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Secretary's Research Awards, 2009

1. Secretary’s Distinguished Research Lecture Award, 2009
2. Secretary’s Research Prizes, 2009


Secretary’s Distinguished Research Lecture Award, 2009

Dr. Giovanni G. Fazio,
Senior Physicist at the   Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

“Viewing the Universe with Infrared Eyes:  The Spitzer Space Telescope”

The Spitzer Space Telescope, launched on 25 August 2003, is producing an exciting new view of the Universe seen in infrared light. Spitzer is the fourth and final space telescope in NASA's Great Observatory series. It consists of an 85-cm telescope and three highly sensitive instruments capable of observing infrared light that allows astronomers to view regions of space invisible to optical telescopes. Spitzer's scientific results include the study of the formation and evolution of galaxies in the early Universe, understanding energy sources in ultraluminous galaxies, the study of star formation and evolution, observations of exoplanets and their atmospheres, and determining the structure and evolution of planetary disks around nearby stars. After a brief description of the Spitzer mission, results from Spitzer's extragalactic and galactic observational programs will be presented, showing many of Spitzer’s very spectacular images.


Secretary’s Research Prizes, 2009

  • Thomas M. Dame and Patrick Thaddeus, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, for “A New Spiral Arm of the Galaxy: The Far 3 kpc Arm.” The Astrophysical Journal 683 (August 20, 2008): L143-L146.
  • Laurence J. Dorr and Dan H. Nicholson, National Museum of Natural History, for Taxonomic Literature: A Selective Guide to Botanical Publications and Collections with Dates, Commentaries and Types (2nd ed.), Supp. 7, F-Frer (A.R.G. Gantner Verlag K.G., Ruggell, Liechtenstein, 2008).
  • Paul Gardullo, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Michelle Delaney, National Museum of American History; and Jacquelyn D. Serwer and Lonnie G. Bunch III, NMAAHC, eds., for The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise (Washington D.C.: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 2009).
  • John P. (Jake) Homiak, National Museum of Natural History, for Discovering Rastafari (Continuing exhibition within the African Voices Focus Gallery, National Museum of Natural History; opened 2008).
  • Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, National Museum of American History, for Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000 (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution; Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)  [co-authors: David Lindsay Roberts and Amy Ackerberg-Hastings].
  • Roger D. Launius, National Air and Space Museum, for Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), New Series in NASA History [co-author: Howard E. McCurdy].
  • J. Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, for Dig It! The Secrets of Soil (Exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History; opened July 2008).
  • Ted R. Schultz and Sean G. Brady, National Museum of Natural History, for “Major Evolutionary Transitions in Ant Agriculture.” PNAS/ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 105 no. 14 (April 8, 2008): 5435-5444.
  • Jeffrey K. Stine, National Museum of American History, for America’s Forested Wetlands: From Wasteland to Valued Resource (Durham, N.C.: Forest History Society, 2008).
  • Christen Marcher Wemmer and Catherine A. Christen, National Zoological Park, for Elephants and Ethics: Toward a Morality of Coexistence (edited volume of symposium proceedings) (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).