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Aug 11-Aug 22, Winning PostDoc Posters on Display

August 11th, 2014

Sixty-nine postdocs presented their research over the past year to the JPL community at a recent​ poster session July. A panel of judges selected the best poster in each of four categories.

Five of the posters were selected for honors by a panel of judges, including two for Earth science. The awardees:

Astrophysics and Space Science

Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (organization 3266): “Looking at Dark Matter Through Strong Gravitational Lenses.” Adviser: Leonidas Moustakas.

Earth Science

Fernando Santo (334H): “The Spectrum of Natural Disturbances on Amazon Forests.” Adviser: Sassan Saatchi.

Clare Wong (329J): “Mapping CH4:CO2 Ratios in Los Angeles with Simulated Satellite Remote Sensing from Mount Wilson.” Adviser: Stanley Sander.

Planetary Science and Life Detection

Paul Ries (3265): A Young Region on Enceladus Revealed by 2-centimeter Radiometry?” Adviser: Michael Janssen.

Technology, Instrumentation and Engineering

Kurt Star (Org 3464): “Advanced Skutterudites for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators.” Adviser: Jean-Pierre Fleurial.

Aug 7, 11:30-12:30 Collaboration, Open Developer Meetup

August 4th, 2014

This is a part of OCIO Explore IT Workshop series.  For more details, contact Whitney Haggins at ext 4-6948.

Hundreds of people at JPL are writing code to solve their problems through software. For those who are going to tackle a new software project, chances are good that someone at JPL has already considered, started or even finished work that will benefit you.

Since the introduction of new collaborative development tools at JPL, a growing community of 380+ has participated in sharing code across more than 1,400 now-accessible projects. From Mars time conversion libraries to flexible web-based JPL plotting and secure cloud computing snippets, many common solutions are ready for use today.

The format will be a series of five-minute demos, each followed by five minutes of questions and answers:

- Apache Tika: Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) your heart out using the Digital Babel Fish by Lewis McGibbney and Tyler Palsulich

- Timely: A Flexible Web Plotting Library by Tom Crockett

- Reusable D3 Components on MSL by Matt Lenda

- JPL’s New Search Architecture by Ricky Ma and Jeff Liu

The event is presented by the Office of the Chief Technology Office.

July 30-Aug 1, 8:30-5:00, Ranger 7 Model Exhibit

July 29th, 2014

In celebration of the anniversary of the Ranger 7 encounter with the moon, the JPL Archives will exhibit a 50-year-old 1/6 scale model of the Ranger 7 spacecraft in the Hub, beginning Tuesday at 11:30.  The exhibit will include archival documents, drawings, and photographs that tell the story of the Ranger missions to the moon, and will explain how spacecraft models were used by project staff, media relations, and public services at a time when computer animation didn’t exist.

A side note: A part of the model was missing. However, with photos and drawings from the Archives, staff from OCIO was able to re-create the part with 3D printing technology!

July 29, 11:30-12:30, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

July 24th, 2014

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, we are showing “Destination Moon” on July 29 at the Hub.

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.