Sheri Klug Boonstra receives national award for excellence in earth and space science education

The ASU research professional has been selected for the American Geophysical Union’s 2020 Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education award


November 16, 2020

Announced this week by the American Geophysical Union, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Research Professional Sheri Klug Boonstra has been selected for the 2020 Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education award.

“It is wonderful to see Sheri’s innovative work in science education be recognized by the largest international organization of earth and space scientists,” said Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. ASU Research Professional Sheri Klug Boonstra has been selected for the American Geophysical Union’s 2020 Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education award. Photo by Alanna Wiktorowicz Download Full Image

Klug Boonstra is the principal investigator of the NASA L’SPACE Academy, a student collaboration program for the NASA Lucy asteroid mission. She is also the director of strategic partnerships and co-instructor for ASU’s Interplanetary Initiative Space Works Project. Both of these programs help thousands of science and engineering students gain and apply relevant workforce skills and practices that lead to proficiencies that are valued by NASA and the space-based aerospace industry.

“Sheri Klug Boonstra truly understands the needs of both students and teachers, and has dedicated her career to developing materials and programs that both enrich the student’s experience and greatly expand the ability of teachers to communicate complex concepts with ease and enthusiasm,” said AGU Fellow and nominator Philip Christensen, who is a Regents Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Klug Boonstra has more than 20 years of experience in creating and implementing national NASA STEM education pipeline programs that stretch vertically from pre-college to workforce. She has been the principal investigator for NASA’s largest undergraduate internship program (USRP); director of the Mars Education Program, which produces and implements NASA’s award-winning Mars Student Imaging Project; and she has worked on multiple NASA missions including Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rovers, and the Lucy Asteroid Mission.  

Klug Boonstra has served on the AAAS Science in the Classroom Advisory Council, spent three years as the education lead of the planetary section for the American Geophysical Union, and was chosen to serve on the NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 2002–2005. As a principal investigator and co-investigator, she has been instrumental in raising more than $56 million in grant money for STEM education programs.

Of the 2020 award recipients, AGU President Robin Bell stated in a press release, “These individuals embody our shared vision of a thriving, sustainable and equitable future for all powered by discovery, innovation and action. These honorees have built their work with integrity, respect, diversity and collaboration together with deep engagement in education and outreach.”

AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients at 3 p.m. PT, Dec. 9, via an online celebration during their fall meeting.

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration

480-965-9345

ASU professor receives national award for outstanding scientific service

Ramon Arrowsmith is the recipient of the Paul G. Silver Award for outstanding scientific service from the American Geophysical Union


November 16, 2020

Announced recently by the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest earth and space science society, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor Ramon Arrowsmith has been selected for the Paul G. Silver Award for outstanding scientific service.

“This award recognizes the significant contributions that Professor Ramon Arrowsmith has made to the fields of geodesy, seismology, and tectonophysics through his mentorship of early-career scientists and his leadership on community research initiatives and collaborative efforts,” said Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. “We appreciate Ramon tremendously as a stalwart member of our school’s community here at ASU, and so it is especially nice to see him recognized more broadly by his colleagues in the earth science community.” ASU Professor Ramon Arrowsmith is the recipient of the Paul G. Silver Award for outstanding scientific service from the American Geophysical Union. Download Full Image

Arrowsmith has more than 25 years of experience studying the paleoseismology, earthquake geology and geomorphology of fault zones and publishing about their history of activity and hazards. He is also the co-founder and co-principal investigator of the OpenTopography effort, a portal to the largest collection of freely available high-resolution topography data. In addition, he and his students conduct ongoing research on active faulting, earthquake geology, tectonic geomorphology and the geologic framework for human origins.

“We have all benefited from Paul Silver’s leadership and legacy,” Arrowsmith said. “I was fortunate to meet him on several occasions and appreciated his wit and the spark that drove major science activities on which I was later able to contribute. I am humbled to be in the same list as those who have been awarded before and I also congratulate Doug Toomey, the other recipient this year of the Paul G. Silver Award.”

Arrowsmith has held a number of administrative positions at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, including associate chair of the Geological Sciences Department, school deputy director and school associate director of graduate studies. He is currently the school’s associate director of operations.

“I was inspired to serve by the example of many, including mentors Dallas Rhodes, David Pollard and Manfred Strecker,” Arrowsmith said. “And ASU School Earth and Space Exploration Professor Jim Tyburczy showed me a firm and balanced approach to leadership. My service as associate and deputy to school directors Kip Hodges, Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Meenakshi Wadhwa has given me an opportunity to learn about academic administration and help students, faculty and staff.”

Addressing the recipients of the 2020 AGU section awardees, AGU President and Council Chair Robin Bell stated in their awards announcement, “You have achieved outstanding accomplishments in your disciplines despite the recent challenges that our global community has faced. You have made important contributions to the scientific community by challenging, reinforcing, or reinvigorating all of us to think bigger, broader or differently. Like those before you, each of your contributions has served as a building block to and for others to advance our understanding of Earth, its atmosphere and oceans, and space, including the planets and beyond.”

AGU will formally recognize this year’s award recipients during their fall meeting, which will be held online Dec. 1-18.

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration

480-965-9345