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1999-5 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 1999

NCAR Scientist Receives 1999 Meisinger Award from American Meteorological Society

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BOULDER -- The 1999 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, one of the highest accolades given by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), has been awarded to Clara Deser, a climate dynamicist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). According to the AMS award committee, the Meisinger Award is given to young, promising atmospheric scientists who have recently shown outstanding ability. In particular, the annual award acknowledges an individual whose research achievement "is at least in part aerological [pertaining to all levels of the atmosphere] in character and concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motions on all scales." The award was presented January 13 during a ceremony at the 79th annual AMS meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Deser joined the scientific staff of NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) in 1997. According to Maurice Blackmon, CGD director, "Deser has written several papers that have had a major impact on climate research, and the Meisinger Award is confirmation that the community recognizes the quality and importance of her work." The AMS cited her "for insightful and dynamically informed analyses of climate variability on time scales ranging from days to decades." In her research she examines historical observations of air-sea-ice interactions, upper-ocean dynamics, the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon, and other features of global climate to learn more about the interrelationships among phenomena and about climate variability on several time scales.

A native of Newton, Massachusetts, Deser earned a bachelor of science degree in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington in 1989. Before joining the NCAR staff, she was a research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has served as an adviser to students at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and is currently advising a postdoctoral fellow at NCAR.

Deser has served on numerous scientific committees, including those of the National Research Council and the AMS. The Journal of Climate presented Deser with its Editor's Award in 1996. NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

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NCAR climatologist Clara Deser has won the 1999 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society.

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