SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Boulder, CO   |  www.spacescience.org

Mission

The Space Science Institute is shaping our future by enabling scientists to advance our understanding of Earth and the Universe; increasing science and technology literacy for people of all ages and backgrounds; and inspiring youth to pursue science-technology education and career opportunities.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Dr. Karly M Pitman Ph.D.

Main address

4750 Walnut St Ste 205

Boulder, CO 80301 USA

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EIN

84-1215290

NTEE code info

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a lack of exploratory research that is conducted in some STEM science areas, which is a primary problem the organization's researchers work to address on a daily basis. Further, there is a large community of underserved populations who do not have access to easy-to-reach or easy-to-understand/use STEM materials. SSI is working to disseminate cutting-edge research to these populations world-wide, to encourage full-family, lifelong learning and an attitude of excitement and exploration in the STEM fields which can begin to taper off as early as late elementary school.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research

Is comprised of scientists working on robotic missions, such as the Mars Science Landers, Mars Exploration Rovers, and in-flight missions such as Hubble, NuSTAR, Fermi and SOFIA. And in ground-based observation programs on Mauna Kea, HI, and Atacama desert in Chile.

Population(s) Served

Under the leadership of Dr. Carolyn Porco this program is home to the Cassini Imaging Center Laboratory for Operations, the center for uplink and downlink operations for the imaging science experiment on the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Population(s) Served

Is dedicated to expanding the understand and participating of families, youth, education, and citizens in science and technology through leaning research and innovation programs. This is accomplished through exhibition development, digital learning, professional development, community outreach, and learning research and evaluation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

This is the total number of programmatic awards active during each calendar year at SSI.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Space Science Institute is shaping our future by enabling scientists to advance our understanding of Earth and the Universe; increasing science and technology literacy for people of all ages and backgrounds; and inspiring youth to pursue science-technology education and career opportunities.

Our scientists and educators use their educational backgrounds, combined with their field experience, to win funding via proposal processes from all available sources to help advance their fields and the public's understanding of their fields of expertise. While federal funding is still the primary resource for such work and dissemination of such work, SSI is hopeful that others (corporations, foundations, and individuals) will also begin to make up a larger share of such resources.

Our employees have capabilities ranging from expertise in Earth science to astrophysics, and many fields in between. We also have many highly qualified business staff and educational team members which allow us to be creative and fresh in our approaches of disseminating the latest knowledge of our fields. Informal education, an expertise area for SSI, is a resourceful way to reach multi-generational families in both urban and underserved areas. It is our hope that in performing the work we do, we will help inspire and education younger generations and their older family members alike and bring the US back to the forefront of scientific discovery and education.

We measure our progress using the Indicators as mentioned previously. If we are inspiring younger generations to take more of an interest in STEM fields, if our scientists are promoting their fields and making fresh new discoveries, and if we are moving the US (as a whole) forward in the sciences - we are progressing toward our Mission and goals as an organization.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 8/9/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. William Purcell

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

Term: 2013 - 2019


Board co-chair

Dr. Steve Jolly

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Term: 2015 - 2020

Ann Goldman

Front Range Resource

Marilyn Johnson

Steve Jolly

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Bill Purcell

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

Larry Satkowiak

Cablelabs

Jack Burns

University of Colorado - Boulder

Doug Dunkin

University of Colorado - Boulder

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes