On 1 August, Jon Harbor began full-time duties as Montana State University’s executive vice president for academic affairs. Harbor was previously a professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Perdue University, where he also served as the associate vice provost for teaching and learning and the executive director of digital education. His research interests include geomorphology, environmental modeling, and education research.
On 6 June, the Geological Society of London awarded Janne Blichert-Toft the Murchison Medal. The medal recognizes the breadth and depth of her work, which uses isotopes to understand planetary mantle-crust evolution and the chemical composition of matter in the universe. Blichert-Toft is the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique research director at École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France.
Jack Hess received the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on 25 May. Hess is the president of the Geological Society of America Foundation and the former executive director of the Geological Society of America. BSA highlighted Hess’s passion for using his professional training as a geologist to enhance scouting activities, as well as his 50+ years of service to scouting. The Silver Buffalo Award is the highest award granted by BSA and celebrates those who have made a noteworthy, national-level service to youth.
On 21 May, James Randerson was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Ralph J. & Carol M. Cicerone Chair of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. Randerson’s research explores climate change, the carbon cycle, the impact of fire on ecosystems, and atmospheric composition. He is an AGU Fellow.
Climate Central selected Benjamin Strauss as its new president and CEO on 7 May. Strauss has worked at Climate Central since its founding and most recently held positions as the chief scientist and the vice president for climate impacts. In announcing the selection, Climate Central’s board of directors applauded Strauss’s vision and creativity, extensive experience in communication, and comprehensive understanding of the mission of the organization.