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NASA Names Gavin Schmidt Director of the Goddard Institute For Space Studies 41

First time accepted submitter Graculus (3653645) writes "NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the post."
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NASA Names Gavin Schmidt Director of the Goddard Institute For Space Studies

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  • by Tailhook ( 98486 ) on Monday June 09, 2014 @01:34PM (#47196323)

    Climate modelers belong in NOAA.

  • Has he been properly briefed, that the main mission of NASA is muslim outreach? []

    That's a direct quote, by the way:
    "..."When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and eng

  • Here is his TED talk (Score:4, Informative)

    by Layzej ( 1976930 ) on Monday June 09, 2014 @06:56PM (#47198711)
    Here is the man himself giving a TED talk on the limitations and capabilities of climate models: []
    • by Layzej ( 1976930 )
      Best line: "Models are not right or wrong. They are always wrong. They are always approximations. The question you have to ask is whether a model tells more information than you would have had otherwise. If it does, it is skillful."
      • by Layzej ( 1976930 )
        Or perhaps "If we had observations of the future, we obviously would trust them more than models, but unfortunately observations of the future are not available at this time."

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