Twenty-nine individuals celebrated for their contributions to science and society.
20 July 2017
*Editor’s Note: The 2017 Bowie Medal was not awarded by the AGU Board.
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected its 2017 class of medalists, awardees, and prize recipients. Twenty-nine individuals are recognized this year for their dedication to science for the benefit of humanity and their achievements in Earth and space science.
The recipients represent many areas of Earth and space science and come from a variety of backgrounds including early career researchers, climate scientists, data scientists, and journalists. Their passion, vision, creativity, and leadership have helped to expand scientific understanding, pave the way to new research directions, and have made Earth and space science accessible, relevant, and inspiring to audiences across the scientific community and general public. The honorees will be recognized during the Honors Tribute at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, 13 December 2017, in New Orleans.
“This year’s awardees exemplify AGU’s commitment to advancing excellence and rigor in scientific research, education, and communication,” said Eric Davidson, AGU President. “I offer my congratulations and thanks to this esteemed group of individuals who are making the world a better place through their devotion to scientific discovery and outreach.”
*Thomas H. Jordan, Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California
Robert E. Kopp, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Michael P. Lamb, California Institute of Technology
Yan Lavallée, University of Liverpool
Wen Li, Boston University and University of California Los Angeles
Tiffany A. Shaw, The University of Chicago
Mary K. Hudson, Dartmouth College
Donald W. Forsyth, Brown University
Eric F. Wood, Princeton University
Roberta L. Rudnick, University of California Santa Barbara
Kevin E. Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Brian L. N. Kennett, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
S.K. Satheesh, Indian Institute of Science
Africa Awards for Research Excellence in Earth/Ocean Science
Bruno V. E. Faria, National Meteorological and Geophysics Institute
Africa Awards for Research Excellence in Space Science
Melessew Nigussie, Washera Geospace and Radar Science Research Lab., Bahir Dar University
Jean Marie Bahr, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert A. Duce, Texas A&M University
Richard C.J. Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University California, San Diego
Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism
Richard Monastersky, Nature
Robert L. Wesson, U.S. Geological Survey
Excellence in Earth and Space Sciences Education Award
Thure E. Cerling, University of Utah
James R. Ehleringer, University of Utah
Hook Hua, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Erik Meade Conway, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Hubert H. G. Savenije, Delft University of Technology
Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – Features
Tony Bartelme, The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – News Award
Courtney Humphries, Freelance, Boston, Mass.
The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize
Michael Strasser, University of Innsbruck
Stefan Rahmstorf, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Eric A. Davidson, AGU President, and Samuel B. Mukasa, Chair, Honors and Recognition Committee
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