Nicky Notes

Rocket Scientist. Pioneer. Explorer. NASA Science Associate Administrator.

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Artemis, Architecture, and Lunar Science: SMD and ESDMD Associate Administrators visits Tokyo

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June 18, 2024 At NASA we always say that exploration enables science, and science enables exploration. During a recent, quick trip to Tokyo, Japan with our Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), Cathy Koerner, I had…

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Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate Visits Partners in Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, and France

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June 11, 2024 - A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of engaging with several of our strategic partners and friends across Europe. It was a full European tour: two weeks in Spain, the United Kingdom, Greece and…

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Dr. Lori Glaze to begin six-month Detail as Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for ESDMD

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May 17, 2024 Agency leadership has chosen Dr. Lori Glaze to begin a six-month detail as the Acting Deputy AA for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD).

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Erickson to Retire after Over 40 Years of Service

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December 1, 2023 It is my pleasure to share information about new hires within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) on this blog, and it is also my bittersweet duty to share information about retirements. After 40 years with NASA, Kristen…

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Announcing the New Heliophysics Division Director 

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November 29, 2023 NASA has selected Dr. Joseph Westlake to fill the position of Heliophysics Division Director. Joe will join the Science Mission Directorate and assume his new role on Jan. 16, 2024.  I am pleased to have Joe take…

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Welcome to Nicky Notes: Release of NASA Science Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Annual Report

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November 7, 2023 I am pleased to welcome you to this new blog series – what my team affectionally calls, “Nicky Notes.” Through this platform, I hope to regularly share updates about all of the exciting work we do in…

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