PSU Meteorology Students, Faculty Garner National Awards

March 26th, 2007 by Adam

PSU meteorology students and staff continue to garner awards from a national conference they attended earlier this year. The executive director of the national American Meteorological Society (AMS) cited 11 students and faculty for excellent work for presenting papers and a poster at the 87th Annual AMS Meeting that was held in January in San Antonio.

Kristin A. Cummings and Elizabeth J. Dupont received the “Outstanding Student Presentation Award” for co-presenting the paper, “An Updated Warm-Season Convective Wind Climatology for the Florida Space Coast,” which was presented at the 16th Conference on Applied Climatology that was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. PSU Professor Jim Koermer and Bill Roeder, staff meteorologist with the U.S.A.F. 45th Weather Squadron in Cape Canaveral, were co-authors on the paper, but the actual presentation was made by the students.

Bridget M. Bixby, Katie M. Francoeur, Laura L. Landry, and Melissa J. Pierce also received an “Honorable Mention: Student Poster Presentation” for their poster, entitled “Development of Case Studies of Regional Poor Air Quality Episodes (Ozone) as Tools for Air Quality
Forecasting”, which was presented at the 9th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry that was also part of the Annual Meeting. PSU faculty co-authors on the paper were Lourdes Aviles, Eric Hoffman, Jim Koermer, Sam Miller and Joe Zabransky.

“The students are competing for these awards against mainly master’s and doctoral-level graduate students,” said Jim Koermer, director of the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute. “So, in this context, it is a truly great honor and achievement for undergraduate students to be recognized with these awards.”

Previously at the conference, Brendon Hoch and Jim Koermer received an outstanding poster award, Bridget M. Bixby, Katie M. Francoeur, Laura L. Landry, and Melissa J. Pierce also were cited for a poster at the Student conference, and the PSU Student AMS Chapter poster received honorable mention.

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