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Dr. Whitlow Named Scientist of the Year
07.25.07
 
Two NASA Glenn Research Center leaders will receive Emerald Honors at a black tie gala during the 2007 Minorities in Research Science Conference. The celebration will take place on Sept. 15 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. Image of Christiansen.
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NASA Glenn Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. will receive the highest honor; he was named Scientist of the Year.

"By earning this award, [Dr. Whitlow] is highlighting the opportunities in science for thousands of youngsters from minority communities," said Dr. Tyrone D. Taborn, publisher and CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc. "This award recognizes his high merit, broad effect on many people in many disciplines, and value to society as a whole."

Dr. Whitlow began his NASA career as a research scientist in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has written nearly 40 technical papers throughout his career. Today, as center director, he oversees a workforce of nearly 1,700 civil service employees, who are supported by approximately 1,400 contractors.

"His accomplishments at NASA distinguish him far beyond his individual discipline," Taborn said.

Science Spectrum magazine established the Emerald Honors award more than five years ago to recognize the contributions of minorities in research science. According to the magazine, it has become the premier award for African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans working in the research sciences.

Recently retired Glenn Deputy Director Richard Christiansen also will be honored at the gala. Christiansen earned a Career Achievement Award for his commitment to excellence and high achievement in research science. He began his NASA career in 1980 as an aerospace engineer and later served as Glenn's Deputy Director from 2003 to 2007.

Aerospace engineers Carlos Morrison, Lancert Foster, and Lizalyn Smith will be recognized during the conference. Morrison, a Special Recognition Honoree, designs hardware and software for advanced motors to be used on future space missions. Smith and Foster earned Trailblazer awards for creating new paths for others in their field. Both of these successful, young engineers volunteer their time to mentor minority students.

Each of these Glenn employees will be featured in a special edition of Science Spectrum magazine. Dr. Whitlow will be highlighted in the cover story.

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