Space Grant Success Stories

Space Grant Fellow Michelle Coe Brings Biosphere 2 to Manzo Elementary

Space Grant Fellow Michelle Coe Brings Biosphere 2 to Manzo Elementary

FY 2013 Space Grant Fellow Michelle Coe helped form a successful new program at the Manzo Elementary School involving the LEO project from Biosphere 2! Working with the fourth graders from the school, students built minature versions of LEO and placed them in a humid greenhouse. The students had a positive experience with this startup project that will hopefully see its proliferation to other schools in the district. Read more

Barron Orr Named 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar

Barron Orr Named 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar

Congratulations to Space Grant Associate Director, Barron Orr, for being named a 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar! The 1885 Society Distinguished Scholars Award was created in 2012 to acknowledge outstanding mid-career faculty whose leadership, research, scholarship and creative contributions promise to catapult their disciplines to new levels of innovation.

After a rigorous review at the college and University level, Barron Orr, associate specialist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, received the esteemed recognition. Read more

Lunar Greenhouse Story with Erica Hernandez

Lunar Greenhouse Story with Erica Hernandez

Congratulations to FY 2012 Space Grant Intern, Erica Hernandez, for being featured in a great Lunar Greenhouse spotlight with Dr. Gene Giacomelli! Incorporating a bioregenerative process, scientists and engineers are researching how to grow sustainable food crops in outer space with sustainable greenhouses. Read more

Congrats on 2nd place in AIAA Student Team Papers Competition

Congrats on 2nd place in AIAA Student Team Papers Competition

FY 2012 UA Space Grant Intern Brian Franz led a senior design team to a Second Place win in the AIAA Region IV Student Paper Competition Team Division!  The competition, held March 28-30, 2013 in Salt Lake City, featured 55 students from 11 Colleges and Universities. Congratulations, Brian and team! Read more

Melissa Merrick Awarded in 2013

Melissa Merrick Awarded in 2013

Roger Hungerford Graduate Student Award

The Roger Hungerford Award is given to a student who, while attending an Arizona college or univer-sity, made significant contributions to the management and conservation of Arizona's wildlife and/or habitat. Contributions are in the areas of wildlife research, education and training, management, conservation, or law enforcement. The Award is given in memory of one of Arizona's finest research biologists, Roger Hungerford.

This year, the Roger Hungerford Student Award was presented to FY 2010, 2011 Space Grant Fellow, Melissa J. Merrick, Doctoral Stu-dent University of Arizona. Melissa provides a combination of a truly innovative and important... Read more

Intern Heads to the Bottom of the World!

Intern Heads to the Bottom of the World!

Lane Patterson, UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Intern from 2003 to 2004 for Gene Giacomelli and recent Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering graduate, is moving south. Way south! His Space Grant internship enabled him to work with the South Pole Food Growth Chamber. Due to the hazardous conditions of the South Pole, including below zero temperatures and absence of soil, researchers at the South Pole rely on frozen food stores for the 8 month periods that... Read more

Graduate Student Award for Pacifica Sommers

Graduate Student Award for Pacifica Sommers

Congratulations to FY 2012, 2013 Space Grant Fellow, Pacifica Sommers, for her Graduate Student Award! Each department in the College of Science honors three graduate students a year for their achievements in scholarship, teaching, or service. These awardees also serve as the nominees for the overall College of Science awards in each category. I was recognized by the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department for the Service award, in large part due to activities and collaborations related to my Space Grant Fellowship project. This category is for "attention to broader impacts and involvement in activities outside of academic responsibilities that benefit the... Read more

Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh awarded with Centennial Achievement Award!

Casey Kahn Thornbrugh Mentors First Space Grant Interns at TOCC

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.... Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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