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AGU's second annual F. L. Scarf Award has been awarded to Ming Zhang for his Ph.D. thesis, “Voyager II Plasma Observations at Uranus and Neptune,” which he completed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of John Belcher. As part of the award, Zhang will give an invited talk on the topic at the upcoming AGU Spring Meeting in Baltimore.

The award was established to honor Fred L. Scarf, a pioneer and leader in solar-planetary research, who flew plasma-wave instruments on most of the planetary missions until his sudden death in the Soviet Union during the launch of Phobos. The award is given by the Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) section for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. Each year, nominations of students who have completed their doctoral degrees during the past year are solicited from the community. The major criterion for the award is the impact or potential impact of the research on the field of solar-planetary studies. The awardee receives $1000 and is invited to deliver a paper at one of the following year's AGU meetings.