Keith S. Noll, Space Telescope Science Institute

Martin Saunders, Yale University

David H. Smith, Study Director, Space Studies Board

Christopher K. Murphy, Study Director, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

Sharon Seaward, Senior Program Assistant

TASK GROUP ON THE AVAILABILITY AND USEFULNESS OF NASA'S SPACE MISSION DATA

During the fourth quarter, the new Task Group on the Availability and Usefulness of NASA's Space Mission Data was established under the joint auspices of the SSB and the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. In response to congressional direction in the FY2000 NASA Appropriations bill, the task group will examine the usefulness of current data collections and archives as resources in support of high-priority scientific studies in Earth and space science. The study also will look at the balance between resources for mission development and for analysis of data. Release of the report is planned for March 2002.

Task Group Membership

Sidney C. Wolff, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (chair)

Thomas A. Herring, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (vice chair)

Joel Bregman, University of Michigan

David J. DeWitt, University of Wisconsin

Michael J. Folk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Richard G. Kron, University of Chicago

Donna Shirley, Managing Creativity

Walter H.F. Smith, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Roger M. Wakimoto, University of California at Los Angeles

Donald J. Williams, Johns Hopkins University

Roger V. Yelle, Northern Arizona University

James R. Zimbelman, Smithsonian Institution

Tamara L. Dickinson, Study Director

Claudette Baylor-Fleming, Senior Program Assistant

DISTINGUISHED LEADERS IN SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES 1999-2000

The “Distinguished Leaders in Science” lecture series continued during 2000 with a space science presentation by Claude Canizares, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, titled “Exploring the Violent Universe with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, ” on March 23; Christopher Chyba, SETI Institution, “Europa and the Rebirth of Exobiology,” on April 18; and Richard Canfield, Montana State University, “The Sun-Earth Connection in the Space Age,” on May 11.

As with past lectures in this series, the presentations were videotaped for later distribution on public access television channels in the Washington, D.C., area. Arrangements were made for more extensive broadcast dissemination of the lectures via the Research Channel associated with the University of Washington.



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