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Prof. Ankur Desai's Research Highlighted on the Rhinelander, WI News

Rhinelander News Channel 12

2015 Student Awards

Congratulations to the following outstanding AOS students (view pictures):

  • David Loveless – Schwerdtfeger Award for excellent performance in first year graduate studies
  • Kuni Inoue – Lettau Award for outstanding performance for best M.S. thesis
  • Claire Pettersen – Colloquium Student Service Award for creative dedication to the department's intellectual life
  • Zak Handlos – Wahl Award for outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant
  • Kaitlyn Krzyzaniak – Horn Award for excellence in overall performance as an undergraduate
  • Steven Fons – Sunkel Award for exceptional scholarly potential as an undergraduate
  • Tyler Wright – Lettau-Wahl Award for overall excellence as an undergraduate
  • Britta Gjermo, winner; Sarah Benish, runner-up – AOSS Poster Awards Undergrad
  • Megan Kirchmeier-Young and Andrew Winters, winners; Zak Handlos and Jiang Zhu, runners-up – AOSS Poster Awards Grad

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!

Greg Tripoli named as a 2015 AMS Fellow

Congratulations to Prof. Greg Tripoli who was named as a one of the 2015 American Meteorological Society Fellows.

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!

Steve Ackerman named as a 2014 AMS Fellow

Congratulations to Prof. Steve Ackerman who was named as a one of the 2014 American Meteorological Society Fellows.

Weather Forecasting Article up on The Why Files

Includes interviews with Prof. Jonathan Martin, UW Alumni NWS Director Louis Uccellini and UCAR Director Emeritus Richard Anthes, as well as Hank Revercomb.
Weather: [More data + more computers = better forecasts]

New Department Chair

With the start of the new school year, Prof. Grant Petty, who has been with the department since 2000, is taking over the reins as Department Chair from Prof. Jonathan Martin.
Thank you, Jon, for your 9 years of dedication, service, and hard work!

News 3 Interview of NWS Director Louis Uccellini about "Building a Weather-Ready Nation"

If you missed the Town Hall, you can watch this extended interivew of Dr. Uccellini by News 3 Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte.

University of Wisconsin grad Louis Uccellini leads National Weather Service

Article in the April 28, 2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Professor Bennartz et. al. article published in Nature explains Greenland's record breaking 2012 ice melt

AOS Professor Ralf Bennartz and collaborators have published a study in the April 4 issue of Nature describing the events and processes leading to the record ice melt. A University of Wisconsin News article also summarizes the work..

CCR celebrates 50 years

Congratulations to the Center for Climatic Research on their 50th anniversary. Since 1962, CCR faculty, scientists and students have been working to understand how the climate works and why it changes. The Nelson Institute's In Common Magazine has a nice writeup on the history of CCR.

AOS Alumni donate GR2Analyst license to department

Several UW-AOS alumni have contributed toward, and donated a license for the advanced Nexrad Level II analysis program GR2Analyst to the AOS Department. The students had been using the software after leaving the UW and found it to be extremely useful for analysis of radar data. The software is already being used in our senior level Synoptic Lab (453) class, and will likely be utilized in the AOS 441 Radar and Satellite course as well. Special thanks to Jacob Beitlich, Dan Henz, Brian Miretzky, Matt Sitkowski and Dima Smirnov! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Professor Desai's time management strategies

The University of Wisconsin-Madison news feed featured a story about Professor Desai's Time Management strategies talk from the AOS Wednesday Department Seminar series last fall. You can find the story here.

AOS Fall 2012 Newsletter

You can now download our most recent newsletter in PDF format. Read about all the recent and upcoming events at UW-Madison AOS. Download the Fall 2012 newsletter now.
Earlier newsletters are still available on the Alumni Page

Prof. Grant Petty one of the Top 5 winners in the NASA/GPS Extreme Weather Photo Competition

Grant Petty's photograph of a thunderstorm was one of the top five photographs chosen by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Photo Competition Committee. To see Grant's photo, and the other four: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GPM/news/gpm-photo-contest-winners.html
Congratulations Grant!

AOS Graduate Student, Shellie Rowe, Selected as L&S Teaching Fellow

At the beginning of the Fall Semester 2012, the College of Letters and Sciences held its 23rd annual training and orientation workshop for L&S teaching Assistants. Typically some 400 new and experienced L&S teaching assistants attend all or part of the day of workshops. Shellie Rowe gave two well-attended presentations and led discussions on the topic "Resolving Student Challenges" and "Questions: Models of Effective Communication in a Variety of Teaching Scenarios". Selection as an L&S Teaching Fellow is a significant honor, because this is a competitive nomination within departments and then at the College level. Previous Teaching Fellows from AOS include Alan Czarnetzki (1991) and John Knox (1995).

Tracey Holloway is a Recipient of the US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women's Initiative Award

Associate Professor Holloway (Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering) is the recipient of the first ever C3E Award for education and mentoring in clean energy. This is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative.
Congratulations Tracey!
For more information about the Award and C3E

Northwoods partnership benefits today’s climate research and tomorrow’s scientists

News article from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies features Prof. Ankur Desai's course "Forest and Climate Leaders in Menominee and the Envrionment (For-CLIMATE).
Go Here to learn about the course.

Suzanne Wetzel Seemann
August 9, 1972 - September 27, 2012

Suzanne Wetzel Seeman

Suzanne (Suzie) Wetzel Seemann died Thursday September 27, 2012 in a motor vehicle collision in Humboldt County, CA during a morning run with friends. Suzanne was a graduate student in our department from 1997 until 2000 at which time she took a position of Associate Researcher in the Cooperative Institute for Satellite Studies until 2006 when she and her husband Hank and son Malcolm moved to California. Two years later the three of them welcomed daughter Evelyn into their loving family. Suzanne's graduate work has had a lasting impact on operational forecasting of winter storms as she developed an ingredients-based methodology for forecasting winter season precipitation used by many National Weather Service Forecast Offices in snowfall prediction. Her work at CIMSS was equally high profile and characteristic of her intense focus and ability to see to the heart of problems.

Suzanne's engaging sense of humor, passion for all manner of outdoor activities and especially her discovery of tennis while in Madison are aspects of her personality that touched all those who were lucky enough to have known her. She will be sorely missed by us all. A complete obituary can be found here.

James A. Weinman, Emeritus Professor, March 10, 1930 - August 3, 2012

James Weinman

Emeritus Professor James A. Weinman passed away on August 3, 2012 at his home in Seattle, WA. He was with our Department from 1964-1991.

Library Workshop for Graduate Students coming in September

Compiling a Literature Review: Atmospheric Sciences

Sessions will cover the literature search process and are intended for those starting a research project, dissertation, or publication. We'll cover resources, techniques, key databases, and citation managers that are important for effectively searching the literature of the atmospheric sciences and managing results.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 1:30-2:30pm, Rm823, AOSS Bldg.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 Cancelled
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2:30-3:30pm, Rm823, AOSS Bldg.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2:30-3:30pm, Rm823, AOSS Bldg.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 11am-12pm, Rm823, AOSS Bldg.

2012 Student Awards

Congratulations to this year's outstanding students!
(View Pictures)

  • Nicole Colasacco-Thumm - Colloquium Student Service Award for creative dedication to the department's intellectual life.
  • Nicholas Ofstun - Horn Award for excellence in overall performance as an undergraduate.
  • John Sears - Lettau Award for outstanding M.S. Thesis.
  • Andre Perkins - Lettau-Wahl Award for excellence in overall performance as an undergraduate.
  • Feiyu Lu - Schwerdtfeger Award for excellent performance in first year graduate studies.
  • Kyle Meier - Sunkel Award for exceptional scholarly potential.
  • Alex Kubicek - Wahl Award for outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant.

Prof. Jonathan Martin joins the ranks of the 300 best professors in the nation according to The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com

The Princeton Review joined with RateMyProfessors.com to list the best professors according to thousands of students surveyed across the country. Prof. Martin joins three other UW Professors on the list. (Link to Daily Cardinal Article)
Congratulations Prof. Martin!

Photograph by Prof. Grant Petty a winner in the UW-Madison Cool Science Image Contest

Prof. Petty's stunning photograph of a thunderstorm was one of the 6 winners in the second annual UW-Madison Cool Science Image contest. For more about the contest: http://www.news.wisc.edu/20474
To see all the winners: http://www.news.wisc.edu/slideshows/coolscience2012

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Awarded UW-Madison's First S-Stem Grant from NSF

The Nelson Institute has won a five-year, $600,000 grant to provide scholarships for students which are need-based and include funding for students from underrepresented minority groups, first-generation, veteran, disabled, or returning adult students.
A lot of hard work went into this award by the project contributors, including Tracey Holloway and Jon Martin.
For more information on this story: http://www.news.wisc.edu/20394

Jacola Roman, AOS Graduate Student, Wins 1st Place on Paper Presentation at AMS

Jacola Roman (current Grad Student and former Undergrad) won a first place on her student paper presentation at the AMS 18th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology & AMS First Joint Asia Satellite Meteorology Conference in New Orleans, January 22-27, 2012. Her paper was titled Using Satellite Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and a Ground-based Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Network to Validate the Precipitable Water Vapor (PWV) in Global Climate Models (GCMs) and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Regional Reanalysis.

Congratulations Jacola!

Library Workshops in February for Graduate Students

Compiling a Literature Review: Atmospheric Sciences
Sessions will cover the literature search process and are intended for those starting a research project, dissertation, or publication. We'll cover resources, techniques, and key databases that are important for effectively searching the literature of the atmospheric sciences.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1-2 PM in Room 823
*NEW TIME* Feb. 16, 11-12 in Room 1411
Thursday, Feb. 23, 3:30-4:30 PM in Room 823
For more information, Schwerdtfeger Library, Room 317

Professor Ackerman named Interim Associate Dean for the Physical Sciences

Steve Ackerman, Professor of atmospheric & oceanic sciences and the director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) has been named interim associate dean for the phyiscal sciences. He started with his new post in the UW Graduate School on Jan. 13.
Congratulations Steve!
For more information, http://www.news.wisc.edu/20263

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!


AOS Adjunct Professor Recipient of NOAA Award

Dr. Jim Kossin, AOS adjunct professor, will be picking up his NOAA Gold Medal in DC "for excellence in research and data stewardship leading to a more confident assessment of the influence of human-induced climate change on hurricanes".

SSEC's Tim Schimit will also be receiving the NOAA Silver Medal "For revolutionizing NOAA Science Tests for geostationary satellites, significantly reducing the likelihood of a single satellite configuration."

Congratulations Jim and Tim!

Professor Steve Ackerman inducted as Fellow to the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters

On Sunday, November 6, 2011, Professor Ackerman was inducted as a fellow, along with six other inductees. The Wisconsin Academy of Science , Arts and Letters was founded in 1870 to "bring context, civilized discussion, and meaningful action to the most important issues and ideas of today". The Academy is also featuring Prof. Ackerman in their Member Spotlight. To read more about the induction ceremony, check out Dave Zweifel's column in the Capital Times

Beyond the Edge of the Sea Exhibit and Reception with artist Karen Jacobson and Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover, Director Duke University Marine Laboratory

Beyond the Edge of the Sea...will be showing at the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from September 28, 2011-January 31, 2012.Beyond the Edge was brought to UW in conjunction with UW-Madison's Geology Museum, with funding provided by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. A reception featuring Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover and Karen Jacobsen will be held Friday, November 11, 2010 from 3:00-6:00 in the Ebling's 3rd floor galleries. For information contact: Micaela at msullivan@library.wisc.edu.
For more about the exhibit: Link

Professor Desai's Outreach Class Featured by UW Communications Slideshow

Professor Desai, his graduate students, and participants from several Universities and labs conducted a field course, Forest and Climate Leaders in Menominee and the Environment, with Native American students from the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, WI. The course was made possible with funding from National Science Foundation (NSF), Prof. Desai's Lab, and the Center for Climatic Research (CCR). It was held at both Professor Desai's field sites in Northern Wisconsin and at the UW-Madison Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, WI. UW Madison Communications featured the course in one of their slide shows:

Schwedtfeger Library Photo Contest Winners

The Schwerdtfeger Library annouced the winners to the 2011 Photo Contest. Congratulations to Professor Grant Petty for winning first place, and AOS Graduate students, Dima Smirnov (2nd place) and Matt Sitkowski (3rd place). Visit Photo Contest website to view the winning photos and all of the beautiful entries: http://library.ssec.wisc.edu/photo_Contest/

Graduate Students Sitkowski and Roubert Join Hurricane Hunter Mission

Graduate students Matthew Sitkowski and Lisha Roubet, along with CIMSS Researcher Chris Rozoff joined the NOAA Hurrican Hunter to fly into the eye of Hurricane Irene.

2011 Student Awards

Congratulations to the following outstanding AOS students:

  • Matt Rydzik – Schwerdtfeger Award for excellent performance in first year graduate studies
  • Hester Leung – Lettau Award for outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant
  • John Sears and Brent Maddux – Colloquium Student Service Award for creative dedication to the department's intellectual life
  • Tim Wagner – Wahl Award for outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant
  • Andre Perkins – Horn Award for excellence in overall performance as an undergraduate
  • Zachary Gruskin – Sunkel Award for exceptional scholarly potential as an undergraduate

AOS Affiliated faculty Holloway and Williams named Leopold Leadership Fellows

AOS Affiliated Professor Tracey Holloway and AOS Adjunct Professor Jack Williams have been awarded Leopold Leadership Fellowships for 2011. Congratulations to both!

Galen McKinley to receive Distinguished Teaching Award

AOS Professor Galen McKinley has been selected to receive this year's Class of 1955 Distinguished Teaching Award! The award will be bestowed at a ceremony on April 27. Congratulations!.

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!

2011 AMS Solstice party - Friday Feb. 4

The 2011 AMS Solstice Party will be Friday, February 4th from 5:30-9:00pm at the Lowell Center. Similar to last year, the evening will feature an Italian Buffet (including a vegetarian option) followed by a Variety Show of different skits performed by students, professors,and anyone else interested in showing off their talents! Those interested in preparing a skit can contact an AMS officer at ams@aos.wisc.edu.

Tickets for the event are $25 for AMS chapter members and $30 for non-members. AMS chapter members can bring up to one additional guest at the discounted price. The cost covers the buffet, dessert, beer (for those of age), and a non-alcoholic beverage option. A cash bar will also be available for those who prefer another drink of choice. Dress for the event is semi-formal.

A sign-up sheet is available in room 849. Please sign up by Friday, January 28th and pay by either check or cash when you sign up. Checks can be made out to 'AMS'. We are all extremely excited about the event and hope that you will join us at this yearly celebration!

Prof. Galen McKinley featured in NASA TV video

Picture of Galen McKinley from NASA TV video

AOS Professor Galen McKinley was featured in a NASA TV video about the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2010. In the video, Professor McKinley describes her research on the global carbon cycle, as well as her experience at AGU. View the video on youtube!

Emeritus Prof. Donald Johnson receives award

AOS Emeritus Professor Donald Johnson received the 2010 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award from the American Geophysical Union! The award was presented at the Honor Ceremony during the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2010. Congratulations, Dr. Johnson!

Prof. Liu elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

AOS Professor Zhengyu Liu has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union! This election puts Liu in a rarified group, as only one in a thousand members is elected to Fellowship each year. Liu received his Fellows certificate at the Honor Ceremony during the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2010. Congratulations, Liu!

Check out Prof. McKinley's Carbon Cycle web site

AOS Professor Galen McKinley maintains a website that explains the global carbon cycle and its links to climate change. The centerpiece of the site is a java applet in which users define the future trajectories of carbon sources and sinks, and quickly see the impact on the atmospheric CO2 concentration.

Check out the Carbon Cycle web site at http://carboncycle.aos.wisc.edu - Spanish version also available.

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