Space Grant Success Stories

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

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Physics on the (Dirt) Road in Kenya

Physics on the (Dirt) Road in Kenya

FY 2000 Space Grant Intern, Sherri Heck, a research scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), measures the carbon dioxide levels in rural areas around the world. The trip to Kenya was funded by NCAR in support of Sherri’s research and included a science outreach component. Read more

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