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Peggy LeMone

Peggy LeMone, a senior scientist in MMM, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded engineers and other technical specialists, recognizing those who demonstrate "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology." She will be inducted during a ceremony at the next annual NAE meeting in Washington, D.C., on 7 October.

Peggy is one of 46 women inducted into the 1,893-member academy since its creation in 1964. Her election recognizes her "for advances in understanding the dynamics of the planetary boundary layer and its role in the predictability of atmospheric processes."

Peggy earned her doctorate in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington and came to NCAR as a postdoctoral researcher in 1972. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and has served on research committees and advisory boards for those organizations as well as the National Research Council (NRC). She received the AMS Editor's Award of theJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences (JAS) in 1989. Peggy earned the 1995 NCAR Education Award in recognition of her efforts toward bringing atmospheric science to K-12 students.

The NAE's award letter arrived deep inside a large box with several books. Once she realized it was the election announcement, Peggy was "completely surprised. It's quite an honor."

Chin-Hoh Moeng

Another senior scientist in MMM, Chin-Hoh Moeng, has received the 1997 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award of the AMS. The honor is presented each year to 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 motion on all scales." Chin-Hoh received the award at the banquet of the 77th annual AMS meeting, held last month in Long Beach, California.

A scientist at NCAR since 1982, Chin-Hoh completed her doctorate in atmospheric sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1979. She was cited by the AMS "for application of large-eddy simulation for increased understanding of turbulence and boundary layer clouds."

Chin-Hoh has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles. She received the 1989 NCAR Outstanding Publication Award and the 1993 AMS Editor's Award of JAS. Chin-Hoh was a visiting lecturer at Colorado State University in 1994 and has served on many Ph.D. thesis committees at several universities.

Walt Dabberdt

Also at the AMS banquet, NCAR associate director Walt Dabberdt received the Editor's Award of the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. The award was given for Walt's "consistently constructive and fair reviews" for JAOT. He has served as the journal's associate editor since 1993.

Before taking on the associate director's post in 1995, Walt managed ATD's Surface and Sounding Systems Facility for eight years. Walt earned his doctoral degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. He was associate director of SRI International's Atmospheric Science Center and head of its Environmental Meteorology Program between 1970 and 1985. Walt has served on many NRC, AMS, and other research committees dealing with air pollution and meteorological sensing. He has written 50 refereed publications as well as two weather-related books for lay audiences.

The storms finally arrived after a few nervous weeks for FASTEX, the Fronts And Atlantic Storms Experiment. (See the January issue of Staff Notes Monthly.) The two-month field phase of FASTEX concluded on 28 February after a total of 18 intensive operations periods (IOPs) and 44 significant cyclones.

A blocking ridge over the North Atlantic kept major cyclones out of the study area through much of January, but in February, "Mother Nature was much more cooperative," says Jim Moore (Joint Office for Science Support). "Clearly, the final two IOPs were the outstanding ones from both the logistic and scientific points of view. We collected data from the upstream area near Newfoundland clear across to the British Isles."

Nature's delaying tactics provided FASTEX with enough time to settle a logistics problem. The target areas for dropsonde deployment were close enough to several jetways to bring concern shortly after the experiment began from the international air traffic control system operators who oversee trans-Atlantic flights. By mid-January, coordination procedures had been worked out, worries were allayed, and the sondes were being successfully dropped.

Jim gives high marks to the international FASTEX team for its collaborative work: "It enabled all of us to carry out a very complex field program in excellent fashion." Most of the FASTEX data is being archived by Meteo-France, but the field catalog, including daily summaries and logs, is now available from the JOSS home page.

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Edited by Bob Henson, bhenson@ucar.edu