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The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a research institute sponsored jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder, recently awarded bronze medals for superior performance to eight team members from NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). These medals reaffirm the successful launch of the redesigned website as "a cutting-edge implementation of the NIDIS public law, built on interagency and Department of Commerce partnerships." 

A group of CIRES employees received bronze medal awards for the website in May 2023.
Eight NIDIS staff received CIRES bronze medal awards for From left to right: Adam Lang, Britt Parker, Amanda Sheffield, Joel Lisonbee, Elizabeth Ossowski. Not pictured: Kelsey Satalino, Sylvia Reeves, Molly Woloszyn.

The medals were awarded to the NIDIS staff on May 16 at the 18th annual CIRES Rendezvous, the institute-wide symposium that spotlights science at CIRES. The medals were awarded to Kelsey Satalino, Adam Lang, Joel Lisonbee, Elizabeth Ossowski, Britt Parker, Sylvia Reeves, Amanda Sheffield, and Molly Woloszyn.

In 2022, NOAA awarded bronze medals for to Veva Deheza and Meredith Muth with NIDIS and Steve Ansari with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Bronze medals recognize federal employees for superior performance and are the highest honor that can be granted by the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere. The Bronze Medal Program is managed by NOAA with oversight by the Department of Commerce. 

Learn more about the U.S. Drought Portal, including the website’s new improved and expanded state pages