Two scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, have been elected 2012 fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Larry Armi and Dan Cayan are among 61 researchers who will be honored at AGU's Fall Meeting. (Honors Ceremony and Reception · Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. · Moscone North, Hall E, Room 135)
In describing the fellowship, the AGU states that "nominated fellows must have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Primary criteria for evaluation in scientific eminence are major breakthrough/discovery and paradigm shift. This designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1 percent of all AGU members in any given year. New Fellows are chosen by a Committee of Fellows."
The AGU cited Armi, a physical oceanographer and meteorologist, "for his work on stratified flows in oceans and the atmosphere" and climate scientist Cayan "for pioneering cross-disciplinary contributions and leadership advancing understanding of hydroclimatic variation and change in western North America."
A Southern California native, Armi grew up in Palos Verdes, Calif. He received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, an M.S. from the University of Southern California in aerospace engineering, and a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from UC Berkeley.
Cayan is also a researcher with the National Research Program of the U.S. Geological Survey. He was born in 1949, in Muskegon, Mich. He received a B.Sc. (1971) and an M.Sc. (1972) in physical oceanography from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received a second M.Sc. (1977) in atmospheric sciences from the University of California, Davis. In 1990, he received a Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps.
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