Dan Kaffine and Akhil Rao (PhD '19) awarded a NASA Grant to study space debris
Sep 13, 2022, NASA Press Release 22-085
As part of NASA's efforts to address orbital debris, the agency is funding research proposals from three university-based teams over the next year to analyze the economic, social, and policy issues associated with space sustainability.
Orbital debris consists of human-made objects orbiting Earth that no longer serve a purpose, including mission-related and fragmentation debris, nonfunctional spacecraft, and abandoned rocket stages.
NASA takes the threat of orbital debris seriously as these objects can endanger spacecraft, jeopardize access to space, and impede the development of a low-Earth orbit economy, including commercial participation. These new awards will fund research that supports the agency’s commitment to address the problem.
"Orbital debris is one of the great challenges of our era," said Bhavya Lal, associate administrator for the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Maintaining our ability to use space is critical to our economy, our national security, and our nation's science and technology enterprise. These awards will fund research to help us understand the dynamics of the orbital environment and show how we can develop policies to limit debris creation and mitigate the impact of existing debris."
A panel of experts evaluated and selected the following three proposals:
- "Adaptive Space Governance and Decision-Support using Source-Sink Evolutionary Environmental Models," submitted by Richard Linares and Danielle Wood of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Moriba Jah of the University of Texas-Austin
- "An Integrated Assessment Model for Satellite Constellations and Orbital Debris," submitted by Akhil Rao of Middlebury College, Daniel Kaffine of the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation
- "Communication and Space Debris: Connecting with Public Knowledges and Identities," submitted by Patrice Kohl, Sergio Alvarez, and Philip Metzger of the University of Central Florida
NASA’s OTPS will make the teams’ results publicly available on the agency’s website. Selected teams also can work with the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as part of an international call for research proposals focused on orbital debris and space sustainability. —Read the press release on NASA's website.
"Fred was born on June 30th, 1934 to Fredrick and Evelyn Glahe in Chicago, Illinois. Fred graduated from Purdue University in 1957 with a BA in Aeronautical Engineering and worked briefly at the Allison Engines division of General Motors on jet engine design and testing. Fred went on to receive his masters and PHD in Economics at Purdue in 1964 and became a Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado in 1965. At CU Fred founded The Economic Institute for Research and Education (EIRE) as well as authoring multiple textbooks and articles. Fred retired from CU in 2006."–DignityMemorial.com
Billy Mertens arrived 1st in his age group (55-59) at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2022, with an astonishing finish time of 2 h 39 min 36 sec. You can view all the results at the Boston Marathon Website. Congratulations Billy!
"The Marinus Smith Award recognizes faculty and staff members who have had a particularly positive impact on our students. Honorees are nominated by those they teach, mentor, support and serve." Read more about the Marinus Smith Award on the New Student & Family Programs page.
“...Daria Bottan’s dedication, wisdom and passion helps Boulder students become better human beings. We are thankful that she guides classes towards scholastic achievement and success; academically, she is creating Buff super stars.” —Nominators: Donna Funke-Otting, family member of Kyle Otting
Christian "Payne" Hennigan named assistant professor in the School of Economics, where he will also utilize Chinese fluency gained at CU Boulder
Christian "Payne" Hennigan, who will graduate with a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder this May, has just been named assistant professor in the School of Economics at Peking University—considered one of the most prestigious universities in China. Hennigan, who will start the position on Sept. 1, 2022, in Beijing, said he considers it an honor to be part of Peking University and a “privilege to be in the capital city of such a dynamic” country.
“I will be around some of the best minds and best students in the world all engaged in the same kind of research that I am doing, with the support and community that comes with that,” Hennigan says. “More generally, I have found that many people in China are very optimistic about the future and full of hope in life. There will be more things going on than I could ever hope to fully experience.” Read the full article by Doug McPherson in the Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine.
Recent PhD graduate Brian Marein was awarded the Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History by the Economic History Association, on behalf of Columbia University Press, at its annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona in October. The Nevins Prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in US or Canadian economic history completed during the previous year. Brian’s dissertation, “The Economic Development of Puerto Rico After United States Annexation,” was supervised by Professors Taylor Jaworski and Carol Shiue and includes four chapters exploring complementary aspects of development: public health and the mortality transition, colonial roads and local development, changes in adult height, and long-run patterns in regional growth. Brian is currently a limited-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto.
The Nandu Award for the Best Quantitative-History Paper: Peiyuan Li
PhD candidate Peiyuan Li won the Best Paper Award at the Annual International Symposium on Quantitative History. The symposium creates a research platform for the application of quantitative methods to the study of Chinese history. Sponsored by Nandu Public Welfare Foundation, the review committee usually selects two papers each year to be given the first and second prizes. Peiyuan’s paper “Political Repression, Media Propaganda and Nation Building,” won the first prize in 2021. His paper, supervised by Professors Carol Shiue and Taylor Jaworski, examined the role of propaganda using political repression in nation-building of modern China.