National Academy of Sciences honors CU-Boulder researcher

January 7, 2013 •

University of Colorado Boulder faculty member John Gosling is one of 18 individuals honored today by the National Academy of Sciences for their outstanding scientific achievements.

Gosling, a senior research associate at CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, was selected to receive the Arctowski Medal for his research contributions regarding the generation of energetic solar events, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Gosling’s research has provided new insights as to how these phenomena impact both Earth and the larger region of space dominated by the sun known as the heliosphere.

Gosling is a retired laboratory fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. The Arctowski Medal is given every two years to individuals for their studies in solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships.  It carries an award of $20,000 to the winner, as well as an additional $60,000 for supporting research.

“I was very surprised and pleased when I learned about this,” said Gosling.  “I know many of the past recipients, and it is an honor to have been selected.”

The National Academy of Sciences annually recognizes top scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological and social sciences.  The 2013 recipients will be honored in a ceremony on April 28 during the organization’s 150th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The National Academy of Sciences, along with the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, provide science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

Gosling is the recipient of numerous awards.  He was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1991 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. He was recognized as one of the most highly cited researchers in the space sciences by the Institute for Scientific Information in 2002.

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