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Postdoctoral Research Associate Solomon Hsiang of the STEP program awarded AGU's “Science for Solutions Award”

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate Sol HsiangThe director of Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) and Geosciences professor Michael Oppenheimer has shared the news that a member of his group Solomon Hsiang has been awarded the AGU’s “Science for Solutions Award.”  Hsiang’s work uses large statistical databases to analyze how humans respond to the effects of climate variability and change, including agricultural impacts and tropical cyclones, with a central emphasis being the potential for civil conflict.  Oppenheimer explains that Hsiang’s work ties in with the award’s goal to honor a student or postdoctoral scientist who uses their skills and knowledge in the Earth and space sciences to create real solutions and have an impact on societal problems.

Hsiang has been with the STEP program since 2012. Based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the STEP program has strong affiliations with Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute.  Earlier this month, Hsiang left STEP to begin a position as an assistant professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley this summer.

Hsiang will be awarded his cash prize at the AGU fall meeting.  He also will be given the opportunity to give a lecture on his research topic at the meeting. 

Published paper:  
"Quantifying the Influence of Climate on HumanConflict" 
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/07/31/science.1235367.full

Other related links:

http://sites.agu.org/

http://www.solomonhsiang.com/

http://www.princeton.edu/step/