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VP for Research Named 2014 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Norman, Okla.—Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president for research on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus and Regents’ Professor of Meteorology, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“This action confirms that Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier is one of the outstanding scientists in the nation,” said OU President David L. Boren. “OU is indeed fortunate to have him as a faculty member and as a leader of our university’s scientific community.”
Droegemeier was elected as a Fellow in recognition of leadership efforts at the national and international arenas to develop unique partnerships in the atmospheric sciences across academia, government and industry.

“I am deeply touched by this recognition and am extremely grateful to the many individuals throughout my career who have mentored, supported and inspired me,” said Droegemeier.

Now in his 30th year at the University, Droegemeier serves as the vice chairman of the National Science Board. President George W. Bush first appointed Droegemeier to the Board in 2004, and President Barack H. Obama re-appointed him in 2011. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Droegemeier to the Governor’s Science and Technology Council in 2011 and as chair of the sub-committee on academic Science and Technology.

Droegemeier also has served as a board member of Oak Ridge Associated Universities Council on Governmental Relations, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Southeastern Universities Research Association, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America.

The rank of Fellow designates individuals whose efforts toward advancing science applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the Fellows Forum of the American Association for the Advancement of Science during the annual meeting in San Jose, Calif.

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship for PhD Students

We are pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship.  The fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer.  Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $38,000 for the year-long fellowship and up to a $12,000 tuition allowance.

Fellowship applicants should be in the second or third year of their PhD program and engaged in research that can take advantage of the Blue Waters supercomputer.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or landed immigrants.  The application deadline is February 4, 2015. 

More information about the fellowship can be found at:

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program. The scholarship includes support for two years of undergraduate study and a paid summer internship at a NOAA facility across the country.
For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit our web site:

• Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship:

o Application Deadline:  January 30, 2015

Eligibility Requirements:

• US Citizen
• 3.0 GPA
• Full-time second year student at an accredited four-year undergraduate program or third year student at a five-year undergraduate program
• Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including but not limited to: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.

For further information, contact the Office of Education Scholarship Programs at: or (301) 628-2913.

Congratulations Dr. Petra Klein!

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Dr. Petra Klein, Associate Professor of the School of Meteorology, was elected to serve on the UCAR Board of Trustees for a 3-year term starting in January 2015.

Congratulations Dr. Frederick Carr - AMS President

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Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Frederick Carr, McCasland Foundation Professor of Meteorology, who has been elected President of the American Meteorological Society for 2015-2018. Dr. Carr has been educating students at OU since 1979 and is a founding contributor to the COMET program, among numerous honors and experiences. He joins an elite list of past-Presidents and will serve as the third School of Meteorology faculty member to be elected AMS President (Dr. Jeff Kimpel and Dr. Elbert “Joe” Friday).

Congratulations Dr. Carr!

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