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Three NASA Scientists Honored as AGU Fellows

Two scientists from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York (GISS) and a third formerly affiliated with the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland have been named fellows by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

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GISS's Larry Travis (left) and Cynthia Rosenzweig (center) and GSFC/UMBC's Lorraine Remer (right) have been named as AGU Fellows and will be honored at the union's fall meeting in December. (All images: NASA)

Larry Travis, Cynthia Rosenzweig and Lorraine Remer are among the prestigious 2015 class of honorees announced this week. The trio will be recognized Dec. 16 during a ceremony at the AGU’s fall meeting in San Francisco.

"All three of these exceptional scientists are being recognized for making solid, original contributions to Earth science over a period of many years,” said Piers Sellers, acting director of the Earth Sciences Division at Goddard. “This is a tremendous honor.”

The American Geophysical Union is an organization dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs. The fellows program recognizes individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences.

Since the establishment of the AGU Fellows program in 1962, no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of the organization may be recognized annually.

Larry Travis is an emeritus of GISS. During a NASA career that spanned 42 years, Travis’ pioneering contributions included exploration of planetary atmospheres, spacecraft design, and theoretical physics explaining the transfer of energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation. He retired from NASA in May 2015.

Cynthia Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at GISS. Her work focuses on the impacts of climate variations on animal and plant life, and change on global agriculture and urban areas. Rosenzweig’s groundbreaking research has helped inform policymakers from a variety of groups, including the United Nations and City of New York.

Lorraine Remer is a research professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County who worked as a physical scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from 1998 to 2012. Her research areas include climate change, remote sensing and atmospheric aerosols. She has been a science team leader or member on several NASA missions, including Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO).

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