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Fall 2022 News

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OU Announces Outstanding Senior Award Recipients

Article Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Andjela Jovanovic is the 2022-2023 College of A&GS Outstanding Senior!

Outstanding Seniors

 


 

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OU to Expand its No. 1 Aviation Program, Meeting State and National Workforce Needs

Article Published: Monday, November 7, 2022

No. 1 Aviation Program

 


 

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UAS Elevates Weather Research at the University of Oklahoma

Article Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

UAS Elevates Weather Research

 


 

"OU NROTC Staff Sgt. Richard Garcia Selected for Prestigious Marine Corps' Cyber Officer Commissioning Program." Article Published by Kat Gebauer on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

 

OU NROTC Staff Sgt. Richard Garcia Selected for Prestigious Marine Corps’ Cyber Officer Commissioning Program

NORMAN, OKLA. – Staff Sgt. Richard Garcia, a senior majoring in geographic information science in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences’ Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, has been selected for the United States Marine Corps’ Cyber Officer Commissioning Program.

Garcia, who has been a student at OU since the fall of 2020 and is a service member in OU’s Naval ROTC, is one of only three NROTC service members in the country to be selected for the program.

“Staff Sgt. Garcia’s admission into this prestigious program highlights the critical role that geospatial technology and geographic information Science play in facilitating the Department of Defense’s mission and in helping to enhance cybersecurity,” said Scott Greene, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. “We are delighted that the skills and experiences that Staff Sgt.t Garcia has undertaken during his time at OU and as a STEM GIS major within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability will allow him to continue to protect our country.”

Following his graduation from OU in spring 2023, Garcia will begin the rigorous cyber training program that involves offensive and defensive cyberspace operations for the U.S. military.

The program will require Garcia to pass a high-level security clearance because of the nature of the job, along with a polygraph screening and other strict requirements to be approved for the field.

Garcia enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating high school in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. After being stationed in Hawaii and Arizona, he moved to Oklahoma to pursue a degree from OU. He is part Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program, a military education program that allows enlisted Marines to become full-time students and obtain a bachelor’s degree while they remain on active duty in the military. Upon graduation, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

"OU ROTC Student Selected for Elite Cyber Security Specialty" Staff Sergeant Richard Garcia stands together with officer young holding Garcia's certificate.
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Chasing Storms in the Stratosphere: OU Teams Up With NASA to Study Climate. Courtesy: NASA. Scientists are using NASA's ER-2 high altitude research aircraft to study the atmospheric effects of powerful summer thunderstorms that erupt over the U.S.
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Chasing Storms in the Stratosphere: OU Teams Up With NASA to Study Climate

Article Published: August 24, 2022

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OU’s School of Aviation’s Number One Ranking Reflected Through its Faculty and Staff

Article Published: August 17, 2022

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PRECIP Field Campaign Concludes James Ruppert (left) on a group visit to the Wufenshan radar of the Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau, organized by CWB director Jing-Shan Hong (right).
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PRECIP Field Campaign Concludes

Article Published: August 16, 2022

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#1 Best College for Meteorology Source: OutstandingColleges.com College of A&GS x School of MEteorology.
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OU School of Meteorology Recognized as Top Program in the Nation

Article Published: August 15, 2022

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Yagmur with brown curly hair, wearing glasses smiles for her picture in front of a white background. SoM/ARRC Postdoctoral Fellow Yagmur Derin for being awarded the International Precipitation Working Group Early Career Scientist Award
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SoM Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded International Award

Article Published: August 10, 2022 

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TORUS - 2022 the University of Oklahoma,  a person releases a weather balloon with a dark gray sky looming in the background.
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OU Team Investigates Tell-Tale Signs of Tornado Formation

Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

TORUS, a research project headed by OU and NOAA, is creating a new approach to understanding why some storms produce tornados, and others don’t. They’re studying how things like wind speed, temperature, humidity and pressure may tell investigators that there are structures within the storm that can contribute to the formation of a tornado. It’s also giving OU meteorology students hands-on experience in important scientific field work.

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After age 8, SFA campers experience an orientation flight in one of OU’s fleet of Piper Warriors, piloted by certified flight instructors with OU’s School of Aviation Studies.                   Photo by Erikah Brown
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Giving Children Wings 

Inspiring children and youth early can lead to better decision-making, not only in scholastics but in life.    - Dawn Machalinski

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CIWRO Research Leads to Improved Storm Forecasts for Spanish Speakers

Article Published: June 29, 2022

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‘Tornado Tales’ Survey Measures Tornado Readiness

Article Published: June 15, 2022

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The University of Oklahoma Strengthens Latin American Sustainability through $15 Million PERU-Hub

Article Published: May 18, 2022

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Spring 2022 News

Can OU Research Team Clear Up Biases in Artificial Intelligence? Featuring Dr. Amy McGovern- April 12, 2022 Click here to read the full article about the OU Led Research Group!
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April 8, 2022

OU Campus Recognition Awards

James C. Davis Early Scholar in Geography & Environmental Sustainability - Tyler franklin with Dean Berrien Moore
Image: James C. Davis Early Scholar in Geography & Environmental Sustainability - Tyler Franklin
Gress Family Undergraduate Scholarship - Autumn Franklin with Dean Berrien Moore
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School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Daniel Groeneveld with Dean Berrien Moore
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School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Cody Davis with Dean Berrien Moore
Image: School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Cody Davis
School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Marcus Ake with Dean Berrien Moore
Image: School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Marcus Ake
School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Ethan Schaefer with Dean Berrien Moore
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School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award

Devin McAfee - Junior | Joseph Rotondo - Junior

Alaina Kurt - Junior | Emma Safranek - Junior

 

April 1, 2022

A&GS Student Awards

Student awards

The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences would like to highlight our student award and scholarship recipients from 2021 and 2022.  Scroll down to view the awardees.

Award winners will be announced throughout the month of April.  Please check back often as new content is added!

Thank you to the donors and congratulations to all students on such a remarkable achievement!

2021 -2022 A&GS Outstanding Senior (John W. Nichols Trailblazer Scholarship) Congratulations Hannah! Hannah Gard Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? It has helped me to complete my degree at the university of Oklahoma which has provided me the opportunities and connections I need to find a job.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Oustanding Senior - Hannah Gard
2021 -2022 A&GS Outstanding Senior (First Alternite) Congratulations Lily! Lily RayeBachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? I will be attending NC State University in the fall to pursue a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. I will be working wth Dr. Kathie Dello, the director of the NC State climate office, to research heat and flooding risks and develop equitable climate solutions for underserved communities in Carolinas. I believe this award will help guide me throughout my graduate experience and inspire me to continue pursuing excellence in my academics and research experiences. I am thankful for this acknowledgement, and I am truly thankful for the school of meteorology for allowing my passion for science to flourish fthese last four years.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Oustanding Senior - Lily Raye
2021 -2022 A&GS Outstanding Senior (Second Alternite) Congratulations Kiley! Kiley Allen Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award will help validate all of the hardwork that I have poured into my academic career thus far. it will also help motivate me as I begin pursuing MS and PhD degrees at PSU via Supercell dynamic and tornado genesis research this fall.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Oustanding Senior - Kiley Allen
2021 -2022 A&GS Vernon & Sandra Nutter Scholarship. Congratulations Adam! Adam Anwar Bachelor of Science in Geography. How does this award help you?  This award will financially assist my gial to complete me undergraduate education here at OU as an international student. I am eager to continue my senior year with the help of this award!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Vernon & Sandra Nutter Scholarship - Adam Anwar
2021 -2022 A&GS Vernon & Sandra Nutter Scholarship. Congratulations Daniela! Daniela KosnocovaBachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you?  This recognition shows me that hard work pays off and inspires me to continue trying my best in my future studies and professional work. the award will support specifically the financing of my graduate degree next academic year and will take me a step closer to becoming a professional urban planner.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Vernon & Sandra Nutter Scholarship - Daniela Kosnocova
2021- 2022 Oklahoma and Indian Naations chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America Scholarship. Congratulations Peyton! Peyton Cavnar Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? As I am pursuong gradiuate school out of state in the coming fall, this award will help me secure the end of my last semester at OU and allow me to put some money towards moving to Vermont to obtain my Master's Degree. This award will help smooth the transiton from undergraduate school to graduate school.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Solid Waste Association of North America Scholarship - Peyton Cavnar
A&GS 21-22 Solid Waste Association of North America Scholarship Congratulations Anna! Aditi Anna Boals Bachelor of Art in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? As a financially independent student, scholarships of this nature are always a pleasant suprive. it allows me to take time off of work to focus on my academic endeavors.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Solid Waste Association of North America Scholarship - Anna Boals

2021 - 2022 Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship (Graduate Student) Congratulations Aditi! Aditi Singh Ph.D. Cadidate in Geography. How does this award help you? This award has reinstated my belief  that I can achieve my goals with continued hard work and motivated me to continue pursuing excellence in my research. This award is a great recognition of my academic progress and will help reduce my financial concerns as a graduate student. Thank you for this great honor and acknowledgment
Image: A&GS 21-22 Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship (Graduate Student) - Aditi Singh
2021 - 2022 Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship Congratulations Michael! Michael Glessner Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science (GIS). How does this award help you? This award wil help ease the financial obligations that I have as an out of state student and will help me in weighing the decision to pursue a graduate degree. The award also encourages me to finish my undergraduate degree on a high note.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship - Michael Glessner
2021 - 2022 Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship Congratulations Andrea! Andrea Lyons Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? This award will help me in paying my educational expenses as well as allowing me to concentrate more of my time on studying. It will also put less of a strain on myself and my family by not having to take more loans and extra jobs.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship - Andrea Lyons
A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - METEOROLOGY Junior with the Best Overall GPA Congratulations Marcus! Marcus Ake Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award serces as a reminder of my hard work and motivation to pursue my dreams. Wheneiver I spend those long nights working on difficult assignments, reminding myself of my worth and my goals pushes me forward. I aspire to utilize my education to pursue researh into inclement weather in a changing european climate. as a first-generation college student, everything can seem new and scary, but if I can keep up my academic accomplishments and shoot for the stars, then I truly do beieve that I can change the world one forecast at a time!
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Marcus Ake
A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - METEOROLOGY Junior with the Best Overall GPA Congratulations Alaina! Alaina Kurt Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This recognition srves as a great encouragement on my journey through college and toward my career. I hope it will remind me what to aim in mu future endeavors.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Alaina Kurt
A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - METEOROLOGY Junior with the Best Overall GPA Congratulations Joey! Joey Rotondo Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award inspires me to continue giving my best. I am moticated to help advance scientific findings in my field and feel confident in my academic capabilities and ability to serve others.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Joey Rotondo
A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - METEOROLOGY Junior with the Best Overall GPA Congratulations Emma! Emma Safranek Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award provides both the motivation to continue my hard work and the determination to contribute valuable research to the community.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Emma Safranek
A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - METEOROLOGY Junior with the Best Overall GPA Congratulations Ethan! Ethan Schaefer Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award will help fund my future endeavors in research, such as trabeling to and presenting for conferences!
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Ethan Schaefer
A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - METEOROLOGY Junior with the Best Overall GPA Congratulations Julian! Julian Schima Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? I'm always finding ways to doubt my academic abilities, so receiving an award for my academic accomplishments is a huge confidence booster! This award will add to my credentials when I apply for graduate school during the fall 2022 semester, which will be my next step on the path towards a career as a research meteorologist.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award - Julian Schima
2021 -2022 A&GS South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship Congratulations Nondumiso! Nondumiso Mndzebele Bachelor of Art in Global Energy, Environment, and Resources. How does this award help you? I have plans to study abroad this year and this scholarship will enable me to cover related expenses so that I can not only fulfill my travel dreams, but gain exposure to cultures and perspectives beyond the ones I have been accustomed to and ultimately make me a more globally minded individual.
Image: A&GS 21-22 South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship - Nondumiso Mndzebele
2021 -2022 A&GS South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship Congratulations Michael! Nondumiso Mndzebele Bachelor of Science Michael Beck Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability.. How does this award help you?  This award will allow me to pursue classes abroad in environmental studies and allow me as a plant biology major to incorporate environmental sustainability into my work.
Image: A&GS 21-22 South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship - Michael Beck
2021 -2022 A&GS South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship Congratulations Patrick! Patrick Painter Bachelor of Art in International Studies. How does this award help you? It has been a childhood dream of mine to study abroad during my collegiate career and I am beyond excited to realize that goal when I attend OU in Arezzo this fall! I am so thankful for the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center in awarding me their international studies scholarship. This scholarship is funding both an experience of a lifetime and possibly an opportunity to further my climate studies.
Image: A&GS 21-22 South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship - Patrick Painter
2021 -2022 A&GS South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Scholarship. Congratulations John! John Daniels Bachelor of art in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? As i am working towards graduation, this award is relieving financial tenshion and allowing me to commit more time toward my acadmeic pursuits. Having received this award recognizing my academic acheivements will also help me to secure future employment in a sustainabiluty related field.
Image: A&GS 21-22 South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Scholarship - John Daniels
2021 -2022 A&GS South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Scholarship. Congratulations Andrea! Andrea Lyons Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? This award will allow me to cover college financial issues that may hold me back from reaching my career. Being less stressed about worrying about college fees will allow me to focus more of my attention in class and also be able to spend my extra time volunteering and shadowing.
Image: A&GS 21-22 South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Scholarship - Andrea Lyons
2021 -2022 A&GS South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Scholarship. Congratulations Adeline!  Adeline Miller Bachelor of art in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? This award will help me in my career goals becaise I am planning to attend law school to become an environmental atorney. However, my famly and I cannot afford this edication without financial aid, therefore this scholarship helps my financial ability to make those dreams a reality.
Image: A&GS 21-22 South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Scholarship - Adeline Miller
2021 -2022 A&GS Clyde F. Bollinger Award. Congratulations Julia! Julia Manipella Bachelor of Art in Environmental Sustainability. How does this award help you? A dual Degree takes a toll on the time outside of my course load and means getting to do extra curricular activities I loves relies on financial security. This award not only helps me stay present and driven in my courses but active in my community and clubs. I specialize in documentary production; more specifically, my interests in promoting and expanding cliumate sustainability through media is my overarching goal post-graduation. Getting to participate across industry lines inside the comfort of the OU campus allows me to put together the possible routes I can take in a future career. I cannot thank the donors enough for the unmesureable assistance to my educatucational development.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Clyde F. Bollinger Award - Julia Manipella
2021 -2022 A&GS James Davis Geography Early Scholar Award. Congratulations Tyler! Tyler Franklin Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science (GIS). How does this award help you? This Award will help me complete my career here at OU. It will also allow me to focus more on my studies and relieve some of the financial burden from my family.
Image: A&GS 21-22 James Davis Geography Early Scholar Award - Tyler Franklin
2021 -2022 A&GS SOM Study Abroad Scholarships. Congratulations Mathew! Mathew Varela. Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This scholarship has already helped me by allowing me the opportunity to study abroad in reading, england for this current spring 2022 semester. Numerous experiences from this opportunity will stay with me for teh rest of my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to study meteorology in a different country and have a life-changing semester. I am looking forward to being at OU for teh fall semester and using my experiences to better the chool of meteorology and the college of A&GS
Image: A&GS 21-22 SOM Study Abroad Scholarships - Mathew Varela
2021 -2022 A&GS SOM Study Abroad Scholarships. Congratulations Alaina! Alaina Kurt. Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award was very helpful throughout my study abroad experience, allowing me to enjoy my travels while still focusing on my academics while there.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SOM Study Abroad Scholarships - Alaina Kurt
2021 -2022 A&GS SOM Study Abroad Scholarships. Congratulations Emma! Emma Safranek. Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award enabled me to gain a deeper appreciation for many countries cultures and languages that will assist my present and future communication of science within both the scientific world and the community.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SOM Study Abroad Scholarships - Emma Safranek
2021 -2022 A&GS SOM Study Abroad Scholarships. Congratulations Ayman! Ayman Elyoussoufi Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This scholarship has motivated me to take every opportunity available at OU, making my education more valuable in the long-run. This incudes taking the opportunity to study abroad during my junior year, which would not have been possible without this scholarship. I am a driven student with a goal to conduct research individually and this award keeps me motivated to approach this feat. I also wish to become a mentor for future undergraduates wishing to conduct research early on so that they can graduate knowing that they have acheived more than what was required to earn their degree.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SOM Study Abroad Scholarships - Ayman Elyoussoufi
2021 -2022 A&GSDr. Douglas K Lilly Manuscript Award. Congratulations Brian! Brian Greene PhD Candidate in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award genuinely makes me feel validated and celebrated for the amount of time and energy that I dedicate towards advancing my field of study. I am also greatly humbled to receive this award in honor of such an influential scientist. With this award I am highly motivated to complete my PhD studies and I feel capable of influencing innovation within the broader boundary-layer meteorology community moving foward. Thank you for this recognition and to everyone who has believed in me along the way!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Dr. Douglas K Lilly Manuscript Award - Brian Greene
2021 -2022 A&GS Dr. Douglas K Lilly endowed scholarship. Congratulations Oliver! Oliver Millin Master of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? receiving this scholarship will help me to continue to focus on producing quality research in climate science. I am very grateful for this support toward my studies.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Dr. Douglas K. Lilly Endowed Scholarship - Oliver Millin
2021 -2022 A&GS Pugh Pioneer Family Scholarshi. Congratulations Emily! Emily Leske Bacehlor of Science in Environemental Sustainability. How does this award help you? I feel that my time at the university of Oklahoma in the department of greography and environmental sustainability has prepared me well to pursue a career that will really make an impact on our environmental situation. The department has provided me with so many amazing opportunities that have helped guide me to what I really love to do! this scholarship will help me achieve my academic and career goals by relieving some of the finanvial burden of my academic journey. It will help make the transition from college to a career smooth and less stressful. I am very grateful fro this opportunity!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Pugh Pioneer Family Scholarship - Emily Leske
2021 -2022 A&GS Pugh Pioneer Family Scholarship. Congratulations Connor! Conner Hurlocker Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainabiloity. How does this award help you? Thank you for  the Pugh Family Pioneer Scholarship, this will allow me to achieve these goals and ambitions I had not thought possible a few years ago. I intend to graduate with a bachelor's degree in environmental sustainability, and a minor in meteorology. after graduation, I wish to attend graduate school to work on a mster's degree/ while I am not certain what I will study, I do know that I would loe to study climatology, renewable energy, or environmental sustainability. An I am excited to try my hands at all of these options. Thank you again for this scholarship, it will allow me to achieve dreams I had never thought possible.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Pugh Pioneer Family Scholarship - Conner Hurlocker
2021 -2022 A&GS Dr. Rex L. Inman Memorial Endowment. Congratulations Kyle! Kyle James Bachelor of Science in Meteorology + MS in Data Science How does this award help you? Will allow me to focus on my future career in operational forecasting and/or research.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Dr. Rex L. Inman Memorial Endowment - Kyle James
2021 -2022 A&GS Forrest W. Johns Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations Ethan! Ethan Schaefer Bachelor of Science in Meteorology How does this award help you? This award will help me pursue my career goals related to research, such as traveling to conferences and participating in field projects.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Forrest W. Johns Memorial Scholarship - Ethan Schaefer
2021 -2022 A&GS Kenneth C. Crawford Endowed Award (Synoptic Meteorology). Congratulations Jett! Jett Mickelson Bachelor of Science in Meteorology How does this award help you? I look forward to using the funds from this award to help pay for my seat deposit at georgetown law, where I plan to study environmental law.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Kenneth C. Crawford Endowed Award (Synoptic Meteorology) - Jett Mickelson
2021 -2022 A&GS Charles S. Standley, Jr. Geography Scholarship. Congratulations Aparna! Aparna Bamzai-Dodson PhD Candidate in Geography How does this award help you?  I am a doctoral Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and will be defending my disseration in a few weeks. I have worked fulltime while concurrently pursing my degree, which has not always been easy to balance. I work for a network of regional centers that fund and produce climate impacts and adaptation science, information, and tools to support on-the-ground resource managment plans and decisions. there have been times where I have felt overwhelmed and contemplated withdrawing from teh program, but I have seen firsthand the need for scholarship on moving theory to practice and I dug deep to persevere. this award is particularly meaningful to me; it reassures me that my work has value and that my sacrifices have resulted in the creation of something conesequential
Image: A&GS 21-22 Charles S. Standley, Jr. Geography Scholarship - Aparna Bamzai-Dodson
2021 -2022 A&GS Gress Family Undergraduate Scholarship. Congratulations Autumn! Autumn Franklin Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability How does this award help you? It will help me continue my degree and help achieve my goal of building more sustainable communities.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Gress Family Undergraduate Scholarship - Autumn Franklin
2021 -2022 A&GS Droegemeier Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Meteorology. Congratulations Marcus! Marcus Ake Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? I am beyond excited and honored to be receiving this award as it serves as a confirmation and motivation for my pursuace of my aspirations. To know that my hard work is being appreiated and acknowledged gives me a genuine boost in my step, and I know that if I can keep showing what I can do, then I am hopeful that I can truly change the world one forecast at a time!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Droegemeier Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Meteorology - Marcus Ake
2021 -2022 A&GS Droegemeier Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Meteorology. Congratulations Ethan! Ethan Kararo Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? This awrd will help me continue to afford my education in meteorology, allowing me to become more involved in aviation meteorology and develop a high school meteorology curriculum for nationwide use
Image: A&GS 21-22 Droegemeier Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Meteorology - Ethan Kararo
2021 -2022 A&GS E.W. (Joe) Friday Endowed Scholarship. Congratulations Ivy! Ivy Jeffries Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? I plan to use this award to help pay for my education in the next year in addition to paying off the student loan I have acquired that is currently paying for my education.
Image: A&GS 21-22 E.W. (Joe) Friday Endowed Scholarship - Ivy Jeffries
2021 -2022 A&GS Eric Nguyen Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations Preston! Preston Roesslet Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? This award will allow me to put more of my time into developing the website and operational tools for the Oklahoma weather Lab. These tools not only help other students to gain hands-on forecasting experience using tools similar to what the SPC uses, but by building them, it allows me to learn the things I need to in order to one day build and amaintain tools that are actually used by the SPC and other organizations.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Eric Nguyen Memorial Scholarship - Preston Roesslet
2021 -2022 A&GS Dr. Edwin & Lottie Kessler Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology. Congratulations Juliana! Juliana Mejia Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? This award is helping me finish my last semester and successfully graduate. As I prepare to move to florida for my first job as a broadcast meteorologist, this will help me cover important expenses along the way!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Dr. Edwin & Lottie Kessler Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology - Juliana Mejia
2021 -2022 A&GS Dr. Edwin & Lottie Kessler Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology. Congratulations Ayman! Ayman Elyoussoufi Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you?  This award will help cover for part of my senuor tuition and will further motivate me to finish my senior year strong!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Dr. Edwin & Lottie Kessler Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology - Ayman Elyoussoufi
2021 -2022 A&GS Dr. Edwin & Lottie Kessler Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology. Congratulations Robert! Robert Frost Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? This award will help my family and I cover the cost of tuition for the remainder of my undergraduate studies. Being linked to the great Dr. Edwin and Lottie Kessler through this scholarship is a n honor and only further motivates me to continue Kessler's spirit of discovery and advancement in the field of atmospheris sciences and make the most of this great honor.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Dr. Edwin & Lottie Kessler Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology - Robert Frost
2021 -2022 A&GS Tommy C. Craighead Award. Congratulations Tyler! Tyler Green Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you?  Receiving the Tommy C. Craighead award will help me accomplish my goal of becoming a successful contributor to the field of radar and tropical meteorology.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Tommy C. Craighead Award - Tyler Green
2021 -2022 A&GS Yoshi K. and Koko A. Sasaki Meteorology Enrichment. Congratulations Francesca! Francesca Lappin Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.  How does this award help you? The paper is the start to hopefully a long career of published research. It is incredibly validating to have something I poured so much effort into be recognized by the school.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Yoshi K. and Koko A. Sasaki Meteorology Enrichment - Francesca Lappin
2021 -2022 A&GS WeatherNews Endowed Scholarship (2021 winner)	. Congratulations Salazar! Salazar Aquino PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering.  How does this award help you? It will help me buy some productivity tools to improve my research effeciency. it will also help my saving fo rthe beginning of my future professional life.
Image: A&GS 21-22 WeatherNews Endowed Scholarship (2021 winner) - Salazar Aquino
A&GS 21-22 Kandi & Mark McCasland award for outstanding undergrad research. Congratulations Julian! Julian Schima Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award provides definitive proof of my capabilities as a researher, which will be important when I apply for graduate school soon. I would have never expected to be making contributions to the field of meteorology before reaching graduate schoil, and yet I have by writing a draft of a research paper. a big thank you to the mccaslands for sponsoring this award!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Kandi & Mark McCasland award for outstanding undergrad research - Julian Schima
A&GS 21-22 John Michael Caldwell Memorial Teaching Award. Congratulations Jenna! Jenna Randall Masters of Arts in Geography How does this award help you? Receiving this award is an eciviting recognition for me as I strive to be a well-rounded, ever-learning teacher of topics that I fell passionate about I have another year of being a graduate teaching assistant in my departmentm and I am eager to invest mor time in striving to be a better teacher to my students. As the recipient of this award, I have gained congifdence in myself as a teacher, leaderm and example for my students as athey develop a deeper understanding fo the subjects I am still learning more about myself. In addition to the emotional and academic support this award has offered, the monetary award is greatly appreciated as I can invest more of my tume and energy in continuing my own studies and focusing on my role as a graduate teaching assistant.
Image: A&GS 21-22 John Michael Caldwell Memorial Teaching Award - Jenna Randall
A&GS 21-22  Faculty recognition for Outstanding Performance as an Graduate student. Congratulations Emily! Emily Lenhardt PhD Candidate in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award is an ecouraging sign that I am on the right path in my graduate studies. Research has a lot of ups and downs and this was an unexpected soucre of motivation to keep pushing through the difficult times!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Faculty Recognition for Outstanding Performance as a Graduate Student - Emily Lenhardt
A&GS 21-22  Faculty recognition for Outstanding Performance as an Undergraduate. Congratulations Isaac ! Isaac Medina Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you?This award helped me stay motivated in my academic and research pursuits, and made me feel like all the extra efforts I had been putting in were worth it. it has also helped me cover the costs of coming to Oklahoma, and focus on learning about meteorology and aviation.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Faculty recognition for Outstanding Performance as an Undergraduate - Isaac Medina
A&GS 21-22  SoM Director's Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department as a Graduate Student. Congratulations Melanie! Melanie Schroers PhD in Meteorology. How does this award help you? I am incredibly honored to receive this award! knowing that my service is appreciated will motivate me to conitnue to serve the students fo the SoM so that everyone may have an equitable and enjoyable experience as a student.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Director's Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department as a Graduate Student - Melanie Schroers
A&GS 21-22  SoM Director's Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department as a Graduate Student. Congratulations Rachael! Rachael Cross PhD in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award definitely serves as a beacon of encouragement as I continue on my graduate studies. I am certainly no stranger to imposter syndrome, and awards like this definitely help me realize that I do belong here and I am doing good work. Financially speaking it was due to awards and scholarships like this that I made it through the undergraduate program here. So, I am forever grateful for the recognition and financial aif the school has provided me, as without it I would not be here!
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Director's Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department as a Graduate Student - Rachael Cross
A&GS 21-22  SoM Director's Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department as an Undergraduate Student. Congratulations Claire! Claire Doyle Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? Throughout my time as an undergraduate student, I have wanted to contribute to teh continued success and reputation for excellence associated with OU's School of Meteorology. It means so much to know this work has not gone unnoticed. As I plan to remain at OU SoM for graduate school, this award will help motivate me to continue making a difference in any way that I can.
Image: A&GS 21-22 SoM Director's Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department as an Undergraduate Student - Claire Doyle
A&GS 21-22  Oustanding Teaching Assistant. Congratulations Morgan! Morgan Schneider Masters of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? I hope to continue teaching and mentoring students in my career, and being a TA has been a great learning experience to prepare for that. it is very gratifying to be recognized for the work i've done to help and advocate for students, and I plan to continue working on improving my teaching skills in the years I have left as a student!
Image: A&GS 21-22 Outstanding Teaching Assistant - Morgan Schneider
A&GS 21-22  John T. Snow Study Abroad Scholarship. Congratulations Robby! Robby Frost Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This scholarship makes it possible to pursue my dream of studying abroad. Ever since I toured the NWC and heard about the study abroad program in Reading, England, I've been determined to do it. I look forward to experiencing new cultures and seeing what the field of atmospheric sciences looks like in another country!!
Image: A&GS 21-22 John T. Snow Study Abroad Scholarship - Robby Frost
A&GS 21-22  John T. Snow Study Abroad Scholarship. Congratulations Emily! Emily West Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This Award will help me in my future endeavors by giving me exposure to the field of oceanography. I intend to study ocean/atmosphere interaction, and while the University of Oklahoma can provid great resources in fluid dynamics through the school of meteorology, the university of reading can advance this education. In the short term, I will use the oceonographic material I learn at the university of Reading in my research studying diurnal upqwelling on lake Tanganyika.
Image: A&GS 21-22 John T. Snow Study Abroad Scholarship - Emily West
A&GS 21-22  Mary Anne Hempe Scholarship. Congratulations Juliana! Juliana Mejia Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. How does this award help you? This award helped me fund my final semester here at OU, allowing me to graduate on time this May! Because of this I am set to move forward with my career plans and start my new job at the beginning of June.
Image: A&GS 21-22 Mary Anne Hempe Scholarship - Juliana Mejia

 


 

Image details of Andjela Jovanovic rowing, she is wearing cool sunglasses and representing the white OU logo during competition. The text reads, "Aviation Junior Defines What It Means to Be a Student Athlete" Andjela Jovanovic - Aviation Management Student-Athlete.  "IF YOU HAVE GOOD ATHLETES, THAT’S GREAT, BUT IF WE HAVE GOOD STUDENT ATHLETES WHO ARE ALSO PERFORMING EXCELLENTLY IN AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT, THAT ELEVATES THE TEAM."  Published by myk mahaffey on 4.4.22 by college of professional and continuing studies.  click the graphic to read the article.
image: Aviation Student-Athlete Andjela Jovanovic
Weather in PERILS - What Scientists Hope To Learn From Storms This Spring. "This Spring, scientists will engage in a new field campaign called PERILS (Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms). PERILS is an opportunity to learn more about QLCS and other non-supercell tornadoes (landspouts and waterspouts) in the South. It is a partnership between NOAA and several universities. It is also something else that deserves highlighting -science that the public doesn’t see but may ultimately lead to better life-saving forecasts."
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Image: College of A&GS' latest addition: OU's School of aviation! To view the pdf announcement, please click the graphic.

 


 

OU Partnering with Norman Public Schools to Launch Aviation Academy

Article Published: January 12, 2022

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Fall 2021 News

A Note from the Deans

Collective photo of the A&GS deans office staff
Image: Fall 2021 A&GS Deans' Staff

    We are proud. As this academic year draws to an end, concluding with the OU graduation ceremonies and our own A&GS Fall 2021 convocation this past Friday, we want to congratulate our graduating class and thank everyone who made this year a success. It was wonderful to be able to finally celebrate our students at an in-person convocation at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. We are very proud of the many accomplishments of our talented students and of the College’s faculty and staff, who have served as mentors, teachers, and guides over the past four years. We have and continue to navigate the many challenges posed by the pandemic and cautiously resumed in-person teaching and learning. The National Weather Center is still closed to the public but the College faculty, staff, and students are back in the building. 

 

    We are thriving and remain student-centric. We started the academic year with 346 students, the highest fall enrollment numbers ever. Our projections for Fall ‘22 enrollment look equally strong. In response to the outcomes of our A&GS Fall 2020 Climate Survey and in order to intentionally and thoughtfully provide support to our students, we launched the first phase of our A&GS Mentoring Ecosystem within the School of Meteorology. In addition to all non-freshmen meteorology students being professionally advised, each student was matched with a trained faculty mentor.  We hope you are aware of our recent Outstanding Junior and  Senior  Joseph Rotondo and Hannah Gard, who were recognized at an awards reception  in mid-November. In addition to  the A&GS Express, our website is also a great way to stay informed about news and events in the college. We think you will enjoy reading about student success stories and learning about the impact your contributions to our College are making. 

 

    We are academically accomplished and are growing. Our faculty continues to be very successful in their teaching, research, and service. Despite being one of the smallest colleges on campus, several faculty members have received prestigious awards and recognitions this year. Research funding is at an all time high, and the College remains number one in federal research expenditures (grant supported). We are also successfully hiring new faculty. We are excited to report that we have 12 ongoing faculty searches in the college. We are very excited about the new talent in our College and their new ideas and energy. 

 

    We are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We continue to work towards offering an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone in our college. We have revised our faculty hiring policies and have a commitment to increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Our Assistant Dean for Student Services, Aisha Owusu, who is also an alumna of the College, currently leads a reorganization of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) council to broaden its impact. There is strong support for our DEI initiatives and 32 A&GS members from all ranks participated in a semester-long course called URGE – Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences. A&GS conclusions, recommendations and action plans from URGE were presented earlier this month at AGU and will be again at AMS in Jan 2022.  We encourage you to frequent our A&GS DEI website, as we work towards publicizing our DEI Strategic Plan, demographic statistics, initiatives, cultural awareness campaigns, and events.

 

    We are thankful and humble. We are continually impressed by the dedication of our staff who often go the extra mile behind the scenes. Without their contributions and creativity our successes would not be possible. Our staff continues to show great flexibility when adapting to new work arrangements caused by the pandemic and are simultaneously navigating major upgrades in OU’s suite of business software systems. We have also integrated new staff onto our teams and we owe a big Thank You to all our amazing staff members. Teamwork makes the dream work!

  

    We are adapting - but look forward to more safe, in-person exchanges. Although the National Weather Center has been closed to the public, we have remained vibrant and adaptive.  For the second consecutive year, our signature National Weather Festival (NWF) was held virtually. Over the course of one-week, more than 155,000 local and international online users engaged in real-time or previously recorded weather-related demonstrations, training, and activities. This year, our NWF concluded with an in-person double feature movie night (Coco and Twister) on the lawn of the NWC.  We look forward to more in-person interactions this Spring with our students, faculty, staff, and you, our alumni. If you are planning to come to the AMS Annual Meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, 2022 in Houston, TX, we would love to see you at booth 505 or at our reception on Tuesday evening. You may RSVP for the Ou reception tickets here.  Please stay tuned for information about events.  We hope you will join our A&GS Friends Society. The Friends Society Funds allow us to support students in need and to support new initiatives such as the A&GS Mentoring Ecosystem. We need your support as loyal alumni to maintain the quality of our programs and to assist the students who will join us this upcoming academic year.

    Please stay in touch, follow us on Social Media, and send us your thoughts and feedback. 

    On behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and once again, we send our heartiest congratulations to our graduating students!

 

Berrien Moore, Petra Klein, and Aisha Owusu

 

“A&GS alumnus gift helps OU meteorology students build weather stations.” BRAD ILLSTON LOVES DATA. And as a University of Oklahoma senior research scientist for the Oklahoma Mesonet and Oklahoma Climatological Survey, things like air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and dew point are at the center of his world. So, when this self-described “data geek” received $50,000 in support to provide weather station equipment for a sophomore instrumentation class, he was blown over. Some $35,000 of the funding came from a gift to the OU Foundation’s Meteorology Development Fund by an anonymous alumnus of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. Another $15,000 was made available from the OU Foundation’s James Bruce Morehead Endowment, which benefits atmospheric and geographic research. “The gifts created a hands-on experience for students,” Illston said. “Students in the class have always been able to use instruments to obtain data, but this allowed students to actually build their own weather stations from the ground up and see how the sausage is made.” The OU adjunct assistant professor and his students did their work last spring in an outdoor classroom on the National Weather Center’s roof. Illston unboxed the new equipment and divided his students into 10 groups of six to eight people. Then he took them into the outside elements, where each team went to work on the painstaking process of setting up their instruments. “They did everything from physical construction of the support frames to wiring instruments into a datalogger and programming the datalogger to record measurements,” Illston said. Once the weather stations were built, students continued the work of learning how to use the equipment and produce their own research-quality data. “Those numbers don’t just magically appear,” Illston said. “There is a lot of work that goes into it.” Students learned to extract and reformat raw data for scientific analysis, process and fill in missing data, write scripts to remove bad data, and perform statistics and graphical displays using the data, he added. Building weather stations is part of the meteorology profession, Illston said, but some meteorologists never gain that experience. The gifts gave OU students an important opportunity that will serve them in the future. While the weather station equipment is making OU’s instrumentation class a more unique and enriching experience, he said the equipment also is available to students working on special projects and has inspired others to try their hand at instrument design. One of Illston’s students announced that he planned to spend his summer building his own weather station in Maryland, and others have referenced their experience while applying to outside educational programs this summer. Meanwhile, he said, former colleagues and connections from other universities have gotten wind of Illston’s instrumentation class and are asking questions. “They want to know how the weather station project was done, and they’re looking at starting similar classes at their schools,” he said.
Image: Foundation Impact Publication – OU meteorology students build weather stations.
“Snider scholarship creates partnership between OU students and geography teachers.” Geography teachers in Oklahoma public schools have new advocates in their corner and tools at their fingertips through a $25,000 gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation. The Snider Family Endowed Scholarship Fund provides a work-study position to students in OU’s Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, which is part of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. OU students will collaborate with Oklahoma teachers to promote geography resources and learning opportunities through the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education, or OKAGE, headquartered on OU’s Norman campus. OKAGE is part of a national consortium of geography educators and provides professional development events, curricula and materials. “Geographic education needs to have a higher emphasis than it traditionally has had in the past,” said scholarship founder Larry Snider, who earned a 1968 OU bachelor’s and 1969 OU master’s in geography before establishing a 23-year career as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force. “We live in an evolving ‘worldscape’ in which we’re more interconnected than ever and, unfortunately, are witnessing a surprising lack of geography awareness,” said Snider. After military retirement, he taught geography at two Virginia colleges and worked as a defense contractor in strategic intelligence capabilities based planning. “Geography helps people understand such issues as why the U.S. is involved in ‘hot spots’ around the world or why trade relationships are so important,” he said. “Anything that enhances the ability of the OU Department of Geography to grow and contribute to the geographic knowledge of Oklahoma students is a double-win.” Snider’s OU ties are three generations deep. His late father, OU Regents Professor Glenn Snider, was director of teacher education, and Snider’s son, Eric, is a county planner who followed in his father’s footsteps by earning a 2001 OU geography degree. Recent OU graduate Isabel English of Tulsa was OKAGE’s first work-study student in a pilot program during the 2020-21 academic year. She designed lesson plans, linked teachers to resources for geography certification and delivered hands-on teaching tools—including a giant, walkable map of the United States—to more than a dozen schools. “We want to help public school students learn more and have fun doing it,” said English, who earned an OU bachelor’s in environmental sustainability in May and is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental management. “I really enjoyed getting to know the communities and working with teachers, helping students use the classroom resources and seeing how that has influenced their education.” This summer, OKAGE offered a geography workshop attracting teachers from across Oklahoma. The teachers learned to pose research questions through a geographic lens and conducted a field research trip in the Wichita Mountains. English helped teachers design a lesson plan on environmental conservation that they could adapt to destinations near their communities. Snider pointed out that technology innovations have opened geography career opportunities to OU students, including in urban and regional planning, emergency management and remote sensing. “Geography isn’t just places and capitals on a map,” he said.  “Planned gift becomes a new legacy for Geography and Environmental Sustainability.” A PLANNED GIFT to the University of Oklahoma Foundation will bring the connection between one Oklahoma family and their land full circle while forever changing the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. Shortly before his death in 2019, Dennis Noble and his wife, Sandra, established an agreement to leave a portion of the mineral rights and sale of a large family ranch in Oklahoma’s Woods County to OU. Sandra Noble said that the land had been in her husband’s family since 1906. As only children with no descendants, they had a choice to make. “It’s a beautiful property,” she said. “We wanted to do something good with it, and I think we have.” The planned gift will eventually provide $1 million to establish the Dennis and Sandra Noble Chair in Historical Geography, with the remaining estate split between two endowed scholarships in climate science and geography. The Nobles’ endowed chair will be the first in OU’s Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, said professor and department chair Scott Greene. “There’s an incredibly strong link between history and geography, and the endowed position will allow us to help students learn that both time and space matter in perceiving the world around us,” he said. “Geography doesn’t do that by itself, history doesn’t do that by itself. Combining them into one position facilitates a transdisciplinary understanding of the world around us, which is absolutely critical to having an informed citizenry and improving society.” Greene said the Nobles’ scholarships in climate science and geography will raise the department’s visibility among potential students and help keep promising young Oklahomans in the state. “It also will allow us to imbed undergraduates in research so that, at an earlier stage than at most universities, students will be involved in real-world, societally relevant research that not only supports them, but also supports the state.” Dennis Noble held a 1963 OU bachelor’s of science in physics. While studying for his master’s, he went to work for the National Weather Service on OU’s north campus and eventually rose to the role of senior forecaster. “He was a whiz on radar,” said Sandra, who earned a 1963 OU master’s in history and 1973 master’s in geography before becoming a longtime geography faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma. “It’s tremendously altruistic of the Nobles to say, ‘We’re going to support the students of Oklahoma,’ ” Greene said. “And they’re supporting them not just through a scholarship, but also through the tools they need to improve our state.” “We wanted to give in a way that helps students,” Sandra Noble said. “These kids have a tough time; you cannot over-encourage good students.”
Image: Foundation Impact Publication – Snider scholarship & A Planned gift
School of Meteorology, Advising and Mentoring Program. The Meteorology advisors are Brittney Johnson and Shelby Hill. Students will book advising appointments in iAdvise.ou.edu. With consideration from previous graduates, SoM will be establishing a new mentoring system. All students will have an academic advisor and a mentor, the mentorship will be from various members of the scientific community, the SoM and the NWC staff. The mentors will opperate in a pod or ecosystem, they will provide mentoring on career pathways, internships, research, jobs, networking, diversity, equity, and inculsion and much more! All Mentors will under-go training prior to the release of the program to prepare themselves to be equipped to serve the community. There will be no changing to the advisement of Freshman level students. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON: In the coming weeks you will receive information concerning your assigned academic advisor and mentor profiles for you to request the ecosystem you would most like to join.
Image: Advising and Mentoring Program 2021

Image: NWC Library Announcements

Flyer: DIG: Diversity and Inclusion in GeoSciences

Spring 2021 News

 

 

April 2, 2021

A&GS Student Awards

Student awards

The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences would like to highlight our student award and scholarship recipients from 2020 and 2021.  Scroll down to view the awardees.

Award winners will be announced throughout the month of April.  Please check back often as new content is added!

Thank you to the donors and congratulations to all students on such a remarkable achievement!

March 3, 2021

Improved Flash Flood Tools Aim to Increase Public Safety

Flash Flood Tools
Flash Flood Tools

Researchers from OU and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory are improving current software to enhance guidance for the categorization of flash flood warnings to increase public response and public safety.

Learn More about Flash Flood Tools

February 5, 2021

Tracking Weather As It Happens

mPING App
mPING App

OU and NOAA have developed a free smartphone app called mPING (Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground) to collect public weather reports. This data will help scientists compare these citizen scientists' field reports to radar detections in order to improve and develop new forecasting technologies.

Learn More about mPING

Fall 2020 News

 


 

November 18, 2020

Greg McFarquhar Named AGU Fellow

Dr. Greg McFarquhar
Dr. Greg McFarquhar

The American Geophysical Union has named Greg McFarquhar, director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and a professor of meteorology, among their 2020 AGU Fellows. AGU Fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled understanding of geosciences and have made exceptional contributions in the Earth and space sciences community through breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their disciplines. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1% of members to join this prestigious group of individuals.

Learn More about the 2020 Class of AGU Fellows

November 16, 2020

Data Science Institute for Societal Challenges Names Two Associate Research Directors

Dr. Jennifer Koch
Dr. Jennifer Koch

Jennifer Koch, an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and Erin Maher, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, have been named associate research directors of the University of Oklahoma Data Science Institute for Societal Challenges.

Founded in July 2020, the institute is designed to integrate data science expertise across the university and harness data science innovation to solve real-world problems.

Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Koch's Appointment

November 16, 2020

School of Meteorology Mourns Passing of Fred Brock

Dr. Fred Brock
Dr. Fred Brock

The School of Meteorology is mourning the passing of Dr. Fred Brock, who passed away October 21, 2020.

According to his obituary from The Norman Transcript, Dr. Brock completed a Bachelor’s degree in Education, served in the Navy, completed Master’s degrees in Meteorology and Instrumentation Engineering, and finally a Ph.D. in Meteorology here at the University of Oklahoma. He worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research before eventually returning to OU to teach, research, and lead.

Learn more about Dr. Fred Brock

November 9, 2020

$7.4 Million U.S. Navy Grant to Make OU Home to the Nation’s Largest University-Based Near-Field Scanner for Antenna Measurements

OU Mobile Radar

A $7.4 million grant awarded from the United States Office of Naval Research to the University of Oklahoma will fund the development of a scanner and innovative digital radar solutions to support research, prototyping and testing of advanced digital radar concepts for the Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense. The project will also make OU home to the largest university-based scanner for near-field measurements in the nation.

Learn more about the US Navy Grant

November 3, 2020

Drones Support OU Weather Research

Thunderstorm clouds

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Colorado at Boulder are taking part in a study using drones to study how storms form in coastal urban areas, data that will help improve computer models for weather forecasting and improve meteorologists’ understanding of the processes that lead to storm formation.

Learn more about drones and OU weather research

October 9, 2020

OU Researchers Conduct First Drone-Based Weather Observations At Max Westheimer Airport

Launch of the OU CopterSonde from the University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport. The airport tower can be seen in the background.
CASS at Max Westheimer Airport

Everyone has been impacted by unexpected weather events at some point in their life with consequences ranging from being mildly inconvenienced to experiencing life threatening conditions. One community that is particularly susceptible to the weather is aviation. There has been an on-going effort to improve weather awareness for aviators with an emphasis on conditions at airports. Supported in part through funding from NASA, the OU Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling is working with individuals at the OU Max Westheimer Airport to conduct novel observations of the atmosphere using state-of-the-art Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Resulting measurements can be used to improve numerical weather prediction model forecasts or communicated directly to pilots  to help keep them apprised of current weather conditions.

Learn more about drone-based weather observations

October 8, 2020

OU and NOAA Team Up to Provide Radar Coverage During Hurricane Delta

OU/NOAA Mobile Radar Truck, OU, NOAA, School of Meteorology
OU/NOAA Mobile Radar Truck

As Hurricane Delta lumbers toward the Central Louisiana coast, the University of Oklahoma’s Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching radar team, in collaboration with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, is deploying a mobile weather radar to the area around Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Learn more about Hurricane Delta research

September 17, 2020

How Do Weather Forecasters Communicate Risk Before, During, and After Extreme Weather Events?

Screenshot from NOAA's Hazardous Weather Testbed
NOAA's Hazardous Weather Testbed

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma’s National Institute for Risk and Resilience, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, and the National Severe Storms Lab recently conducted a transdisciplinary experiment exploring the effect of social and behavioral data on how weather forecasters communicate risk before, during, and after extreme weather events.

Learn more about this interdisciplinary experiment

September 17, 2020

OU Researchers Collect Data From Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally radar image depicting a vertical slice, including blue, green, and red coloration.
Hurricane Sally radar image

University of Oklahoma scientists led by Michael Biggerstaff, OU School of Meteorology professor, deployed a Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching (SMART) weather radar south of Mobile, Alabama, in advance of the landfall of Hurricane Sally. There they measured the structure of the winds in the hurricane boundary layer, the lowest mile of air above the ground.

Learn more about Hurricane Sally data

September 14, 2020

Undergraduate Research Assistant Publishes First-Authored Paper

Ariel Jacobs, CASS Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ariel Jacobs, CASS UGRA

Congratulations to Undergraduate Research Assistant Ariel Jacobs, who published her first-authored paper, "The Effect of Climatological Variables on Future UAS-Based Atmospheric Profiling in the Lower Atmosphere."  Click below to access the article, and learn more about what CASS is currently researching by visiting their Twitter.

Arial's Article                                                      OU CASS Twitter

September 12, 2020

SOM Faculty Member Leads Development of Probabilistic Precipitation Retrievals

Dr. Pierre Kirstetter
Dr. Pierre Kirstetter

OU School of Meteorology faculty member Dr. Pierre Kirstetter is leading the development of probabilistic precipitation retrievals for hazard applications in the National Weather Service.  Progress in precipitation science and applications is critical to advancing weather and water budget studies and to predicting natural hazards caused by extreme events, from local to global scales. It requires more than just one deterministic precipitation “best estimate” to adequately cope with the intermittent, highly skewed distribution that characterizes precipitation. Probabilistic Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (PQPE) is an approach that integrates remote sensing, meteorology, hydrology, and artificial intelligence to advance precipitation estimation, processes understanding, and applications.

Learn more about probabilistic precipitation retrievals

September 11, 2020

Improving Understanding of Climate Change Through Cloud Formation

Greg McFarquhar stands on the deck of a research ship.
Greg McFarquhar, Director of CIMMS

Greg McFarquhar, the director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and a professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, will lead a three-year project funded by a $689,082 grant from the Department of Energy. The project uses unique sets of data collected in polar regions that give information on the small-scale properties of aerosols and clouds, data that will provide better insight into weather prediction models.

Learn more about the grant and cloud formation

August 27, 2020

OU Researchers Travel to the Gulf of Mexico to Intercept Hurricane Laura

OU and NOAA personnel stand in front of radar trucks at the National Weather Center.
OU & NOAA Researchers

A team of research scientists from the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Severe Storms Laboratory have traveled to Texas near the Gulf of Mexico to collect data during the landfall of Hurricane Laura.

The data collected will allow for a better understanding of hurricane winds and the damage they cause. This knowledge will aid in the development of cost-effective building codes to lessen future damage, provide more data to improve other infrastructure, and increase storm resilience.

Learn more about Hurricane Laura research

August 26, 2020

OU Receives $20 Million Grant to Lead Inaugural National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Institute

Dr. Amy McGovern pictured in front of the National Weather Center Science on a Sphere.
Dr. Amy McGovern

The University of Oklahoma is leading a National Science Foundation AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography that is being hailed as a “historic milestone in environmental science.”

NSF recently announced an investment of more than $100 million to establish five AI Institutes to support research and education hubs nationwide. Amy McGovern, an OU professor with dual appointments in the School of Computer Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering and in the School of Meteorology in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, will lead the NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, which received $20 million of the NSF funding.

Learn more about the National Science Foundation Artifical Intelligence Institute

August 19, 2020

OU and OSU Take Off to Support Atmospheric Research

A CASS quadcopter drone
A CASS quadcopter drone

During August 2020, teams from the University of Oklahoma (OU) Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS) and the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) joined forces at OU’s Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station (KAEFS) to conduct innovative atmospheric research using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, which could lead to improved weather forecasts. Both the OU and OSU teams are developing and testing state-of-the-art UAS, instrumented with meteorological sensors designed to collect precision atmospheric data in the Earth’s lower atmosphere, which can be ingested by weather forecast models. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the scientists and engineers from CASS and USRI were able to maintain safe practices and socially distance as they worked to together to push the envelope of UAS atmospheric research. 

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August 14, 2020

Welcome Letter from Dean Berrien Moore

Dean Berrien Moore III
Dean Berrien Moore III

Dear A&GS Friends, Students, Staff, Faculty, and NWC Colleagues--

As we together return to campus for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, OU and the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences (A&GS) remain committed to safety, inclusivity, intellectual growth, and excellence. Even in these trying times, A&GS faculty and staff are committed to making this academic year a fun and rewarding experience for our students.

Our College is unique in that one of our main two academic buildings is the National Weather Center (NWC), a shared facility with NOAA federal partners and several OU and State operational and research units. This adds a bit of “complexity” in safety planning, but “complexity” is not new to A&GS students.

In the COVID-19 environment, A&GS and NWC leaders have focused, particularly and appropriately, on the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and the NWC Community. This is of utmost importance. I should add that this leadership team was enriched by the new leadership of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (Chair Professor Scott Greene and Associate Chair Bruce Hoagland).

This leadership team has worked diligently on a path forward with a particular focus on NWC specific policies and procedures for the safety of all. We have encapsulated these policies and procedures into a living document that gives guidance to this path. This document (pdf) builds upon and is consistent with OU policies and procedures; it is also sensitive to NOAA and State guidelines. As the environment changes, this document will change as needed. We will be actively watching and planning to help overcome the hurdles of the evolving and changing COVID-19 pandemic. Together we will navigate the paths going forward.

Again, we are all in this together, and we will prevail together. 

Boomer Sooner

Berrien Moore III
Dean A&GS
Director NWC