From: James Green
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006
Subject: New Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in Planetary Sciences Division
Dr. Carl Pilcher, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, has been appointed Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) based at NASA's Ames Research Center, effective September 18, 2006. We wish Carl well in his new position.
Taking Carl's place will be Dr. John D. Rummel. As Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in SMD's Planetary Sciences Division, John will have overall program management responsibility for the Astrobiology Program, including the NAI and other activities in astrobiology and exobiology research and analysis, astrobiology instruments development, and programs to test and validate the performance of such instruments in a variety of analog field environments considered "extreme" for life on Earth.
John led the NASA Exobiology Program from 1986-1993, as well as other life and space science programs in the Life Sciences and Solar System Exploration Divisions. From 1994 to 1998 he served as Director of Research Administration and Education at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, before returning to NASA Headquarters as Planetary Protection Officer.
Upon Johnıs transition to astrobiology, Dr. Catharine Conley will take his place as interim Planetary Protection Officer.