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Alumni News From the Department

We are always interested in hearing from our many accomplished alumni. We have made available for you, at this site, our recent Alumni newsletters (Fall 2016 Newsletter now available!) and encourage you to catch up on the exciting developments in our dynamic department.

UW-AOS Alum, Leigh Orf (BS '89, PhD '97), re-creates an EF5 tornado, read the story here

Leigh Orf, photo courtesy of UW–Madison

2017 Bronze Medal from NOAA
Bronze Medal Award
—The highest honor award granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, the Bronze Medal recognizes superior performance by federal employees.
National Weather Service
Daniel Baumgardt
For outstanding initiative, creativity, and achievement in the technical development of science-based operational forecasting tools across the NWS.

UW-AOS Alumni Reception at 2017 AMS Annual Meeting

If you are attending the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, please join us for the annual UW-Madison Alumni Reception! It will be on Tuesday night, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom D of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Don't forget to pick up your new Bucky Badger pin when you stop by for food, drinks, and reminiscing with old friends and current colleagues.

Congratulations Tracey Holloway

on your AMS Special Award for ESWN and appointment to lead the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST), Read about the NASA Health and Air Quality Initiative here

The AMS 2017 Award Winners and Fellows

SPECIAL AWARD to Tracey Holloway
Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN)
For inspirational commitment to broadening the participation of women in the Earth sciences, providing a supportive environment for peer mentoring and professional development

Walter F. Dabberdt
For decades of leadership in urban meteorology, including fundamental contributions to street-canyon modeling, monitoring networks, and evaluating severe weather impacts on cities

Louis Uccellini
For dynamic, forward-looking leadership in a distinguished career dedicated to advancing operational meteorology to make the nation weather-ready

Jon Davis
For extraordinary vision to advance the role of meteorology in the new energy economy and outstanding leadership of the AMS Energy Committee and its conference

Kuniaki Inoue (Dr. Larissa Back's former student)
For his paper, “Gross Moist Stability assessment:  Convective Amplification and Decay”

THE Dissertation Award by Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)
Pei Wang (Dr. Larissa Back's former student)
For his paper, "Assimilation of hyperspectral infrared sounder radiances under cloudy skies in a regional NWP model" (presented to her by COAA at AMS 2017)

AMS Honorary Member
Thomas H Vonder Haar (MS '64)

Two Alum retire from the NWS

George Phillips (MS '87) recently retired from the NWS. He stated "It’s been an amazing nearly 3 decades. From WSOs Sioux City and Moline, to WSFO Minneapolis, to NEXRAD training at the Operations Training Branch in Norman, to 22 years as a SOO at WFO Topeka. I’ve seen amazing changes in technology, science and the way that operations are done.” Congrats on a job well done.

Fritz Kruse (BS '85) recently retired from the NWS. He worked 27 years in Federal Service, including 22 years at the Dodge City WFO. He states that he will not miss working the midnight shifts. Congrats on a job well done.

More on GOES-R with UW Meteorology Alum Steven Goodman (B.S. 1977)

NOAA/NESDIS GOES-R Program Senior Scientist Steven Goodman (B.S. 1977) shared information about GOES-R with space.com. Read the article at http://www.space.com/34764-goes-r-satellite-tracks-lightning-and-more.html

UW-AOS Alum Tim Schmit discusses GOES-R on WX Geeks

Tim Schmit (B.S. 1985; M.S. 1987) was the guest on the November 20, 2016 WX Geeks show. Tim discussed the GOES-R series of satellites, the first of which launched on Saturday November 19, 2016. Here is the promotional video for the show.

1965 AOS Graduate, James McFadden, Finalist for the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

photo courtesy of the Partnership for Public Service.

Each year, the Partnership for Public Service pays tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce through the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program. In early May, the Partnership announced the 32 finalists for 2016, and are pleased to share that James McFadden, the longest-serving hurricane hunter for NOAA and University of Wisconsin, Madison alumnus, is one of the finalists. James is being recognized for flying airplanes into hundreds of violent tropical storms to gather information for more accurate weather forecasts.

Finalists also have the chance to win the Sammies People’s Choice Award. Voters will choose a winner from the 32 finalists through the Facebook Poll on this page, where you may also find more information about the People’s Choice voting process. The winner will be honored at an awards gala in Washington, D.C. this fall. People’s Choice voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 9, 2016.

In addition, James was recently featured in The Washington Post and in Feds at Work series on Medium.

2011 AOS Graduate, Dmitry Smirnov, Appointed to National Emergency Management Association Work Group

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, is proud to announce the appointment of Dmitry Smirnov, Ph.D., to the National Emergency Management Association’s (NEMA) Extreme Weather Adaptation work group.

The group is tasked with creating an extreme weather adaptation plan for NEMA. Smirnov, a meteorologist with Dewberry in the Denver, Colorado, office, will help develop better practices for the management of severe and frequent natural disasters for state directors across the nation who are responsible for preparing and mitigating against this growing threat.

NEMA is the professional association of emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight territories, and the District of Columbia, as a source of information, support, and expertise for emergency management professionals at all levels of government and the private sector.

2005 AOS Grad earns industry recognintion

Next Wave Automation’s Melissa Owens Wins 2016 Wood Industry Award

"I am thrilled about this and truly honored," says Melissa Owens, CFO and co-founder, along with her husband, Tim Owens, who is CEO, of Next Wave Automations, LLC. "This recognitioin is far more about what we do as a team here at Next Wave, to bring high quality, cutting edge products to the woodworking, DIY and Maker communitites, than it is about me personally." Owens ends with, "I'm really proud of what our entire company has been able to accomplish."

Perrysburg, OH (July 20, 2016) – Next Wave Automation’s co-owner and co-founder, Melissa Owens, a 2005 University of Wisconsin, BS in AOS, has just been named a winner of 2016 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 award. Winners were selected from a field of more than 135 nominations by a panel of six editors at the Woodworking Network, the woodworking industry’s leading information source, print and digital publisher.

For more information about Next Wave Automation, go to www.nextwaveautomation.com

Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the NWS to receive AOS Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement

Receiving the Department's first Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement, Dr. Uccellini will be on campus to give a public lecture on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00pm in B10 Ingraham.

Congratulations to Gijs de Boer, one of Prof. Tripoli's former students.

Gijs de Boer has been named a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, "the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers." Read the article here.

Congrats to Galen McKinley and two of her former students for leading this letter just out today in this week’s Nature:

Timescales for detection of trends in the ocean carbon sink        
Nature Letter
A climate modelling experiment is used to identify where ocean carbon uptake should change as a result of anthropogenic climate change and to distinguish these changes from internal climate variability; we may be able to detect changing uptake in some oceanic regions between 2020 and 2050, but until then, internal climate variability will preclude such detection.
Galen A. McKinley, Darren J. Pilcher, Amanda R. Fay et al.

Nature news on the article: Climate science: Hidden trends in the ocean carbon sink
Media: New climate model better predicts changes to ocean-carbon sink  

Prof. L'Ecuyer and Graduate Student, Elin McIlhattan work on Greenlands' energy budget is in the Badger Herald

Read the article here

UW-AOS Alumni Reception at 2016 AMS Annual Meeting

If you are attending the AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, please join us for the 8th annual UW-Madison Alumni Reception! It will be on Tuesday night, January 12, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 in River room-Riverside Building, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Don't forget to pick up your Bucky Badger pinwhen you stop by for food, drinks, and reminiscing with old friends and current colleagues.

Betty Otto-Bliesner named AGU Fellow

AOS alum Betty Otto-Bliesner has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)for advancing Earth science and related fields. Here is the article announcing her and two other NCAR scientists who were named 2015 AGU Fellows.

Here is the complete list of 2015 class of AGU fellows.

Congratulations, Betty!

TV Academy to Induct Six Honorees intoWisconsin Silver Circle, Sunday, October 4

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will induct six veterans from Wisconsin broadcasting into the Academy’s prestigious Silver Circle.
The Television Academy established the Silver Circle to honor outstanding individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry, and who have made significant contributions to their local television market.

  • Bart Adrian ('81, M.S.), former WITI-TV meteorologist, now with UW-Milwaukee

2015 Robock Lecture now online

If you missed the 6th annual Robock Lecture back in March, featuring MIT Prof. Kerry Emanuel speaking on "The Problem of Hurricanes and Climate", you can now view the talk - online here.

AOS Inaugural Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement

The AOS department announces a new award to recognize our high-caliber and accomplished alumni. Awarded alumni will be recognized during the University of Wisconsin reception at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. If you know someone deserving of this award, please submit a nomination. For the inaugural award to be presented January 2016, please submit no later than October 1. Nominations can be submitted here. Please include your name, the nominee’s name and contact information, and a one paragraph write-up of their accomplishments.

Video Highlights from the 2014-2015 Antarctic Field Season

UW-AOS Alumni and Students Lee Welhouse, Dave Mikolajczyk, Elin McIlhattan, and Carol Costanza spent part of this past Northern Hemisphere winter in Antarctica, performing installations and various maintenance tasks at serveral AWS sites. Carol Costanza was kind enough to share some video with us of their work.

Here is a summary of several station visits

Other videos include
Traveling to Antarctica
Training and AWS Prep
Antarctic Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
AWS Installation: Ferrell, Laurie II, and Minna Bluff
South Pole: Waiting for a Plane
Nico and Henry AWS Replacements
AWS Visits End of January, 2015

Thanks, Carol for sharing!

U.S. Professors of the Year

John A. Knox, AOS PhD 1996, was a selection and contender for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching CASE Professor of the year. 2014 State Winners

Congratulations, John!

Give to AOS!

The Department has a variety of needs that benefit from the generous financial support of our Alumni. We encourage you to consider whether you think you can assist us by visiting the Gift Giving link below.

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Join the AOS Alumni Facebook group

AOS Alumni, join the AOS Alumni Facebook group. This is a group for current (and future!) alumni of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison. Use this group to share news from your post-AOS lives; also check here for news from the department and events of likely interest to alumni.

Satellite Renamed to Honor Verner Suomi, UW Satellite Pioneer


(Photo Courtesy of NASA/Ball Aerospace)

NASA has renamed its newest Earth-observing satellite in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin who is widely recognized as "the father of satellite meteorology". The announcement was made Jan. 24 at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans.

For NASA Press Release: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jan/HQ_12-026_NPP_Name.html

Professor Martin receives Vilas Distinguished Achievement Award

AOS Department Chair and Professor Jonathan Martin has been awarded the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Award. The award recognizes professors whose distinguished scholarship has advanced the confines of knowledge, and who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and/or service. He will carry the title of Vilas Distinguished Service Professor for the duration of his career at UW-Madison. Congratulations Jon!

UW-AOS alum Louis Uccellini voted the new AMS president-elect

Dr. Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA/NWS/NCEP, and UW-Madison AOS alum (B.S. '71, M.S. '72, and Ph.D. '77), is now president-elect of the American Meteorological Society. He will take over as President of the AMS in January, 2012. Congratulations!

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