NOAA Climate Program Office Scientists Receive Two Awards

NOAA Climate Program Office Scientists Receive Two Awards

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) recognized two individuals for their outstanding work on October 31, 2018. Chelsea Combest-Friedman received the Outstanding Employee Award, and Claudia Nierenberg was presented with this year’s Silver Sherman Award.

The Outstanding Employee Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding achievement in their own work or made a significant contribution to a team effort (or both). Combest-Friedman received the award for her work on the “Coping with Drought” project, a joint RISA-NIDIS initiative. The award, given by CPO Director Wayne Higgins, offers both federal employees and contractors an opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

Claudia Nierenberg, Chief of the Climate and Societal Interactions Division, received the Silver Sherman Award on October 31, 2018, for going above and beyond her normal responsibilities to help fulfill NOAA’s mission.

The Silver Sherman Award recognizes NOAA personnel who excel at their jobs, achieve a milestone that contributes significantly or critically towards a particular program’s goal, or demonstrates leadership toward process improvement of a significant magnitude. It is to be awarded on an ad hoc basis by each member of the NOAA Senior Executive Service once a year. Former NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan announced the first Silver Sherman award for NOAA in January 2016.

Both employees were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and ability to work with other employees as a team.




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