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Joanne Simpson Medal
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2023 RECIPIENT
Nandita B Basu
Dr. Nandita Basu is a professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Basu is internationally renowned for her work to measure and model drivers of water quality degradatio...
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2023 RECIPIENT
Dalia Kirschbaum
Dalia began her research journey in the early 2000s when the possibility of having global and high-frequency observations of precipitation data was becoming very real with the planning of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission built on th...
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2023 RECIPIENT
Armin Sorooshian
Armin Sorooshian has made extraordinary contributions to the cross-disciplinary fields of atmospheric chemistry and environmental engineering, in particular with regard to air pollution and aerosol-cloud interactions, combining both development of in...
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2022 RECIPIENT
Yafang Cheng
Yafang Cheng’s scientific research has made several breakthroughs and transformative advances in the mechanistic understanding of atmospheric processes, especially on atmospheric aerosols and their effects on air quality, health and climate. She disc...
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2022 RECIPIENT
Yue Deng
Space physics is of increasing importance since space storms strongly affect our daily dependence on advanced technology. Yue’s emphasis is on ionosphere/thermosphere (I/T) structure and dynamic variability under the variety of solar, solar wind and ...
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2022 RECIPIENT
Ankur R Desai
It is a fitting accolade that Professor Ankur Desai’s career is now honored with the name of Joanne Simpson. Like Simpson, Desai’s career to date has included transformative scientific advances across multiple areas of inquiry, leadership in field pr...
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2021 RECIPIENT
Jennifer Biddle
Dr. Jennifer Biddle exemplifies the ethosof the Joanne Simpson medal, as she is an exceptional midcareer scientist whose research has transformed our understanding of microbial life in the marine subsurface, and she is an inspiring and dedicated lead...
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2021 RECIPIENT
Jacob Bortnik
Jacob Bortnik is a recognized leader in nonlinear plasma wave interactions with charged particles in Earth’s radiation belts (the Van Allen belts). Relativistic electrons and energetic protons there can damage satellites, disrupting telecommunication...
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