In 2008, the Board initiated a new award for Excellence in Education to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography. This award is targeted toward ASLO members at any stage in their careers and will be presented to the ASLO member who best exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in education. The Excellence in Education award will be presented annually. In 2009, the award recognizes the contributions of Benjamin Cuker, For his outstanding teaching in the classroom, his exemplary and nationally-noted efforts to promote minority participation in aquatic sciences, and for being a gifted mentor. We truly have an outstanding and caring educator to be our first recipient of this important award.
Raymond L. Lindeman Award
This annual award in honor of Raymond L. Lindeman (1915-1942) was first presented in 1987 to recognize an outstanding paper written by a young aquatic scientist. In 2009, the award is given to Alexandre Poulain for the paper Poulain, A.J. et al. Potential for Mercury Reduction by Microbes in the High Arctic, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73(7):2230-2238. This paper presents a very complete story that makes a convincing case for a new and unexpected mechanism of microbially mediated mercury reduction in polar regions. The combination of molecular work, fieldwork, and modelling represent a dedicated effort to get a complete story in one, very readable paper. This paper is already changing our ideas about how mercury gets into the global food chain.