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Xu Lu wins AMS Travel Award!

Xu Lu, a graduate student from the MAP (Multiscale data Assimilation and Predictability) group in the School of Meteorology, has received an AMS travel award! He will travel to the 21st Annual AMS Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). Student awards were given on the basis of best abstract or oral presentation. The conference is part of the American Meteorological Society’s 97th Annual Meeting, which will take place in Seattle, Washington January 22-26, 2017. More information on the conference can be found here:

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School of Meteorology Professor Elinor Martin wins Dean’s Award for excellence in teaching

The School of Meteorology would like to congratulate Dr. Elinor Martin for winning the Dean’s award for excellence in teaching from the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences!

Dr. Martin is the first recipient of this award, and we are proud to congratulate her!

The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is given to a faculty member with exemplary dedication to students, teaching, and the scholarship of teaching.  The faculty member will be recognized for dedication to the scholarship of teaching and the willingness to share this knowledge with others.  In doing so this faculty member not only demonstrates an excellence in teaching, but also helps others become more effective teachers.

In a statment from Dean Berrien Moore II, he had this to say:

“Dr. Martin is recognized for her accomplishments as an outstanding teacher, particularly at this early stage in her career.  Dr. Martin joined the OU faculty in academic year 2014-2015 and has since “stepped up” and taught above the expected teaching load for SoM active research faculty.  She taught the required METR 2013: Intro I class for sophomores which is notoriously difficult for students and faculty, redesigned and taught a graduate course in climate dynamics, and team-taught a multi-disciplinary class with AGS colleagues.  Dr. Martin uses novel and effective teaching methods always seeking to engage students through many different approaches including semester-long projects, video lectures, and in-class group assignments.  Dr. Martin has received outstanding student evaluation scores.  Student comments sought in support of her nomination for the Excellence in Teaching award included, “Dr. Martin is Awesome!!!!”, “I support Dr. Martin as the best teacher!”, and “Dr. Martin’s ability to connect and interact with students of all levels makes her one of the best professors from whom I have learned.”  In fact, while only two letters from students were required in the nomination packet, more than 25 positive, enthusiastic responses were received. 

Dr. Martin consistently assists other SoM faculty including those who seek her out to learn about her teaching approaches in order to use in use them in their own courses.  In the Fall 2015 semester, she assisted Dr. Biggerstaff, who was away conducting field work, by teaching a section of METR 2013 for several weeks.  After Dr. Biggerstaff’ s return, Dr. Martin continued to stay in close contact with the students supporting their efforts even though they were not in her class.

In addition to her outstanding teaching, Dr. Martin is the Coordinator of the OU-Reading Exchange Program, advises a large number of undergraduate students, and serves as adviser to three graduate students.  She participates in many university programs including Adopt-A-Prof and OU Faculty Allies.  She is actively involved in research serving as Co-PI on numerous active awards, and submitting proposals seeking external funding as PI. 

Dr. Martin’s dedication to and excellence in teaching, leadership, and service make her most deserving of the 2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.”

She will also receive a $1,500 cash prize, an appropriate certificate with a citation, and permanent recognition on plaques located outside the A&GS Dean’s Office (NWC suite 3630), as well as recognition at various college functions.

We stopped by to talk with Dr. Martin about the award, you can view the video here: “

Elinor Martin is an assistant professor in the School of Meteorology. She has a bachelors of Science in Meteorology with a year at the University of Oklahoma and the rest at the University of Reading. She has a Master’s in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. She also has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas A&M University.

3 AMS Presidents come together to celebrate AGS birthday

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Recently, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding and 3 AMS Presidents come together to celebrate it. Dr. James F. (Jeff) Kimpel and Dr. Elbert W. (Joe) Friday served as President of the American Meteorological Society in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and Dr. Frederick H. (Fred) Carr is the sitting president. Between them, these men have over a century of meteorological experience. In addition to President, they have also held titles such as Provost, Colonel, Director, Dean, Professor, Commissioner, and many others. They have all given many years of exemplary service to their country, the University of Oklahoma, and the School of Meteorology. We are thankful to Michael Eilts for managing to capture so much greatness in one picture, and to these three men for taking time to celebrate the hard work of all those who come together to make A&GS excellent! Here’s to the next ten years!

School of Meteorology Professor Dr. Jason Furtado Featured in Associated Press Article

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School of Meteorology Professor Dr. Jason Furtado was featured in an article that was published by the Associated Press, called “Earth’s 16-month record heat streak ends but warming remains”. You can read the article at:

Furtado, who was trained as an expert witness by the National Science Foundation, spoke to the fact that global climate change is contributing to heat records. We encourage all of our students and prospective students to read the articles our faculty members contribute to in order to learn the best ways of communicating scientific principles

Jason Furtado is an Assistant Professor in the School of Meteorology. Jason has a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Mathematics from Lyndon State College, a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. worked focused on quantifying uncertainties in Pacific decadal climate variability and working toward a new paradigm of understanding Pacific climate using multiple modes of oceanic and atmospheric variability.

Chilson and team represent OU at 10th Annual Aviation Festival

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The School of Meteorology was well represented at the 10th Annual Aviation Festival October 1! This event was held at the Max Westheimer Airport and drew about 3000 visitors. The School’s UAV Research team, led by Dr. Phillip Chilson, showcased the small UAS (unmanned aircraft system) platforms being used in weather research.

Shown in the pictures from left to right are Santiago Mazuera (Aerospace Engineering undergrad) along with School of Meteorology undergrads on the team: Austin Dixon, Dan Cornish, Erin Burns, and Tyler Wawrzyniak. 

Senator Inhofe (R-OK), stopped by to speak with the team and was duly impressed with their work.

Phillip Chilson is a professor in the School of Meteorology. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Clemson University. He also has a Master in Physics from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Physics from Clemson University.

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