News for the Alumni and Friends of the (former) Space Physics and Astronomy Department

Volume 8, Number 1             April 7, 2008

Hot News - Alumni News - Faculty News - Staff News - Observatory News - Other News

Gordon's 90th Birthday a Blast at Arecibo:

Arecibo Fetes its founder Bill Gordon and his wife Liz, shown here with a cake model of the observatory

Bill Gordon's 90th birthday celebration in Arecibo was a grand event. The event occurred on his exact 90th birthday... easy to remember because he was born on 1/8/18. Many of his students came back for the festivities, and his former student Lewis Duncan, who is now President of Rollins University, gave the keynote speech. Umbe and I represented Rice and had a wonderful time! Images below: Lewis Duncan giving his talk; Lewis, Bill's first graduate student Herb Carlson (who was his first post-doc here at Rice), Liz and Bill; Lewis and Rich Behnke. (I have larger versions of these images if desired).

Alumni News: SAVE the DATE:

SPAC REUNION in conjunction with HOMECOMING: Nov 7-9, 2008!

I'm trying to update our records with everyone's new emails, so please let me know if yours has changed. (And of course come and visit us when you're in town!) If any of you are in the Houston area and want to get notices of talks, public observing nights, etc.., please let Pat or Umbe know and we''ll add you to the Rice Space Institute Associates list.

Other News:

The William F. and Frieda Marlar Foundation has renewed its gift to the Rice Space Institute, with a $10,000 check. This gift ensures that the "Marlar Lecturer" and "Marlar Award" will continue for 2008-2009. The Marlar speaker for 2008 was Ed Stone of JPL. Matt Baring chairs the Marlar Committee which oversees the speaker and the award selection.

Here's a job opportunity from David Streutker:

Subject: NGA Employment Opportunity
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:15:19 -0400
From: "Streutker, David R." (

I just wanted to let you know that our group at NGA is soliciting applicants for employment. The position is Project Scientist here in Reston, very similar to the one that I have. I've copied the announcement below, but it can also be found at or Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested.
David Streutker
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
InnoVision Advanced Development Office
Data Analysis and Applications Division
(703) 735-2764 (phone)
(703) 735-2797 (fax)

(remaining part of the job announcement snipped for the archive version but can be found at links above... ed)

Mickey Trichel added:
I can vouch that NGA has been a good place to work.

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