NASA to award astronomer Yervant Terzian

NASA to award astronomer Yervant Terzian

NASA has announced it will award the Distinguished Public Service Medal, its highest honor, to astronomer Yervant Terzian, the Tisch Distinguished Professor Emeritus, according to Cornell University website.

The medal will be presented by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston on Aug. 2.

"Dr. Yervant Terzian has dedicated his life to education, public service and scientific research. He has used his enthusiasm for space exploration and education to bring inspirational experiences to students and the general public across the country," according to NASA in its award citation.

NASA continued: "Dr. Yervant Terzian has made an indelible impact on education and inspiring young minds. … He has evoked comprehension and wonder in his students and in his public audiences. These accomplishments and his eminent humanity prove Dr. Terzian worthy of this Distinguished Public Service Medal."

Terzian has served on eight NASA committees. For 20 years, Terzian directed the NASA New York Space Grant Consortium, comprising 19 universities and five industries and science centers. 


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