Mike Brown and Ken Farley have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
Ken Farley and John Eiler have been named Geochemistry Fellows. The Geochemical Society (GS) and The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) established the honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow, to be bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry. The joint EAG/ GS Geochemical Fellows committee met recently and recommended Ken and John for this award, which will be presented at the Goldschmidt meeting in Florence this summer (http://goldschmidt.info/2013/ )
John A. Johnson has been awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Johnson was recognized for his dedication, passion, and innovation in teaching as well as his ability to inspire his students.
Heather A. Knutson is the 2012 recipient of the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy.
John A. Johnson received the 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
Victoria Orphan has been selected to receive a Marine Microbiology Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Jared R. Leadbetter, professor of environmental microbiology, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a selective, peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.
Jean-Paul Ampuero has received a NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Mike Gurnis has been awarded the Augustus Love Medal of the European Geosciences Union. The Augustus Love Medal is awarded to a distinguished scientist in the field of geodynamics, comprising mantle and core convection, tectonophysics, post-glacial rebound and earth rotation.
Victor Tsai has won the 2012 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award, which is given every year to an outstanding young seismologist who is within three years of receiving her/his Ph.D.
Michael Lamb is the recipient of the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2012. The Luna B. Leopold Award is given to scientists within 5 years of their Ph.D (or equivalent) degree. This award is given to recognize a young scientist for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes.
Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been named a co-winner of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for his efforts to understand the outer solar system—work that led to the demotion of Pluto.
John Eiler has been named recipient of the 2012 Arthur L. Day Medal. The Arthur L. Day Medal is a prize awarded by the Geological Society of America, established in 1948 by Arthur Louis Day for "outstanding distinction in contributing to geologic knowledge through the application of physics and chemistry to the solution of geologic problems".
Dianne K. Newman has been selected by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board to receive the Cozzarelli Prize, awarded in Class 1, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The paper is titled: “Microaerobic steroid biosynthesis and the molecular fossil record of Archean life,” (2011) PNAS 108 (33) 13409-13414. The Cozzarelli Prize, named in honor of late Editor-in-Chief Nicholas R. Cozzarelli, is awarded to papers published in PNAS to recognize their outstanding scientific excellence and originality. The papers represent the six Academy classes.
Hiroo Kanamori has been elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.
Bethany Ehlmann has been awarded the Zeldovich Medal by the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Commission B (planetary). The Zeldovich Medals are conferred by the Russian Academy of Sciences and COSPAR to young scientists for excellence and achievements. They honor the memory of the distinguished astrophysicist Academician Yakov B. Zeldovich.
Paul Asimow has been awarded the 2011/12 Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Feynman Teaching Prize recognizes Caltech faculty members who demonstrate “unusual ability, creativity and innovation” in their courses. Although there were several candidates who fit these criteria and who had vigorous support from their nominators, the Feynman Prize Committee decided to present this year’s award to Dr. Paul Asimow, for his exceptional energy, originality, and ability to explain complicated concepts effectively. In his enthusiasm, clarity, and depth of knowledge, Paul Asimow vividly illustrates the qualities for which the Feynman Teaching Prize was established.
Jason Saleeby has been named recipient of the GSA Distinguished Geologic Career Award by the Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology (MGPV) Division.The award is given to an individual who, throughout his/her career, has made distinguished contributions in one or more of the following fields of research: mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, volcanology, with emphasis on multidisciplinary, field-based contributions. This award emphasizes a geologic and multidisciplinary approach. Geologic work is by nature generalistic and has an important field component, with Earth as the natural laboratory.
Ed Stolper has received the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causia from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This degree is made in recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to igneous petrology and to the study of the Earth's interior and other planets.
Edward Stolper has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society.
Woodward Fischer - Recipient of the 2011 ASCIT Teaching Award.
Yuk Ling Yung - Announced as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Victoria Orphan - Recipient of the 2011 Gast Lectureship. The EAG is proud to announce Victoria Orphan as the 2011 Gast Lecturer. This lectureship is awarded to a scientist under 45 years of age for outstanding contributions to geochemistry and the lecture will be presented at the Goldschmidt Conference (see http://www.goldschmidt2011.org/plenaries). This award is bestowed jointly by the EAG and the Geochemical Society.
Woodward Fischer - Recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Young Scientist Award for the Division of Biogeosciences of the European Geosciences Union. This award will be presented at the EGU General Assembly to be held in Vienna, April 2011.
Jean-Philippe Avouac - Elected as a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually.
Graduate students, Renata Cummins and Joseph O'Rourke, have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSFGRFP)
Katie Stack, graduate student in geology, has been awarded for the support of her graduate research by Lambda Prime. She is being recognized for her continues academic leadership and promotion of Grand Challenges in the fields of Science & Technology.
Geology Graduate Student, Erika Swanson, has been awarded the Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Resesarch Award by the Geological Society of America, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division. This award promotes research combining structural geology and diagenesis, and curriculum development in structural diagenesis.
Katie Stack, graduate student in geology, has been selected by Forbes in its annual "30 Under 30".
Elizabeth Trembath-Reichart, graduate student in geobiology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Traineeship.
Geophysics graduate student, Bryan Riel, and incoming first-year geology graduate student, Mathieu Lapotre, have been awarded NASA Fellowships.
Daniel Bower, graduate student in geophysics, has been awarded the Graduate Deans' Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Magdalena Osburn, oral presentation, entitled "Sequence Stratigraphic Characterization of a Microbially Influenced Carbonate Ramp: Khufai Formation, Huqf Supergroup, Sultanate of Oman" was ranked #2 in the AAPG Student Oral Awards Competition.Jena Johnson, graduate student in geobiology, has been awarded a Lewis and Clark Award for Exploration and Field Research from the American Philosophical Society.
Megan Newcombe, graduate student in geology, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award for her presentation given at the 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Lingsen Meng, graduate student in geophysics, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his paper given at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America.
King-Fai Li, graduate student in ESE, has been awarded the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship class of 2012.
Yu-Nung Nina Lin, graduate student in geology, has been awarded the Li Ming Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Brent Minchew, graduate student in geophysics, has been awarded the Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship for academic year 2011-12.
Laura Alisic, graduate student in geophysics, has been awarded the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Prize 2011 for her outstanding work on simulating global mantle convection at tectonic plate boundary-resolving scales.
Brent Minchew, graduate student in geophysics, and Lauren Edgar, graduate student in geology, have been awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF).
Margaret Rosenburg has been selected as the 2011 Student Award winner of the History and Philosophy of Geology Division of GSA.
Sebastien Kopf has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hanna Liu has been awarded this year's Library Friends' Senior Thesis Prize. The prize recognizes senior theses that exemplify research and
Steven Kidder has been awarded 2 two-year NSF postdoctoral fellowships, to be effective next year (2012). First, Steve will do his post doc with Dave Prior at the University of Otago, New Zealand under the International Research Fellowship Program. Then he will continue his postdoctoral work with Professor Christian Teyssler, in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota.
Geochemistry graduate student, June Wicks, has received the ASCIT Teaching Award.
Younghee Kim has been awarded a scholarship from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). This year the SEG is honoring 138 students at universities in 21 different countries for outstanding accomplishments in geophysics.
The following graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSFGRFP):
Adam Subhas (Incoming first year grad student)
Ajay Limaye was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG).
Michael Line was awarded the Keck Institute for Space Studies Fellowship (KISS).