Lucy Flesch awarded the 2022 AGU Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service
Dr. Lucy Flesch has been announced as American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2022 Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service recipient. She is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of the Purdue University College of Science and also a Professor of Geophysics in the Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). The Paul G. Silver Award spans AGU’s Geodesy, Seismology, and Tectonophysics sections and recognizes significant contributions to the fields of geodesy, seismology, or tectonophysics from a mid-career or senior scientist.
AGU, a nonprofit organization that supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences, annually recognizes a select number of individuals as part of its Honors and Recognition program.
Flesch is recognized by the global Geology and Geophysics community for her tremendous personal dedication and leadership for geodetic, seismic, and tectonophysics research initiatives. She was nominated for this award by Rebecca Bendick, President of UNAVCO. Flesch says she is very honored for this recognition.
“My research focuses on understanding how relative tectonic plate motions are accommodated throughout diffusely deforming continental regions where plate tectonic theory breaks down and quantifying the forces involved in driving this deformation,” says Flesch. “This work is novel, and stands out, in its ability to incorporate a vast array of geophysical observations into geodynamic simulations and directly invert for both the kinematics and dynamics of these region. Understanding how the lithosphere is moving and why. This is done through detailed data driven computational modeling that incorporates geodetic, geologic, and seismic observations to determine integrative models of the lithosphere.”
AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients during #AGU22 Fall Meeting, December 12-16, 2022 in Chicago, IL and online everywhere. This celebration is a chance for AGU’s community to recognize the outstanding work of our colleagues and be inspired by their accomplishments and stories.
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About the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) combines four of Purdue’s most interdisciplinary programs: Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, and Planetary Sciences. EAPS conducts world-class research in the Earth and Planetary sciences, educates undergraduate and graduate students, and provides our college, university, state and country with the information necessary to understand the world and universe around us. Our research is globally recognized, our students are highly valued by graduate schools, employers, and our alumni continue to make significant contributions in academia, industry, and federal and state government.
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