Category: Awards

Assistant professor Jeffrey Geddes speaks about his $1 million in research awards for air quality

July 5th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Interviews, Jeffrey Geddes, Jul-2018, News

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Geddes, who joined E&E in 2016, has spoken to BU Today about the $1 million in early career research awards he has won from the National Science Foundation and NASA.

As BU Today notes: “The funding will allow him to expand his use of satellite-based remote sensing observations, computer modeling, and targeted field observations to study the impact on air quality in North America of the interaction between natural emissions from the biosphere and those caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels.”

“While emissions from forests and other natural ecosystems alone don’t normally cause air pollution, Geddes says, they can interact with emissions caused by human activities to create ‘a complex air pollution mixture that can determine how effective controlling emissions from human activities will be in improving air quality in any given year.'”

PhD student Claudia Mazur receives Sigma Xi research award

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Jun-18, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Claudia Mazur, a second-year PhD student and member of the Fulweiler Lab, has won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research award. The GIAR program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, is the international honor society of science and engineering, founded in 1886.

E&E PhD alum has top ranked energy econ blog

May 16th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, May-18, News

David Stern, a former PhD student of Cutler Cleveland, who is now on the faculty at the Australian National University, has a blog that has been named as a top blog in the entire field of economics. ANU has the 6th ranked program in the world in energy economics.

David is an energy and environmental economist, whose research focuses on the role of energy in growth and development and related environmental impacts including climate change. He is also interested in research assessment using meta-analysis and bibliometrics.

Visit the blog, Stochastric Trend.

Fellowships galore in the Hutyra Research Lab

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, May-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Staff, Undergraduate

Multiple students and a recent alum have received fellowships based on their work in the Hutyra Research Lab, under associate professor Lucy Hutyra‘s guidance.

  • PhD student Luca Morreale has been named a Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow; he will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.
  • PhD student Sarah Garvey has received a research award from the Initiative on Cities, co-founded by former Mayor Tom Menino to invest in early stage research projects to advance the study of dynamic urban leadership.
  • Second-year undergrad Wiley Hundertmark will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology through the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
  • Ian Smith, a 2017 E&E alum and technician in the Hutyra Research Lab, has just published his undergrad thesis in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. In “Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics,” Smith explores differences in C dynamics observed across biomes through a trade‐offs framework that considers edge microenvironmental changes and limiting factors to productivity.”
  • PhD student Julia Marrs, a co-author on that article, has received a departmental award for outstanding graduate student presentation for “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals.” Betsy Cowdery, who works with Michael Dietze, also received an award, for “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models.”

Farouk El-Baz to speak at Missouri S&T Commencement

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, May-18, News

Farouk El-Baz, founding Director of the Center for Remote Sensing, will offer the commencement keynote at the Missouri University of Science and Technology on May 12. Dr. El-Baz is a geologist who played a leading role during NASA’s Apollo space program in the 1960s earned master of science and PhD degrees in geology and geophysics from Missouri S&T. He retires this year after three decades with BU.

During the ceremony El-Baz will receive the Chancellor Medal, given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the university’s well-being, growth and development.

Assistant professor Christine Regalla wins NSF grant for tectonic research in Northwest

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Awards, Christine Regalla, Faculty

Assistant professor Christine Regalla has been awarded nearly $350,000 to research the tectonics of the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. Regalla is joined in the project, “Collaborative Research: Permanent forearc strain partitioning in Northern Cascadia,” by Kristin D. Morell of UC – Santa Barbara. The National Science Foundation award begins this week and continues through March 2021.  Regalla and Morell write, “This work will provide the first constraints on the seismic hazard posed by crustal faults in populated areas of southern British Columbia and will train undergraduate and graduate students in the identification and characterization of active shallow faults.”

Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award invites nominations

March 23rd, 2018 in 2018, Awards, James Baldwin, Mar-18, Undergraduate

The Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award was established to honor the memory of Department of Earth & Environment Student Treicy Torres, who passed away in 2017 before completing her senior year. Treicy was a remarkable and inspirational woman who lived a life in service to her family, friends and community. Treicy was dedicated to a career in community-organizing and environmental justice, and this award celebrates her life by recognizing students dedicated to scholarship and work in this area. The award winner will receive $500.


  • Current undergraduate students in the Department of Earth & Environment pursuing scholarship in environmental justice (EJ) and graduating seniors seeking a career in the EJ field


  • Current undergraduate students or graduating seniors in the Department of Earth & Environment with a demonstrated dedication to community service

Please note: all applicants and nominees must be willing to commit to attending the departmental graduation convocation on May 20th to be considered for the award.

Application/Nomination Process

Students who wish to be considered for the award should submit a 250 to 400 word statement describing the applicant’s scholarly and/or professional goals and activities as they relate to community service and/or environmental justice. Applications should clearly articulate both the scholarly/professional goals of the student and how these efforts serve the community.

Nominations from students, faculty, and staff for the Treicy Torres Award are highly encouraged. Nominations should consist of a brief statement highlighting the candidate’s work and aspirations as they relate to the Treicy Torres Award eligibility criteria.

Please send all applications and nominations to James Baldwin at Applications and nominations must be received no later than April 23th 2018.

Award Selection

Applications and nominations will be reviewed by a panel Department of Earth & Environment faculty and students. Applications and nominations will be judged on their merits with particular attention given to the positive societal impacts from the applicants work and aspirations. The winning applicant will be notified by April 30th and the award and prize given at the departmental convocation.

Center for Remote Sensing’s Farouk El-Baz to receive honorary PhD from Egypt’s Ain Shams University

March 5th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, Mar-18, News

Congratulations to Farouk El-Baz, the founding director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. El-Baz received his BS in Chemistry and Geology from Ain Shams in 1958, and he returns there this spring to address the university’s graduates on “The role of universities in societal development.”

Dr. El-Baz is a member of the United States National Committee for Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the new Alexandria Library, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, the Egyptian-American Affairs Council, the Moroccan-American Council, the World Affairs Council of Boston, as well as the editorial boards of several international professional journals. He is a member of many national and international professional societies and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Astronomical Society (London), and the Explorers Club (New York).

PhD student Sarabeth Buckley heads to South Korea for leadership workshop

March 5th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Graduate students, Mar-18, News

PhD student Sarabeth Buckley will spend a month this summer at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, for the Ewha-Luce International Seminar, “Expanding Horizons 2018.” The program, for women graduate students from the U.S. and East Asia, aspires to promote equal opportunities for those in STEM fields, with the ultimate goal being to create a collaborate and inclusive environment for all. Fewer than two dozen students from around the world are invited each year.

“I will be working with women scientists from the United States and from Asia in workshops where we will learning how to be a leader and develop a vision for how to do this,” Buckley says. “We’ll present our research, but also have discussions concerning the challenges we face and the role of women in STEM as well as engage in cultural experiences. I’m very excited to have some of the same conversations I have with my friends in GWISE with women in similar situations, but in an entirely different culture and system.

Duncan FitzGerald and Zoe Hughes receive new NSF RAPID grant

February 26th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Feb-18, Grants, News, Researchers, Zoe Hughes

Professor Duncan FitzGerald and Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes have received a Rapid Response Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. RAPID funding is used in cases of severe urgency with regard to availability of data, including quick-response research on natural disasters. Professors FitzGerald and Hughes will use the funding to study extreme sedimentation caused by January’s bomb cyclone.