Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award

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Dr. Matthew Pritchard ‘93 is a geophysicist who measures changes in the shape of the Earth and develops models of the myriad processes that cause these changes including: earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, landslides and glaciers. He is an associate professor in Earth and Atmospheric Science at Cornell University and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Through research and teaching, Dr. Pritchard strives to answer some of today`s pressing societal questions about natural hazards and the degree to which humans are influencing glaciers and groundwater resources. His work has been published in many science journals and he was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER Award. This most prestigious NSF award is “in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” He also is a recipient of the NASA New Investigator Program Award given to “develop a broader sense of responsibility for effectively contributing to the improvement of science education and the public science literacy.” Dr. Pritchard received a B.A. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Caltech.

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