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Gerald Soffen Lecture Series: Dr. Tom Neumann
 

Penguins, Polar Bears, and Laser Beams from Space: NASA Science at the Poles


Come to the Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 7 p.m., to hear the next installment of the Soffen Lecture Series, titled "Penguins, Polar Bears, and Laser Beams from Space: NASA Science at the Poles."

Ever wonder about the name of that road to the NASA Goddard Visitor Center (ICESat Road)? Though NASA may be best known for human space flight and the Hubble space telescope, NASA-Goddard is a national leader in the earth sciences, and combines satellite development with aircraft campaigns and ground-based activities. In this presentation, NASA cyrospheric scientist Tom Neumann gives an overview of NASA science in the polar regions, including the next-generation laser altimeter ICESat-2. Dr. Neumann has worked extensively in the polar regions, and will combine travel, polar bears and penguins with cutting-edge science from the NASA Cryospheric Sciences Lab from the snowflake to the massive ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. By the end, you'll never look at ICESat Road quite the same way!

During his 30-year NASA career, Dr. Gerald Soffen (1926-2000) led the science team for NASA's Viking program, was Director of Life Sciences at NASA Headquarters, Project scientist for NASA's Earth Observing System, and created NASA Academy, NASA's premiere leadership training internship. The Viking 2 lander was posthumously named after Dr. Soffen and a crater on Mars was named "Soffen." He was best known, however, for his passion for inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Advance registration (by using the form below) is strongly encouraged. Visitors are still welcome to attend without pre-registration. Please note that attendees who have submitted pre-registration forms will have priority for seating, and that overflow seating may be required to accommodate all guests. Directions to Goddard's Visitor Center can be found here.

Pre-registration for the Gerald Soffen Lecture Series is now closed. Visitors are still welcome to attend without pre-registration. Please note that attendees who have submitted pre-registration forms will have priority for seating, and that overflow seating may be required to accommodate all guests.