At the NESF, SSERVI presents awards as a means of honoring key individuals in the community: The Eugene Shoemaker Medal for lifetime scientific achievement, the Michael J. Wargo Award for outstanding achievement in Exploration Science, the Susan Mahan Niebur award for early career achievement, and the Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award.

Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal
The 2021 Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal, named after American geologist and one of the founders of planetary science, Eugene Shoemaker (1928-1997), is awarded to Paul G. Lucey for his significant scientific contributions throughout the course of his career. The award includes a certificate and medal with the Shakespearian quote “And he will make the face of heaven so fine, that all the world will be in love with night.”

Professor Paul G. Lucey is faculty at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His research in planetary science and remote sensing has been instrumental in developing imaging spectrometers for NASA. He has been the principal investigator of numerous programs, and has used hyperspectral imagery to efficiently map lunar materials. His research on the composition of the lunar crust has led to quantitative modeling of near-IR spectra of the Moon, and most recently he has closely studied diverse rock types detected in the lunar South Pole–Aitken Basin by the Chang’E-4 lunar mission. Dr. Lucey is a member of the SSERVI ICE FIVE-O team modeling the physical, chemical, and isotopic signatures around the lunar poles. He publishes extensively in prestigious journals with over 100 publications, has served on many national review and advisory committees, and is the co-inventor of multiple patents. Dr. Lucey’s significant contributions across many disciplines–from engineering new instruments to scientific data analysis– make him an outstanding and highly deserving recipient of the 2021 Shoemaker Medal.

Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award
The Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award is an annual award given to a scientist or engineer who has significantly contributed to the integration of exploration and planetary science throughout their career. Dr. Michael Wargo (1951-2013) was Chief Exploration Scientist for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and was a strong advocate for the integration of science, engineering and technology. The 2021 Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award is given to Darlene Lim, research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Dr. Lim is currently the Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA VIPER Lunar Rover Mission, and also leads several NASA-funded research programs focused on blending field science with new Concepts of Operations for human and robotic teams. She is the Principal Investigator of the BASALT, SUBSEA, and Pavilion Lake research programs, Deputy PI for FINESSE, and Science Ops lead for RESOURCE. Darlene has conducted field research around the world, on land and underwater. She has served on a number of NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group committees and is currently serving on the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, and the NASA Network for Ocean Worlds Steering Committee. Her efforts at integrating exploration and planetary science would make Mike Wargo proud!


Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award
The SSERVI Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award is given annually to a mid-career scientist for broad, lasting accomplishments related to SSERVI fields of interest. Angioletta Coradini (1946-2011) was an Italian planetary scientist who has inspired astronomers around the world. The 2021 Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award is given to Dr. Timothy Glotch at Stonybrook University.

Professor Glotch is a Co-Investigator on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer instrument and, along with Professor Deanne Rogers, a Participating Scientist on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Professor Glotch’s planetary regolith research and laboratory spectroscopic measurements of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples in simulated environments have contributed to a quantitative remote sensing of the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, and small bodies. Professor Glotch has been a Principal Investigator of two SSERVI teams and has led the effort of over 50 researchers and students in using state of the art laboratory, theory, and field techniques to further NASA’s science and human exploration goals. He has also been a leader in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility efforts both at Stonybrook University and within SSERVI. Congratulations Tim for this well-deserved award!


Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award
The Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award is an annual award given to an early career scientist who has made significant contributions to the science or exploration communities. Recipients of the Susan M. Niebur Early Career Award are researchers who are no more than ten years from receiving their PhD, who have shown excellence in their field and demonstrated meaningful contributions to the science or exploration communities. Susan Mahan Niebur (1978-2012) was a former Discovery Program Scientist at NASA who initiated the first ever Early Career Fellowship and the annual Early Career Workshop to help new planetary scientists break into the field. This year the prize is jointly presented to Dr. Shuai Li, and Dr. Parvathy Prem.

Dr. Prem is a science team member of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission and SEAL payload, and is co-investigator on two SSRVI teams: LEADER and ICE Five-O. Her research focuses on applying computational methods to study solar system bodies and their interactions with the space environment. Current investigations include modeling the origin and transport of volatiles on the Moon, and developing radiative transfer models to aid in the interpretation of remote sensing data. Dr. Prem is also serving as Science Organizing Committee co-chair for this year’s combined NASA Exploration Science Forum/European Lunar Symposium meeting.

Dr. Shuai Li is an Assistant Researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of SSERVI’s ICE Five-O team, where his research in the non-icy components of icy bodies in the outer solar system is providing clues about surface processes and their possible connections to the interior to improve our knowledge about the formation and evolution of the solar system.

The SSERVI awards are open to the entire research community and are presented with invited talks at the NESF. Nominations are welcome at any time but must be submitted in early March for consideration in that calendar year. Recipients need not reside in the U.S. nor be a U.S. citizen. Winners are formally presented with the awards at the NESF each summer. More information on these awards and past recipients can be found at:

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