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Congratulations to Kelso Harper, ’21, for landing an honorable mention for the 2022 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Writing presented by the American Geophysical Union. Named for the late San Francisco Chronicle science editor, the award recognizes excellence in science news reporting published with deadlines of one week or less.

Kelso’s story, “Miniature Satellites Reveal Cause of Deadly Uttarakhand Flood That Devastated Dams,” was published in Scientific American on February 12, 2021. It covers how images from more than 130 tiny “cube” satellites upended theories that flash flooding in India’s Dhauliganga river valley was caused by glacial lakes. Instead, the images show that a hanging glacier had broken from a nearby mountain, causing landslides and raising concerns about how area hydropower projects might be affected by similar events in the future.

Kelso’s honorable mention comes on the heels of other accolades. Earlier this year, she won a 2022 Jackson Wild Media Lab fellowship and was a finalist for a National Institute for Health Care Management Digital Media Award. Congratulations, Kelso!