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SMD Education Update. Dr. Yvonne Pendleton NASA Science Mission Directorate. Space Grant Meeting. February 29, 2008 Washington, DC. SMD PROGRAM SUMMARY. $5.4B/YEAR BUDGET. LARGE EARTH SCIENCE, HELIOPHYSICS, PLANETARY SCIENCE, & ASTROPHYSICS PROGRAMS.

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Smd education update

SMD Education Update

Dr. Yvonne Pendleton

NASA Science Mission Directorate

Space Grant Meeting

February 29, 2008

Washington, DC


SMD PROGRAM SUMMARY

  • $5.4B/YEAR BUDGET.

  • LARGE EARTH SCIENCE, HELIOPHYSICS,

    PLANETARY SCIENCE, & ASTROPHYSICS PROGRAMS.

  • 53 FLIGHT MISSIONS IN OPERATION.

  • 41 FLIGHT MISSIONS IN DEVELOPMENT.

  • 3000+ ACTIVE R&A GRANTS.

  • THESE NUMBERS EXCEED THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF ALL OTHER SPACE SCIENCE PROGRAMS WORLD WIDE.


Smd s got a new team

Safety & Mission Assurance

(P. Martin)

Chief Engineer

(K. Ledbetter)

SMD’S GOT A NEW TEAM

Associate Administrator (AA) (Alan Stern)

Deputy AA (Chuck Gay)

Deputy AA for Programs(Todd May - Detailee)

AAA for Strategy, Policy & International

(Marc Allen)

Senior Advisor for R & A

(Yvonne Pendleton)

Chief Scientist (J. Mather)

DCS for ES (Randy Friedl)

DCS for SS (Andy Cheng)

Special Asst for NEOs and Exploration

(Dan Durda)

Senior Advisor for

Science Process & Ethics

(Paul Hertz)

Chief of Staff

(Jens Feeley)

HeliophysicsDivision

Dir. (R. Fisher)Deputy (V. Elsbernd)

Management &Policy DivisionDir. (R. Maizel)Deputy (Vacant)

Earth Science

Division

Dir. (M. Freilich)Deputy (M. Luther-act)

Planetary Science

Division

Dir. (J. Green)Dep. (J. Adams)

AstrophysicsDivision

Dir. (J. Morse)Deputy (R. Howard)

Mars Program(D. McCuistion)

Budget (C. Tupper)

Flight (S. Volz)

Policy & Administration

(G. Williams- Act)

Applied Science (T. Fryberger)

Research (J. Kaye)

Blue dashed boxes denote individuals who report

to other organizations, but support SMD


Fy08 smd education portfolio
FY08 SMD Education Portfolio

  • 296 education projects imbedded in 56 SMD missions.

  • 15 competitively selected education projects. (selected in Nov 2007)

  • GLOBE

  • Total education project funding ~$25M (total EPO budget ~50M)


Recent developments
Recent Developments

  • Selected 15 proposals for SMD EPO.

Abstracts at http://science.hq.nasa.gov/research/sara_docs/EPOESS06_Selections.pdf


R a epo communication
R&A / EPO: Communication

SARA website

  • One stop shopping for all R&A and EPO needs

  • Has budget FAQs and Grant Stats

  • Contact info for every Program Officer

  • Division Corners has an explanation of each division handles R&A

  • Letters from SARA every other week

  • Dynamic website with new pages added each update

    Check the SMD SARA site Google NASA SARA or go to:

    http://science.hq.nasa.gov/research/sara.html

    SARA email: 1600 since April 2007 ([email protected])

    SARA visits: Universities, Science conferences, Centers, Committees


E po mowg
E/PO: MOWG

Charge and Challenges

  • Evaluate the fiscal viability of SMD E/PO programs and support structures.

  • Balance the SMD E/PO portfolio to meet the needs of NASA and the SMD directorate.

  • Generate pathways to long-term SMD E/PO stability.

  • Establish more accessible outreach mechanisms for researchers.

  • Evaluate the model of the SMD Support Groups.

  • Outreach opportunities for scientists are more burdensome than need be.

  • Diverse education portfolio is vulnerable and unsustainable in the current funding climate.

  • Increased professionalism of E/PO personnel across the country means that the kinds of support infrastructure needed by SMD E/PO is shifting.


E po mowg1
E/PO: MOWG

  • Members from all four SMD science communities.

  • Telecons weekly; 2-day meeting in DC Mar. 6-7

  • Contact Emily CoBabe-Ammann with any questions (303-735-5814)



R a mowg
R&A: MOWG

  • R&A MOWG – Formed, meets by telecon weekly

    • Charge: provide input on a number of topics under consideration as process improvements for the SMD's overall R&A program (process, program balance, gaps within a division or across directorate)

    • Telecons so far: Feb 12 and 28

      • Developing community survey questions to evaluate concerns

        across the four divisions:

        are they the same?

        are the solutions the same?


R a mowg1
R&A: MOWG

  • Guenter Riegler, Chair (Astrophysics)

  • Steve Bougher, Michigan, Co-Chair (Planetary Science)

  • Spiro Antiochos, GSFC (Heliophysics)

  • Josh Grindlay, Harvard (Astrophysics)

  • Lynn Hillenbrand, Caltech (Astrophysics)

  • Everette Joseph, Howard (Earth Science)

  • Jim Kasting, Penn State (Earth Science)

  • Adam Showman, Arizona (Planetary Science)

  • Hal Levison, SwRI (Planetary Science)

  • Maggie Tolbert, Colorado (Earth Science)

  • Prased Gogineni, Kansas (Earth Science)


R a roses 08
R&A: ROSES-08

  • ROSES 2008

    • Released on February 15

      • 350 pages

      • 66 program elements

      • >$150M for new awards (incomplete tally)

    • Some first time program elements:

      • Ocean Salinity Science Team

      • Hurricane Science Research

      • Earth Science Applications Feasibility Studies

      • Moon and Mars Analog Mission Activities

      • Space Policy Research


R a roses 2008
R&A: ROSES 2008

NEW:

  • budget data now shown to reviewers

  • new program offerings

  • four year awards for most programs

    Under consideration for amendments:

    -fellowship programs

    -large grant opportunities (i.e., institutes)

    -easier outreach mechanisms for scientists


R a documenting practices
R&A: Documenting Practices

  • Document SMD's best and acceptable practices for R&A reviews;

  • Provide additional guidance to program officers;

  • Offer additional transparency into SMD process to community; and

  • Provide assurance (to SMD managers, to the community, to auditors) that SMD program officers are following SMD policies and practices.


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