NASA Ames Research Center
Ames Research Center (ARC) is one of NASA's ten field centers. It plays a critical role in virtually all NASA aeronautical and space exploration endeavors by conducting the research and developing the technologies that enable NASA missions which, in turn, fuel markets for goods and services; ultimately enchancing the quality of life on Earth. Ames is a leader in information technology research with a focus on aeronautics, air traffic control, supercomputing, networking, and intelligent systems. The center also has strong expertise and facilities in support of fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, small satellite missions, nanotechnology, simulation and modeling, wind tunnels, air traffic management, and human factors research.
What type of work is done at Ames?
Ames has a heavy focus on science. It is the host of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and NASA Lunar Science Institute virtual organizations. Ames is also the lead center for the Kepler mission's search for Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone outside of our solar system, and the lead science team for the SOFIA airborne infrared telescope. Accordingly some SOFIA Fellowships may be located at the current aircraft's location, NASA Ames, or NASA Armstrong centers. Researchers at Ames encompass the following disciplines: biosciences, bioengineering, radiation and space biotechnology, earth science, airborne science, biosphere science, atmosphere science, astrophysics, planetary systems and exobiology.
In 2015, STAR Fellows at Ames worked on these projects:
- Using Data Visualization Software to Aid in the Analysis of Geographical Data, Matthew R. Evers and Inzamam Rahaman
- Towards Bioregenerative Life Support for Extended Human Exploration: Experiment Development for Testing the Fitness of Algae in Space, Audrey Fry, R. Craig Everroad, Jessica E. Koehne, Thomas E. Murphy, and Brad M. Bebout
- Chloroamino Acids as a Chemical Explanation for Viking Labeled Release Soil Activity on Mars, John C. Hironimus
- Stability of Lidocaine Tested by Forced Degradation and its Interactions with Serum Albumin, Lindsay Nichols
- Hypometabolic Stasis in Snails (Cornu aspersum) for Adaptability and Survivability Under Extreme Environmental Conditions, Jamie Lyn D. Pacada, Lauren Mc Keown, Sadaf Esteaneh, Oscar L. Ramos, Yekaterina Popova, and Yuri V. Griko
- Determining the Effect of Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE) on Control of Autonomic Responses, Michelle D. Scire
- Wet Chemical Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications, Krystle N. Sy, Ramprasad Gandhiraman, and Jessica E. Koehne
- How to Save the World: One life (and UAV) at a time!, Natalie A. Wright
Summer Research Opportunities:
NASA Ames will host several research opportunities associated with the SOFIA project (Learn more on the SOFIA page) in addition to Ames' own science programes. STAR Fellows placed at AMES are usually able to take advantage of dormitory-style housing on site. NASA guidelines stipulate that Fellows must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for their sites.
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