Thursday, September 19, 2013

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Why I Came to NASA & Why I Left

Dr. Lorraine Remer, Research Scientist with JCET at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, shares her experiences with the decision to join and then later leave NASA Goddard. In her own words, she was "32 years old, a wife, a mother of two little boys, living in Sacramento, California, and finishing her Ph.D. dissertation, when she accepted a post-doc position with a contractor at NASA GSFC. So, she negotiated a starting date in mid-summer, packed the family and their camping gear into the car and drove across the country to Maryland. Twenty-one years later, she was at the top of her game. She headed a successful research group, was the MODIS aerosol algorithm lead, had publications and citations up the wazoo, and held a tenured job for life. Then she left, because girls just wanna have fun!   

Dr. Lorraine Remer, Climate & Radiation Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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