[CRYOLIST] Julie Palais to be Awarded 2019 Goldthwait Polar Medal

Ian Howat ihowat at gmail.com
Fri Oct 11 11:05:34 PDT 2019

Julie Palais to be awarded the 2019 Goldthwait Polar Medal for outstanding
contributions to polar science

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is pleased to announce Dr. Julie
Palais is the 2019 winner of the Goldthwait Polar Medal
<https://bpcrc.osu.edu/goldthwait-polar-medal> in recognition of her
distinguished record of scholarship and service in polar science.

Dr. Palais has distinguished herself in both scholarship and service to
polar science. She is among the pioneers of ice core science and,
particularly, studies of the geochemical signatures of volcanic deposition
and other process within the ice record. Despite her success as a
scientist, she left academia to serve for 26 years at the National Science
Foundation (NSF), guiding the Antarctic Glaciology program through a
critical time of expansion and numerous major accomplishments. In her role
at NSF she also helped launch the successful careers of many young polar
scientists and actively increased the inclusion of women and other
underrepresented groups in Antarctic research.

Dr. Palais received her B.A. in Geology at the University of New Hampshire
and her MSc., and PhD. in Geological Sciences at The Ohio State University.
In the short time between her graduate studies and taking her position at
the NSF, she had already published 32 journal articles on ice core and snow
geochemistry and microphysics. According to Douglas MacAyeal, Professor of
Geophysics at the University of Chicago, “these papers were highly
significant in setting the stage for what has become transformational
knowledge gain on Earth’s atmosphere, paleoclimate and the natural history
records accessed by ice coring activity in Greenland and Antarctica. Her
publications largely focussed on deposition of chemical species from
volcanic eruptions in polar ice, and this was essential to establishing the
inter hemispheric exchanges of atmospheric aerosols and the degree to which
polar ice sheets record them.”

Beginning in 1990, Dr. Palais used her insight as a scientist to build the
NSF Antarctic glaciology program and, especially, support for a series of
highly successful ice core drilling initiatives. According to Mary Albert,
Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College and Executive Director of the
U.S. Ice Drilling Program, “Julie’s support of ice core science at many
institutions across the nation served to grow the broad community of ice
core scientists that is one of the most productive and impactful programs
at NSF. Thanks to Julie, the discoveries of many in the U.S. ice core
community are evident in multiple IPCC reports, thousands of publications
in major scientific journals, and are conveyed at public science events
across the nation.  As the center of the continually-propagating waves of
societally-relevant ice core scientific discoveries, Julie’s efforts have
been key”.

By awarding her the Goldthwait Medal, we recognize the outstanding
contributions of Dr. Palais to  Polar science, encompassing both her
impactful work as a scientist and her committed service to the entire Polar
science community.

Established in 1996, the Goldthwait Polar Medal
<https://bpcrc.osu.edu/goldthwait-polar-medal> is awarded annually in
recognition of “outstanding contributions to polar research.” It is the
highest honor bestowed by the Byrd Center. The award is named in honor of Dr.
Richard Parker Goldthwait
a leading glacial geologist and the founder and first Director (1960-1965)
of The Ohio State University’s Institute of Polar Studies, now the Byrd
Polar and Climate Research Center <https://bpcrc.osu.edu/>.

Dr. Palais will receive her award at the opening reception of the “Women in
Antarctica: Celebrating 50 years of Exploration” Symposium on October 16,
2019. She will present a talk the following morning at the symposium,
entitled “Following in the Footsteps of Lois Jones: Looking Back on 40
years of involvement with the U.S. Antarctic Program”. Her talk will be at
8:45am, Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in the Byrd Center Auditorium (240
Scott Hall), 1090 Carmack Rd. Columbus, OH.
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