WHOI Waypoints: Laurels for WHOI Scientists


In February, the American Meteorological Society presented its Sverdrup Gold Medal to WHOI Senior Scientist Bob Weller (Physical Oceanography) during the group’s annual meeting in Long Beach, California. Named for Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, a pioneer in the field of oceanography, the medal is awarded to “researchers who make outstanding contributions to the scientific knowledge of interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere.” The citation commended Weller for “scientific leadership and sustained excellence in the development and use of innovative measurement techniques in the air-sea boundary layer.”

Senior Scientist John Hayes (Geology and Geophysics) was awarded the 2003 Geochemistry Division Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS), in recognition of “outstanding accomplishments in geochemistry.” Edel Wasserman, past president of the ACS, presented the medal to Hayes during an award symposium at the ACS National Meeting in March. The honor includes an engraved bronze medallion and a cash prize.

In a news release, ACS noted that Hayes was chosen for “his visionary contributions to an understanding of organic geochemistry, cosmochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and paleoenvironmental analysis. His development of continuous-flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry techniques paved the way for compound-specific isotopic analysis, opened frontiers between isotopic and molecular organic chemistry, bridged the fields of geochemistry and biology, and shed new light on modern and ancient biogeochemical processes.”

In April, Associate Scientist Kurt Polzin (Physical Oceanography) will be awarded the Fridtjof Nansen Medal of the European Geophysical Society (EGS). The medal was established in 1996 by the society’s Section on Oceans and Atmosphere in recognition of “distinguished research in oceanography.” It commemorates Nansen’s achievements as an arctic explorer, oceanographic pioneer, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. During the Joint Assembly of the EGS, the American Geophysical Union, and the European Union of Geoscientists in Nice, France, Polzin will be presented with a handmade bronze medal created by Hungarian sculptor József Kótai.