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2017 AGU Section and Focus Group Awardees and Named Lecturers

Seventy-five distinguished scientists receive accolades from groups representing their disciplines within the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest Earth and space science society.

By Robin Bell and

We are very pleased to announce the 2017 section and focus group awardees and named lecturers!

On behalf of the leaders, staff, and selection committees of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the entire AGU community, we congratulate these honorees. Their colleagues have chosen them for this recognition for their innovative research, important contributions to promoting better understanding of their scientific fields, and meritorious work and service to their communities. We acknowledge our esteemed lecturers by inviting them to present under the annual Bowie Lecture Series as well as the Section and Focus Group Named Lecture Series.

AGU inaugurated the Bowie Lecture in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie Medal, which is named for AGU’s first president and is the highest honor given by the organization. In the list below, asterisks denote Bowie lecturers. Named lectures offered by AGU sections and focus groups recognize distinguished scientists with proven leadership in their fields of science.

We appreciate the efforts of all nominators, nomination supporters, selection committees, and sections and focus groups in bestowing these honors on their well-deserving colleagues and for their continued commitment to the AGU Honors Program. We look forward to recognizing this year’s section and focus group honorees and their achievements at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting.

—Robin Bell, President-elect and Council Chair, AGU; and Sam Mukasa (email: [email protected]), Chair, Honors and Recognition Committee, AGU


Atmospheric and Space Electricity Focus Group

Benjamin Franklin Lecture
Hugh J. Christian Jr., University of Alabama in Huntsville

Atmospheric Sciences Section

Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award
Annmarie Carlton, University of California, Irvine
Larry W. Horowitz, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Gabriel Andrés Vecchi, Princeton University
Robert Wood, University of Washington

James R. Holton Award
Jianfei Peng, Texas A&M University
Karin van der Wiel, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award
Teruyuki Nakajima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Jacob Bjerknes Lecture*
Clara Deser, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jule Gregory Charney Lecture*
Bjorn Stevens, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Biogeosciences Section

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring
Claudia Czimczik, University of California, Irvine

William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture
Katherine H. Freeman, Pennsylvania State University

Cryosphere Focus Group

Cryosphere Early Career Award
Jan Lenaerts, Utrecht University

John F. Nye Lecture
Roger C. Bales, University of California, Merced

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group

G. K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes
Michael Church, University of British Columbia

Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
Isaac J. Larsen, University of Massachusetts

Ralph Sharp Lecture
Isaac J. Larsen, University of Massachusetts

Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group

Greg Leptoukh Lecture
Kirk Martinez, University of Southampton

Geodesy Section

Geodesy Section Award
Juliet Biggs, University of Bristol

Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
Kenneth W. Hudnut, U.S. Geological Survey

William Bowie Lecture*
Tonie M. van Dam, University of Luxembourg

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism Section

William Gilbert Award
John Booker, University of Washington

Edward Bullard Lecture*
Kenneth P. Kodama, Lehigh University

Global Environmental Change Focus Group

Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award/Lecture
J. David Neelin, University of California, Los Angeles

Global Environmental Change Early Career Award
Jennifer A. Burney, University of California, San Diego
J. Elliott Campbell, University of California, Merced
Pierre Gentine, Columbia University
Jintai Lin, Peking University

Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award 
James T. Randerson, University of California, Irvine

Stephen Schneider Lecture
Linda O. Mearns, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture
James Rodger Fleming, Colby College

Hydrology Section

Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award
Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine

Hydrologic Sciences Award
Elfatih A. B. Eltahir, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Walter B. Langbein Lecture*
Robert M. Hirsch, U.S. Geological Survey

Paul Witherspoon Lecture
Thorsten Wagener, University of Bristol

Horton Research Grant
Ravindra Dwivedi, University of Arizona
James Knighton, Cornell University
Michael O’Connor, University of Texas at Austin

Mineral and Rock Physics Focus Group

Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award
Lowell Miyagi, University of Utah

Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award
Harrison Lisabeth, University of Maryland
Joshua P. Townsend, Sandia National Laboratories

John C. Jamieson Student Paper Award
Christopher Langrand, Université de Lille, Unité Matériaux et Transformations

Natural Hazards Focus Group

Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research
Lauren N. Schaefer, University of Canterbury

Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture
John L. LaBrecque, Geohazards Focus Area, Global Geodetic Observing System

Near-Surface Geophysics Focus Group

GSSI Near-Surface Geophysics Student Grant
Wilhelm Fraundorfer, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group

Donald L. Turcotte Award
Prachanda Subedi, University of Delaware

Ed Lorenz Lecture
William Klein, Boston University

Ocean Sciences Section

Ocean Sciences Award
Douglas Chester Webb, Falmouth, Mass.

Ocean Sciences Early Career Award 
Kristopher Karnauskas, University of Colorado Boulder

Rachel Carson Lecture
Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Harald Sverdrup Lecture 
Sybil Seitzinger, University of Victoria

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Focus Group

Willi Dansgaard Award
Hubertus Fischer, University of Bern

Planetary Sciences Section

Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Sciences
Seth Jacobson, Northwestern University

Fred Whipple Award and Lecture
Michael C. Malin, Malin Space Science Systems 

Eugene Shoemaker Lecture*
Scott Bolton, Southwest Research Institute

Seismology Section

Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award
Lucia Gualtieri, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Beno Gutenberg Lecture*
Shuichi Kodaira, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

Basu United States Early Career Award for Research in Sun-Earth Systems Science
Lauren W. Blum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Fred L. Scarf Award
Hong Zhao, University of Colorado Boulder

Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award
Sigrid Close, Stanford University

Sunanda and Santimay Basu (International) Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science 
Quanqi Shi, Shandong University, Weihai

Marcel Nicolet Lecture* 
Joseph Huba, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

James Van Allen Lecture*
Tamas I. Gombosi, University of Michigan

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Focus Group

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Graduate Research Award 
Lorenzo Colli, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Timothy D. Jones, Australian National University

Tectonophysics Section

Jason Morgan Early Career Award
Romain Jolivet, École Normale Supérieure 

Francis Birch Lecture*
Greg Hirth, Brown University

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section

Hisashi Kuno Award
Matthew Steele-MacInnis, University of Arizona
James M. Watkins, University of Oregon

Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture
Craig Manning, University of California, Los Angeles
Bernard Marty, Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques

Reginald Daly Lecture*
Catherine Chauvel, Institute of Earth Sciences, Grenoble

Joint Award: Geodesy, Seismology, and Tectonophysics Sections

Paul G. Silver Award
David Mainprice, Université de Montpellier and Géosciences Montpellier

Joint Prize: Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group and Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize
Walter Gonzalez, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

Joint Lecture: Biogeosciences and Planetary Sciences Sections

Carl Sagan Lecture
Jonathan I. Lunine, Cornell University

Joint Lecture: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Focus Group and Ocean Sciences Section

Cesare Emiliani Lecture
Thomas F. Stocker, University of Bern

Citation: Bell, R., and S. Mukasa (2017), 2017 AGU section and focus group awardees and named lecturers, Eos, 98, Published on 28 June 2017.
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