2013 Sulzman Award

This year our section will be making the first presentation of the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring to Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., at the Biogeosciences Section Luncheon, held at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Steltzer’s outstanding creativity in teaching and her devotion to students are deserving of this honor. In a congratulatory letter, past president Jennifer Harden wrote to Steltzer:

“While designed to benefit students directly, your methods and attitudes have also inspired administrators, peers, and colleagues. The nimble way in which you structured courses to engage a diverse pool of students, your establishment of a program to engage undergraduates in research projects, and your tireless effort to find ways to connect students to science are amazing, important, and inspirational. Your excellence in the research of biogeochemistry and phenology are equally deserving of recognition. Your work regarding dust deposition on snow is influencing the science community in conceptual and methodological ways. Your work on climate, plant function, and biogeochemistry are contributing insights and a way forward in understanding complex earth systems. On a personal note, your successes really do reflect the qualities that we treasure in our friend Elizabeth Sulzman and I want to say simply, with respect and awe, thank you.”