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Awards and Honours (2014)

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ANIL BHARDWAJ
Ÿ Elected, Corresponding Member, International Academy of Astronautics, 2014
Ÿ Elected Fellow, Kerala Academy of Sciences, 2013.
Ÿ Distinguished Lecture in “Planetary Sciences”, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Sapporo, Japan, 2014.
Ÿ Member, International Academy of Astronautics Study Group 1.13 “Planetary Science Enabled by the New Generation
of Cube-Sats and Miniaturized Scientifi c Instruments”, 2014-2016; and Study Group 3.19 “Feasibity Study of
Standardized Career Dose Limits in LEO and outlook for BLEO”, 2013-2015.

C. VINEETH
• Zeldovich Medal, COSPAR, Commission C, conferred by Russian Academy of Sciences and COSPAR, 2014.
• INSA Young Scientist Medal from Indian National Science Academy, 2014.
• Kerala State Young Scientist Award from Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE),
Govt. of Kerala, 2013.
D. BALA SUBRAHAMANYAM
• Member, Inter-Centre “Weather Forecast Expert Team”, PSLV - C22, C23, C24, C25 and GSLV - D05, 2013-2014
K. KISHORE KUMAR
• Certifi cate of Excellence in Reviewing in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the quality of the ‘Journal of
Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics’ for the year 2013.
RADHIKA RAMACHANDRAN
• Elected Fellow, Kerala Academy of Sciences, 2013.
• Chair, International Academy of Astronautics Study Group 1.11 “Comparative Climatology”, 2014-2016.
S. SURESH BABU
• Member, Technical Expert Committee, National Facility for Airborne Research (NFAR), Ministry of Earth Sciences, since
2013.
SHREEDEVI P. R.
• Vela Fellowship of Los-Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to attend the 4th Los Alamos Space Weather Summer
School, held at LANL, Los Alamos, NM, USA, 2014.
TARUN KUMAR PANT
• Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Award, for the year 2013.
VIJAYAKUMAR S. NAIR
• Selected as the Simon Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, 2014.
• Young Researcher Award of the Ministry of Earth Sciences for the year 2014.
M. B. DHANYA
The Geophysical Research Letters paper “Proton entry into the near-lunar plasma wake for magnetic fi eld aligned fl ow“,
by M. B. Dhanya et al., selected as Research Highlight of Nature India with the title “Tracing Sun’s Protons Near Moon”
(doi:10.1038/nIndia.2013.99).
S. SURESH BABU
The Journal of Geophysical Research paper “Trends in Aerosol Optical Depth over Indian region: Potential causes and
impact indicators“ by S. Suresh Babu et al., selected as Research Spotlight in EOS of American Geophysical Union
with title “Anthropogenic aerosols increasing over India“ (EOS, Vol. 94, No. 47, 19 November 2013).

 

BEST PAPER AWARDS IN SYMPOSIA / CONFERENCES


ANISH KUMAR M. NAIR
• “Dependence of the cloud vertical distribution on sea surface temperature and tropospheric dynamics”, International
Tropical Meteorology Symposium (INTROMET-2014), S.R.M. University, Chennai, 21-24 Feb 2014 (Gold Medal). Coauthor,
K. Rajeev

• “Response of the ‘pool of inhibited cloudiness’ to active and break spells of Indian summer monsoon”, 26th Kerala
Science Congress, Wayanad, Kerala, 28-31 Jan. 2014 (Earth System Science and Geo-informatics).
M. B. DHANYA
“First Observation of Protons in the Near-Lunar Plasma Wake for magnetic fi eld aligned fl ow from SWIM/SARA on
Chandrayaan-1”, National Space Science Symposium (NSSS-2014), Dibrugarh University, Assam, 29 Jan - 1 Feb,
2014. Co-authors, Anil Bhardwaj, Y. Futaana, S. Fatemi, M. Holmstrom, S. Barabash, M. Wieser, P. Wurz, Abhinaw Alok
and R. Satheesh Thampi.
KANDULA V. SUBRAHMANYAM
“Diurnal variation of CAPE and precipitation and their phase relation over Indian Summer Monsoon region”, International
Tropical Meteorology (INTROMET-2014), SRM University, Chennai, 21-24 Feb 2014 (Silver Medal), Co-author, K.
Kishore Kumar.
MADHAV HARIDAS. M. K.
“Night time thermospheric meridional winds over India and Equatorial Ionization Anomaly near sub-solar region: a novel
outlook”, Honorary Mention: Regional Conference on Radio Science, Pune 2014. Co-authors, G. Manju, T. K. Pant, K.
Niranjan and K. Krishnamoorthy.
MUKUNDA M. GOGOI
“Spring time enhancement in aerosol loading over the high altitude Himalayas: Implications to regional climate”,
International Tropical Meteorology Symposium (INTROMET-2014), SRM University, Chennai, 21-24 Feb 2014 (Gold
Medal), CO-authors: Kompalli S.K., J.P. Chaubey, S.Suresh Babu and K.Krishnamoorthy.
N. V. P. KIRAN KUMAR
“Orographically modulated mesoscale circulation and atmospheric boundary layer characteristics over Shillong (25.60°N,
91.90°E)”, NSSS-2014, 29 Jan - 01 Feb. 2014, Dibrugarh University, Assam (Best Poster). Co-authors, S.S. Kundu, Arup
Borgohain, K. Rajeev.
UMA, K. N.
“Relative Humidity Profiles retrieved from SAPHIR on board Megha-Tropiques: A quantitative evaluation against
concurrent ground based microwave radiometer profi ler over an equatorial station” in INTROMET -2014, SRM University,
Chennai, 21-24 Feb 2014. Co-authors, C. Suresh Raju, R. Renju, Tinu Antony, K. Krishna Moorthy.
VIJAYAKUMAR S. NAIR
“Snow Darkening Due To Black Carbon Aerosols Over Himalayas”, International Geosphere Biosphere Programme
Symposium, Bangalore, 7 Apr 2014, Co-authors, S. Suresh Babu, K Krishna Moorthy, A K Sharma, A Marinoni, Ajai.

Ph. D. AWARDED


ANISH KUMAR M. NAIR
“Studies on the Horizontal and Vertical Distribution of Clouds and their impact on Energetics of the Atmosphere over the
Indian Region”, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), February 2014; [Supervisor: K. Rajeev].
PRIJITH. S. S.
“Infl uence of Atmospheric Dynamics on the Seasonal Distribution of Aerosols”, University of Kerala, October 2013
[Supervisor: M. Mohan]
SUSARLA RAGHURAM
“Modelling of Ultraviolet and Visible Emissions in Comets”, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT),
Kochi; January 2014 [Supervisor: Anil Bhardwaj].

 

 

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