Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Recent Awards & Honors

Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics

Recipient: WMAP Science Team
Charles Bennett, Gary Hinshaw, Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr., David Spergel and the WMAP Science Team were awarded the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The citation reads: "For detailed maps of the early universe that greatly improved our knowledge of the evolution of the cosmos and the fluctuations that seeded the formation of galaxies." The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was founded in 2012 by Yuri Milner to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. The team also includes:

Chris Barnes
Olivier Doré
Joanna Dunkley
Ben Gold
Michael Greason
Mark Halpern
Robert Hill
Al Kogut
Eiichiro Komatsu
David Larson
Michele Limon
Stephan Meyer
Michael Nolta
Nils Odegard
Hiranya Peiris
Kendrick Smith
Greg Tucker
Licia Verde
Janet Weiland
Ed Wollack
E. Wollack
Ned Wright

2017 AAAS Fellow

Feb, 2018
Honoree: Gavin A. Schmidt (611)
Fellows are recognized for their "contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership and extraordinary achievements across disciplines."
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Editor Award - Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Jan, 2018
Recipient: Ali Tokay (612)
For his frequent and in-depth reviews of manuscripts related to precipitation microphysics and estimation, and remote sensing using radar.
American Meteorological Society

AMS Fellow

Jan, 2018
Honoree: Belay B Demoz (610)
For outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years.
American Meteorological Society

Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation Award (ISSNAF)

Recipient: Camilla Pacifici
Camilla Pacifici won the annual ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators in the astrophysics and chemistry category for her work on the formation of galaxies, from the Big Bang to our Milky Way. Founded in 2008 and supported by the Italian Embassy in the United States, the foundation promotes cooperation in science, academia and technology between Italian researchers and scholars who operate in North America and the world of research in Italy.

Aspen Italia Award

Recipient: Francesco Tombesi (662)
The Aspen Institute Italia Award is given annually to a research project studying applied or theoretical natural sciences involving collaboration between Italian and U.S. scientists and institutions. Francesco Tombesi and coauthors Marcio B. Meléndez Hernández, Sylvain Veilleux, James N. Reeves, Christopher Reynolds (UMD) and Eduardo González Alfonso (University of Alcalá, Spain) won the 2017 award for a paper reporting observations of a powerful wind from the accretion disk of the central supermassive black hole in the active galaxy IRAS F11119+3257, which drives a large-scale molecular outflow.
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