Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Seventh Cycle—What I Needed to Know and Learned from the Secrets of the Japanese Garden

Dr. Richard R. Fisher: "As in the case of learning how to perform in any specialized context, I found there were a number of issues I was neither taught nor did I learn from life experience. Over the course of a 50-year career that transitioned from ground-based to space-based, I came to understand that there are specific tools and values that proved vital. Using my own journey, I shall summarize a few of the more useful, to identify and make available things and ideas that helped me with my time with NASA."

Dr. Richard R. Fisher, Director, Heliophysics Division (Emeritus), NASA HQ

Monday, May 2, 2016

From Ballia to Boston: A Village Boy Goes to MIT and Goddard

Dr. Jagadish Shukla: "This is the story of a boy who was born in a small village in the Ballia District of India, walked barefoot while grazing cattle, learned Sanskrit and Math under a kerosene lamp, used bullock carts and elephants for transportation, and somehow ended up at MIT and Goddard. The lecture will also include a personal retrospective of the origins of the idea of predictability in the midst of chaos, and the evolution from Numerical Weather Prediction to Numerical Climate Prediction."

Dr. Jagadish Shukla, NASA/GSFC, Professor, George Mason University