Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Dr. Steiner Earns Henry Russel Award

Posted: May 9, 2012

Dr. Steiner Earns Henry Russel Award

Congratulations to Professor Allison Steiner! She has been selected to receive a 2013 Henry Russel Award for her transformative research, superlative teaching and impeccable record of service. This Rackham Graduate School award is the highest honor bestowed upon early-career faculty by U-M.

Allison's research spans the fields of atmospheric science, vegetation biology and land surface hydrology - one of only a few people with the breadth of knowledge capable of tackling this area of research. With an undergraduate degree in engineering and graduate work in atmospheric science, Allison brings a unique teaching perspective to her classrooms, engaging students in collaborative exercises and field experiments. Her students consistently give her high marks for teaching and mentoring.

Her national and international service contributions are of exceptional quality, having co-founded the professional peer-mentoring Earth Science Women's Network and being actively involved in the United Nations funded Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics that trains scientists from developing nations.

Allison is also working with the Dixon Educational Learning Academy in Detroit to help middle school students understand weather and climate change. The program will be expanded to integrate scientific results from the Greening of Detroit, a non-profit committed to sustaining environmental resources in the city.

As her nominating letter states, "She is a researcher with an impeccable reputation, who has proven herself to be a leader in the international climate modeling community. She is a gifted teacher and a dedicated mentor to all of the students she encounters, and is passionate about improving the learning experience of students here at the University of Michigan."

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