National Capital Section
of the Optical Society of America

Eighth and final 2015-2016 meeting of the
National Capital Section of the Optical Society of America

Annual Student Science Fair Award Dinner
At the NASA Goddard Recreation Center (on Good Luck Road)

Tuesday evening, May 24th, 2016
5:30-9:00 PM

~ After Dinner Talk ~
 “Satellite Observations and Climate Change”

NASA Goddard’s Dr. Compton J.


5:30PM                       Good Luck Road Gate Opens; GSFC Center Gate Closed.

5:30 – 6:30pm             Students arrive and arrange poster projects for display

6:30 – 7:30PM            Dinner.

7:30PM –                    Student recognition & awards

8:00 – 9PM –              Featured talk – Dr. Compton Tucker

                                    “Satellite Observations and Climate Change”

9:00 – 9:30                  Dispersal

This is a fee-charged catered dinner with


Reservations Required

Before 5:00PM Friday May 20

Jim Heany,

FEATURED TALK:       Dr. Compton J. Tucker

                                    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Satellite Observations and Climate Change

Dr. Compton Tucker has spent his decades –long career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center studying the changing features of the Earth from space satellite observations. Using data from NASA and NOAA satellites ,he and his team have monitored changes in Earth’s air , land, and water environments over time. These global wide observations, that can be obtained only from orbiting satellites , have led to a unique understanding of the interactions among the Earth’s life-supporting systems and the impact on its inhabitants.


Dr. Tucker’s work and its value have been widely recognized by his peers in the scientific community as well as other social and political entities. He has been the recipient of numerous awards from within NASA, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science ; from outside NASA, such as the William T. Pecors Award of the U.S. Geological Society, and the Henry Shaw medal of the Missouri Botanical Garden; as well as awards and medals from foreign governments, such as the  Mongolian friendship Medal, the  Galathea Medal of the Royal Danish Geographical Society, and the Vega Medal awarded by the King of Sweden.



Awarded Students and Their Winning Projects


Layla Frank                 “Solar Spectrum”


Claire Province            “Solar Spectrum”


Ryan T. Mark              “The Use of Infrared Frequency Measurements by an IOS Application to Distinguish Between Different Types of Substances”


Anais Beauvais            “Let There Be Light: The Effect of Water Temperature On Luminol Reaction Speed and Brightness”


Brenden Duffy            “Helping Solar Panels Reach their Full Potential”


Christopher Albrecht   “Can Changes in Brightness of a Variable Star be Observed


Aravindan Balaguru     “Effect of Position on Energy Gained by a Solar Panel”

Sujay Swain                “Optimizing Optical Precision of an Image using curved focal plane Technology”


Trishul Nagenalli         “Automation of Swept-wavelength Spectroscopy”


Aaron Shelsby             “Measuring the Speed of Light Using Gelatin”


Johanna Siegel            “Visualizing Changes in Cellular Cholesterol as a Result of HIV-Nef Transfection”


Joseph Seyoum           “Comparison of Berries as sensitizers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells”


Fatima Sabahat            “Sensitization of Solar Cells using Dyes from Food Waste”


Elizabeth Mulvey         “Plasma Treatment of Spacecraft Coating”


Scott Candey               “Extreme Environments on Graphene Foam”


Sophia Riazi-Sekowski    “Scattering the Sky – Particle and light”


Isabela Martins            “Lights, Camera, Focus”


Nicole Meister             “Optimal Solar Panel Tilt Angle to Generate Maximum Annual Solar Energy”


DIRECTIONS to NASA Goddard Recreation Center   (Note: NOT the Visitor’s Center)

From the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) INNER LOOP: exit onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, North, towards Baltimore.
Almost immediately, exit onto Greenbelt Road (Rt. 193) East, following signs towards NASA Goddard Space Flight Center [you will turn
left from the exit ramp onto Greenbelt Road].
From the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) OUTER LOOP, on the exit road to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway there is a slip road
that merges directly on to Greenbelt Road eastbound.

Travelling east on Greenbelt Road:
Continue past the Goddard main entrance (on the left), pass one more traffic light, and turn left at the next light onto Good Luck Road. Look for a gate on the left, within less than 1⁄4 mile. There will be a guard at the gate to admit visitors after 5:30 PM.

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