UC Irvine plasma physicist Liu Chen and atmospheric chemist Eric Saltzman have been named 2011 fellows of the prestigious American Geophysical Union. “To be elected an AGU fellow is a special tribute for those who have
made exceptional scientific contributions,” says the organization. Nominated fellows must have
attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Primary
criteria are a major
breakthrough or discovery leading to a paradigm shift. The designation is conferred
upon not more than 0.1% of all AGU members each year. Chen is a physics & astronomy professor, and Saltzman is an Earth system science pofessor; both are in the School of Physical Sciences. “I am honored by this recognition,” said Chen, who explores how solar wind affects the Earth’s geomagnetic environment. “Being elected a Fellow of the AGU is a huge honor,” agreed Saltzman, whose work focuses on trace gas effects on climate. “It’s really a reflection of all the great work done by my students and postdocs over the years.”