Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Student Seminar
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Refreshments and meet the speaker at 3:25pm
Room 110 INSCC
Speaker: Dr. Timothy VanReken, Washington State University
Title: "Chemical and Meteorological Drivers of Wintertime PM Pollution: Insights from Field Studies in Yakima and Idaho's Treasure Valley"
Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Student Defense
Friday, March 7, 2014
Room 110 INSCC
Speaker: Michael J. Peterson, PhD Candidate
Title: "Variations of Optical and Radio Lightning Characteristics and the Relationship Between Storm Convective Intensity and Above-Cloud Electric Fields"
2014-2015 Departmental Scholarship application is now available. Please note that their are changes to the application process this year. You must submit the completed application form along with your resume to be considered for a Departmental scholarship. Applications are due March 15, 2014 and can be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person (819 WBB). Scholarship application can be found here. NOTE: Please fill out the application form listed here, not the generic one on the Financial Aid website.
The American Meteorological Society has announced the 2014 AMS/Industry Minority Scholarships. For information on requirements and to apply for the scholarship, please click here.
Dr. Jim Steenburgh was featured in Salt Lake Magazine's "Faces" section on February 25, 2014. Professor Steenburgh is known for his mountain meteorology research on and off the slopes. Read the full article here.
Professor John Horel, Undergrad Brian Blaylock, and Program Manager Nola Lucke visited Neil Armstrong STEM Academy in the Granite School district. The school will be installing a state-of-the-art weather station later this year from donations by local businesses and parents. Please view the video below for more information about their visit.
The Argentine Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, together with the president of the Argentine Chamber of Congress, Julián Domínguez, the National Director of International Relations, Agueda Menvielle, and National Congresswoman, Graciela Giannettasio, presented the "RAICES" award to 12 scientists in a ceremony in Buenos Aires. The 2013 award in atmospheric sciences went to Julia Nogues-Paegle, Professor Emerita of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah.
New Post Doctoral Research Associate, Logan Mitchell, was recently published in Science Magazine. Logan is working with Professor John Lin, as a member of the Land-Atmosphere Interactions Research Group. For more information and to read the full article, please click here.
This photo of PhD Candidate Leah Campbell shows her releasing a weather balloon during a field program in upstate New York. Several students are with Professor Jim Steenburgh on the field project on the Tug Hill Plateau, near Syracuse. The Ontario Winter Lake-Effect Systems project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is giving our students a chance to learn more about snow than they ever could in a classroom. To follow the group's research and adventures, please read the Wasatch Weather Weenies blog, created and maintained by Professor Steenburgh. Local news outlet, Time Warner Cable News, recently published a story about the OWLeS field project. View the video here.
Associate Professor Timothy Garrett was interviewed for the University of Utah's Continuum magazine. The article details how Dr. Garrett's interest in snowflake formation began and where that led his research. To learn more about Dr. Garrett and the Multi Angle Snowflake Camera, click here.
BS candidate and senior in Atmospheric Sciences Brian Blaylock created the video above, documenting the Mountain Meteorology group's experience with the downslope windstorm on November 22, 2013. The video was shot on the Bountiful Bench and shows members of the Mountain Meteorology group releasing weather balloons into the windstorm.
Associate Professor Timothy Garrett, Cale Fallgatter, and Konstantin Shkurao are part of the Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera (MASC) team pioneering research in snow forecasting. Stephanie Nitsch from the Utah Adventure Journal recently published an article about their research and findings. Read the full article here.
Prof. Dave Whiteman and renowned mountain climber Rolando Garibotti of Chaltén, Argentina have written an article published in the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The above BAMS cover photo illustrates the phenomenon introduced in the article -- heavy rime accumulation on mountains in the form of 'rime mushrooms'. These 'mushrooms' occur in certain mountain areas of the world, have never been investigated scientifically and are largely unknown to meteorologists. The article, illustrated with spectacular photos provided by extreme mountain climbers, looks at the geographic distribution of the phenomenon and suggests how they are formed and maintained. The article, which can be read athttp://journals.ametsoc.org/toc/bams/94/9, also describes their effects on mountaineering.
Atmospheric Sciences students don't just study. They also get out and enjoy the many recreational opportunities the surrounding mountains provide. MS student Carolyn Stwertka was photographed in Little Cottonwood Canyon by Tobias MacPhee. Read more about the photo on Backcountry Magazine's website here.