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UNC Student Wins American Geophysical Union’s Outstanding Student Paper Award

Ms. Rachel Baum, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Geophysical Union’s Outstanding Student Paper Award.


[Photo: (left) Workers examine equipment at a water treatment facility; (right) Ms. Rachel Baum]

The award, which is limited to the top 5 percent of students presenting their papers at the national AGU meeting, was given to Ms. Baum for her paper, “Trade-offs in Financial Hedging Solutions to Mitigate Drought-related Financial Risks for Water Utilities,” presented at the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco, held December 12-16, 2016.

“Rachel’s work provides important insights into how a water utility can balance more efficient use of water and still maintain financial stability,” said her adviser, Dr. Gregory Characklis, Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management at the UNC Institute for the Environment.

AGU’s mission is to galvanize a community of Earth and space scientists who collaboratively advance and community science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.