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Upcoming Events:
Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Student Defense
Monday, April 28, 2014
Room 110 INSCC
Speaker: Jessica Liptak, PhD Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah
Title: "A Modeling Investigation of the Arctic Sea Ice-Atmosphere Feedback"

Department News:

Professor Courtenay Strong was awarded the 2013-2014 University Early Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah. This prestigious award is given to outstanding faculty within their first eight years of teaching at the U. Professor Strong is one of 50 total winners of the award since its inception 15 years ago. Our congratulations go out to Court on this momentous occasion!

MS Candidate Ian Glenn will be receiving the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the College of Mines and Earth Sciences for the 2013-2014 academic year.  He was nominated by students in our Department and chosen by the College of Mines and Earth Sciences Teaching Awards committee.  He will be formally recognized at Convocation in May. The entire department would like to congratulate Ian for his accomplishment.

The Ute Weather Center, run by students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, was featured in the 2014 "Student Innovation Report" for their work forecasting for campus and surrounding areas. The Ute Weather Center gives students a chance to gain additional hands-on experience forecasting in real-time for a real audience. Their forecasts currently serve the U of U campus and the routes leading to campus. Please see page 13 of this report for more information.

The Mountain Meteorology group has purchased a TurboAce Matrix Quadcopter with the intent of using it as an instrumented device to collect vertical profiles of the lower atmosphere. In addition, a GoPro camera is installed on the copter for in-flight video recording. This could have tremendous benefits for sampling during winter persistent cold air pool events and other phenomena. Graduate students in the Environmental Instrumentation class are currently testing the maneuvering capabilities of the quadcopter as well as designing methods to mount atmospheric instrumentation. The following video is from the GoPro camera during one of the initial test flights that took place outside of the William Browning Building on March 12, 2014.

Dr. John Lin and graduate student Derek Mallia (Atmospheric Sciences) collaborated with Stephen Good and Gabe Bowen from the Department of Geology and Geophysics to investigate Superstorm Sandy at a new level. Using samples of rain water and computer modeling, the team was able to discover more information about the superstorm. Read the press release here and the full paper here.

Dr. John Horel spoke to Chau Tu of "Science Friday" about the inversion problem in the Salt Lake Valley. To read Dr. Horel's thoughts on the situation, read the full article 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.

Last Updated: 4/18/14