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UCF Planetary Scientist Receives NASA Space Research Award

Addie Dove conducts an experiment in micro-gravity during a parabolic flight. Photo: Addie Dove / Twitter

Addie Dove researches dirt. Well, to be specific, planetary dust.

Dove studies how tiny particles stick together to eventually become planets. The award is given to scientists early in their careers who embody Nieber’s work ethic and outreach.

Dove looks at how particles of dust stick together in microgravity, hoping to shed light on how planets formed. Her work is being recognized by NASA’ Susan Mahan Niebur award.

Niebur, the award’s namesake, was an astrophysicist from Texas who worked for NASA. She was a strong supporter of women in science and someone Dove admired.

“It’s quite an honor,” she says. “I knew Susan through various activities at conferences and things like that. She was really active in promoting women in science, and equality in science.”

Dove works with undergraduate students on their planetary science research and continues to reach out to young girls to encourage the pursuit of STEM careers.

“I try to set a good example to be a good role model for other who want to be a scientist or engineer,” says Dove, “especially women.”

During Neibur’s five-years at NASA headquarters, she co-founded the Early Career Fellowships and Workshops for Planetary Scientists held at annual meetings of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Science and the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Niebur died from cancer in 2012.

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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »