CIRES Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Maggie Tolbert is joining the CIRES administration as Associate Director. A CIRES Fellow since 1992, Tolbert will be working with CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati and Associate Director for Science Christine Wiedinmyer on a number of activities, including a new strategic plan for the institute and the competition for the next Cooperative Agreement with NOAA, which would provide another 10 years of support for CIRES.
“CIRES has really been my home since 1992,” said Tolbert, who has advised 36 Ph.D. students in those years, all supported by CIRES. “The institute has done so many amazing things for me, given me so many opportunities. So when Waleed asked me, I thought, ‘This is a good way to give back.’”
Abdalati said he’s delighted Dr. Tolbert has agreed to serve as Associate Director for the next year, which will be a critical one for CIRES. “Maggie brings outstanding credentials to the position, and her perspectives, experience and judgement will be a tremendous asset to me and the rest of the institute,” he said.
CIRES Fellow and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology William Lewis served CIRES as Associate Director for nearly 14 years, first with former director Konrad Steffen, then with Abdalati. Abdalati expressed his gratitude for Lewis’ admirable years of service, including as Interim Director of CIRES from 2012-2013. “Bill has been invaluable to this institution for many years, and to me personally, too,” Abdalati said. “I’m grateful I could rely on him for his deep knowledge of the university and his understanding of CIRES as an institution.”
Tolbert said she is excited about the opportunity to serve CIRES and the CIRES community in a new way. “These are extraordinary times we’re living through,” she said. “It’s been so easy to get caught up in focusing on things that have been taken away from us, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.”Read more
CIRES Fellow Rainer Volkamer, a CU Boulder professor of chemistry, is one of 20 international scholars awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award provides funding and support for collaborative research with German colleagues. More infoRead more
UPDATE: As of July 14, 2020, this ICE guidance has been rescinded and international students at CU Boulder will be able to continue their incredible contributions.
A message for our International Students from CIRES, INSTAAR, Geology leadership
Dear CU Geosciences community:
Like many of you, we are appalled by the recent ICE communication, announced Monday July 6th, regarding F-1 and M-1 status international students and online study. It is an attack on valued members of our departments, our institutes and our entire enterprise. It loads further anxiety and uncertainty onto many who are already coping with difficult or restricted research environments. And it increases the sense of isolation and lack of representation among a group who are indeed underrepresented.
The announced changes jeopardize the success and safety of our international students, both graduate and undergraduate, and come in the midst of a pandemic, when we are already carefully balancing access to research, access to learning, and public health. Without serving any legitimate purpose, they put students and the research and teaching enterprises that are the core of the university at risk.
The research institutes of CU Boulder, and the departments to which these institutes are partnered, are united in standing with our international students against this reckless and damaging policy and its cruel attempt to use our members as political pawns. We are working alongside university leadership to oppose the ICE guidance and protect our international students. At CU’s request, Representatives Neguse, DeGette, and Perlmutter have all signed letters urging the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to rescind the July guidance. In the meantime, the ICE policy is not finalized and it faces strong opposition in the courts and other arenas.
While the fluidity of the situation and the breadth of the response means that any details will be out of date quickly, we want to emphasize that action is being taken at all levels. We believe that our hybrid in-person and online course model will protect all CU students from this policy if it is enacted, even if we need to shift to a remote model partway through the semester. The departmental and institute leaders are in discussion, and will be making changes that will serve to protect students from ICE rulings.
If you are here as an international student, please know that we value you and your participation in our community and will support and defend your ability to continue your education without interruption. Please review the FAQs from International Student and Scholar Services and stay in touch with that office, as well as your advisors and professors, and look for resources from the Graduate School.
In the words of one of our international students, Lina Pérez-Angel, “Science is something that is supposed to cross borders.” Thank you to all of our international scholars for being here, for being partners in discovery and innovation, and for being at the core of who we are. We stand with you.
Bob Anderson, Geology
Merritt Turetsky, INSTAAR
Waleed Abdalati, CIRES
Here are other statements from other entities on campus, illustrating the breadth and depth of the response:
Statement from the College of Engineering: https://www.colorado.edu/engineering/supportingintlstudents
Statement from the United Government of Graduate Students: https://www.colorado.edu/uggs/2020/07/07/comment-regents-regarding-ice-rule
And see CU's ISSS info here: https://www.colorado.edu/isss/2020/07/07/fall-2020-planning-considerations-f-1-studentsRead more
This week, the National Academy of Sciences announced that it had elected two CU Boulder researchers at the forefront of atmospheric chemistry and GPS science to its prestigious membership.
Kristine Larson and Veronica Vaida will join more than 140 other United States-based and international scientists receiving this recognition in 2020. The honor is often considered one of the highest that scientists can receive during their careers.
Larson is a professor emerita and research professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR). Vaida is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and a fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).Read more
Congratulations to CIRES' Carrie Wall Bell! She's one of 25 CU Boulder researchers awarded seed funding from CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Office. Bell, who works in NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, will work with a professor of Computer Science on: "Finding Little Fish in Big Data: Automated Pattern Analysis and Anomaly Detection in the Fisheries Acoustic Archive." More...Read more
CIRES Fellow Max Boykoff is the 2020 faculty recipient of the University of Colorado's Thomas Jefferson Award. The award is among the highest honors given by the CU system, and honors excellent performance in regular responsibilities accompanied by noteworthy service to the broader commuinty. Dr. Boykoff will be recognized April 15 in a Dennver ceremony.Read more
Congratulations to NOAA's Eric Hackathorn; CIRES' Hilary Peddicord, Beth Russell, and Jonathan Joyce; and CIRA's Keith Searight, recipients of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) 2020 Impact Award! The team was recognized "for their stellar work to bring Science On a Sphere Explorer™ and SOSx Mobile to the public." The FLC Impact Award honors employees of FLC member laboratories and non-laboratory staff whose technology transfer efforts have made a lasting and tangible impact on the populace or marketplace, ranging from a local to a global scale.Read more
Congratulations to the 13 CU Boulder researchers who made "highly cited" status this year, according to the Web of Science Group at Clarivate Analytics! Four are from CIRES: Jose Jimenez, Noah Fierer, Julienne Stroeve, and former Ph.D. student Jonathan Leff. More: https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2019/Read more
Congratulations to the 13 CU Boulder researchers who made "highly cited" status this year, according to the Web of Science Group at Clarivate Analytics! Four are from CIRES: Fellow Jose Jimenez (Chemistry); Fellow Noah Fierer (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology); National Snow and Ice Data Center scientist Julienne Stroeve; and former Ph.D. student Jonathan Leff, who worked in Fierer's lab. Web of Science identified Fierer as one of only 11 people in the world who achieved highly cited status in 3 fields (agricultural science, environment/ecology, and microbiology). And congrats, too, to NOAA Boulder colleagues Stephen Montzka, John Miller, Colm Sweeney and Michael Alexander, who also made the list. More: https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2019/Read more
Four CIRES experts were critical to work just awarded a Department of Commerce Silver Medal! NCEI's Kelly Stroker and colleagues in the National Weather Service received commendation: “for producing high-resolution topographic-bathymetric Digital Elevation Models, informing coastal inundation models for tsunami and hurricane hazards.”
The Department of Commerce Silver Medal recognizes exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions that have a direct and lasting impact within the Department. Non-federal scientists cannot receive DOC medals, but CIRES will recognize team members Kelly Carignan, Matt Love, Chris Amante, Nic Arcos with a CIRES Silver Medal at our annual Rendezvous science symposium in 2020.Read more
Congratulations to CIRES fellow Xinzhao Chu—she was chosen to give the CEDAR Prize Lecture at this summer’s CEDAR Workshop about her recent science contributions to understanding coupling from the stratosphere to the MLT resulting from Lidar development and observations in McMurdo, Antarctica!Read more
Congratulations to two of our CIRES Fellows, Peter Molnar and Craig Jones (CU Boulder Geological Sciences) who received awards at the 2018 Geological Society of America meeting this week! Peter Molnar—International Distinguished Career Award, and Craig Jones—Structural Geology and Tectonics Division, Outstanding publication award!Read more
Congrats to the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) run by CIRES Education & Outreach. CLEAN was named an Exemplary Project by the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education!Read more
The Wind Forecast Improvement Project-2, a Department of Energy and NOAA-led project, earned the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) Far West Region Award for Outstanding Partnership. The team, including federal and cooperative institute scienctists, "successfully leveraged resources, instruments, and researchers across all NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) Divisions, the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory Field Research Division, other federal agencies, private companies, and universities research leading to improved forecasts of wind to support the renewable energy industry. CIRES recipients include: Jaymes Kenyon, Joe Olson, Laura Bianco, Kathy Lantz, Chuck Long, Yelena Pichugina, Terra Ladwig, Eric James, Katie McCaffrey, Irina Djalalova, Aditya Choukulkar, Tim Bonin, and Brandi McCarty.
Congrats to NSIDC scientist Dr. Shari Fox Gearheard and the team behind the research project and book, “The Meaning of Ice,” they were awarded the inaugural Mohn Prize in Tromso, Norway. The International Mohn Prize recognizes “outstanding research related to the Arctic” and comes with an award of 2 million Norwegian Kroner. The project made “groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of Arctic ice-dominated systems via a highly innovative combination of natural science, social science and Indigenous knowledge.”Read more
Congrats to our stellar CIRES Education & Outreach team involved in Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network—CLEAN won the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) 2017 Friend of the Planet award.Read more
Congratulations to Athanasios Boudouridis, Abram Claycomb, Stefan Codrescu, Jonathan Darnel, Vicki Hsu, Brian Kress, Larisza Krista, Paul Loto'aniu, Janet Machol, Juan Rodriguez, William Rowland, Daniel Seaton, Margaret Tilton who received the prestigious 2017 NASA Achievement Award for excellence resulting in the successful GOES-R satellite launch, proving the nation’s foundation for the world’s highest quality weather monitoring and forecasting.Read more
Congratulations to David Reynolds for receiving the NOAA Administrator’s award for advancing weather and climate models to balance flood and drought risks while providing water reliability for fish and people in the Western United States.Read more
A belated congratulations to Ravan Ahmadov, Joost de Gouw, Bill Dubé, Stu McKeen, Christoph Senff, Colm Sweeney, Patrick Veres, Rebecca Washenfelder, Carsten Warneke, Abigail Koss, Chelsea Thompson for receiving an Outstanding Paper Award from NOAA OAR for their work: “High winter ozone pollution from carbonyl photolysis in an oil and gas basin,” published in Nature!Read more
A team of NOAA and CIRES scientists earned a DOC Gold Medal for their work on the Deep Space Climate Observatory mission, dedicated to space weather. The team, led by NOAA's Doug Biesecker, included CIRES' Alysha Reinard, Jeff Johnson, Michael Burek, Tom DeFoor, Richard Grubb, Ratina Dodani, and Michele Cash