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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

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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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