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School of Meteorology Congratulates Professor William Beasley on his Retirement

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The School of Meteorology congratulates Professor William Beasley on his retirement!

Dr. Beasley started at OU as CAPS deputy director in 1989, served as Director of the SoM from 1991-1996, and was a professor in the school until his retirement.

His research mostly focused on lightning, and he taught classes like Atmospheric Electrodynamics, Cloud and Precipitation Physics, Remote Sensing, Physical Meteorology, Severe and Unusual Weather, and even Intro to Meteorology and Intro to Weather and Climate.

Dean Moore of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences also had this to say about his retirement:

“In thinking about the retirement of so many highly distinguished faculty this year from the School of Meteorology, I am led to reflecting upon the phrase, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” Of particular relevance, is the subsequent phrase, “A time to plant, a time to reap.” Our colleagues have given us so many years of abundant harvest with the graduates from our undergraduate and graduate programs; from extensive and important research programs and papers, and from decades of service to the School, the College, the University, the nation and the planet. We shall have to plant many potent, vigorous seeds to insure sustenance in the future. Our deepest thanks to each of our retirees.”

The School Thanks Professor Beasley for everything he has done for the School and wishes him a happy retirement!


School of Meteorology Congratulates Professor Jerry Straka on his Retirement

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The School of Meteorology Congratulates Professor Jerry Straka on his retirement!

Professor Straka has been with the School of Meteorology for 26 years. He joined the School of Meteorology Family on August 16, 1990.

He taught many different courses here, including Orientation to the Professional Meteorology (Freshman Level), Measurements, Radiation, and Thermodynamics. (All junior level courses)

His main areas of research were works with his wife, Katharine Kanak (tornadoes, microphysics, and mammatus clouds), Paul Markowski (tornadoes and severe storms), Dusan Zrnic (Polarimetric radar),  Robert Davis-Jones (VORTEX field program as well as tornadoes and supercells, severe storms), Lance Leslie (with Alex Fierro; boundary-crossing supercell, hurricanes and tropical squall-lines), Erik Rasmussen (VORTEX I and II, Sub-VORTEX field programs as well as tornadoes and severe storms), and Don MacGorman/Ted Mansell/Conrad Ziegler (TELEX field program as well as Lightning/Microphysics).

He also would like to make special acknowledgments to the following Professors for mentoring him when he first arrived:  Claude D., Kelvin D., Doug L., Tzvi G., and Deans Jeff Kimpel and John Snow

Dean Moore of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences also had this to say about his retirement:

“In thinking about the retirement of so many highly distinguished faculty this year from the School of Meteorology, I am led to reflecting upon the phrase, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” Of particular relevance, is the subsequent phrase, “A time to plant, a time to reap.” Our colleagues have given us so many years of abundant harvest with the graduates from our undergraduate and graduate programs; from extensive and important research programs and papers, and from decades of service to the School, the College, the University, the nation and the planet. We shall have to plant many potent, vigorous seeds to insure sustenance in the future. Our deepest thanks to each of our retirees.”

The School Thanks Professor Straka for everything he has done for the School and wishes him a happy retirement!

 

 


 


School of Meteorology Professor Xuguang Wang to give Keynote Talk in Beijing

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School of Meteorology Professor Dr. Xuguang Wang has been invited to give a keynote talk at the 7th International Conference on Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate change in Beijing, China. The title of her talk is GSI-based hybrid ensemble-variational data assimilation for global, hurricane and storm scale numerical weather prediction.

The conference aims to bring global Chinese professionals on ocean and atmosphere science and technology to exchange ideas and experiences in the practical application of innovative sciences and technologies related to ocean and weather observing and forecasting systems, climate change, and global warming. The conference is the premier platform for experts from all over the world to explore new technologies, inspire new strategies, and identify opportunities for future collaborations with their peers. It is also a means for senior scientists and engineers to provide helpful information for younger ones to stimulate the knowledge transfer from generation to generation.

The website for the conference can be found here: http://www.coaaweb.org/COAA2016/

Dr. Xuguang Wang is an Associate Professor in the School of Meteorology and also the Presidential Research Professor.


School of Meteorology Student Ben Toms Receives Honorable Mention at National Conference

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The School of Meteorology Congratulates Benjamin Toms for Receiving an Honorable Mention on his poster at the 3rd Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences.

His poster was titled “Impacts of Climate Change on Wildfire Dispersion in the Intermountain West”, and was part of research he conducted in the Spring of 2016.

The 32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. The Conference was held June 20-24, 2016 in Salt Lake City. 

Click the image to the right for a larger version of Ben’s Poster.


School of Meteorology Professor Jeff Basara featured on NPR and MPR

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School of Meteorology Professor Jeff Basara was featured on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, which was later broadcasted on National Public Radio.

The story talks about how places in Minnesota with more corn crops today than 150 years ago are experiencing higher dewpoint temperatures.

Read and listen to the full interview here: http://kuow.org/post/feeling-sweaty-minnesota-blame-corn

Jeff Basara is an Associate Professor in the School of Meteorology. See his Faculty Profile Video here: https://youtu.be/90U3ZAp6Fn4


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