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April 1999

Former VSPer gets Presidential Early Career Award

Scot Martin.

Scot Martin, who spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP), has received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). President Clinton presented the award to Scot and 19 other researchers in a White House ceremony on 10 February. Created in 1996, the award recognizes the nation's top young scientists and engineers. Scot's award was sponsored by NSF.

From 1995 to 1997, Scot was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through the VSP-managed NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change. At MIT, he studied phase transformations of polar stratospheric cloud particles. His adviser was Nobel laureate Mario Molina. "Scot is one of the best postdocs I have ever had," says Molina. "Hee was extremely productive, and he showed a high level of leadership and originality."

A native of Indiana, Scot earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Georgetown University and his doctorate in environmental/physical chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He is now an assistant professor of aquatic and atmospheric chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Each PECASE winner receives $500,000 over five years to further his or her research and educational efforts. "With funds from PECASE, I will continue to focus on the phase transitions of atmospheric particles, especially those of complex chemical composition," Scot says. He notes that "in current models of global warming and atmospheric chemistry, the effect of particles is the single largest uncertainty in quantitative results." See Scot's home page.

Turbulence researchers at RAP earn a Laurel

Tenny Lindholm (left) and Larry Cornman. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

In its 8 February issue, Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine awarded one of its annual Laurels in the electronics category to Larry Cornman and Tenny Lindholm (RAP) for their lead roles in developing a new method of measuring atmospheric turbulence from commercial aircraft. The research was sponsored by NSF through an interagency agreement with the FAA's Aviation Weather Development Program. Cory Morse, also at RAP, was the lead software engineer on the project.

This is Larry's second Laurel from Aviation Week. In 1990 he was recognized for his work on the Low-Level Wind Shear Alert System, developed at NCAR with FAA funding and now deployed at airports around the country. "I'm very pleased that Aviation Week recognizes the importance of turbulence research," says Cornman. "I used to call turbulence the 'silent problem' of aviation safety. Maybe now it's finding a voice."

For more details on Larry and Tenny's work, see the November 1997 issue of Staff Notes Monthly or UCAR Highlights.

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