This Year's Awardees

SPA Section Awards 2020

Please join us in congratulating this year's winners of the SPA section awards! 

Meghan Burleigh has been given the Basu United States Early Career Award for Research in Sun–Earth Systems Science in recognition of outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth Systems Science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society. 


Shiyong Huang
 has been given the Sunanda and Santimay Basu International Early Career Award in Sun–Earth Systems Science in recognition of outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth Systems Science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.

Parisa Mostafavi
 has been given the Fred L. Scarf award for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar-planetary science.

Charles William Smith
 has been given the Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award for significant and outstanding impact on students' and the public's understanding of SPA science through their education and/or outreach activities–exhibiting an effort that goes well beyond their particular job.


Additionally we have our named lectures:
Kristina A. Lynch is our Marcel Nicolet Lecturer for her significant contributions to the field of Aeronomy.
Robert L. McPherron is our James Van Allen Lecturer for his significant contributions to the field of Magnetospheric Physics.
Roderick A. Heelis is our inaugural William B. Hanson Lecturer for his innovative approaches to observation and interpretation, encouraging a breadth in interpretation that advances all disciplines in SPA.

New at this year's fall meeting will be a session consisting of the Hanson lecture followed by talks from the USA Basu, International Basu, Scarf, and SPARC awardees.

We extend our deepest appreciation to the award committees for their substantial work in evaluating the nominations and to the nominators for assembling the impressive packages.

Best regards,
Christina Cohen (president)
Geoff Reeves (president-elect)
Larry Paxton (past president)

Union Level Awards

John Fleming Medal:  Tamas Gombosi
Africa Award for Research Excellence in Space Science:  Olawale Segun Bolaji
Edward Flinn Award:  Barbara Giles
Waldo Smith Award:  Therese Moretto-Jorgensen

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