Emily Fischer, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University, has been named one of 10 scientists to watch by Science News.

SN compiles this list annually, recognizing scientists ages 40 and under who are contributing to their respective fields in a big way.

According to a post on CSU's website, Fischer is being recognized in part for her wildfire smoke research. Fischer is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science.

In a spotlight feature written about Fischer, Science News says that she "pulled together a diverse team of 10 lead researchers, and scores more graduate students and postdocs, to pull off the most comprehensive analysis of wildfire smoke ever attempted, a project dubbed WE-CAN.

During the summer of 2018, Fischer led over a dozen six-hour flights over the West, chasing wildfire smoke plumes and systematically measuring the air in and around smoke plumes with nearly 30 different instruments crammed into the cargo hold of a C-130 plane."

Fischer was nominated by an anonymous person who is also a former SN 10 recipient. The nominator said that in addition to making significant scientific advancements, Fischer has also advanced research on how to increase diversity in geosciences on a large scale.

This is not the first time that Fischer is being recognized for the substantial contributions she has made within her field. She recently received a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand a mentoring program she founded at CSU. She was also rewarded the James B. Macelwane Medal — one of the highest honors given by the American Geophysical Union, and won "Professor of the Year" in 2019.

Fischer will be recognized in the October 10 issue of Science News, and on the SN website.  

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