Monday, December 15, 2008
Scripps Scientists Honored at 2008 AGU Fall Meeting
Miriam Kastner and Robert Parker awarded medals for outstanding contributions to the geosciences
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoAmerican Geophysical Union, Fall 2008
Distinguished researchers Miriam Kastner and Robert Parker of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will receive awards for their outstanding contributions to geosciences during a ceremony at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting. The awards' ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the San Francisco Marriott.
Kastner, Scripps distinguished professor of geochemistry in the Geosciences Research Division, will receive the Maurice Ewing Medal for her "major contributions to understanding marine sedimentation and ocean chemistry, and for her leadership and service to the marine geoscience community, and selfless promotion of students." Kastner has been a faculty member at Scripps since 1972, focusing research on the geochemistry of marine sediments and their significance for chemical paleoceanography, as well as the processes responsible for the formation of deep-sea hydrothermal deposits, the role of fluids in subduction zones and the origin and distribution of marine methane hydrates and their potential impact on slope stability and global climate change.
Scripps Distinguished Professor of Geochemistry Miriam Kastner.
Parker, Scripps distinguished professor emeritus of geophysics in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Physics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), will receive the John Adam Fleming Medal for his longstanding work in theoretical processes relating to the earth's magnetism. Parker's research interests include geophysical inverse theory and modeling of the earth's geomagnetic field.
The Ewing Medal is named for Maurice Ewing, who made significant contributions to deep-sea exploration, and recognizes researchers who do the same. Established in 1974 and jointly sponsored with the U.S. Navy, the medal is presented to geoscientists who make significant original contributions to the understanding of physical, geophysical and geological processes in the ocean; to those who advance oceanographic engineering, technology and instrumentation; and to those who perform outstanding service to the marine sciences. Walter Munk, professor emeritus at Scripps Oceanography, was its first recipient.
Scripps Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geophysics Robert Parker.
The Fleming Medal was established in 1960 in honor of John Adam Fleming and his important contributions to the establishment of magnetic standards and measurements. This annual medal recognizes original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics and related sciences. Scripps faculty members Vic Vacquier and George Backus have previously received this honor.
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