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Who are the SOARS proteges for 1996?


Clockwise from left: Christopher Castro, Carl Etsitty, Stephanie Rivale, Preston Heard, Lacey Holland, Quindi Franco, Jennifer Price, Kiesha Stevens, Paneen Petersen, Karen Mozealous, Jazmin Diaz-Lopez, and Jennifer Zabel.

Christopher Castro

  • Pennsylvania State University, atmospheric science
  • Scientific and community mentors: Tomislava Vukicevic, Stephen Sadler
  • 1996 project: Sensitivity of computer-generated forecasts to input parameters

    "In a special course sponsored by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, it was my responsibility to make a climate change projection for Lancaster County [Pennsylvania] and determine how that change might adversely affect agricultural production and water supply. Through my research efforts on this project, I found that atmospheric science is a very meaningful pursuit that has large implications for the rest of society. Society will require answers, and I want to contribute toward those answers."

    Jazmin Diaz-Lopez

  • Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico, environmental science
  • Scientific and community mentors: Elisabeth Holland, Cheryl Cristanelli
  • 1996 project: Examination of nitrogen oxide cycle

    "My objective is to do experimental research related to human interactions with the environment and to work with the factors that affect a population in its environment. I have participated in beach clean-ups and other activities sponsored by CHELONIA, an organization that helps improve our quality of life and preserve the environment. I really want to have the opportunity to do experimental research."

    Carl Etsitty

  • University of Arizona, environmental science (Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science master's degree program, beginning fall 1996)
  • Scientific and community mentors: Lee Klinger, Harriet Barker
  • 1996 project: Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Project

    "My interest in environmental science is due to the growing problems on Indian reservations with unprotected landfills, depletion of vegetation, and poor development of livestock. I want to use my career to expand the knowledge of these problems with the assistance of colleagues. I envision myself working on the use of indigenous or genetically altered microorganisms for remediation of exhausted soils. Once the problems are rectified, I will communicate to my fellow Native Americans that there are solutions to their predicaments."

    Quindi Franco

  • Harvard University, science and technology policy
  • Scientific and community mentors: Roger Pielke, Jr.; Janine Goldstein
  • 1996 project: Improving the connection of research to decision makers

    "I am interested in the role of research and communication in decision- and policy-making processes. There must be a way to

    incorporate our scientific and social understanding of the natural world, and our interactions with it, to make better decisions and choices. That is what I want to learn to do."

    Preston Heard

  • Jackson State University, meteorology and mathematics
  • Scientific and community mentors: Ed Brandes/Jim Wilson, Bob Roesch
  • 1996 project: Radar hydrology

    "I am interested in the atmospheric sciences because they provide the multidisciplinary skill essential to understanding natural phenomena and their interactions. My desire is to build upon my foundation by learning new skills and mastering new responsibilities through hands-on experience."

    Lacey Holland

  • University of Oklahoma, meteorology
  • Scientific and community mentors: Maura Hagan, Susan Montgomery-Hodge
  • 1996 project: Upper atmosphere research

    "I would love research as a career. Although the competition for grants and funding may be rough, I aspire to meet it head on. After all, it is only through basic research that we make new discoveries and use the resulting conclusions to make technological advancements in the way we, as a nation, live. I think I would enjoy improving atmospheric models, finding novel ways to increase the accuracy and speed of communication between observation sites, or perhaps even creating and/or researching a new area of study. I would find it a privilege to be the first to 'conquer' undiscovered areas of science."

    Karen Mozealous

  • University of Virginia, environmental engineering
  • Scientific and community mentors: Steven T. Massie, Ann-Elizabeth Nash
  • 1996 project: Analysis of Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) data

    "The condition of the ozone layer, highly publicized oil spills, a potential lack of energy sources, and the 'brown cloud' that often hovers over the city of Denver are some of the reasons I am concerned about the environment. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to help solve the environment's problems. When it came down to choosing a college major and career path, I decided to work toward this goal. Environmental engineering seemed to provide a very practical way to accomplish this."

    Paneen Peterson

  • University of Alaska, archaeology
  • Scientific and community mentors: Starley Thompson/Ben Felzer, Nancy Norris
  • 1996 project: Climate change research

    "I am particularly interested in learning about the environmental sciences and global change issues, as well as having the opportunity to develop research connections within those fields. The human dimension must be an integral part of any future environmental model. Humans not only respond to their environment but deeply affect it. Also, humans have been consistently enigmatic to me, and that keeps me enthralled with anthropology. I am eager to be involved in research that bridges traditional discplines."

    Jennifer Price

  • Florida A&M University, environmental engineering
  • Scientific and community mentors: Elliot Atlas, Pat Baker
  • 1996 project: Trace-gas chemistry

    "In the summer of 1995, I was given the opportunity to participate in the SEP program [with Jim Hurrell as adviser]. I spent the entire summer creating a seasonal index of the North Atlantic Oscillation from monthly sea-level pressure data. My interest in atmospheric science grew tremendously during those ten weeks. I have also given much thought to the area of environmental law and protection. I am now well aware of the broad scope of professional fields that atmospheric science can encompass."

    Stephanie Rivale

  • University of Rochester, chemical engineering
  • Scientific and community mentors: Sasha Madronich, Pat Baker
  • 1996 project: Modeling of tropospheric chemistry and ultraviolet radiation

    "My academic interests lie in two distinct and very different fields within my major, biomedical and environmental engineering. Last summer, I completed substantial literature research on the current status of tissue engineering and completed a scientific paper and presentation giving an overview of this field. In environmental science, stratospheric ozone depletion is the topic that most interests me. Prior to entering graduate school, I plan to enter the Peace Corps for at least two years, as an opportunity for me to apply my engineering skills while contributing to those who are less fortunate."

    Kiesha Stevens

  • Clark Atlanta University, physics
  • Scientific and community mentors: Scott Doney, Sandra Henry
  • 1996 project: Exploration of the iron fertilization hypothesis

    "I worked at the National Weather Service station in Peachtree City, Georgia, during the summer of 1995 for ten weeks as an intern. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience because of the interdisciplinary nature of this field, for I not only made use of skills I had learned in physics, but also in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science. I also welcomed the opportunity because I was able to work with professionals in several different disciplines. I plan to attend graduate school, pursue a Ph.D. in either physics or atmospheric science, and thereafter seek a career as a research scientist."

    Jennifer Zabel

  • Weber State University, environmental engineering
  • Scientific and community mentors: Dan Gablehouse, Susan Friberg
  • 1996 project: Planning and scheduling of UARS/Solstice

    "In the future I want to become an environmental scientist. I enjoy the challenge of solving many different problems in the natural sciences. I grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. When we needed food, my mom and dad would go hunting and bring home a deer or antelope. When we were thirsty or needed to wash, water was hauled from the spring down the hill. And when we needed shelter, my mother and father built us a home from logs harvested from the mountains. Mother Earth has always provided the essentials to sustain my life. I want to ensure that she will continue to do so."

    Note: A 13th SOARS student, Janel Cobb, is spending the summer at the Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Atmospheres in Washington, D.C. A master's degree student at Howard University, Janel will begin her Ph.D. studies in meteorology at Colorado State University this fall under SOARS sponsorship. Janel is a former SEP student who worked with Bill Randel on atmospheric chemical cycles and general circulation of the stratosphere.

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