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February 2001

More accolades from the AMS

In addition to Jim Hurrell's Meisinger Award (see the January Staff Notes Monthly), several other UCAR and NCAR staff were honored at the 81st annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 14–19 January.

Rit Carbone. (Photos by Carlye Calvin.)

Rit Carbone, a senior scientist in MMM, accepted the Cleveland Abbe Award, given to an individual for distinguished service furthering the atmospheric sciences or their application to general, social, economic, or humanitarian welfare. Rit, who has been with NCAR since 1976, received the award "for building consensus in the weather research community on problems of major national and international importance, and for fostering the conduct of collaborative and coordinated weather research."

Rit was a pioneer in the creation of advanced atmospheric observing systems and has made major contributions to the understanding of stormy weather. As lead scientist (1994–99) for the U.S. Weather Research Program, he led the U.S. efforts to improve prediction of disruptive weather and to understand its impacts. He also developed and currently leads the World Weather Research Programme, aimed at improving prediction of and societal response to high-impact weather. Rit's most recent work includes the search for broad-scale connections among thunderstorms to help better predict the multiday rainfall episodes that drench the heartland of North America each summer. Rit received his bachelor's degree in meteorology and oceanography at New York University and completed his master's degree at the University of Chicago. He has written more than 100 journal papers, articles, and books on a wide array of topics.

Another major honor, the Jule G. Charney Award, went to a UCAR staffer stationed at the Naval Research Laboratory, in a Navy-funded position supported through the Visiting Scientist Programs. Roger Daley holds the title of UCAR Distinguished Senior Scientist in VSP. The Charney Award is given for "highly significant research and development in data assimilation, modeling, and numerical weather prediction." Roger began his career as a weather forecaster at the Canadian Meteorological Service and was an NCAR scientist from 1978 to 1985. His work in developing new operational models and algorithms used in the models has earned him several awards, including the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society President's Prize. A native of Purley, England, Roger began his VSP position at the Naval Research Lab in 1995. Eight of the 100 or so people supported by VSP, including another distinguished senior scientist—Andrew Bennett—are stationed at NRL or at the Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Command, which is collocated with NRL in Monterey, California.

Rod Frehlich.

Rod Frehlich (RAP) received the Editor's Award for exceptional efforts as a scientific reviewer for the Journal of Applied Meteorology, one of nine AMS journals. An NCAR scientist since 1995, Rod develops lidar- and radar-based techniques for detecting severe turbulence that affects commercial aircraft. Following undergraduate study at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Frehlich earned his doctorate in applied physics at the University of California in San Diego.

Also in Albuquerque, several staff members were recognized as new AMS Fellows. These include NCAR senior scientists Rick Katz (ESIG), Tom Wigley (CGD), and Jim Wilson (RAP), as well as the directors of two UCAR programs: Dave Fulker (Unidata) and Tim Spangler (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training).


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