Maniac Talks

Upcoming Talks

POC: Charles K. Gatebe, Phone: 301-614-6228, Email: Charles.k.gatebe@nasa.gov

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: https://www.youtube.com/c/GSFCMANIACTALKS.

John Mather Maniac Lecture

Nobel Laureate John Mather presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From childhood to Stockholm and on to JWST, stories from a real life." John talked about his childhood, and special people and events leading to his Nobel price in Physics and the future with James Webb Space Telescope.

Josefino Comiso Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Josefino Comiso presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Jeep Accident, Sea Ice Anomalies and Global Warming." Joey shared some of his experiences growing up in northern Philippines and his sea ice work at NASA GSFC that led to many breakthroughs in our understanding of the role of sea ice and the polar regions in the climate system.

Alexander Marshak Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Alexander Marshak presented a Maniac Talk entitled "My Radiative Transfer Journey: from Pure Math to Clouds with Stops at Nuclear Reactors, Vegetation and Fractals." Marshak traced his journey from Tartu (Estonia) to Novosibirsk (Russia) to Goettingen (Germany) and finally to NASA Goddard (USA). He also reflected on his lengthy journey through many aspects of radiation transport and his rich experience in remote sensing observations of aerosols and clouds.

David Atlas Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist, the founding director of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences at NASA/GSFC, presented a maniac talk entitled "70 Years in Meteorology." David shared some of the advances in radar for atmospheric probing since World War-II and the institutions and people which played major roles, and a personal reflection on meteorology in the last 70 years

Lorraine Remer Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Lorraine Remer presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Why I came to NASA and Why I left." Lorraine shared some of the aerosol science she has been involved in at NASA Goddard over the past 21 years, as well as a reflection on her route to becoming a NASA scientist and key factors that influenced her to leave a tenured job.

Charles McClain Maniac Lecture

NASA Climate scientist Dr. Charles McClain presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Great Expanses of Grassland to Great Expanses of Marine Phytoplankton (or "Ok, Now What Do I Do!"). Chuck shared some of the marine ecosystems science he has been involved in at Goddard over the past 35 years, as well as a reflection on his journey from a rural agricultural community in Missouri to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Warren Wiscombe Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Warren Wiscombe presented a special Maniac Talk entitled "Exoplanets." Warren shared how he got interested in exoplanets and gave an overview of the methods used to detect exoplanets, a few of the important and most fun discoveries, and what lies ahead.

Michael King Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist (emeritus) Dr. Michael King presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From a Love of Nature to a World of Earth Observations." Michael shared his scientific career including early unsuccessful pursuits in atmospheric electricity to more rewarding research in radiative transfer, and his crystal ball view of the future of Earth science.

Compton Tucker Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Compton "Jim" Tucker presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Measurements, Modeling, and the Jump to Three Decades of Global Satellite Data." Jim shared experiences and lessons learned over three decades while studying global land vegetation, and his early years as a bank credit-card clerk and bill collector in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Marc Imhoff Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist (emeritus) Dr. Marc Imhoff presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Urbanization in the Anthropocene: What's Ahead for Energy, Climate, and Food Security?" Marc shared some of his new work on integrated modeling approaches that couple socio-economics, climate and energy using data from satellites, as well as key moments during his career at NASA of about 32 years.

Anne Douglass Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Anne Douglass presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Satellite Observations - the Touchstone of Atmospheric Modeling." Anne shared some of her scientific career that is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most important her passion in satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases, which have been her touchstone.

Gail Skofronick Jackson Maniac Lecture

NASA climate scientist Dr. Gail Skofronick Jackson presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Falling Snow Detective." Gail talked about her experiences growing up with hurricanes in Florida and how that shaped her excitement in the science of detecting falling snow from space. Using paper snowflakes and audience help, she explained why snow is important on Earth and why scientists love and hate snow.