January 2013 Awards

January 21, 2013

It’s award season! Several NOAA scientists in Boulder received distinguished awards in January, for outstanding service and science. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco announced NOAA’s 2013 Bronze Medals and Distinguished Career Awards Jan. 30, and the next day, NOAA Research chief Bob Detrick announced the 2012 NOAA Research employee of the year. These awards are for NOAA federal staff; scientists with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder were instrumental in the work and will receive CIRES awards for their contributions.

2013 Bronze Medal: “For the successful demonstration of the Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems for NOAA's climate goal.” NOAA recipients: David Fahey, Steven Ciciora, Richard McLaughlin, Rushan Gao, Karen Rosenlof, Brad Hall, James Elkins II. CIRES colleagues: Eric Ray, Troy Thornberry, Laurel Watts, Geoffrey Dutton, Emrys Hall, Eric Hintsa, Dale Hurst, Allen Jordan, Fred L. Moore, Samuel Oltmans

2013 Bronze Medal: “For excellence in research and development of ensemble-based and hybrid data assimilation techniques that improve operational weather forecasts.” NOAA recipients: Jeffrey Whitaker and Thomas Hamill.

2012 Distinguished Career Award: William Neff, “for expertly guiding the evolution of the Earth System Research Laboratory’s Physical Sciences Division and its predecessor organizations through times of enormous change.”

2012 NOAA research employee of the year: David Himes was named one of several individual recipients, for personal and professional excellence. David, who died in 2011, was a major contributor to Science On a Sphere, the NOAA educational tool now wowing audiences in nearly 100 locations around the world.

2012 NOAA research group of the year: Stan Benjamin’s team in the Earth System Research Laboratory’s Global Systems Division. Benjamin’s team was lauded for its work transitioning to operations the Rapid Refresh (RAP) model. RAP extends the coverage of the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model to all of North America and improves prediction of quickly developing severe weather events including thunderstorms, winter storms and aviation hazards such as clear air turbulence.

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