Donna Barry, Utah State University
Maura Hagan

LOGAN — Utah State University Science Dean Maura Hagan is among 100 U.S. scientists and 25 international associates elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s premier academic institutions.

Hagan, a native of Massachusetts, is the first USU scientist to receive the recognition from academy, a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

“Dean Hagan not only continues her groundbreaking contributions to atmospheric research but, by her leadership and service, is guiding USU’s scientific research and teaching efforts toward a successful future,” USU President Noelle Cockett said in a statement. “We celebrate her well-deserved recognition from the NAS.”

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Hagan, who was named dean of the College of Science in 2015, joined Utah State after serving as interim director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, for two years. She began her career there as a scientist in 1992, and was promoted to senior scientist, the center’s equivalent of a full university professor appointment, in 2003.

Hagen’s research interests focus on downward penetration of space weather effects in the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the impact of meteorological weather on the near-Earth space environment. With fellow physics professor Mike Taylor and colleagues at USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, Hagan is currently pursuing a NASA-funded project to study space weather from the International Space Station.