First Science for Solutions Award goes to a new professor exploring answers to economic/environmental issues

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected Solomon Hsiang, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of public policy whose research focuses on global climate change and economics, is the recipient of its first-ever Science for Solutions Award.

Announcing the award at ceremonies this evening (Wednesday, Dec. 11) in San Francisco, the AGU said Hsiang was selected for his significant contributions in the application and use of Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems.

Solomon Hsiang, assistant professor of public policy.

Solomon Hsiang, assistant professor of public policy

Hsiang uses big data, mathematical models and data visualization to better understand how society and the environment influence one another, and how policy can encourage economic development while managing the world’s changing climate.

He has published his research in a wide range of publications, from Science and Nature to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with major news outlets around the world reporting his findings.  Most recently, his work showing a dramatic increase in the death of infant girls in Philippines in the 18 to 24 months following a typhoon, and research linking violence and increasing temperatures around the world have hit the front pages from Hong Kong to London.

The Science for Solutions Award recognizes a student or postdoctoral scientist who is making an impact in Earth and space sciences, and includes $1,000 to help advance their work.

Hsiang was a post-doctoral fellow in science, technology and environmental policy at Princeton University before he joined the faculty of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) this semester, two years after receiving a Ph.D. in sustainable development from Columbia University.

This semester Hsiang is teaching a course on spatial data and analysis, and is co-teaching a course with GSPP Dean Henry Brady on pedagogy for professional education.