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Join us in congratulating Kimberly A. Prather!

Kimberly A. Prather, University of California San Diego, received the 2024 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences.

Prather’s research has revolutionized our understanding of atmospheric aerosols and their impact on air quality, climate, and human health.

Her research focuses on natural and human-made aerosol particles, specifically on measurements of the concentration of particles that are small enough to be inhaled deep into our lungs that impact human health. Prather developed and implemented aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ATOFMS), a novel instrument that provides real-time information on the size, chemical composition, and source of individual aerosol particles. These measurements have provided critical insights into the health and environmental impacts of ocean-derived pollutants and toxins.

Prather is the founding director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment. She is an active leader and communicator, providing key guidance on the role of aerosol transmissions of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences is presented annually to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences was established in 1978 and supported by Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 1978 to 1996. The Merck Company Foundation assumed sponsorship in 1999. The award is presented with a medal and a $15,000 prize.

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 Congratulations to Kimberly A. Prather of University of California, San Diego, winner of the 2024 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences for her pioneering research on aerosols! Watch her accept the award at the 161st NAS Annual Meeting on April 28. Established in 1978, the NAS Award in Chemical Sciences is presented annually to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity.

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 Congratulations to Kimberly A. Prather of @UCSanDiego, winner of the 2024 @theNASciences Award in Chemical Sciences for her pioneering research on aerosols! Watch her accept the award at the 161st NAS Annual Meeting. #NASaward #academia #chemistry

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