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2004-2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2004

NCAR Scientists, UCAR Program Awarded by the American Meteorological Society


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER — The American Meteorological Society has selected Richard Rotunno, Margaret LeMone, and Andrew Gettelman, all scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), as 2004 award recipients. The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology Education and Training (COMET), a program of the UCAR Office of Programs, is also an award recipient. The AMS will present the awards on Wednesday, January 14, in Seattle during its 84th annual meeting.

Jule G. Charney Award

Senior scientist Richard Rotunno has won the Jule G. Charney Award “for highly significant, scholarly contributions to understanding the dynamics that govern a wide spectrum of mesoscale phenomena and processes.” Rotunno holds a Ph.D. in geophysical fluid dynamics from Princeton University. His research focuses on mesoscale phenomena such as tornadoes, squall lines, and gust fronts.

The AMS gives the Charney Award to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. It is named in honor of Jule Charney, who played a major role in establishing the theoretical framework on which numerical weather prediction is based.

Charles E. Anderson Award

Senior scientist Margaret “Peggy” LeMone has won the Charles E. Anderson Award “for joyfully sharing her understanding of meteorology through publications and individual mentoring, and inspiring people of all ages with her journey as a woman of science.”

LeMone is an observational meteorologist who studies the behavior of large storm systems and researches different aspects of the lowest kilometer of the atmosphere, called the planetary boundary layer. She holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. LeMone also serves as the chief scientist of GLOBE, an international education and science program.

The AMS gives the Charles E. Anderson Award to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the promotion of educational outreach, educational service, and diversity in the AMS and broader communities.

Editor’s Award

The Editor's Award from the AMS Journal of Atmospheric Sciences has been awarded to scientist Andrew Gettelman for his “thoughtful, detailed, and constructive reviews of papers on convective mixing and stratosphere-troposphere exchange processes.”

Gettelman’s research focuses on the radiation and chemical balance of the tropical atmosphere and how these processes affect global climate and the ozone layer. He holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.

Battan Award in K-12 Category

COMET has won the Battan Award in K-12 Category for the development of Hurricane Strike!, “an immersive, highly interactive and entertaining educational resource for teaching hurricane science and safety with creative use of multimedia and exceptional meteorological quality.”

The award, which is being presented for the first time this year, recognizes authors of outstanding, newly published learning materials or books that foster the understanding of atmospheric and related sciences in K–12 audiences.

Hurricane Strike! is a multimedia package aimed at middle school students that conveys basic concepts of atmospheric science, climate, and geography related to hurricanes, as well as key safety and preparedness skills. The learner is a virtual houseguest of the imaginary Castillo family in Florida. Photos, sounds, animations, and reports take the learner through the course of a seven-day hurricane threat.

The AMS is the nation's leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences. Founded in 1919, the organization promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education programs across the country. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a consortium of 68 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under primary sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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