UCI’s Eric Rignot elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tue, 05/01/2018

Eric Rignot, chair and Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science at UCI, is a new member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Steve Zylius / UCI
Tatiana Arizaga

Irvine, Calif., May 1, 2018 – Eric Rignot, who studies the impact of climate change on our planet’s polar regions, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

Rignot along with UCI physicist Steven White are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced today by the academy. Considered one of the highest honors in science, NAS membership is based on distinguished and continued achievements in original research.

“We are so fortunate to have Eric Rignot as part of our Earth system science team,” says Ken Janda, Dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences. “Not only is he a superb scientist doing meaningful work to guide our understanding of melting ice sheets and glaciers, but he is an advocate of climate change research in mainstream outlets such as newspapers and film.”

Rignot, chair and Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science, is also a senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He travels to some of the most extreme locations on the planet to conduct research and is frequently called upon by media outlets for his insights into changes to glaciers and ice sheets brought on by global warming.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the National Academy of Sciences,” said Rignot. “I wish to share this honor with the numerous colleagues and students who worked with me in the past decades at UCI and at JPL to study polar regions using exciting and new space technologies and make scientific advances possible.”

The National Academy of Sciences has 2,382 active U.S. members, including 25 from UCI; 11 of whom are in the School of Physical Sciences