A talk with Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist of NASA

Back in October, Science Soapbox had a unique opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist of NASA. A geologist by training, Dr. Stofan has worked in numerous positions in NASA, including principal investigator on the Titan Mare Explorer, chief scientist for NASA’s New Millennium Program, and deputy project scientist for the Magellan Mission to Venus. She was appointed NASA chief scientist on August 25, 2013.

In part one, we discuss expected results from NASA in 2016, data sharing with other countries, and policy reforms at NASA.

Relevant links from part 1: Roadmap for Astrobiology

In Part 2, we talk about the influence of policy on research, international collaborations, and lasting impressions of the Star Trek TV show*.

Post Interview Update: the NASA budget for 2016 will be $19,285,000, a 7.1% increase!

* During the interview Dr. Stofan referred to the creator of Star Trek as Gene Nichols. This is referring to Gene Roddenberry.

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