Decadal Survey Recommendation NASA’s Response (2009)a NASA Update (2011)b

Recommendation: NASA, NOAA, and USGS should pursue innovative approaches to educate and train scientists and users of Earth observations and applications. A particularly important role is to assist educators in inspiring and training students in the use of Earth observations and the information derived from them. (p. 15)

ESD continues to support a vigorous Education and Public Outreach program, including annual competitive solicitations for Earth System Science Fellowships, a New Investigator Program, and the GLOBE program. These activities complement other NASA-wide educational activities at the Directorate and Agency levels, with which ESD coordinates closely. The schedule-constrained Venture-Class program described above specifically enables training opportunities for students and post-doctoral researchers and the development and test of cutting-edge, innovative measurement and analysis techniques. (p. 13)

ESD continues to support a vigorous Education and Public Outreach program, including annual competitive solicitations for Earth System Science Fellowships, a New Investigator Program, and the GLOBE program. These activities complement other NASA-wide educational activities at the Directorate and Agency levels, with which ESD coordinates closely. The schedule-constrained Venture-Class program described above specifically enables training opportunities for students and post-doctoral researchers and the development and test of cutting-edge, innovative measurement and analysis techniques. (p. 37)

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aEdward J. Weiler, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate, letter to Charles F. Kennel, Chair, Space Studies Board, National Research Council, dated October 25, 2009.

bMichael Freilich, Director, NASA Earth Science Division, “Earth Science Division Decadal Survey Status,” presentation to the Committee on the Assessment of NASAs Earth Science Program, April 27, 2011.



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