John Gosling
John Gosling (Courtesy University of Colorado)

University of Colorado researcher John Gosling is one of 18 individuals honored Monday for outstanding scientific achievements by the National Academy of Sciences.

Gosling is a senior research associate at CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. He was awarded the Arctowski Medal for research contributions regarding the generation of energetic solar events, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

Research by Gosling, a retired laboratory fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., is credited with providing new insights as to how these phenomena impact both Earth and the larger region of space dominated by the sun, which is known as the heliosphere.

"I was very surprised and pleased when I learned about this," Gosling said in a news release. "I know many of the past recipients, and it is an honor to have been selected."

The Arctowski Medal is awarded every two years to individuals for their studies in solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships.

Recipients of 2013 National Academy of Sciences honors will be recognized during the group's 150th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 28.

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