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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

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. Read more

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... Read more

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. Read more

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). Read more

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