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Li Receives NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

Assistant Professor Cheng Li has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his work on Jupiter.

An assistant professor at the University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space, Dr. Cheng Li has received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

The medal is awarded for exceptional scientific contributions toward the achievement of NASA missions. The award recognizes individual efforts that have resulted in a key scientific discovery or in contributions of fundamental importance in this field or significantly enhanced understanding of the field.

Li received the honor for his exceptional scientific achievement in the analysis and interpretation of Jupiter’s atmospheric dynamics, composition and deep structure. His research focuses on the exploration of planets inside and outside of our solar system, using numerical models, ground-based telescopes, and data collected from space missions to further scientific understanding of the physical properties of planets. He has contributed to NASA’s work on the Cassini Mission and the Juno Mission, as well as publishing many research papers on Jupiter and the Jovian atmosphere. He holds a degree in atmospheric science from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology.

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