Research Award Established in Honor of Molly Macauley

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Molly Macauley (via RFF)
Molly Macauley (via RFF)

Two months after she was killed in Roland Park, the think tank where Molly Macauley worked is establishing a research award in her honor.

Resources for the Future announced the creation of the The Molly K. Macauley Award for Research Innovation and Advanced Analytics for Policy on Friday. Macauley was a Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research at the DC-based research organization. She worked there for more than three decades.

RFF stated the following about Macauley’s work:

Molly pioneered approaches to connect insights from Earth-observing technologies and other remote sensing systems to policy, decision making, and natural resource management, as well as to demonstrating the economic and societal value of new technologies and analytical methods. She consistently broke new ground as a research leader, forged ties across agencies and institutions, made complex content intellectually accessible, and conscientiously mentored the next generation of policy-engaged scholars in her field.

The $100,000 award will be granted every other year for “new research aimed at leveraging the power of Earth observation and other advanced technologies and analytical techniques to inform environmental, natural resource, energy, and climate policy,” RFF said.

The first award will be issued in June, 2017.

Macauley was killed while walking her dogs near her home on University Parkway in July. Police have not released any information about suspects or new leads in the case since. The reward for information was increased last month.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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