Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences faculty continue to earn numerous awards and honors in recognition of their innovation and leadership in their respective fields.
The 2019 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization was awarded to Assistant Professor ANDREW BABBIN. In addition, he earned an Ally of Nature Fund award—an MIT fund endowed by Audrey Buyrn and Alan Phillips to support exploratory projects to prevent, repair, and ameliorate environmental damage.
Assistant Professor TIMOTHY CRONIN was appointed the Kerr-McGee Career Development Chair. Cronin also joined Babbin on the list of awardees from the MIT Ally of Nature Fund for environmental research.
Associate Professor DANIEL CZICZO, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded tenure in July 2018.
Newly-appointed Assistant Professor JULIEN DE WIT accepted the Group Achievement Award from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on behalf of the team of researchers who discovered seven exoplanets in the habitable zone of the ultra-cool red dwarf TRAPPIST-1.
Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science KERRY EMANUEL was selected to the 2018 class of AGU Fellows. Additionally, he was awarded the 2018 Friend of the Planet award by the National Center for Science Education.
DARA ENTEKHABI, MIT’s Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor, was awarded the 2018 David and Lucille Atlas Remote Sensing Prize from the American Meteorological Society for: “scientific and technical leadership in providing remote sensing data and in their use to address basic questions in hydrological science.”
Robert R. Shrock Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences TIMOTHY GROVE was recognized with the 2018 Harry H. Hess Medal by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). A past president of the AGU himself (2008-10), Grove is only the second member of the MIT faculty to earn the Hess Medal; Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research at MIT, was awarded the prize in 2012.
Professor of Physical Oceanography PAOLA MALANOTTE-RIZZOLI was chosen to give the Rachel Carson Lecture at the Fall 2017 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
The office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming at MIT awarded Associate Professor of Paleoclimatology DAVID MCGEE the Excellence in Mentoring Award in recognition of his commitment to the development of first year students. McGee has served as Director of Terrascope, an MIT First-Year Learning Community, since 2016.
The School of Science honored Associate Professor PAUL O’GORMAN with one of two prizes for excellence in graduate education. Nominators noted that his class was well-organized with clear expectations set, and they also lauded his humorous, engaging, and passionate teaching style. O’Gorman is only the second EAPS winner of an annual School of Science Teaching Prize after former professor Marcia McNutt was recognized in 1996.
Professor of Geophysics, Co-Director of the Lorenz Center DANIEL ROTHMAN’s paper Thresholds of Catastrophe in the Earth System was a pick for the American Mathematical Society’s 2017 Top Math Stories in the Media, Phys.org’s Top Phys.org articles of 2017, and Blue Ocean Network’s Top Ocean Stories of 2017.
Associate Professor NOELLE SELIN, recently named director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP), has been awarded a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS). Over fellowship’s three year term, Selin will work with TUM-IAS faculty and students on research at the intersection of environmental science and policymaking.
Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies and 2018 Crafoord Prize awardee SUSAN SOLOMON was chosen to receive the Royal Society’s 2018 Bakerian Medal and give the Bakerian Lecture. She also received an honorary doctorate from Rockefeller University, as well as an AGU 2017 Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing.
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