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On 1 August, the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program announced its 2018 Science Policy Fellowships. Fellows in the Earth and space sciences are listed alphabetically below.

Marcy Cockrell, Ph.D. student in marine resource assessment at the University of South Florida; Michelle Culver, M.S. student in coastal and marine system science at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; Kathleen Ernst, Ph.D. student in environment and climate sciences at the University of Tennessee; Christianah Oyenuga, Ph.D. student in environmental science at Florida A&M University; and Elizabeth Robinson, Ph.D. student in oceanography and coastal sciences at Louisiana State University.

In its June 2018 issue, Boat International recognized two scientists who won 2018 Ocean Awards.

Ben Halpern received the magazine’s Science Award for his contribution to the publication of “Planetary boundaries for a blue planet” in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Halpern is a professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg received the Judges’ Special Award, which honors his work on researching global warming and its threat to the world’s oceans. Hoegh-Guldberg is a professor of marine science at the University of Queensland and director of its Global Change Institute. The award also honored his work as a science adviser for the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral.

NASA recognized David Kring with the M. J. Wargo Exploration Science Award on 14 May. The award is given to a scientist or engineer who has contributed significantly to the integration of exploration and planetary science throughout his or her career. Kring is a researcher at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

The United Kingdom’s Royal Society elected eight Earth and space scientists as members of the society on 9 May. Member fellows and their affiliation are listed alphabetically below.

Jillian Banfield, professor, University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and University of Melbourne; Gregory Edgecombe, merit researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum; Elon Musk, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur; Colin Prentice, AXA Professor of Biosphere and Climate Impacts, Imperial College London; John Smol, professor, Department of Biology and School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University (Canada); Graeme Stephens, director, Center for Climate Sciences, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; and Angela Strank, BP chief scientist and head of technology, Downstream, BP PLC. The Foreign Member title was awarded to Albrecht Hofmann, emeritus professor at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and senior visiting research scientist and adjunct professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.

Victoria Meadows at the University of Washington (UW) received the Drake Award from the SETI Institute on 1 May. Meadows is a professor of astronomy at UW and the leader of NASA’s UW-based Virtual Planetary Laboratory and UW’s Astrobiology Graduate Program. Her work harnesses computer models to understand how stars and planets could interact to enable a planet to support life. Meadows also researches how primitive life might affect planetary environments in ways that could be detected over interstellar distances. In the award announcement, SETI commended Meadows on her pioneering research and her impact on others as a professor and a mentor.

—Jenessa Duncombe (@JenessaDuncombe), News Writing and Production Intern


Duncombe, J. (2018), Honoring Earth and space scientists, Eos, 99, Published on 05 September 2018.

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