New Year Award News

EAPS Communications Office
Thursday, January 4, 2018

A New Year's round-up of award and honor news.

In the Media

In 2017 EAPS postdoc Julien de Wit was part of the team reporting the discovery of seven possibly life-friendly worlds orbiting TRAPPIST-1. Not surprisingly for such exciting news it was a top pick for the top stories lists at Science News and Space Magazine. De Wit joins the EAPS faculty in summer 2018.

The Solomon Group

Kirsten Zickfeld, Susan Solomon, and Daniel M. Gilford (2016) Centuries of thermal sea-level rise due to anthropogenic emissions of short-lived greenhouse gases, made no. 18 in Discovery Magazine's Top 100 papers of 2017.

Faculty & Senior Investigator Awards

Dara Entekhabi
MIT's Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor 
was awarded the 2018 David and Lucille Atlas Remote Sensing Prize for "For scientific and technical leadership in providing remote sensing data and in their use to address basic questions in hydrological science."


Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli
Professor of Physical Oceanography

was chosen to give the Rachel Carson Lecture at the Fall 2017 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. 


Daniel Rothman
Professor of Geophysics, Co-Director of the Lorenz Center
Rothman's paper "Thresholds of Catastrophe in the Earth System" was a pick for the American Mathematical Society's Top Math Stories in the Media - 2017,'s The Top articles of 2017, and Blue Ocean Network's Top Ocean Stories of 2017.

Susan Solomon
Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies

was chosen to receive the Royal Society’s 2018 Bakerian Medal and give the Bakerian Lecture. 


Postdoctoral Award

Tyler Mackay
Postdoctoral Fellow

has been awarded an Agouron Geobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Researcher Award

Anna Shaugnessy
ERL Executive Director
was awarded a lifetime membership in the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).


Student Awards

Manuel Florez
Was honored by the Seismology Society of America for contributing one of the best student presentations at their 2017 Annual Meeting.


Alumnae Mentions

Nicholas Hawco PhD '17 has been awarded the 2017 Rossby Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences' Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate.

We couldn't help noticing how many of the new 2017 AGU fellows crossing the stage at the induction ceremony during the Fall Meeting had an EAPS connection. Special congratulations to:

  • Bonnie J. Burrati MS '74, now a planetary astronomer in the Division of Earth and Space Sciences at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
  • Alan D. Chave PhD '80, now Senior Scientist in the Deep Submergence Laboratory, the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • Matthew J. Kohn BS '86, now a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University.
  • Steven W. Roecker PhD '81, now professor of earth and environmental sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Teng-fong Wong PhD '81, now professor and director of the Earth System Science Program at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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