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Earth Science Division Awards

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External Awards

Charles S. Falkenberg Award of the American Geophysical Union
Ved Chirayath, (November 2020)
This award recognizes an early to mid-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life,
economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information
and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.

Research and Development Journal (September 2008)
“Top 100 R&D Significant Technologies Introduced to the Market”
Sensor Web 2.0, Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership

Recipient, 2008 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer,
Far West Region Outstanding partnership Award to the Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Operations Award
(Brent Cobleigh; Project Team Member, Lead of NASA’s Ikhana UAV for
the WSFM Missions)
Distinguishes an AUVSI member or non-member directly involved in the
testing, evaluation and/or operational deployment of unmanned
systems. June 2008

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Best Paper Award
(P. Hall; Project Team Member, NASA Ikhana UAV for the WSFM Missions)
Paper: “Operational Experience With Long-Duration Wildfire Mapping
UAS Missions Over the Western United States.” June 2008

American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award
Azadeh Tabazadeh (2003)

Popular Science Brilliant 10
Azadeh Tabazadeh (2002)

American Geophysical Union James B Macelwane Medal
Azadeh Tabazadeh (2001)

Distinguished Alumni Award, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
Hanwant Singh (2001)

Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Award – Finalist 
Hanwant Singh (2017)

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Azadeh Tabazadeh (1999)

Co-Recipient Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest from the Ames Physical Society

37th Annual Arthur Flemming Award from Washington JCees

Co-Recipient International Peace Garden Award from U. of North Dakota

Frank A. Chambers Award

Award for “Outstanding achievement, university recognized as a major contribution to the science and art of air pollution” by U.S. Air and Waste Management Association

Women in Aerospace: Outstanding Achievement Award

Women’s Influence Network
Laura T. Iraci (2013)

Federal Employee of the Year Finalist Award

APEX Awards
Kate Squires, Steve Cole, Emily Schaller KORUS-AQ Campaign Logical Innovations at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA (2017)

NASA Agency-Wide Awards

NASA Meritorious Executive Award
Estelle P. Condon (2005)

NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Kent Shiffer (2014)
Ramakrishna R. Nemani (2011)
Hanwant Singh (2009)
Marilyn F. Vasques (2008)
Michael T. Gaunce (2006)
Bernadette Luna (2006)
Hanwant Singh (2005, 2009)
Louisa R. Beck (2004)
Christopher S. Potter (2004)
Lynn J. Rothschild (2004)
Michael S. Craig (2003)
Steven S. Wegener (2002)
R. Stephen Hipskind (1995)

NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
Emily L. Schaller (2019) [View image]

NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal
Don Sullivan (2014)
Roy Johnson (2013)
Warren J. Gore (2004)
Paul Bui (1996)
Warren J. Gore (1992)

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
Eric J. Jensen (2011)
Ramakrishna R. Nemani (2009)
Azadeh Tabazadeh (2001)
Hanwant B. Singh (1998)
Peter A. Pilewskie (1997)
Warren J. Gore (1992)
Francis P. Valero (1991)
Owen B. Toon (1989)

NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
Michael S. Craig (2016)
Dave E. Jordan (2016)
Ramakrishna R. Nemani (2012)
James Brass (2005)
Estelle P. Condon (1996)

NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Marilyn Vasques (2016)
Michael S. Craig (2011)
David L. Peterson (2004)
Donna Z. Lacy (2002)
Pamela A. Matson (1993)
Estelle P. Condon (1989)

Equal Employment Opportunity Medal
Ved Chirayath (2016)

NASA Group Achievement Award
Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) (2019) [View image
GeoNex Team (2019) [View image]
ORACLES Team (2019) [View image]
Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) (2019) [View image]
Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) (2016)
NASA Earth Exchange Team (2016)
UCSC-ARC HyspIRI Team (2016)
MIZOPEX (2014)
Ocean Color Ecosystem Assessment (2014)
Sea Grass/Coral Reef UAV (2014)
SEAC4RS (2014)
Earth System Modeling and Supercomputing Course (2013)
NASA Earth Exchange Development Team (2013)
NASA Global Hawk IT Infrastructure Development Team (2013)
Surprise Valley UAV Team (2013)
Coastal and Ocean Airborne Science Testbed (COAST) (2012)
Ames Railroad Valley (RRV) Experiment 2011 Team (2012)
4STAR Development Team (2011)
Forrest Carbon Team (2011)
Global Hawk Pacific Mission Team (2011)
Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (2011)
CASIE Team (2010)
ARCTAS (2009)
NASA Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment Team (2009)
NOVICE Team (2009)
Western States UAS Fire Mission Team (2008) 
Tropical Composition, Cloud, and Climate Coupling (TC4) Team (2008)
Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership Team (2008) 
International Chemical Transport Experiment-North America (INTEX-NA) Team (2005)

NASA Public Service Medal
Vincent G. Ambrosia (2009)
Christopher Potter (1996) 

Ames Research Center Awards

Exceptional Public Achievement Medal, Nomination by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Susan S. Kulawik (2019)

“For exceptional achievement in atmospheric remote sensing, enabling development of new atmospheric composition products and algorithmic advances across NASA missions.”

NAAMES, nomination by NASA Langley Research Center

“For the many outstanding achievemnets of the NAAMES Earth Venture Suborbital Mission.”

NASA Personal Identity verification Team, Nomination by NASA Headquarters

Christine Chase, Colin Hedges and Alex Stanfill

“For exceptional teamwork and dedication to successfully meet cybersecurity Federal requiremets, yielding a significant improvement for NASA’s cybersecurity posture.”

NASA Honor Awards for Individual Exceptional Achievement
Stephen E. Dunagan (2017) [View Image]
“For exceptional achievement in the development of the 4STAR instrument providing new capability to NASA’s atmospheric research community.”

Bernadette Luna (2017) [View Image] [View Image]
“For outstanding management of the ObseRvations of Aerosols above CLouds and their intEractionS (ORACLES) mission’s first deployment to Namibia.”

Jens Redemann (2017) [View Image}
“For outstanding achievement in leading the first ORACLES mission to Namibia to study aerosol-cloud effects on climate.”

NASA Honor Awards for Individual Outstanding Leadership
Laura T. Iraci (2017) [View Image] [View Image]
“For outstanding leadership in developing the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) into a new ARC capability for Earth Science observation.”

NASA Honor Awards for Group Achievement
KORUS-AQ (2017) [View Image One] [View Image Two]
“For outstanding achievements of the KORea-United States Air Aquality (KORUS-AQ) airborne Earth Science Mission.”

  • NASA Ames Research Participants: 
    Katja Drdla, Roy Johnson, David Peterson, Kent Shiffer, Stephen Dunagan, Dave Jordan, James Podolske, Marilyn Vasques,
    Cherise Field, Bernadette Luna, Emmett Quigley Jhony Zavaleta, Warren Gore, Evelyn Perez, Jens Redemann
  • Bay Area Environmental Research Institute Participants:
    Quincy Allison, Erin Czech, Meiying Melissa Martin, Eric Stith, Sommer Beddingfield, Erin Justice, Emily Schaller, David Van Gilst,
    Bradford Bulger, Elizabeth Juvera, Michal Segal Rozenhaimer, Adam Webster, Dan Chirica, Samuel Leblanc, Yohei Shinozuka
  • POSIDON (2017) [View Image]
    “For outstanding achievements of the Pacific Oxidants, Sulfer, Ice, Dehydration, and cONvection (POSIDON) Airborne Earth Science Mission Team.”

  • NASA Ames Research Center Participants:
    Thaopaul Bui, Eric Jensen, Leonhard Pfister, Marilyn Vasques, Katja Drdla, Dave Jordan, Kent Shiffer,
    Jhony Zavaleta, Patrick Hilyard, Bernadette Luna
  • Bay Area environmental Research Institute Participants:
    Quincy Allison, Cecilia Chang, Jonathan Dead-Day, Susan Mcfadden, Sommer Beddingfield, Dan Chirica,
    Erin Justice, Rei Ueyama, Bradford, Bulger, Eric Czech, Elizabeth Juvera

Ames Honor Award for Excellence
Western States Fire Mission Team (2007)

Ames Honor Award for Administrative Professional
Evelyn T. Perez (2006)

Ames Honor Award for Best First Paper at Ames
Ann M. Fridlind (2004)

Ames Honor Award for Contractor Employee
Julie M. Nottage (2010)
Forrest Melton (2009)
Cynthia L. Schmidt (2004)

Ames Honor Award for Group/Team
Sea Grass/Coral Reef UAV Team (2013)
Ames Railroad Valley (RRV) Experiment Team (2011)
Forest Carbon Team (2010)
CASIE Team (2009)
Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership (WRAP) Team (2009)
ARC TOPS Proposal Team (2006)

Ames Honor Award for Mentor
Laura T. Iraci (2009)
Joseph W. Skiles III (2006)

Ames Honor Award for Project Manager
Stephen E. Dunagan (2005)
Kent C. Shiffer (2006)

Ames Honor Award for Scientist/Researcher
Eric J. Jensen (2014)
Ramakrishna R. Nemani (2006, 2009)
Louisa R. Beck (2004)
Philip B. Russell (2002)
Andrew S. Ackerman (2001)
Lawrence P. Giver (1999)
Charles Chackerian, Jr. (1998)
Peter A. Pilewskie (1995)

Ames Honor Award for Secretary/Administrative Support
Jennifer Whalen (2001)

Ames Honor Award: Student
Amber J. Kuss (2014)

Ames Honor Award for Supervisor/Manager
James A. Brass (2014) 

Ames Honor Award for Craftman/Technician
Richard W. Kolyer (2009)
Antonio A. Trias (2004)
Larry W. Pezzolo (1997)

H. Julian Allen Award
Hanwant Singh (1998)
O. Brian Toon (1998)

2017 Ames Early Career Researcher Award
Ved Chirayath (2017)

Fellowship Awards

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Philip B. Russell (2005)

Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Phillip B. Russell (2014)
Hanwant Singh (2000)
Azadeh Tabazadeh (2001)

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at 212th Annual Meeting

Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF)
Hanwant Singh (2005)

Ames Associate Fellows
Christopher Potter (2007)
Philip B. Russell (1994)
Francisco Valero (1992)
Pam Matson (1991)
Hanwant Singh (1990)
O. Brian Toon (1986)

Editorship Awards

Associate Editor, Journal of Aerosol Science
Anthony W. Strawa

Associate Editor, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Ann M. Fridlind (2004)

Editor in Chief, Geophysical Research Letters

Executive Editor, Atmospheric Environment
Hanwant Singh

Associate & Guest Editors, Journal of Geophysical Research

Associate Editor, Geophysical Research Letters

Associate Editor, Atmospheric Environment