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February 2004

Staffers win AMS awards

The American Meteorological Society selected Rich Rotunno (MMM), Peggy LeMone (MMM), and Andrew Gettelman (ACD) as 2004 award recipients. COMET also won an award. The honors were given on January 14 in Seattle during the 84th AMS annual meeting.

Jule G. Charney Award

Rich Rotunno 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.” Rich’s 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

Peggy Lemone 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.”

Peggy 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. In addition to her work with MMM, she serves as the chief scientist of GLOBE, the international education and science program that is based at UCAR.

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

Andrew Gettleman won the Editor’s Award from the AMS Journal of Atmospheric Sciences for his “thoughtful, detailed, and constructive reviews of papers on convective mixing and stratosphere- troposphere exchange processes.”

Andrew’s research focuses on the radiation and chemical balance of the tropical atmosphere and how these processes affect global climate and the ozone layer.

Battan Award in K–12 Category

COMET 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.

•Nicole Gordon

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