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2020 Fischer Fellow Announced

Kim Novick, associate professor and director of the school's Ph.D. program in environmental science, is the recipient of the 2020 Fischer Faculty Fellowship. An environmental scientist whose work blends concepts from meteorology, ecology, and hydrology, Novick's work has been particularly focused on land-atmosphere interactions, such as how climate variability affects vegetation, and complementary processes by which plants alter the climate to global scales.

Burnell and Barbara Fischer saw a need to provide crucial research support to tenure-track junior faculty at the O’Neill School. The Fischer Faculty Fellowship Program's goal is to enable researchers to build momentum early in their academic careers with resources to pursue research agendas and publishing opportunities. The three-year award provides annual financial support and course teaching releases.

The Fischer Fellowship will help Novick steer her focus toward ecological issues that could have more immediate solutions. "Looking forward, I aim to transform my lab's focus away from the goal of predicting ecosystem carbon uptake in 50-100 years, and toward applying our theoretical understanding of ecosystem function to practical and pressing problems that need solutions now," she said. "Support from the Fischer Fellowship will greatly facilitate this transformation."

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Srikant K. Sastry, MPA'88

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2019.



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Jennifer Rice

Jennifer Rice Memorial Intern Scholarship

During her memorable life, Jennifer Rice, MPA’14, was a dedicated leader for the greater good.


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Dana and Nancy Mead

Dana and Nancy Mead

The new fellowship focuses on the heartland.



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