball, Travels to the Bottom of the World

2014 UA Space Grant Undergraduate, Casey Honniball, Travels to the Bottom of the World

This past Antarctic summer, 2014 UA Space Grant Undergraduate Casey Honniball and a group of scientists from the UA Steward Observatory Radio Astronomy Laboratory, Arizona State University, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, and Applied Physics Laboratory traveled to the bottom of the world to launch the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory II (STO-2). STO-2 is a Long Duration Balloon (LDB) experiment studying the life cycle of the Interstellar Medium by observing carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen atoms. They launch from Antarctica for the anticyclone that sets up over the continent in December, where the counter-clockwise wind pattern keep the... Read more

Congratulations to 2005 Space Grant Intern, Daniella DellaGiustina!

Congratulations to 2005 Space Grant Intern, Daniella DellaGiustina!

2005 UA/NASA Space Grant Intern Daniella DellaGiustina works as the Lead Image Processing Scientist for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. She holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Arizona, and an M.S. in Computational Physics from the University of Alaska. She got her start at LPL as an undergraduate in the Arizona Space Grant program working with Professor Dante Lauretta to characterize mineral phases in meteorites. Daniella continued to work at LPL with Dante Lauretta and Michael Drake, leading a student experiment on the Phase A Discovery OSIRIS Mission until the end of her undergraduate career. In... Read more

Space Grant ASCEND! Team 20, 21

Space Grant ASCEND! Team

Teams from UA, ASU, ERAU, SMCC, PCC, GCC, EMCC, PC and CAC celebrate the successful launch and recovery of the 20th and 21st AZSGC ASCEND! (BalloonSat) Program on November 21, 2015. Read more

Outreach at Flandrau with UA Fellow Joseph Thomas

Outreach at Flandrau with UA Fellow Joseph Thomas

A new exhibit at Flandrau Planetarium & Science Center, “Puzzles, Proofs and Patterns” features the work of FY 2014 Space Grant Fellow Joseph Thomas.  He created "Geometry in Context," featuring a series of short films used as teaching aids in high school geometry classes. Each film illustrates important concepts from geometry and is accompanied by a collection of in-class activities designed to help connect the mathematical ideas from the films to topics in engineering and the space sciences. Read more

2013 Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Succeeds as Space News Reporter

2013 Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Succeeds as Space News Reporter

2013 UA Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis has found great success as a space news reporter. Having started out in the IT field, Jason switched focuses and joined The University of Arizona as a UA Space Grant Fellow to pursue the creation of a space documentary. The documentary, Desert Moon, centered on the Lunar and Planetary Lab and its great contributions to the Apollo moon missions. Today, Jason Davis is a space news reporter with The Planetary Society, where he reports on LightSail, a spacecraft that tests solar sail technology. Read more

How to Make a Meal on the Moon

When Shelley Littin, 2010 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern and 2011 Intern Advisor, graduated from UA in May, 2014, she was quickly hired as a science writer by the iPlant Collaborative. In the current (January-February 2015) issue of Edible Baja Arizona magazine (http://issuu.com/edibleba) Shelley's article "How to Make a Meal on the Moon", describes the UA Lunar Greenhouse team's prototype Lunar Greenhouse (LGH) and bioregenerative life support system development efforts, showcasing the work of  Erica Hernandez (2012 UA Space Grant Intern and 2014 Intern Advisor).  The LGH research, partially funded through a NASA Space Grant/Steckler Space Colonization grant,... Read more

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