Category: Awards

Katie Eccles awarded Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Ethan Baxter, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Meeting, Oct-14, Trips

This past week, Earth & Environment graduate student Katie Eccles was awarded an Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals of Exceptional Merit in Conception and Presentation at the 2014 Annual Geological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

The Exceptional Merit awards were given as part of a special ceremony held October 20th that featured Eccles and fellow recipients receiving their awards from GSA President Hap McSween.

Eccles receives award

Eccles receives award from GSA President, Hap McSween.


The 10 award recipients were chosen from a pool of 401 graduate students who received 2014 GSA Research Grants. Eccles’s grant will explore a new method to date detrital garnets in modern river sediments.

Eccles is an Earth Science PhD student working with Associate Professor Ethan Baxter. Her research focuses on detrital garnet geochronology.

To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s work and his work with Eccles, check out Baxter’s profile page.

Sergio Fagherazzi receives prestigious Augusto Ghetti Prize

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, News, Sept-14, Sergio Fagherazzi

E&E Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has just received the Augusto Ghetti Prize for Studies on the Venice Lagoon from the Venetian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Italy.

To learn more about Fagherazzi and his work, visit his profile page on our site.

AGU Luna B. Leopold young scientist awarded to B.U. Alumnus

July 11th, 2014 in 2014, Alumni, Awards, July-14

Dr. Giulio Mariotti, Ph.D. (’13) in Earth Sciences from Boston University, was awarded the prestigious AGU Luna B. Leopold young scientist award in Earth and Planetary Surface Processes. Dr. Mariotti will also present the Robert Sharp lecture at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Mariotti, currently a Crosby Postdoctoral Fellow at EAPS – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will start as Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University in January 2015. During his Ph.D. studies at Boston University Dr. Mariotti published more than ten articles in top journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Geophysical Research.

You can read more by Dr. Giulio Mariotti here.



Kira Sullivan-Wiley awarded 2014 Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, Anne Short, Awards, Graduate students, July-14, News

Earth and Environment graduate student Kira Sullivan-Wiley was recently awarded the 2014 Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship.

The Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship recognizes Ph.D. students whose research and scholarship addresses critical problems through engagement and community partnerships.  The award provides support for two years.

Sullivan-Wiley is a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor Anne Short.  Her research focuses on information transfer and efforts to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters in developing nations.  She is working with the Uganda Red Cross and other development organizations to examine the effectiveness of programs that aim to reduce community vulnerability to landslides in eastern Uganda.

Dave Marchant appointed HHMI Professorship, featured in BU Today

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Dave Marchant, Faculty, Grants, July-14, News

Professor Dave Marchant has been appointed to a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship, effective September 1, 2014.

The highly competitive appointment, which comes with $1,000,000, is given to “accomplished research scientists who also are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. … The 40 scientists who have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002 have introduced innovative approaches for teaching science in the classroom, expanded and enhanced student research opportunities, developed new educational resources, and implemented novel mentoring programs for student support” (HHMI Professors).

To view the announcement directly from HHMI, click here.

Marchant’s plans for his grant are described in the BU Today feature article that can be read here.

Lucy Hutyra grant awarded funding

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Grants, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Mark Friedl

Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra‘s new grant has been awarded funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)‘s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Program (AC4).

Hurtyra is Principle Investigator (PI) on the grant, titled “Quantifying Carbon Signatures Across Urban-to-Rural Gradients: Advancing the Capacity for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification Through Observations, Models, and Remote Sensing,” which has been awarded for the period of August 2014 to July 2017.

Working with Hutyra as Co-PI’s on the project are Professors Mark Friedl and Curtis Woodcock.

You can review all of Hutyra’s active grants by visiting the grant section of our website.


Ranga Myneni named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, June-14, News, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was recently selected to the list Highly Cited Researchers 2014 by Thomson-Reuters.

In creating the list, Thomson-Reuters collected data on articles indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection from 2002 to 2012, selecting only articles that were labeled as Highly Cited Papers. As their website explains, “Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science.” This process, they claim, eliminated “the citation disadvantage of recently published papers relative to older ones, since papers are weighted against others in the same annual cohort.”

Researchers were then selected and ranked based on the number of  “citations to his or her Highly Cited Papers to rank in the top 1% by total citations in the ESI field in which they were considered.” The Essential Science Indicators, or ESI, fields are “21 broad fields defined by sets of journals and exceptionally, in the case of multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science, by a paper-by-paper assignment to a field.”

Their selection process yielded the top 1% of researchers in 21 different scientific fields.

Myneni was selected in the top 1% of researchers in the field of geosciences. He was one of nine Boston University researchers included on the list and the only Boston University selection in the field of geoscience.

To learn more about the methodology behind the selection of the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list, visit Thomson-Reuters’s website.

To see Prof. Myneni’s list of recent publications, visit our publications section of the website.

Ph.D. Student Margaret Hendrick awarded 2013 EPA STAR Fellowship

May 28th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, May-14, Nathan Phillips

Current Ph.D. student Margaret Hendrick has recently been awarded the 2013 EPA STAR fellowship.

Hendrick is advised by Professor Nathan Phillips. Her interests include global change, urban ecology, and fugitive methane emissions.

The EPA STAR Fellowship is a highly competitive research fellowship awarded to applicants whose research fields are environmentally related.

Congratulations to Margaret on her new fellowship!


Graduate Student Rachel Nalepa awarded 2014 Boston University Summer Research Fellowship

May 9th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Dana Bauer, Faculty, Graduate students, May-14

Graduate student Rachel Nalepa has just been award a 2014 Boston University Summer Research Fellowship.

The award is given each year to deserving advanced PhD students to allow them to spend their summer pursing their research.

Nalepa is a PhD candidate working with Assistant Professor Dana Bauer. Her research interests include political ecology and geopolitics of land investments for agrofuels.

To learn more about the work Prof. Bauer and Rachel Nalepa do, visit Prof. Bauer’s profile page.

Congratulations to Rachel!

Wally Fulweiler promoted to Associate Professor

May 8th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, May-14, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Earth & Environment’s Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure.

The announcement of her promotion is featured in a BU Today article published this morning.

To read the BU Today article, click here.

To learn more about Fulweiler’s work, visit her profile page or her lab website; or check out her list of recent publications and grants.

Congratulations to Wally!