Emily Fischer to Receive Jon C. Graff, Ph.D. Prize for Excellence in Science Communication

WASHINGTON , DC – The Society for Science today announced that Emily V. Fischer, Ph.D., Monfort Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, has won the $1,000 Jon C. Graff, PhD Prize for Excellence in Science Communication.  Now in its third year, the award is given to one scientist included in the Science News SN 10, a list spotlighting 10 early- and mid-career scientists on their way to widespread acclaim.

In 2021, rather than identify new scientists, Science News spotlighted 10 noteworthy SN 10 alumni. Fischer, who was included in the 2020 SN 10 list, will be featured in the October 9 and October 23 special edition of Science News.

An atmospheric chemist, Fischer uses field-based and applied modeling approaches to investigate the sources of atmospheric trace gases.  Her work aims to improve our understanding of the role of climate in determining the atmosphere’s self-cleansing capacity. Her studies of wildfire smoke and its effect on our atmosphere have received media attention over the past few years.

Fischer has received several honors for her teaching and research, including the 2019 James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union, “given annually to three to five early career scientists in recognition of their significant contributions to Earth and space science,” and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Atmospheric Chemistry Committee Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award.

The five-member Graff Prize selection committee chose Fischer because she uses a variety of media tools to communicate her research findings to fellow academics and to the public. They also cited her participation in “Science Moms,” a blog that brings together climate scientists who are also mothers “to demystify climate science and motivate everyday moms to demand solutions that preserve the planet for their kids.”

In choosing a winner of the Graff Prize, the selection committee considered the scientists’ ability to communicate the long-term value of their work for society, something donor Jon C. Graff, PhD prized in a science communicator.  A Science News reader since 1974, Graff was a pioneer in digital cryptography. Graff passed away in January 2021.

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