Allison C. Aiken: The Aerosol World’s Busy Bee

 
Published: 29 March 2021
Allison C. Aiken is hard at work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo is courtesy of Aiken.
Allison C. Aiken is hard at work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo is courtesy of Aiken.

ASR scientist pauses to reflect on her latest research and science leadership

The word “busy” has only four letters, but Atmospheric System Research (ASR)-funded Allison C. Aiken, an aerosol scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, is vigorously occupied with a whole alphabet of tasks.

In January 2021, Aiken took over as chair of the User Executive Committee (UEC), the user liaison group for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility.

“For the first time,” she says, “we want to develop subgroups to lead concentrated efforts on a few key topics.”

Along the way, the UEC will explore better communications with satellite-data communities, high-latitude researchers, and perhaps even budding scientists working at the undergraduate level.

That’s already a lot, but just two months before starting the UEC post, Aiken gave birth to her second daughter, Alexandria. (Older daughter Alisha, meanwhile, is not even 3.)

Read the full story on the ARM website.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.