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Susan Niebur wins NASA Public Service Award

November 9, 2011
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After today’s panel on “Why have so many women become involved/interested in Mars exploration?” at the Women and Mars Conference, a surprise visit by Jim Green was announced to present an award. Today’s award recipient was our own Susan Niebur!

Susan was awarded the Public Service Award from the NASA Planetary Science Division. The text of Jim Green’s acknowledgement was as follows:

NASA’s Planetary Science Division on very special occaisions really recognizes key individuals for their outstanding role model, their ability to work with the community in many different ways, it’s not just all about science, it’s a lot of the other aspects that we want to recognize. We have our highest honor, it’s where we give back to the community, and that is our Public Service Award and I’m here today to recognize Doctor Susan Niebur. Susan, your exemplary leadership abilities have helped many women in the field, both planetary and astrophysics, and by helping them figure out ways to cope with the specific issues and concerns when blending family and career, you richly deserve this award. And it’s really important for us, and for you to know, that you have made a difference. So Susan, let me give you the Planetary Science Division’s Public Service Award.

There’s a fabulous quote on this, it’s from Ruth Benedict, and I’d like to read it. “I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women. They have made of their lives a great adventure.” Susan, you are the strongest woman I know.

Congratulations to Susan!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Gunfighter permalink
    November 23, 2011 4:09 pm

    Congratulations, my friend! Well done!

  2. November 15, 2011 8:36 am

    I am floored.

    I mean honored, very honored to accept this award and so excited that Erin shared it immediately with you all, my WPS and social media family. Thank you!

  3. November 11, 2011 7:06 pm

    Many congrats…incredible!!!

  4. November 11, 2011 2:18 am

    Congratulations Susan! It’s great to have such a role model.

  5. Michelle Minitti permalink
    November 11, 2011 12:05 am

    Congratulations, Susan! Could not be awarded to a better person!

  6. squawky permalink
    November 10, 2011 9:45 pm

    Many congrats! I hope you’ve been able to follow the “congrats” as they go around Facebook and Twitter – to see all the people you’ve touched.

  7. sutari permalink
    November 10, 2011 3:37 pm

    Congratulations Susan! Well deserved. And how cool is that?!!?

  8. November 10, 2011 3:32 pm

    So proud of you, Susan, and so proud of Jim G. and those at NASA for recognizing your hard work (and it’s hard! but inspiring!)

  9. November 10, 2011 2:31 pm

    Congratulations, Susan, richly deserved! And congrats to NASA, too, for recognising a good thing when they see it – and for having you to their credit🙂

  10. Deanne permalink
    November 10, 2011 2:18 pm

    This is such wonderful news. I am thrilled. Congratulations Susan! Very well deserved.

  11. November 10, 2011 12:55 pm

    Susan, that’s fantastic! Richly deserved.

  12. November 10, 2011 12:37 pm

    Congratulations, Susan!!!

  13. Rachel Mastrapa permalink
    November 10, 2011 12:02 pm

    Congratulations, Susan!

  14. November 10, 2011 10:13 am

    Wow! Congratulations, Susan!!!

  15. November 10, 2011 8:43 am

    Congratulations, Susan! Well deserved!

  16. liz permalink
    November 10, 2011 8:29 am

    go susan!

  17. julie permalink
    November 10, 2011 1:13 am

    Awesome!!! You deserve this so much, felicitations!!

  18. November 9, 2011 11:56 pm

    congratulations, Susan!

  19. katgv permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:32 pm

    Many congratulations, Susan!!!! I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than you!

  20. November 9, 2011 11:32 pm

    Amazing news and so well-deserved. Congrats Susan!

  21. November 9, 2011 11:24 pm

    Fantastic!!! Congratulations Susan. Thank you for being such an awesome role model!!!

  22. November 9, 2011 11:08 pm

    Congratulations Susan!!

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