Physics professor and Space Science Center director Lynn Kistler elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Monday, September 12, 2016


Lynn Kistler
Physics Professor and Space Science Center Director Lynn Kistler

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is the world’s largest professional earth and space science organization, with over 62,000 members from 144 countries.  AGU's activities are focused on the organization and dissemination of scientific information in the interdisciplinary and international field of geophysics, which involves the four fundamental areas of atmospheric and ocean sciences, solid earth science, hydrologic science, and space science.  Since the AGU established its Fellows Program in 1962, the organization has elected outstanding members as Union Fellows every year.  This special honor recognizes scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. It acknowledges Fellows for their remarkable contributions to their research fields, exceptional knowledge, and visionary leadership. No more than 1 in 1000 members receive this recognition every year.

The 2016 Class of Fellows includes our own Lynn Kistler of the Space Science Center and the Physics Department.  Lynn joined the Physics Department in 1990, coming from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Germany).  During her tenure in the department she graduated 5 Ph.D. students.  Lynn is known in the field for her work on understanding the impact of heavy ions on the magnetosphere, and for developing the mass spectrometers that make the required measurements.  She currently serves as the director of the EOS Space Science Center.  Former AGU Fellows from the Physics Department were Roger Arnoldy, Joe Hollweg, Marty Lee, and Eberhard Moebius.

The new Fellows will be introduced at the annual Honors Tribute to be held on 14 December at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.