Jim Churnside (CSD) won the 2011 George W. Goddard award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Churnside was lauded for “creativity and leadership in developing and advancing the airborne fish lidar technique, and for wide-ranging contributions to optical propagation in the atmosphere and ocean.”
Bill Cushman (GMD) was named the NOAA Research Employee of the Year, for personal and professional excellence. The award is granted to an individual or team who has demonstrated the preeminence of NOAA Research with “initiative, commitment, effort, and competence.”
Sean Davis (CSD) co-authored a paper that won a 2010 Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratories. The paper, “Directly Measured Heating Rates of a Tropical Subvisible Cirrus Cloud,” was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research last year.
Russell Schnell (GMD) was awarded a NOAA Distinguished Career Award, one of the highest honors that can be granted by the NOAA Administrator. Schnell was recognized “for exemplary vision and leadership of the laboratory and baseline observatory network throughout nineteen years of service to NOAA.”
Susan Solomon (CSD) was selected to give one of two inaugural Kavli Foundation lectures, part of the foundation’s new “Innovations in Chemistry” program. Solomon will deliver her lecture in August, at the ACS meeting in Denver.
Pieter Tans (GMD) was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal at the 2010 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. AGU recognized Tans for his work “expanding our understanding of the global carbon cycle and raising awareness for climate change.”