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Dr. Cora Randall wins leadership award

May 4, 2017
Cora Randall received the University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Assembly 2016-2017 award for “Excellence in Leadership and Service”.   The BFA awards “specifically recognize outstanding work and a concerted effort to make advances in the academy”.  With support from the Chancellor, the BFA grants each recipient $3,000; the awards ceremony was held on 4 April.
The tribute for the award read:
“Professor Cora Randall is Chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and also a faculty member of CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics….Her main area of expertise is remote sensing of the earth’s middle atmosphere, with particular emphasis on the polar regions.  Among other things, she investigates processes related to stratospheric ozone depletion.
Dr. Randall is a current or prior member of numerous international satellite science teams, and is Principal Investigator on the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS) experiment on the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission.  She has won a number of awards in recognition of her scientific contributions and is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
One colleague reports she is ‘tireless in the energy and work that she puts into any service activity she contributes to the professional and university causes she embraces.’  In recent years she co-led efforts on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences to revise the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum.  In the words of her co-leader on that project, she ‘always took the time to fully inform herself about each and every issue, considered a variety of perspectives and engaged with all stakeholders, and was transparent in her decision-making and her communications with others.’
In the words of one colleague she is ‘able to provide clear direction and leadership without imposing on or irritating others: on the contrary, she is self-effacing in a manner that rather masks her mastery of every situation and procedure. Her focus is always and simply on the task at hand, and thus she leads by example and so inspires others to productive collaboration without making a long fuss about it.’ “