Our Awards & Recognition

2017

  • Murphy, D.M., H. Telg, T.F. Eck, J. Rodriguez, S.E. Stalin, and T.S. Bates, A miniature scanning sun photometer for vertical profiles and mobile platforms, Aerosol Science and Technology, doi:10.1080/02786826.2015.1121200, 2016. AST recent most notable papers Read more...
  • Richard McLaughlin, CIRES Recognition/Award for design of an elegant airborne chemical inlet that has provided a major advance for atmospheric science by improving the ability to sample reliably from high-altitude research aircraft. The real-world effectiveness of this inlet design has been recently proven during the ongoing global-scale ATom-2 mission, and has been adopted by the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center as their new de facto standard inlet for trace gas sampling aboard the DC-8 aircraft. Read more...
  • Andrew Rollins and Joshua (Shuka) Schwarz, CIRES IRP Grant Direct spectroscopic detection of tropospheric chlorine radicals Read more...
  • Edwards, P.M., S.S. Brown, J.M. Roberts, R. Ahmadov, R. Banta, J. de Gouw, W.P. Dube, R.A. Field, J. Flynn, J. Gilman, M. Graus, D. Helmig, A. Koss, A.O. Langford, B. Lefer, B. Lerner, R. Li, S.-M. Li, S. McKeen, S. Murphy, D. Parrish, C.J. Senff, J. Soltis, J. Stutz, C. Sweeney, C. Thompson, M.K. Trainer, C. Tsai, P. Veres, R.A. Washenfelder, C. Warneke, R.J. Wild, C.J. Young, B. Yuan, and R. Zamora, High winter ozone pollution from carbonyl photolysis in an oil and gas basin, Nature, 10.1038/nature13767, 2014. NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award Read more...
  • Raul Alvarez, NOAA Silver Sherman Award for his outstanding efforts to support laboratory and mobile lidar systems in the ESRL Chemical Sciences Division. As he demonstrated in a recent field mission to study high surface ozone values in central California, he is an expert in keeping state-of-the-art laser systems running continuously under challenging field conditions and coordinating multiple laser systems and investigators. Read more...
  • Anne Perring, U.S. Executive Office of the President (EOP) Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) 2014 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for pioneering work in the development and application of new atmospheric measurement techniques for the study of black carbon and bioaerosols Read more...

2016

  • Karen Rosenlof, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award for broad influence in atmospheric science through exceptional creativity, inspiration of younger scientists, mentoring, international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research Read more...
  • Erin McDuffie, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting Outstanding Student Paper Award for 'The Wintertime Fate of N2O5: Observations and Box Model Analysis for the 2015 WINTER Aircraft Campaign'
  • Andrew Rollins, Troy Thornberry, Laurel Watts, and Rich McLaughlin, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award for developing a new laser-based instrument to measure SO2 at extremely low mixing ratios relevant to the stratosphere. The instrument, built and deployed in record time, will enable better understanding of atmospheric sulfur chemistry and transport, which is critical to understanding the stratospheric aerosol layer, including impacts from geoengineering. The new instrument's detection limit is 50-fold better than previous technologies and it is already is allowing investigation of science ques-tions previously impossible to tackle. This project grew out of a 2013 CIRES Innovative Research Project.
  • Brian Lerner, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award for developing one of the world's quickest and most automated systems to analyze whole air samples by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Brian developed a four-device package that includes sampling, analysis and interface, GC-MS, and cannister cleaning, and he also built efficient software to greatly improve speed of data analysis. Brian's improvements now allow routine analysis of field samples within 36 hours, greatly expanding his team's analytical capabilities and ability to address important science topics such as the emissions of organic gases from oil and natural gas operations. Other groups around the world are looking to use some of Brian's techniques in their own systems.
  • Cathy Burgdorf Rasco, Richard Tisinai, Gabi Accatino, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award for innovative and high-impact IT design and development in support of the 2015 CSD Review
  • Carsten Warneke, Joost de Gouw, Brian Lerner, and Abigail Koss, CIRES IRP Grant Are there diamonds in the sky? Detection of diamondoid and other large hydrocarbons in the atmosphere Read more...
  • Jane August, Colorado Federal Executive Board Wonderful Outstanding Worker (WOW) for 8 years of administrative support to NOAA's Tropospheric Chemistry and Regional Chemical Modeling Groups
  • Caroline Womack, DOC Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium Outstanding Presentation Award for her poster 'Characterizing Interferences in an NOy Thermal Dissociation Inlet' [coauthored by Andy Neuman, Patrick Veres, Chuck Brock, Scott Eilerman, Kyle Zarzana, Bill Dube and Steven Brown] Carrie is an NRC Postdocotral Affiliate.
  • Sara Sand, DOC Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium Outstanding Presentation Award for her poster 'Evaluation of the Wind Flow Variability Using Scanning Doppler Lidar Measurements' [coauthored by Yelena Pichugina and Alan Brewer] Sara is an Undergraduate Affiliate.
  • Abigail Koss, DSRC Visits and Employee Engagement Group Gold Star Certificate for working with the Earth Explorers
  • Kara Lamb, DSRC Visits and Employee Engagement Group Gold Star Certificate for working with the Earth Explorers
  • Stu McKeen, Greg Frost, Elsevier / Atmospheric Environment Haagen-Smit Prize for their paper (Grell, GA; SE Peckham; R Schmitz; SA McKeen; G Frost; WC Skamarock; B Eder: Fully coupled 'online' chemistry within the WRF model, Atmospheric Environment, 39, 6957-6975, 2005) in recognition of its overwhelming contribution to our understanding of atmospheric processes that link air pollution emissions to air quality and ultimately human health. Prior to the advent of WRF-Chem, atmospheric models of meteorology and atmospheric models of transport and transformation of air pollutants had a one-way linkage in that the meteorological information was fed into the chemical transport models but the chemical transport models were assumed not to substantially influence meteorology. We now know that this one-way linkage is not always a reasonable approximation. WRF-Chem was the first widely available, public-domain model to encompass a two-way linkage between meteorology and pollutant transport and transformation. It is widely used by the air pollutant and climate change communities to understand the relationships between air pollutant emissions, meteorology and air pollutant concentrations in urban and regional settings. As a result, it has had a tremendous impact on the atmospheric environment community. Read more...
  • Erik Larson, International Global Atmoshperic Chemistry (IGAC) Early Career Poster Presentation Award for his poster 'CMIP5 Estimate of Earth's Energy Budget' at the 14th IGAC Project Science Conference in Session 5, Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change Read more...
  • Birgit Hassler, International Ozone Commission (IO3C) Dobson Award for Young Scientists for her outstanding research paper (Hassler, B., et al, Past changes in the vertical distribution of ozone - Part 1: Measurement techniques, uncertainties and availability, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, doi:10.5194/amt-7-1395-2014, 2014) in atmospheric sciences published or accepted in a refereed journal since the last Quadrennial Ozone Symposium (July 2000) by a young scientist (within 10 years of Ph.D). This award recognizes her leadership as first author of a paper describing past changes in the vertical distribution of ozone. She has provided the community with an essential foundation for reliable detection of stratospheric ozone recovery in coming decades. Read more...
  • Raul Alvarez, Mike Hardesty, John Holloway, Gerd Hubler, Andy Langford, Tom Ryerson, Scott Sandberg, NASA Group Acheivement Award for outstanding achievement during the Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality (DISCOVER-AQ) mission conducting airborne studies to improve the diagnosis of near-surface air quality from space
  • Jim Roberts, NOAA Gold Medal for Leadership for leading three field studies that revealed the cause of high-ozone episodes in Utah's oil and gas fields and led to effective new regulations (winters of 2012, 2013, 2014) Read more...
  • Michael Trainer, NOAA Distinguished Career Award for developing a powerful strategy to use NOAA aircraft to advance our scientific understanding of pollution sources that cause poor air quality Read more...
  • Debra Dailey-Fisher, NOAA OAR EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service Read more...
  • Steven Ciciora, NOAA OAR Employee of the Year for his outstanding innovation and hardware engineering in developing a new control and data system for a new generation of aerosol detector resulting in reduced size, weight and cost of the Printed Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS) while improving performance and adding additional features. Read more...
  • Alan Gorchov-Negron, NOAA Science and Education Symposium Student Scholarship Presentation Award for his Climate Adaptation and Mitigation presentation on 'Fugitive Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production and Use'. Alan is a Hollings Undergraduate Scholar. Read more...
  • Anna Lynn, NOAA Science and Education Symposium Student Scholarship Presentation Award for her Science and Technology Enterprise presentation 'Development of Calibration System for Hydrocarbons Emitted from Biomass Burning'. Anna is a Hollings Undergraduate Scholar. Read more...

2015

  • Erin McDuffie, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting Outstanding Student Presentation Award for her poster 'Toward a Quantitative Assessment of the Influence of Regional Emission Sources on Ozone Production in the Colorado Front Range' Read more...
  • Ann Weickmann, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award for her work in developing innovative software and hardware solutions for data acquisition, processing, and control of lidar instrumentation
  • Jeff Peischl, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award for his work measuring greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, and N2O) from airborne and ground-based mobile platforms, and for analyses to better understand the sources and implications of those emissions
  • Tak Yamaguchi, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award for his work on aerosol-cloud interactions and their impact on climate change
  • Erin McDuffie, CIRES Graduate Association Best Poster for 'Summertime Relationships Between NOx, NOy, and O3 in the Denver-Julesberg Basin' presented at the CIRES Rendezvous
  • Graham Feingold and Franziska Glassmeier, CIRES IRP Grant Network Theory to Understand Cloud Systems Read more...
  • Angela Small, DOC Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium Outstanding Presentation Award for 'Effects of Atmospheric Pressure and Temperature on Ozone Lidar Retrievals' [coauthors Christoph Senff, Andy Langford, Guillaume Kirgis, and Raul Alvarez] Angela is an undergraduate.
  • Bin Yuan, DOC Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium Outstanding Presentation Award for 'Secondary formation of Nitrophenols: Insights from Observations During the Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study (UBWOS) 2014' [coauthors John Liggio, Jeremy Wentzell, Shao-Meng Li, Harald Stark, James Roberts, Jessica Gilman, Brian Lerner, Carsten Warneke, Rui Li, Amy Leithead, Hans Osthoff, Robert Wild, Steven Brown and Joost de Gouw]
  • A.R. Ravishankara, NOAA Distinguished Career Award for excellence in managing and providing scientific vision for NOAA's atmospheric research programs, and in leading international science and assessment
  • Ru-Shan Gao, NOAA OAR Employee of the Year for outstanding innovations in the design, engineering, and construction of a new, lightweight, low-cost detector for studying atmospheric aerosols, the Printed Optical Particle Spectrometer, and using it on versatile aurborne platforms to achieve ground-breaking measurements in the atmosphere Read more...
  • Aitken, M.L., R.M. Banta, Y.L. Pichugina, and J.K. Lundquist, Quantifying Wind Turbine Wake Characteristics from Scanning Remote Sensor Data, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00104.1, 2014. AMS Journals top 10 most read papers in the previous 12 months
  • A.M. Middlebrook, Thompson Reuters most highly cited researchers in the Geosciences 2003-2013