University of Oklahoma meteorology professor selected for distinguished research award

December 16, 2009

NORMAN, Okla.--University of Oklahoma Meteorology Professor Evgeni Fedorovich was one of less than 100 internationally renowned scientists and researchers to be selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany to receive a prestigious Humboldt Research Award.

Recipients must have contributed fundamental discoveries or new theories and insights that have significantly impacted their research area and reach beyond their specialized field.

"Receiving a Humboldt Research Award is a rare honor," said John Snow, OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences' dean. "Dr. Fedorovich is an internationally recognized scholar and scientist. His receiving this recognition from the Humboldt Foundation is a tremendous honor for him and an indicator of the overall quality of the program here at OU. The opportunity for additional, focused research this award provides will benefit not only our science, but also OU students, both undergraduate and graduate, when Dr. Fedorovich returns in the fall of 2010."

Fedorovich joins an international network of more than 23,000 distinguished scientists and scholars who have been supported in different ways by the foundation since its founding in 1953.

"As a young scientist, I was the recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship and met with some of the Humboldt Award winners," said Fedorovich. "I viewed them as unsurpassable giants in their research fields. I would have never imagined that I would now be one of them. It is a huge honor for me."

In addition to receiving the research award, Fedorovich is invited to undertake prolonged periods of research in collaboration with researchers in Germany.

"While in Germany, I plan to work on numerical algorithms for simulation of turbulent flows in the night-time atmospheric boundary layer and in low-level jets," said Fedorovich. "Both atmospheric flow types are common to Oklahoma and the Great Plains."

Fedorovich will begin researching in Germany in 2010 at the Meteorological Institute of Hamburg University and Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology.

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