Given by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, the Vega Medal was created in 1881 on the occasion of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm following his discovery of the North East Passage. Since then, the Vega Medal has been awarded to a physical geographer roughly every three years. This award is given by the King of Sweden on 24 April, the anniversary of Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm.
This very prestigious award is granted biennially to individuals in recognition of advances in the science and technology of remote sensing, and its application to knowledge of the earth, oceans, and atmosphere, and/or to the benefit of society.
Dr. Bhartia's citation reads: "For scientific advances in the remote sensing of global ozone concentration and trends, and for developing new techniques for retrieving aerosol properties from space."
Dr Molly Brown (Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division) receives the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. The citation reads for “her continued work in bringing critical information to the U.S. Government in the area of remote sensing and as an expert on impact of environmental dynamics of food security."
P3B Operation and Maintenance Team/Brian Yates (830 610.W)
NASA Honor Award - Exceptional Public Service Medal
Frederick S Patt (616)
NASA Honor Award - Early Career Achievement Medal
Benjamin Issac Cook (611), Douglas C Morton (618)
NASA Honor Award - Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
Josefino C Comiso (615), Edward C Sittler (673)
NASA Honor Award - Exceptional Achievement Medal
Mark Clampin (667), Edward J Kim (617), Michael Ressler
NASA Honor Award - Outstanding Leadership Medal
Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy (671), Ralph A Kahn (613), Jose M Rodriguez (614)
NASA Honor Award - Distinguished Service Medal
Pawan K Bhartia (610), Jean Hebb Swank (662), Bruce E Woodgate (667)
GISS Best Publication Award
Drew Todd Shindell (611), Gregory S Faluvegi (611)
The article "Simultaneously mitigating near-term climate change and improving human health and food security" by Drew Shindell et al was voted the best research publication of 2012 by the staff of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Co-authors included Greg Faluvegi and George Milly of GISS and 21 others. The paper was published in Science.
The Norberg prize is GSFC's highest award in the area of Earth science. The prize is for Anne's many years of leadership of satellite missions studying atmospheric composition, and her pioneering work in using measurements to test models
NOAA - David Johnson Award
Douglas C Morton (618)
The NOAA David Johnson Award is presented by the National Space Club for innovative applications of Earth observation satellite data. Doug was cited for his research on satellite-based monitoring of deforestation, forest degradation, and fires, including participation in a team of scientists responsible for a new seasonal fire forecast for South America based on MODIS data and sea surface temperature anomalies.
GSFC Honor Award - Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity
2012 African American History Month Essay Contest Team (includes Terry Johnson)
GSFC Honor Award - Science
Anthony J Martino (615), Ross F Nelson (618), Carrie Anderson (693), Michael Ressler
GSFC Honor Award - Supervision
K Jon Ranson (618)
GSFC Honor Award - Outreach
Michelle L Thaller (600), VIRGINIA JEAN BUTCHER (614), V Stanley Scott (694)
Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award
Pawan K Bhartia (610)
The Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union established the Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award in 2009. This award is named in honor of Yoram J. Kaufman, an outstanding atmospheric scientist, mentor, and creator of international collaborations who worked on atmospheric aerosols and their influence on the Earth's climate for his entire 30-year career. The award citation reads: "The Yoram J. Kaufman Award for broad influence in atmospheric science through exceptional creativity, inspiration of younger scientists, mentoring, international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research."
President-elect of AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section
William K.M. Lau (610)
William Lau, Deputy Director for Atmospheres, Earth Science Division (Code 610) has been elected President-Elect for the Atmospheric Sciences Section of AGU for 2013-2014. His term will begin 1 January 2013 for two years, and then will serve as President for the next two years.
Dr. Siegfried Schubert has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. A maximum of only two-tenths of one percent of the AMS membership is approved through the Fellow nomination process.
International Radiation Commission Young Scientist Award
Robert C Levy (613)
Presented to Robert Levy for "Outstanding contributions to radiation studies that improve retrieval of aerosol properties and related critical climate parameters from satellite data, introducing new data analysis and interpretation to address difficult challenges." This award is given to a young scientist who has made recent noteworthy contributions to radiation studies and is regarded as having great potential to become a leading radiation scientist in the future. This award is presented by an international committee of leading and senior scientists, and is awarded only once every four years.
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Temilola Elisabeth Fatoyinbo Agueh (618)
The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. They recognize recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge, and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through professional leadership, education or community outreach.