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Alley to Received first Schneider Award


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Richard B. Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, will be the first recipient of the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, Climate One at The Commonwealth Club announced Friday, Aug. 26, during the 2011 Stephen H. Schneider Symposium in Boulder, Colo.

The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. The award was established this year in honor of Stephen Henry Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology, who died unexpectedly in 2010.

The award jurors are Larry Goulder, chair of the Department of Economics at Stanford University; Ben Santer, climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Bud Ward, editor of the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. The jury solicited nominations from experts in the fields of science and communication. The jury unanimously decided that Alley exemplifies the rare ability to be both a superb scientist and superior communicator in the mold of Stephen Schneider.  Full story

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