Honors & Awards
GREG ASNER and MARK SCHNITZER have been selected by Popular Science as two of the 10 most impressive scientists in the country under age 40. The Brilliant 10, as they are called, are selected based upon recommendations from academic department heads, professional organizations and journal editors.
Asner, a faculty member in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is also an assistant professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford. His research on how human activity alters ecosystems at regional scales uses innovative techniques to produce highly detailed, multi-layered maps of rainforest vegetation and water.
Schnitzer, assistant professor of biological sciences and of applied physics, recently won a Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health. His work involves new imaging techniques capable of homing in on a single neuron to watch it in action, to allow scientists to better understand how the brain operates.
BARTON "BUZZ" THOMPSON, the Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, and JEFFREY KOSEFF, the William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor in the School of Engineering, have been named the first Perry L. McCarty Directors of the Woods Institute for the Environment. The new endowed directorship is named for Perry L. McCarty, the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, a pioneer in the design of water treatment systems and recipient of the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize.