Published: Sept. 13, 2022

Jade MortonJade Morton has been announced as the recipient of the 2022 American Geophysical Union Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach (SPARC) Award.

The SPARC Award is presented annually to a senior scientist for significant impact on the public’s understanding of space physics and aeronomy through education or outreach activities. 

Morton is the Helen and Hubert Croft Professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR).

Her research interests lie at the intersection of satellite navigation technologies and remote sensing of the Earth’s space environment, atmosphere, and surface.

She is an author/co-author of over 300 technical publications, an advisor and mentor for numerous graduate students and post-docs, and undergraduate researchers. Morton has delivered more than 50 short courses and tutorials on satellite navigation and remote sensing technologies for government labs, industry partners, at professional conferences and workshops, and international outreach events. 

Deeply honored and humbled to be selected for the SPARC Award, Morton dedicates the award to Patricia Doherty, the 2018 SPARC award winner and an inspirational researcher, leader, and educator in space weather phenomena and its impact on technology and society.

The award is named for Richard Carrington, an English amateur astronomer who was the first person to observe a large solar flare in 1859.

Morton will be formally recognized during AGU's 2022 Fall Meeting in Chicago in December.