Becca was the 2018 recipient of the Charles S. Falkenberg award, which is jointly supported by the American Geophysical Union and Earth Science Information Partners. The award recognizes “an early- to middle-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.”
Sarah, an undergraduate in the group, won a Population Health Recognition Award for her presentation at the UW's Undergraduate Research Symposium titled “Rhizosphere Changes Help Explain the Reduced Nutritional Quality of Rice under Elevated Carbon Dioxide: Evidence from a Controlled Greenhouse Study.” The award is part of the university’s Population Health Initiative and includes a $100 gift certificate.
Sarah, an undergraduate researcher in the Hydro-biogeochemistry group, won the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's Summer Undergraduate Research Program Award. The award will support her over the summer to conduct research on mercury dynamics in the soil surrounding rice roots.
Yasmine, a graduate student in the Hydro-Biogeochemistry group, won the 2018 Asia Rice Foundation Travel and Study Award. The award will allow her to spend additional time in Cambodia conducting fieldwork to determine how the quantity and quality of rice grown around the Tonle Sap Lake are connected and influenced by upstream hydropower development.
A publication written by Becca, group PI, titled "Soil Warming Increases Arsenic Availability in the Rice Rhizosphere" was highlighted in a news story written by the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Societies. The story was picked up by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and included in their October 2017 Alert (Alert 148).
At CEE graduation, Becca Neumann, group PI, was awarded the UW CEE 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award! The award is voted upon by CEE students in recognition of and appreciation for outstanding mentoring.
Yasmine Farhat, graduate student in the group, was accepted to attend the 2017 International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Rice Research to Production Program held in the Philippines August 14 – September 1, 2017. She will literally "get her feet wet" in the rice paddies of the Philippines, developing an intimate feeling for the rice plant in its native environment.
Congratulations to Nick Waldo, graduate student in the lab, for winning a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Award! The award will provide Nick the opportunity to spend the summer analyzing his experimental samples using instrumentation at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory.