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Dr. Christina R. Richey is the Program Manager for Research and Technology Development in the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Prior to joining OCS, Christina was the Program Manager of the Planetary Science Research and Analysis Office. 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. Dr. Richey is also a consultant for the Europa Clipper Mission.
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. Christina has been awarded a Special Service Award at NASA HQ (2014) for their work within the Planetary Science community, as well as a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2020. Dr. Richey was honored with the AAS DPS Meritorious Career Service Award, the Harold Masursky Award in 2015. Dr. Richey was designated a Legacy Fellow by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2019.
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
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA 2/2018 – Present
Program Manager, Research & Technology Development Office
Program Manager, Planetary Science Research & Analysis Office
Proposal Technologist, Astrophysics and Space Science Section
Project Staff Scientist & Consultant for the Europa Clipper Mission
ASRC Federal & NASA HQ, Washington, DC 2/2013 – 02/2018
Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Division
Deputy Science Advisor for Research & Analysis, Science Mission Directorate
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Columbia, MD 8/2011 – 2/2013
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow
Science Policy, Administrative, Grant Development & Management, Diversity and Inclusion Practices, Icy Satellites, Laboratory Astrophysics.
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, https://113qx216in8z1kdeyi404hgf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Richey-et-al-LGBTQPAN.pdf, (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).