FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE: October 18, 2013
DRI researchers awarded prestigious Benjamin Y.H. Liu Award from the AAAR
At its recent annual meeting the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), a nonprofit professional organization for scientists and engineers who wish to promote and communicate technical advances in the field of aerosol research, awarded two research professors from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) with the Benjamin Y.H. Liu Award.
Drs. Patrick Arnott and Hans Moosmüller, both research professors in the institute’s atmospheric sciences department, were joint recipients of the 2013 award.
“While each of these scientists has made significant impacts in their own right, it is fitting to recognize their longstanding and fruitful collaborations via a joint nomination,” said Sonia Kreidenweis, a professor of atmosphere science at Colorado State University, who nominated the two outstanding scientists. “They have built a substantial program based on their instrument development skills, multiple research directions, widespread collaborations, communication skills, and mentoring of students many of whom have become their collaborators.”
The Benjamin Y. H. Liu Award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerosol instrumentation and experimental techniques that have significantly advanced the science and technology of aerosols.
Drs. Arnott and Moosmüller began their collaboration in instrument development at DRI more than 20 years ago. Their combined contributions to aerosol optics instrumentation and experimental techniques have significantly advanced the science and technology of aerosols, including major contributions to our understanding of the role of atmospheric aerosols in climate change, air quality, and other aspects of atmospheric physics and chemistry.
Their success can be directly related to development of instrumentation for measurements of aerosol optical and physical properties, which have been used to improve understanding of aerosol characteristics and address practical air pollution and visibility problems.
Moosmüller, who has also participated in the planning, fieldwork, and data analysis of several major air quality studies at DRI, was also recently awarded the 2012 Nevada Regents’ Researcher award which is the Nevada System of Higher Education’s top research faculty research award. This award is bestowed each year upon only one faculty member from among the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno and DRI.