Maniac Talks

Upcoming Talks

POC: Charles K. Gatebe, Phone: 301-614-6228, Email:

Maniac Talks are about what inspired people to do what they are doing now in their career. It's about their driving forces and motivators and what keeps them going. It's about how they overcome obstacles. The format of the talks is informal and discussion is encouraged. All talks are recorded/taped and archived at GSFC Library. The talks are also available on YouTube:

Piers J. Sellers Maniac Lecture

Dr. Piers Sellers, a NASA Astronaut and Deputy Director of Sciences and Exploration at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, presented a Maniac lectured entitled, "Infiltrating NASA…". When he was a kid, he watched the space race unfold. It was the most exciting thing he could imagine and NASA looked to him to be like the top of a holy mountain. After a lifetime of exploring different parts of that mountain, he still feels the same way. It doesn't get better than this.

Robert Cahalan Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Robert Cahalan presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Angel Hair, Ice Cream Castles, Dripping Faucets & Euler Fractals." Bob illustrated some ideas learned over the past 6 solar cycles that lit his nonlinear path through studies of physics & math, and some tools & toys that he's had a part in.

Louis Uccellini Joint Maniac & EPO Lecture

Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, director, NOAA's National Weather Service, National Centers for Environmental Prediction presented a joint Maniac & EPO lecture entitled "Advancing the Forecast Enterprise" at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Claire Parkinson Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Claire Parkinson presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Math to Civil Rights to Sea Ice to Geoengineering." Claire shared some of the sea-ice science she has been involved in at Goddard over the past 34 years, as well as key moments on her route to becoming a NASA scientist and key factors influencing her perspective on climate change.

Mian Chin Maniac Lecture

Dr. Chin Chin talks about Modeling Atmospheric Aerosols: Opportunities, Excitements, and Danger at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on July 25, 2012

Gene Feldman Maniac Lecture

Dr. Gene Carl Feldman presents Maniac Talk, "Satellites, Seabirds and Seals: A thirty year retrospective of Ocean Color from Space" on June 27, 2012 at NASA Goddard.

Robert Bindschadler Maniac Lecture

Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Morgan State University/GESTAR & Emeritus Scientist NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.