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Honoring Earth and Space Scientists

Earth and space scientists in the news


Two American Geophysical Union (AGU) members have been chosen as finalists for the 2015 Service to America awardsRichard Alan Feely, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Lucile Jones, seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Although judges decide which finalists become the ultimate award winners in eight specific categories, anyone with a Facebook account can vote for their favorite finalists as People’s Choice honorees. You may cast your People’s Choice votes daily for the scientists above or other nominees until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 30 September 2015.

The Geological Society of America (GSA) recently announced its 2015 fellows, many of whom are AGU members.

In addition, the following individuals will receive awards at the GSA annual meeting in November: James W. Head, of Brown University in Providence, R.I., will receive the Penrose Medal; John W. “Jack” Hess, former GSA executive director (2002–2015) and current GSA foundation president, will receive the GSA Distinguished Service Award; Priya Ganguli, of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., will receive the Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award; Jerry X. Mitrovica, of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., will be awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal; Naomi Oreskes, of Harvard University, will receive the GSA Public Service Award; John M. Proffett, an independent consulting geologist in Eagle River, Alaska, will receive the Geologic Mapping Award in honor of Florence Bascom; Brandon Schmandt, of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, will receive the Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal); Steven W. Squyres, of Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Y., will receive the 2015 President’s Medal; and Dawn J. Wright, chief scientist at the Environmental Systems Research Institute in Redlands, Calif., and professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, will receive the Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award for the Minorities.

Jessica Hellmann has been selected as the new director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in St. Paul. Hellmann, who is currently an associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences, will begin her tenure at the  institute on 31 August.

Jacqueline Huntoon, professor of geological and mining engineering and dean of the graduate school at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Michael Thompson is the new interim president for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo.

Citation: AGU (2015), Honoring Earth and space scientists, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO034111. Published on 11 August 2015.

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