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Kepler Team Recognition and Awards

Bill Borucki receives the Bower Award at Franklin Institute 2016 April 21 William Borucki receives The 2016 Franklin Institute Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, for his vision and perseverance in developing techniques for measuring the brightness of stars to unprecedented accuracy, and for providing the scientific leadership for NASA’s Kepler space mission, which discovered thousands of planetary systems and demonstrated that Earth-sized exoplanets are as common as stars. See Franklin Institute Bower Award webpage. See also See video that was shown at the awards ceremony:
AAS Sagan award 2015 Nov The American Astronomical Society presented the 2014 Carl Sagan Memorial Award to William “Bill” Borucki. Harley Thronson, associate director for Advanced Concepts and Planning, Astrophysics Science Division, Goddard Space Flight Center and vice president for Programs American Astronomical Society presented the award. See NASA Ames Astrogram .
drake award 2015 Oct 15 The SETI Institute awarded the 2015 Frank Drake Award for Innovation in SETI and Astrobiology Research to William Borucki, the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Kepler mission.
HEENAC award 2015 Oct 14–18 Elisa V. Quintana, Kepler Mission Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, was awarded Scientist of the Year at the 2015 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) in Pasadena CA. to recognize the achievements of America’s top engineers and scientists within the Hispanic community, symbols of Hispanic contributions at the highest levels of academia, government, military and corporate America.
shaw prize 2015 Sep 24 Bill Borucki is awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy, often considered the “Nobel Prize of the East”. Dr. Borucki will share a portion of the funds he is receiving from the Shaw Prize with Union of Concerned Scientists to support its work on climate change. Said Borucki, "I’ve spent a large portion of my career searching for other worlds. What we’ve found has underscored how important it is to protect this one. While we can detect other worlds, we cannot go to them. Our future is here on Earth and we must do much more to ensure that our planet’s climate remains hospitable."
photo of NASM ceremony 2015 March 25 The team in charge of NASA's Kepler mission received the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, which honors outstanding endeavors in the fields of aerospace science and technology, at a ceremony in Washington on 2015 March 25.
photo of Bill Borucki Fellow plaque 2015 February 24 William Borucki inducted as a NASA Ames Fellow, only the 12th person to receive this honor in 75 yrs.
photo of Elisa Quintana 2014 October 4 Kepler's NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellow Elisa Quintana receives the Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award that recognizes women with trailblazing careers who have made contributions to the Latino community. See Kepler news item.
National Space Club logo 2014 March 7 The National Space Club's Robert H. Goddard Trophy is awarded to the Kepler team for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. The award citation acknowledges the Kepler team's significant contribution to U.S. leadership in the field of rocketry and astronautics.". See Kepler news item.
Draper Award 2013 April 28 2013 Henry Draper Medal given to Kepler Principal Investigator William Borucki during the National Academy of Sciences' 150th annual meeting in Washington. See Kepler news item.
National Space Club logo 2012 The Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award given to The Kepler Mission by the National Space Club.
Space Frontier Foundation logo 2012 July 28 Kepler Team receives from Space Frontier Foundation the Vision to Reality Award for outstanding achievement in the development and operation of a device, system or entity that forwards the opening of the Space Frontier. See Kepler news item.
ASP logo 2012 July 9 Kepler Science Team, led by William Borucki and David Koch, are the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's choice for its 2012 Maria & Eric Muhlman Award, for revolutionizing the fields of observational discovery of exoplanets and planetary systems as well as the field of asteroseismology.
David Charbonneau and Sara Seeger photos, concerning Sackler prize from Tel Aviv University 2012 April The 2012 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize (of Tel Aviv University) awarded to David Charbonneau and Sara Seager for observational or theoretical achievements in the study of extrasolar planets. Charbonneau "For his breakthrough discoveries, including the first detections of transiting extra-solar planets and spectroscopic observations of their atmospheres" and Sara Seager "For her brilliant theoretical studies, including analysis of the atmospheres and internal compositions of extra-solar planets." See Kepler news item.
Aviation Week Laureate Award 2012 March 8 Kepler Mission Wins 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Space category, announced 2012 March 8 at the 55th annual black-tie awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
Ron Gilliland 2012 March 7 The Space Foundation honors NASA Kepler Mission with the John L. "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration at the 28th National Space Symposium.
Ron Gilliland 2012 AAS Kepler Co-I Ronald L. Gilliland was awarded the 2012 American Astronomical Society Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize for his innovative work on ultra- high signal-to-noise observations related to time-domain photometry and the opening of this new frontier.
Eric Ford 2012 AAS Kepler Participating Scientist Eric B. Ford was awarded the 2012 American Astronomical Society Helen B. Warner Prize for his theoretical and computational research in the field of extrasolar planets, including ground-breaking work on the dynamical evolution of planetary systems and planet formation. This work has established the importance of gravitational scattering within exoplanet systems, quantified the uncertainty in exoplanet orbits, led to immediately useful and testable observational predictions, and aided the efficient design of new exoplanet searches.
twitter logo 2011 Mar 25. Kepler makes the CNN News Stream's Top 100 on Twitter. On the day of the 100th episode of CNN's News Stream--a one hour social media-powered news program that highlights user-generated content--CNN compiled a list of the 100 tweeps (those who tweet) who have informed and inspired their coverage from day one. @NASAKepler and @NASA made the list.
2010 Nov 5. Beth Sholes Honored by Society of Women Engineers with Resnik Challenger Medal
2010 Nov 5. The first Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy is awarded to William J. Borucki and David G. Koch of NASA's Kepler Mission
2010 Oct 4. NASA's Kepler Mission wins 2010 software of the year award.
2010 Oct 1. Kepler Mission Research Paper by Dave Koch et al Honored by Thomson Reuters
2010 Jun 22. Digital artist/producer for Kepler wins Telly Award.
2010 Apr 13. The Kepler website has been selected as an Official 2010 Webbie Award Honoree.
2010 Jan 5. Kepler Receives NASA 2010 Systems Engineering Excellence Award
2009 Dec 1. Best of What's New 2009 - NASA Kepler Space Telescope. (Popular Science magazine)
2009 Nov 10. Most Brilliant Innovators of 2009: Kepler Space Telescope.