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Undergraduate Leads National Weather Center Team at AMS - Awarded Best Student Poster

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The award-winning poster was presented at the 5th Symposium on Advances on Modeling and Analysis Using Python at the American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting. The team was composed of Kelton Halbert and Greg Blumberg both of the School of Meteorology and Patrick Marsh of NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this award is that Kelton is a sophomore, while most of the other posters were presented by MS and PhD students.  The poster was entitled SHARpy: Fueling the Python Cult and described a comprehensive, cross-platform upper air sounding analysis package developed from a Python-based rewrite of the Storm Prediction Center Skew-T and Hodograph Analysis and Research Program (SHARP). Kelton volunteers for the Oklahoma Weather Laboratory and works supporting research within the Antarctic and Arctic Research Group (AAARG).

Graduate student Phillip Stepanian named Marshall Scholar

I am pleased to say that one of our PhD students in the School, Phillip Stepanian, was awarded and accepted a Marshall post-graduate Fellowship. The support from the Fellowship will allow Phillip to conduct biological radar research in the United Kingdom after completing his doctoral studies. Marshall Fellowships are prestigious and post-doctoral Fellowships are particularly competitive as they cut across all disciplines and awards are typically limited to one award per year for post-doctoral researchers across the US.  I looked over the award winners of the past 15 years and Phillip appears to be the first atmospheric scientist to be awarded this honor in that time frame.

The text below describes the criteria….

“In appointing Fellows, the selectors will look for distinction of intellect and character as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements. Candidates, who will be expected to pursue high level research during their Fellowship, should demonstrate an outward-looking disposition, good communications skills and the potential to promote British-American understanding. Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the United Kingdom university or research institute to which they go, and to those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.”

Please join me in congratulating Phillip. We are honored to have him as a student here in our School.    Dr. David B. Parsons, Director, School of Meteorology

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.

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