2013 South Dakota Mines Medal Fellowship awarded to researcher - KOTA Territory News

2013 South Dakota School of Mines Medal Fellowship awarded to climate researcher

Parker A. Norton (SDSM&T) Parker A. Norton (SDSM&T)

Parker A. Norton, a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology doctoral candidate whose research has already proven a critical resource to experts in forecasting weather and climate changes, has been named the 2013 Mines Medal Graduate Fellow, according to a news release from SDSM&T.

A key member of the climate-modeling team at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), where he began working in 2007 when he was a master's student at the School of Mines, Norton's research has yielded long-term simulations of North America's climate. Among the projects to which he has contributed: developing a water budget for Sheridan Lake, analysis of stream flow trends in the Missouri River watershed, groundwater modeling and regional climate model studies in the continental United States and the Black Hills.

Norton will be formally recognized at the Fifth Annual Mines Medal Dinner & Award ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, LaCroix Hall.

Anna Balazs, Ph.D., a pioneer in the area of predicting the behavior of complex polymeric materials through her theoretical predictions, will receive the 2013 Mines Medal medallion, a national award presented by the School of Mines to honor engineers and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation. Balazs is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Mines Medal event also raises scholarship dollars for student research.

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