Workshop:CEDAR Prize

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The CEDAR Prize lecture was instituted in 1989 and honors a recent outstanding science contribution of importance to the CEDAR community. The recipient of the award presents an invited plenary lecture at the annual CEDAR workshop in June on the research contribution for which they were nominated.

The CEDAR Prize Lecture is open to non-U.S. citizens as well as U.S. citizens, provided a strong connection to the CEDAR community can be demonstrated. The nomination should be based on significant research reported in a peer-reviewed publication(s) within the four years prior to the June CEDAR workshop.

A nomination consists of three items:

  1. Name of nominee;
  2. Paper citation(s); and
  3. A maximum 1-page statement of why the research is important and relevant to the CEDAR community by, for example, relating the contribution to the Strategic Thrusts detailed in the CEDAR: The New Dimension, Strategic Vision document.

Nominations for the 2020 CEDAR Prize Lecture should be emailed to Jens Oberheide, Katrina Bossert and Jonathan Snively. Nominations will be considered by the full CEDAR Science Steering Committee and are due 28 February 2020.

List of Prize Lectures

The following is a list of the CEDAR Prize Lecturers and titles of their talks. The annual CEDAR video tapes started to include the CEDAR Prize Lecture beginning in 1991, with hard copies of the Prize Lecture available beginning in 1992, on-line .pdfs starting in 2000, and on-line .mp4 videos starting in 2010 at

1) 1989, Arthur Richmond (HAO/NCAR) - Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics

2) 1990, Michael Mendillo (Boston U) - The Discovery of a Sodium Magneto-Nebula Around Jupiter

3) 1991, Craig Heinselmann (SRI International) - Sondrestrom MUSCOX

4) 1992, Colin Hines (Arecibo Obs) - The Doppler Spreading Theory of Gravity Wave Spectra

5) 1993, John Cho (Arecibo Obs), Radar Scattering from the Coldest Place in our Atmosphere: Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes

6) 1994, Raymond Roble (HAO/NCAR), Modelling the Circulation, Temperature and Compositional Structure of the Upper Atmosphere (30-500km)

7)1995, David Fritts (U of Colorado) - Modeling of Gravity Wave and Instability Processes in the Middle Atmosphere

8) 1996, Chester Gardner (U of Illinois) - The ALOHA/ANLC-93 Campaigns

9) 1997, Bela Fejer (Utah State U) - Multi-Instrument Studies of Ionospheric Electrodynamics

10) 1998, Gary Swenson (U of Illinois) - A Model for Calculating Acoustic Gravity Wave Energy and Momentum Flux in the Mesosphere from OH Airglow

11) 1999, David Hysell (Clemson University) - A New Look at Low- and Mid-Latitude Ionospheric Irregularities. This is also in the August 2000 JASTP journal (Vol 62, No. 12) with other 1999 CEDAR tutorials as: D. L. Hysell, An overview and synthesis of plasma irregularities in equatorial spread F, J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 62, 1037-1056, 2000.

12) 2000, Joshua Semeter (SRI International) - The Information Content of the Aurora

13) 2001, Hans Mayr (Goddard Space Flight Center) - Modelling wave driven non-linear flow oscillations: The terrestrial QBO, and a solar analog

In 2002, no CEDAR prize winner was selected, but we had two science talks by:

14) 2003, Chiao-Yao (Joe) She, (Colorado State University) - same pdf Climatology and variability in the mesopause region over Colorado: Sodium lidar observation of temperature and winds

15) 2004, Maura Hagan, (High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research) - dup pdf Tidal Coupling in the Earth's Atmosphere

16) 2005, James Hecht (Aerospace Corporation) - dup pdf TOMEX (Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment): A Rocket/Ground-Based Experiment to Study Instabilities over the MALT (Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere) by J. Hecht, R. Walterscheid, J. Clemmons, C. Gardner, A. Liu, G. Papen, G. Swenson, M. Larsen, R. Bishop and R. Roble

17) 2006, Erhan Kudeki (University of Illinois) - dup pdf Incoherent Scatter Radar Perpendicular to B

18) 2007, John Plane (University of Leeds, UK) - Meteoric Smoke - Where on Earth is it?

19) 2008, Sharon Vadas (Colorado Research Association, citations) - The coupling of the lower atmosphere to the thermosphere via gravity wave excitation, propagation and dissipation

20) 2009, Michael Nicolls (SRI International, citations)) - New Observational Capabilities for Studying the Lower Ionosphere using Incoherent Scatter Radar

21) 2010, Paul Bernhardt (Naval Research Lab, citations) - Using Active Experiments to SEE and HEAR the Ionosphere (mp4)

22) 2011, Joseph D Huba (Naval Research Laboratory, citations) - Modeling Global Ionospheric Phenomena (mp4)

23) 2012, Larisa Goncharenko (MIT), Stratospheric warmings and their Effects in the Ionosphere (mp4)

24) 2013, Jorge (Koki) Chau (Jicamarca Radio Observatory), 150-km echoes and their relevance to Aeronomy (mp4)

25) 2014, Jeff Forbes (U CO) et al., Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling by Tides and Planetary Waves (mp4)

26.) 2015, JonathanMakela (U IL), Thermospheric dynamics as observed through the lens of networked FPIs (mp4)

27.) 2016, Meers Oppenheim (BU), Simulating the Ionosphere, one electron at a time (mp4)

28.) 2017, Delores Knipp (CU Boulder), Nitric Oxide: How the thermosphere 'fights back' during intense storms (mp4)

29.) 2018, Hanli Liu (High Altitude Observatory/NCAR), CEDAR prize lecture: Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model--eXtended (WACCM-X): Development, Validation and Capabilities (recording)

30.) 2019, Xinzhao Chu (University of Colorado, Boulder) CEDAR prize lecture: Coupling from the Atmosphere to Geospace in Antarctica ( recording)

31.) 2020, Martin Mlynczak (NASA Langley Research Center) (Prize lecture will be given in 2021 due to covid-19)