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School of Meteorology launches I’M Meteorology campaign

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The School of Meteorology is launching a campaign called Inclusivity in Meteorology (I’M OU Meteorology) to help us celebrate the accomplishments and diversity of our community. One aspect of our campaign is to create a series of images that can be used on the School’s website, the monitors around the NWC, our social media and other outlets. This is a sample image. If you have an accomplishment to share or just want to celebrate that you are a part of Meteorology at OU, please contact Shelby Hill at sheill@ou.edu. Since the existence of underrepresented groups is well-documented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, we welcome everyone to participate and want to create an environment where new and prospective students feel welcome and supported.

The series of images is just the start. I’M Meteorology is more than poster images and social media. Instead, we hope that these images are the start of a campaign that will help us reach our critical goal of providing a more inclusive environment for all of our students, staff, faculty members, and affiliates. We want to make sure that everyone has an excellent and productive environment for their work, education, and research, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, gender identity, economic background, or differing ability. So if you identify as someone who is underrepresented in this field or want to help us work towards a more inclusive environment, we invite you to join our I’M Meteorology campaign.


School of Meteorology Professor Alan Shapiro awarded grant from NSF

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The School of Meteorology congratulates Professor Alan Shapiro for receiving a grant form the National Science Foundation for his proposal “Improving vertical velocity retrievals from Doppler radar observations of convection”

The proposal to the National Science Foundation was just awarded to be funded for 3 years starting January 1, 2017. The Project will be led by Prof. Alan Shapiro (PI) and Dr. Corey Potvin (Co-PI).

The project will address two longstanding challenges in radar, mesoscale, and hydrometeorology: (1) mitigating the effects of non-simultaneous data collection on radar data-based analysis products, and (2) improving estimates of the vertical velocity (w) field in dual-Doppler wind analyses.

Alan Shapiro is the American Airlines Professor and President’s Associates Presidential Professor for the School of Meteorology. He has a Bachelors in Science from Cornell University. He has a Master’s and Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University. A list of his Publications can be found here: http://weather.ou.edu/~ashapiro/ShapiroRefereedPublications.pdf


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.


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