Munoz-Jaramillo will receive this national award and give an invited talk in December at the AGU's fall meeting in San Francisco. The Scarf Award goes to a recent doctoral student for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar planetary science. Munoz-Jaramillo is the first MSU student to receive this honor, and the first solar physicist to receive this award in over a decade.
Munoz-Jaramillo, whose doctoral advisers were MSU solar physicists Piet Martens and Dibyendu Nandi, defended his thesis in July 2010. Munoz-Jaramillo, Martens and Nandi received international attention this spring after publishing a paper in Nature that explained for the first time why sunspots disappeared from 2008 to 2010. Munoz-Jaramillo then became one of three recipients of a Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship from NASA's Living with a Star program. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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