Prof. Deanna Hence has been named a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professor (LEAP) Scholar within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This distinguished award recognize’s Prof. Hence’s significant achievements and outstanding future potential as a faculty member at Illinois. 

A full description of the awards program and other awardees can be found here, which notes that "Hence’s research interests include tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, orographic precipitation, remote sensing, mesoscale convective systems, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, and hazardous weather. She is also passionate about science communication and policy as well as expanding scientific literacy. She hopes to bridge the gap between science and other human interests to help science be more relevant and useful to the greater good."