Four Decades of Achievement


Konrad SteffenWillaim Lewis
CIRES Director Konrad Steffen and Associate Director William M. Lewis are serving on two National Academy of Sciences (NAS) boards. Steffen serves on the Polar Research Board, while Lewis serves on the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology.

Nobel Prize MedalCIRES researchers shared in the Nobel Peace Prize recognition of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore and former Vice President Al Gore. For more information, see CIRES News & Events.

JGR-Atmospheres coverCIRES researcher Owen Cooper was lead author on a study chosen as a NOAA Outstanding Scientific Paper. The paper, titled "Large upper tropospheric ozone enhancements above midlatitude North America during summer: In situ evidence from the IONS and MOZAIC ozone measurement network" was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research in 2006.

Brad UdallBrad Udall of CIRES' Western Water Assessment program was named one of the first recipients of the California Department of Water Resources' awards for Climate Science Services. The awards "recognize ongoing assistance provided by members of the academic community who have been working closely with DWR on planning for climate variability and change." For more information, see the California DWR.

Susan SolomonThe Explorers Club of New York presented CIRES Fellow Susan Solomon with a Lowell Thomas Award. The award is named for 53-year club member Lowell Thomas (1892-1981), the American writer, explorer and broadcaster who famously accompanied T.E. Lawrence during the Arab revolts. Previous recipients have included Isaac Asimov, Sylvia Earle, Carl Sagan, Buzz Aldrin, and Sir Edmund Hillary. The theme of this year's award is "Exploring Climate Change." For more information, see theExplorers Club.

Lesley SmithLesley Smith, with CIRES Education Outreach Program, was named the first recipient of the Thorne Ecological Institute's Champion of Education award, which established to "recognize and reward an individual who has demonstrated creativity and passion in the field of education, and whose actions have influenced positive change in the academic community." Nomination criteria included "work that has caused an important and recognizable improvement in the environmental and/or education fields."

An article coauthored by CIRES Fellow Susan Solomon was selected by the manuscript editors of the journal Nature as their pick for the "favorite" paper published on the topic of climate during 2007.

Susan SolomonThe Boulder Weekly named CIRES Fellow Susan Solomon as its Person of the Year. The Weekly described Solomon as "role model, world-class scientist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient."


William D. NeffThe American Meteorological Society awarded CIRES Fellow William D. Neff the Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer In Interdisciplinary Sciences for 2008 for "scientific and programmatic contributions crossing the boundaries of weather, climate, air quality meteorology and remote sensing, and for the influence these have had on public policy affecting air quality." The Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer is selected "in recognition of significant contributions to the understanding of atmospheric processes through the effective interchange of knowledge between atmospheric science subdisciplines or between atmospheric scientists and scientists of other disciplines."

Jose JimenezCIRES Fellow Jose Jimenez received the University of Colorado Provost's Faculty Achievement Award.

Russell K. MonsonCIRES Fellow Russell Monson was named by Professor of Distinction for 2007 by the University of Colorado at Boulder's College of Arts and Sciences.

Xinzhao Chu, winner of NSF Early Career Development AwardCIRES Fellow Xinzhao Chu was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in atmospheric sciences by the National Science Foundation. The CAREER program offers NSF's "most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization."

The William Bowie MedalCIRES Fellow Susan Solomon received the 2007 William Bowie Medalist from the American Geophysical Union in recognition of her groundbreaking research on Earth's ozone layer and climate, "synthesizing this information for the good of humanity" via her work in leading IPCC assessments, her lifelong endeavors to communicate science, and her "unselfish efforts to foster the next generation of atmospheric scientists."

Roger Barry, recipient of the Founder's MedalCIRES Fellow Roger Barry was awarded the Founder's Medal—one of two gold medals awarded annually by the Royal Geographical Society of London—for his international leadership of research on climate and climate change.

Lixin LuLixin Lu of the Pielke research group has been named International Scholar of the Year for 2007 by the Office of International Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This award honors and recognizes outstanding contributions to international understanding by CU-Boulder international students.


Margaret TolbertCIRES Fellow Margaret Tolbert was awarded the 2007 Hazel Barnes Prize, the highest faculty recognition for teaching and research given by the university.

Roger Barry, recipient of the Francois Emile Matthes AwardRoger Barry, Director of CIRES' National Snow and Ice Data Center, is the first recipient of the new Francois Emile Matthes Award. Barry will be recognized for accomplishments in cryospheric science spanning 50 years.

Logo: Environmental Protection AgencyThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ozone-Depleting Gas Measurement Team, including CIRES scientists Geoff Dutton and James Elkins, won the 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, given annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recognize exceptional leadership, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the Earth's stratospheric ozone layer.

R. Steven Nerem, recipient of the 2006 Geodesy Section AwardIn recognition of major advances in geodesy, R. Steven Nerem received the 2006 AGU Geodesy Section Award at the Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Nerem was cited for being at the forefront of geodetic and oceanographic research since receiving his PhD in 1989 and for making impressively creative and enduring contributions to many areas of satellite geodesy.

1973 Union City, Oklahoma tornado photo by Joseph Golden.The work of CIRES scientist Joseph Golden was recognized as one of NOAA's top ten breakthroughs in its celebration of 200 years of science, service, and stewardship. In the early 1970's, Golden and his colleagues at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory photographed the life cycle of a tornado. The photographic evidence, coupled with Doppler radar, gave scientists information that saved lives by dramatically improving tornado warning programs.

Susan Solomon, named one of NOAA's Top Ten History Makers As part of NOAA's celebration of 200 years of science, service, and stewardship, CIRES Fellow Susan Solomon was named one of NOAA's top ten history makers. One of thousands of NOAA scientists making contributions since 1807, Solomon "has altered the course of atmospheric research" by discovering the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole, and has "helped institute a global ban on the chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone." Solomon is the only living scientist named to the list.

NOAA named CarbonTracker, a new tool from NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), one of the top NOAA research accomplishments in 2007. CIRES scientist Wouter Peters, a member of ESRL's Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group, led the development of CarbonTracker, which tracks changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by region and source.