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March 1999

AMS Meisinger Award goes to Clara Deser

Clara Deser. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

The 1999 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, one of the highest accolades given by the American Meteorological Society, has been presented to Clara Deser, a CGD scientist since 1997. The AMS cited her "for insightful and dynamically informed analyses of climate variability on time scales ranging from days to decades." Clara received the award in January during a ceremony at the 79th annual AMS meeting in Dallas, Texas.

The Meisinger Award is given to young, promising atmospheric scientists who have recently shown outstanding ability. In particular, according to the AMS award committee, the honor acknowledges 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 motions on all scales."

According to CGD director Maurice Blackmon, "Clara has written several papers that have had a major impact on climate research, and the Meisinger Award is confirmation that the community recognizes the quality and importance of her work." In her research Clara examines historical observations of air-sea-ice interactions, upper-ocean dynamics, the El Niño/Southern Oscillation phenomenon, and other features of global climate. Her goal is to learn more about the interrelationships among such elements and about climate variability on several time scales.

A native of Newton, Massachusetts, Clara earned a bachelor of science degree in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington in 1989. Before joining the NCAR staff, she was a research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has served as an adviser to students at Colorado State University and is currently advising JoAnn Lysne, a VSP postdoctoral fellow at NCAR.

Clara has served on numerous scientific committees, including those of the National Research Council and the AMS. The Journal of Climate presented Clara with its Editor's Award in 1996. "I feel honored and humbled to have received the Meisinger Award," Clara says.

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