Summary: John Mather Nobel Scholars Named
Press Release: 2009 July 21 from The Henry Foundation, Inc. http://henry.pha.jhu.edu/
On 2009 July 21, twelve summer interns at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland
were awarded John Mather Nobel Scholarships by The Henry Foundation, Inc.
The funding for the scholarships originated in a generous contribution from the
John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts, which in turn was funded from the
award of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics to Dr. Mather.
The awardees were selected by a committee of Directors, and former Directors, of NASA Space
Grant College and Fellowship Program state Space Grant consortia.
The award consists in the designation "John Mather Nobel Scholar," plus a $3000 scientific
travel grant over a two year period.
The 2009 John Mather Nobel Scholars are:
Andrea Marie Balbas, a rising Senior at Queens College CUNY, in Flushing, NY. Ms. Balbus
is working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) on a Lunar Rover.
Giuseppe Cataldo, a graduate student in Toulouse, France, working at GSFC to derive
mathematical relationships concerning measured optical properties of materials.
Henry Alan Fingerhut, a rising Senior at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, who is
working at GSFC on quantum mechanical calculations of photo-dissociation of H2 and HD.
Emmanuel Fonseca, a rising senior at the Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA,
who is analysing data from the NASA Swift mission regarding star cluster Omega Centauri.