The Hughes medal is awarded annually in recognition of a new discovery in the physical sciences. Since 1902 the Hughes Medal has been awarded to over 100 eminent physical scientists, including Alexander Graham Bell and Stephen Hawking.
Professor Michele Dougherty is awarded the 2008 Hughes Medal for her work with the NASA ESA Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons. As lead scientist in charge of the mission's magnetic field experiments, Professor Dougherty was instrumental in the discovery of an atmosphere around Saturn's moon Enceladus. Her work has revolutionised scientists' understanding of planetary moons in the solar system.
I'm glad her powers of Awesome are being recognized.