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GFDL Awards & Honors

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July 7, 2015 - Sarah Kapnick Selected for AGU Cryosphere Early Career Award Sarah Kapnick
Sarah Kapnick has been recognized by American Geophysical Union (AGU) with the Cryosphere Early Career Award for 2015. As a Physical Research Scientist in the Climate Change, Variability, and Predictions Group at GFDL, Dr. Kapnick's research focuses on the mechanisms controlling extreme storms and mountain snowpack. She uses data from both observations and models to shed light on how the climate system has varied in the past, and what we might expect in the future.

March 17, 2015 - GFDL Scientist Paul Ginoux Receives Editors’ Citation for Excellence Paul Ginoux
The Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres has awarded GFDL senior scientist, Paul Ginoux, its 2014 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. The award will be announced in an upcoming issue of Eos. The citation recognizing Dr. Ginoux "is to express publicly the gratitude of AGU to those whose reviews have been particularly commendable. Your contributions to the journals program have been invaluable in maintaining a high quality standard."

September 25, 2013 - GFDL Director Honored with Sir Gilbert Walker Distinguished Chair V. Ramaswamy
GFDL's Director, Ram, has been selected as the second Sir Gilbert Walker Distinguished Chair Professor at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, for three years. Beginning this November, Ram will give a series of special lectures in Climate Sciences to graduate students at IIT each semester.

August 5, 2013 - AGU Award Recognizes P.C.D. (Chris) Milly's Contributions to Hydrology P.C.D. (Chris) Milly
American Geophysical Union (AGU) has acknowledged Research Hydrologist P.C.D. (Chris) Milly's "fundamental contributions to our understanding of the connections between land surface processes and hydroclimatic variability", with its Hydrologic Sciences Award for 2013. Established in 1956, this Award recognizes one individual each year, for outstanding contributions to the science of hydrology over the course of his or her career.

June 19, 2013 - Massimo Bollasina Honored by AGU Massimo Bollasina
American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Atmospheric Sciences section just announced that Massimo Bollasina, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at GFDL, is the recipient of the James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award for 2013. Dr. Bollasina’s research investigates the influence of aerosols and greenhouse gases on regional climate. His novel use of different modeling tools, in conjunction with ground and satellite observational datasets, has yielded important syntheses of theoretical understanding and numerical modeling for practical applications.

June 18, 2013 - Paul Ginoux Recognized for Pioneering Research on Dust Aerosols Paul Ginoux
For "sustained pioneering work on aerosols", GFDL Scientist Paul Ginoux is a recipient of American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award for 2013. Established last year, the award recognizes exceptional mid-career scientists in atmospheric and climate sciences, who demonstrate excellence in research, as well as leadership in his or her field. The award will be formally presented to Dr. Ginoux at AGU's Fall Meeting.

Aug 3, 2012 - Massimo Bollasina and coauthors honored by World Meteorological Organization Massimo Bollasina
A paper authored by three GFDL scientists, which tied weaker South Asian summer monsoons to human activities, has won the World Meteorological Organization’s Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2013. The paper, "Anthropogenic aerosols and the weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon" was published in the journal Science in September 2011.

Feb 14, 2012 - Ronald J. Stouffer Honored by American Geophysical Union Ronald J. Stouffer
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) recently announced the election of Ronald J. Stouffer as an AGU Fellow. This designation is conferred upon less than 1% of all AGU members in any given year, as a tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions.

Jan 17, 2012 - Isaac Held earns International Honor Isaac Held
Isaac Held, Ph.D., a senior research scientist with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., will receive the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for his contributions to improved understanding of climate change and atmospheric circulation systems. He will accept the award at a ceremony in Madrid, Spain, in June.

In his 34-year career with GFDL, he has enhanced the scientific community’s understanding of the atmosphere’s structure and circulation. His studies on atmospheric water vapor have led to a greater understanding of how water vapor affects atmospheric warming. This research has earned him an international reputation for his unique contributions to the field. The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize scientific and cultural contributions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges in science, technology, society, and economics.

Jul 13, 2011 - AGU James B. Macelwane Medalist Arlene Fiore AGU James B. Macelwane Medalist Arlene Fiore
GFDL’s Arlene Fiore is set to join an esteemed line of geophysical scientists as winner of the 2011 American Geophysical Union (AGU) James B. Macelwane Medal. Still early in her career, Dr. Fiore has distinguishing herself in the geophysical sciences for making significant contributions to atmospheric chemistry, and enhancing our understanding of ozone pollution and its impact on climate.

Nov 05, 2010 - Presidential Award goes to GFDL Scientist Presidential Award goes to GFDL Scientist
Charles Stock, of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), was honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the U.S. government's most prestigious award for early-career scientists. Award winners were announced in a White House press release on November 5, 2010. The award recognizes Dr. Stock’s efforts to enhance our understanding of interactions between marine ecosystems and climate, including work to develop innovative ways of applying climate and earth system models to assess impacts of climate change on living marine resources at global and regional scales.

Jun 08, 2009 - GFDL Director Delivers Bert Bolin Lecture in Stockholm
GFDL's Director, Dr. V. "Ram" Ramaswamy, was invited to give the second annual Bert Bolin Lecture on Climate Research at Stockholm University. Ram's lecture, delivered on May 29, 2009, explored the significant role that pollution particulates (aerosols) from human-induced emissions have played in the evolution of the global climate in the twentieth century.

May 26, 2009 - AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence: Gabriel A. Vecchi
Gabriel A. Vecchi awarded AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters

Feb 03, 2009 - P.C.D. (Chris) Milly Elected AGU Fellow
P.C.D. (Chris) Milly was recently named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Dr. Milly is a hydrologist who has worked at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory since 1988, as part of a long-term collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Jan 14, 2009 - Andrew Wittenberg received the 2009 Journal of Climate Editor's Award
Journal of Climate Editor's Award Andrew Wittenberg received the 2009 Journal of Climate Editor's Award "For his dependably scholarly, constructive, and thorough reviews."

Dec 20, 2008 - Yi Ming Receives Presidential Award
Yi Ming, research physical scientist at GFDL, was just named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to recognize and support the extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers in science and technology.

Aug 08, 2008 - NOAA Scientist Earns Prestigious Distinction from Scientific Journal NOAA Scientist Earns Prestigious Distinction from Scientific Journal
In June, Brian Magi, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science, learned that he was selected by the journal Annales Geophysicae as their Best Reviewer for Lower Atmosphere and Climate, for 2007. Three other scientists shared the distinction, in different subject areas, for "maintaining the high quality" of the journal. The designation is given to an individual who has contributed a referee’s report of outstanding merit on manuscripts submitted for publication in Annales Geophysicae.