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Christina Richey

Dr. Christina R. Richey is the Program Manager of the Solar System Exploration Science Research and Analysis Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Richey provides guidance on the proposal process for the section and division, and trains researchers within the community on best practices for proposal submission and review (including being the PI of a NASA award for proposal writing workshops) and is responsible for managing the submission of all planetary science R&A proposals. Christina is additionally a Project Staff Scientist on the Europa Clipper Mission, where she provides administrative leadership, through organizing Project Science Group activities and through liaising between the Thematic Working and Focus Groups.

 

In addition to their scientific activities, Dr. Richey has held several leadership positions and has actively engaged in education and public outreach opportunities.  Christina is an accomplished leader and award winner in their field in dealing with anti-harassment policies and procedures and has been cited by major news agencies for their efforts within the community to create safe, inclusive environments. Dr. Richey is currently serving as Past Chair and member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and was previously the co-Chair of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee. Christina has been awarded a Special Service Award at NASA HQ (2014) for their work within the Planetary Science community. In 2015, Dr. Richey was honored with the AAS DPS Meritorious Career Service Award, the Harold Masursky Award.


Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Physics

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Dissertation Title: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of Ices Under Conditions Relevant to Interstellar & Planetary Environments

Master of Science, Physics

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Bachelor of Science, Physics

Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV


Research Interests

Science Policy, Administrative, Grant Development & Management, Diversity and Inclusion Practices, Icy Satellites, Laboratory Astrophysics.

 


Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA                                 2/2018 – Present

PROGRAM MANAGER, SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION SCIENCE RESEARCH & ANALYSIS OFFICE

PROPOSAL TECHNOLOGIST, ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE SECTION

PROJECT STAFF SCIENTIST, EUROPA CLIPPER MISSION

ASRC Federal & NASA HQ, Washington, DC                            2/2013 – 02/2018

SENIOR SCIENTIST, PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION

DEPUTY SCIENCE ADVISOR FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS, MISSION DIRECTORATE

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Columbia, MD                  8/2011 – 2/2013

NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM FELLOW

 


Community Service

Member, Hubble Space Telescope Anonymizing Proposal Review Working Group (2017-18)

Co-Chair, American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (2016-17)

Member, NASA Headquarters Working Group on Implicit Bias in Peer Review (2016-18)

Member, Wheeling Jesuit University Alumni Council (2015–2018)

Chair, AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy; Crisis Comms Team for AAS (2015-17)

Member, AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (2013-15, 2017-present)

Member, NASA GSFC Women in Astrophysics Roundtable Steering Committee (2012-13)

President, NASA Goddard Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (2012-13)

Member, AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Federal Relations Subcommittee (2010-13)

Vice President and Board Member, UAB Chapter, Scientists for Engineers for America (2010-11)


Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, OSIRIS-REx EGA Team (2018)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, OSIRIS-REx Launch Team (2017)
  • UAB Rising Star Alumni Award (2017)
  • UAB College of Arts & Sciences Trailblazing Alumni of the Year Award (2016)
  • Asteroid (151835)Christinarichey(2016)
  • Youngest ever recipient of the Harold Masursky Award for Career Meritorious Service in Planetary Sciences (2015)
  • Wheeling Jesuit University Distinguished Alumni Scholar in Residence (2015)
  • Wheeling Jesuit University James O’Brien Alumni Award (2015)
  • NASA Headquarters Special Service Award (2014)
  • Outstanding Service to the Department & Community Award from the UAB Dept. of Physics (2011)

Selected Publications

Richey, C.R., Lee, K.M.N., Rodgers, E.M., & Clancy, K.B.H., Sexual and gender minorities in astronomy and planetary science face increased risks of harassment and assault, Bulletin of Am. Astronomical Society, in review (2019).

Clancy, K.B.H., Lee, K.M.N., Rodgers, E.M., & Richey, C.R., Double jeopardy in astronomy & planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered & racial harassment, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 112, doi:10.1002/2017/JE005256 (2017).

Burleigh, M.R., Richey, C.R., Rinehart, S.A., Quijada, M.A., & Wollack, E.J., Spectrometer baseline control via spatial filtering, Applied Optics 55, 29, 8201-8206 (2016).

Richey, C.R., Rinehart, S.A., Kinzer, R.E., Cataldo, G., Wollack, E., Nuth, J., Benford, D., Silverberg, R., Optical Properties of Iron Silicates in the Infrared to Millimeter as a Function of Wavelength & Temperature, Astrophysical Journal 770, 46 (2013).

Richey, C.R., Gerakines, P.A., Near-Infrared Band Strengths of Molecules Diluted in N2 & H2O Ice Mixtures Relevant to Interstellar & Planetary Ices, Astrophysical Journal, 759, 74 (2012).

Gerakines, P.A., Bray, J.J., Davis, A., Richey, C.R., The Strengths of Near- Infrared Absorption Features Relevant to Interstellar & Planetary Ices, Astrophysical Journal 620, 1140 (2005).


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