the U.S. Representative to the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR); and Charlie Baker, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services.

On July 8 the Board had a teleconference with John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the NASA SMD and Stephanie Stockman, E/PO (Education/Public Outreach) lead at the SMD to discuss the current budget situation and the changes to SMD’s education and outreach programs.

The SSB did not meet during the third quarter. The board’s Executive Committee met August 8-9 in Washington, D.C., where the members held discussions with various stakeholders, including Marc Allen (NASA/SMD); House and Senate Staff, including Tom Hammond, Pamela Whitney, and Ann Zulkosky; and Tammy Dickinson (Office of Science and Technology Policy; OSTP). On day 2, the Executive Committee members discussed the upcoming Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey with the CESAS chair and vice chair and stakeholders, including Mike Freilich (NASA), Mary Kicza (NOAA) and Sarah Ryker (U.S. Geological Survey; USGS). That was followed by a discussion with Marshall Porterfield (NASA/HEOMD) on a new SSB/Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) standing committee on biological and physical science.

The SSB met on November 7-8 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. On the first day, the Board heard reports from the chairs of the standing committees—CAA, CAPS, CESAS, and CSSP—and then discussed the upcoming NRC Space Science Week. The Board then discussed several potential future activities, including the Board’s 2014 workshop, tentatively titled Sharing the Adventure with the Student (including staff from the NRC’s Board on Science Education); an activity on the Current State of Space Law (including staff from the NRC’s Committee on Science Technology and Law); future SSB advice on mechanisms to improve decadal planning; an ad hoc study on NASA Science Flight Mission Management; and the new standing committee on biological and physical sciences in space. The Board also had a discussion with Sam Scimemi, NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Director, on NASA’s plans for the ISS for 2014-2020 and beyond; received a briefing on the report Landsat and Beyond: Sustaining and Enhancing the Nation’s Land Imaging Program from committee chair Jeff Dozier; and had a discussion with the chair of CESAS, Mark Abbott, on planning for the upcoming Earth science decadal survey. The first day was capped off with a discussion on recent European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) activities with Jean-Pierre Swings, ESSC Chair, and Jean Claude Worms, European Science Foundation. The second day of the meeting focused on science at NASA with a discussion on the status of the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD’s) program and budget with Marc Allen (NASA/SMD) and remarks and discussion with Ellen Stofan, NASA’s Chief Scientist.

SPACE STUDIES BOARD MEMBERSHIP

July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013

Charles F. Kennel, University of California, San Diego (chair)

John M. Klineberg, Space Systems/Loral (retired) (vice chair)

Mark R. Abbott, Oregon State University

James Anderson, Harvard University

James Bagian, University of Michigan

Yvonne C. Brill, Aerospace Consultant1

Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Andrew B. Christensen, Dixie State College of Utah

Alan Dressler, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution

Thomas R. Gavin, California Institute of Technology

Heidi B. Hammel, AURA

Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology

July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014

Charles F. Kennel, University of California, San Diego (chair)

John M. Klineberg, Space Systems/Loral (retired) (vice chair)

Mark R. Abbott, Oregon State University

James Anderson, Harvard University

James Bagian, University of Michigan

Joseph Fuller, Jr., Futron Corporation

Thomas R. Gavin, California Institute of Technology

Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Sarah Gibson, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Heidi B. Hammel, AURA

Roderick Heelis, University of Texas, Dallas

Joseph S. Hezir, EOP Group, Inc.

Wesley T. Huntress, Carnegie Institution of Washington

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1 Dr. Brill passed away on March 27, 2013.



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