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2015 AGU Section and Focus Group Awardees and Named Lecturers

AGU section and focus group awards and named lectures recognize some of the most innovative minds in their fields.

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On behalf of the leaders and staff of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), we give our heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s section and focus group awardees and named lecturers.

Listed below are the scientists, in various stages of their careers, who have been selected by AGU sections and focus groups to receive awards in 2015. Also listed are those individuals chosen to present lectures under the annual Bowie Lecture Series as well as the Section and Focus Group Named Lecture Series.

The Bowie Lecture was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the fiftieth presentation of the William Bowie Medal, which is named for AGU’s first president and is the highest honor given by AGU. Bowie lecturers in the list below are denoted by asterisks. Named lecturers are designated by sections and focus groups to honor distinguished scientists in their respective fields of science.

We thank all sections and focus groups for giving these recognitions to their well-deserving colleagues. These awardees/lecture recipients represent some of the most innovative minds in their fields. We recognize their continuing meritorious work and service toward the advancement and promotion of discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.

We look forward to recognizing their achievements at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, to be held 14–18 December in San Francisco, Calif.

—Eric Davidson, AGU President-elect and Chair, AGU Council, and Sam Mukasa, 2015–2016 Chair, Honors and Recognition Committee


Atmospheric and Space Electricity Focus Group

Franklin Lecture
How Lightning Works Inside Thunderstorms: A Half-Century of Lightning Studies
Paul Krehbiel, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Atmospheric Sciences Section

Ascent Award
Jiwen Fan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Andrew Gettelman, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Allen Robinson, Carnegie Mellon University
Allison Steiner, University of Michigan

James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award
Chunsong Lu, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award
Brent Holben, NASA
Christos Zerefos, University of Athens

Bjerknes Lecture*
Convective Aggregation, Climate Sensitivity, and the Importance of Radiation Physics in Weather and Climate
Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charney Lecture*
Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Interactions in the Climate System
Meinrat Andreae, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Biogeosciences Section

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring
Ruth Varner, University of New Hampshire

William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture
Extreme Halophiles and Carbon Monoxide: Looking Through Windows at Earth’s Past and Towards a Future on Mars
Gary King, Louisiana State University

Cryosphere Focus Group

Cryosphere Early Career Award
Sarah Kapnick, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Nye Lecture
Ice sheet systems and sea level change
Eric Rignot, University of California, Irvine

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group

G. K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes
Robert Anderson, University of Colorado, Boulder

Luna B. Leopold Award
Vamsi Ganti, California Institute of Technology

Sharp Lecture
Variability Matters: New Insights into Mechanics of River Avulsions on Deltas and Their Deposits
Vamsi Ganti, California Institute of Technology

Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group

Leptoukh Lecture
Toward a
Digital Resilience (with a Dash of Location Enlightenment)
Dawn Wright, Environmental Systems Research Institute

Geodesy Section

Geodesy Section Award
Matt Pritchard, Cornell University

Ivan I. Mueller Award for Service and Leadership
Charles Meertens, UNAVCO

William Bowie Lecture*
Turtles to Terabytes: The Ongoing Revolution in Volcano Geodesy
Daniel Dzurisin, Cascades Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey

Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section

William Gilbert Award
Michael Jackson, University of Minnesota

Bullard Lecture*
Water and Electricity Do Mix: Studying Plates, Petroleum, and Permafrost using Marine Electromagnetism
Steven Constable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Global Environmental Change Focus Group

Schneider Lecture
Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate
Donald Wuebbles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tyndall Lecture
Thin Ice—Bipolar Super Interglacials and our Possible Future
Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hydrology Section

Early Career Hydrologic Science Award
Tom Gleeson, University of Victoria

Horton Research Grant
Laura Stevens, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emily Voytek, Colorado School of Mines
Adam Wlostowski, Colorado State University

Hydrologic Sciences Award
Dara Entekhabi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Langbein Lecture*
Multi-Scale Laboratory Experimentation in Hydrologic Sciences—Challenges and Opportunities
Tissa Illangasekare, Colorado School of Mines

Mineral and Rock Physics Focus Group

Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award
Nicolas Brantut, University College London

Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award
Yun-Yuan Chang, Academica Sinica
Zhang Dongzhou, California Institute of Technology

Natural Hazards Focus Group

Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research
Cheng Linyin, University of California, Irvine

Gilbert F. White Lecture
Initiate Paper 62595—Natural Hazard Science: Building the Community through Integrated Research and Practice
Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina

Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group

Donald L. Turcotte Award
Jezabel Curbelo, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Behzad Ghanbarian-Alavijeh, University of Texas at Austin

Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize
Gurbax Lakhina, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism

Lorenz Lecture
Why the Warming Can’t Be Natural: The Nonlinear Geophysics of Climate Closure
Shaun Lovejoy, McGill University

Ocean Sciences Section

Ocean Sciences Early Career Award
Angel White, Oregon State University

Ocean Sciences Award
Don Rice, National Science Foundation

Carson Lecture
The Subpolar North Atlantic Spring Bloom—What Did We Learn from the NAB 2008 Autonomous Experiment?
Mary Jane Perry, University of Maine

Sverdrup Lecture
Fiamma Straneo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Focus Group

Dansgaard Award
Adina Paytan, University of California, Santa Cruz

Planetary Sciences Section

Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science
Ian Garrick-Bethell, University of California, Santa Cruz

Whipple Award and Lecture
Ground-Breaking Geologic Processes in the Solar System
Alfred McEwen, University of Arizona

Sagan Lecture
Rocky Planets Basking In The Warmth of Other Suns
John Asher Johnson, Harvard University

Shoemaker Lecture*
The Calm Before the Storm: Exploring the Post Accretionary Doldrums Prior to the Late Heavy Bombardment
William Bottke, Southwest Research Institute

Seismology Section

Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award
Sanne Cottar, University of Cambridge

Gutenberg Lecture*
Discovery of Non-Volcanic Tremor and Contribution to Earth science by NIED Hi-net
Kazushige Obara, University of Tokyo

Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

Basu United States Early Career Award
Timothy Duly, University of Illinois at Urbana

Fred L. Scarf Award
Majd Matta, Boston University

Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award
Charles Chappell, Vanderbilt University

Sunanda and Santimay Basu Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science
Chaowei Jiang, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Eugene Parker Lecture
The Sun from the Perspective of an Observer
Phil Scherrer, Stanford University

James Van Allen Lecture*
Nature’s Palette
Michelle Thomsen, Planetary Institute Tucson

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Focus Group

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Graduate Research Award
Matt Weller, Rice University

Tectonophysics Section

Jason Morgan Early Career Award
Lijun Liu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Birch Lecture*
Subduction Faults as We See Them in the 21st Century
Kelin Wang, Geological Survey of Canada

Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology Section

Hisashi Kuno Award
Chris Huber, Georgia Institute of Technology

Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture
Origins of Calc-Alkaline (
s.l.) Andesitic Magmas—Where We Stand Today
Tom Sisson, U.S. Geological Survey

Daly Lecture*
Changing the Paradigm—New Views of Magmatic Systems Provide New Perspectives on Volcanic Processes
Katharine Cashman, University of Bristol

Joint Award: Geodesy, Seismology, and Tectonophysics Sections

Paul G. Silver Award
Robert Smith, University of Utah

Joint Lecture: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology and Ocean Sciences

Emiliani Lecture
Searching for Tipping Points in Pleistocene Climate: Are They Real? Are They Portents for the Future?

Alan Mix, Oregon State University

Titles of named lectures were added to this article on 14 October 2015.

Citation: Davidson, E., and S. Mukasa (2015), 2015 AGU section and focus group awardees and named lecturers, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO032521. Published on 9 July 2015.

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