Alum Paul Hsieh Wins 2014 AGU Ambassador Award

Monday, July 14, 2014
(Previsouly published in 2014 on HWR website)
Our warmest congratulations go to Dr. Paul Hsieh, HWRS Alumnus (MS ‘79 & PHD ‘83), on receiving the 2014 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award*.  Hsieh will receive the award at the American Geophysical Union’s Honors Ceremony and Banquet to be held December 17, 2014, during AGU’s annual fall meeting in San Francisco, California. 
As his colleague and former dissertation advisor, Dr. Shlomo Neuman, observed, "this honor is extremely well deserved and made in recognition of Paul’s extraordinary accomplishments throughout his 30+ year career with the U.S. Geological Survey, not the least of which was his crucial role in the capping of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill."
The AGU Ambassador Award is presented annually to one or up to five honorees in recognition of outstanding contributions to the following areas:
Societal impact - In the arenas of advocacy, communication, outreach, policy, and/or public service, these experts have advanced the role, understanding, and recognition of science to the world.
Service to the Earth and space community - These experts have immeasurably aided the work of science organizations, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and/or world-policy-making bodies.
Scientific leadership - By effectively fostering team-based scientific collaboration, these experts have facilitated new work that could not be accomplished in isolation.
Promotion of talent/career pool - These experts have enriched the Earth and space science field through their excellence in mentoring, increasing diversity, transforming curriculum, and/or creating or fostering collaborative or innovative programs for formal or informal science education.
Established in 2013, the Ambassador Award honors members whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific discipline awards.  The award furthers AGU’s strategic goals to promote collaboration and innovation, inform society about Earth and space science, and build the global talent pool.