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Gemini staff contribution Gemini Assistant Scientist Awarded the 2017 Carl Sagan Medal Gemini Observatory assistant scientist Meg Schwamb is this year’s recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. Each year, the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) awards the Carl Sagan Medal to recognize and honor outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist whose efforts have significantly contributed to a public understanding of, and enthusiasm for, planetary science. This year’s recipient is Gemini Ob- servatory astronomer Meg Schwamb. Meg will receive the medal in October at the Division of Planetary Sciences’ annual meeting hosted in Provo, Utah. Schwamb is being honored for her involvement in the creation and development of new tools used to facilitate planetary science communica- tion, including online citizen science projects via the Zooniverse platform — such as identifying planet transits in data from NASA’s Kepler mission (Planet Hunters), as well as mapping the locations and sizes of surface features on the Martian South Pole produced by carbon dioxide jets in images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Planet Four and Planet Four: Terrains). Schwamb July 2017 GeminiFocus 23