Society for Science Honors Colorado State University’s Atmospheric Scientist Emily Fischer

Emily Fischer, associate professor in the department of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, has received the Jon C. Graff, Ph.D. Prize for Excellence in Science Communication from the Society for Science.

The Society for Science is a nonprofit organization that promotes the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. The Society for Science publishes both Science News and Science News for Students.

The five-member Graff Prize selection committee chose Dr. Fischer for the award 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 national campaign 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.”

An atmospheric chemist, Dr. Fischer uses field-based and applied modeling approaches to investigate the sources of atmospheric trace gases. Her work aims to improve the understanding of the role of climate in determining the atmosphere’s self-cleansing capacity.

Dr. Fischer is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she majored in atmospheric science. She holds a master’s degree in earth sciences from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Washington.

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