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Cohen elected AGU Fellow

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January 31, 2012

Chemistry professor Ron Cohen
Chemistry professor Ron Cohen

Chemistry professor Ron Cohen has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

The Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to their fields. To qualify for consideration, nominees must be responsible for a major breakthrough, discovery or paradigm shift in one of the Earth and Space Sciences. This honor is annually conferred on only one member in a thousand.

“It's a special honor to be selected as an AGU Fellow,” says Cohen, “an award recognizing my work and indirectly the work of the stellar Berkeley graduate students I've had a chance to mentor.”

The American Geophysical Union is an international non-profit scientific association with over 60,000 members. Established in 1919 as a committee within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, AGU was independently incorporated in 1972.

AGU members explore the processes that influence life on Earth every day — rainfall rates, trends in marine fisheries, earthquake probabilities, volcanic eruption potentials. AGU embraces not only the joys of science, but the appreciation of the mechanisms that make Earth function.

In addition to being a professor in the College of Chemistry, Cohen holds a joint appointment in Berkeley’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science. His research focuses on understanding the chemical composition of Earth's atmosphere and predicting its future.

Laboratory and field studies of water isotopes are used to understand cloud properties and to diagnose the regional and global behavior of the hydrologic cycle. His research group is developing carbon dioxide microsensors to record greenhouse gas levels at regional and local scales.

The 2012 Fellows will be recognized during the AGU’s fall meeting, Dec. 6–10. Held every year in San Francisco, the fall meeting draws more than 20,000 scientists, teachers, students and journalists from around the world. Registration is free for K-12 teachers and high school students, while undergraduates pay only $50. Says Cohen, “There definitely will be some interesting things to see.”

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