We launched a weather balloon at 7pm EST (00Z) Saturday evening to sample the arctic airmass that was over the northeast U.S. Here’s some quick facts about the sounding:
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Lyndon State Atmospheric Sciences was well represented at the AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans this January. Eleven Lyndon students attended, with several giving presentations, and congratulations to our student chapter for winning the best poster award!
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The Atmospheric Sciences program at Lyndon State College will be awarded the 2016 New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Vermont State Merit Award at an award ceremony March 4 in Boston.
“We are very proud of this award,” said Lyndon President Joe Bertolino. “LSC’s atmospheric sciences program has evolved to be one of the top programs in the nation. This award speaks to the caliber of the program’s students, faculty, and alumni as well as the excellence of the program itself.”
Students choose among concentrations in broadcasting, national weather service/military, private industry, and climate change. The rigorous and modern curriculum makes Lyndon State a leader in New England and around the country in undergraduate meteorology/atmospheric sciences education.
Experiential learning is a tenant of a Lyndon education, and atmospheric sciences students exemplify that, with more than 90% completing an internship or some form of work experience prior to graduation. Student meteorologists forecast from the on-campus TV studio for Lyndon’s award-winning journalism program. Others perform research at NASA on land surface characteristics or forecast at many of the National Weather Service (NWS) Offices.
The Atmospheric Sciences program has consistently produced some of the most sought-after meteorologists in the country, with Lyndon graduates working in more than 25% of all United States TV markets. Today, the majority of Lyndon graduates are hired as TV Meteorologists or as meteorologists/scientists in the private industry. It is estimated that on any given day of the year, nearly 30% of the US public may receive a weather forecast from a Lyndon alum.
Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences students have pursued advanced degrees at over twenty different graduate schools, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Colorado State University. They have been employed at over twenty different private companies, from Applied Weather Technology to Weather Services International.
Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state.
Since 1955, the New England Board of Higher Education has promoted greater educational opportunities for the residents of New England. Their core functions include programs and services focused on cost savings and affordability and college access and success. They also provide policy leadership on key issues related to education and promote dialogue, research and analysis, and best practices related to education and the New England economy.
Registration for the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference (NESC) is now open! Registration is available online at www.lyndonams.com/registration. A walk-through of the process can be found on our website as well. Paper and poster abstracts are still being accepted for the conference, which will be held Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York. Abstracts can be submitted at www.lyndonams.com/abstract-submission. Paper and poster abstract submission, as well as registration, will continue until Friday, February 5th. We have been working hard to organize this meeting, and hope you’ll join us in March!
Students and faculty presented at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting which took place December 14 – 18, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. The AGU (American Geophysical Union) conference is the largest earth and space science meeting in the world and regularly draws nearly 24,000 attendees. Dr. Hanrahan gave a talk about the department’s recent climate change outreach efforts, and was a co-author on a poster about the climatology of solar energy potential in Vermont, which was presented by current ATM senior, Colton Zercher. Another ATM student, Melissa Segall, presented on research which was completed during an internship last summer.
- Improving Climate Change Communication Skills through Community Outreach, Dr. Janel Hanrahan
- Using Diurnal Temperature Range to Examine the Climatology of Solar Energy Potential, Colton Zercher, Dr. Janel Hanrahan, and Sarah Murphy
- Large Precipitation Events in Northern Vermont Compared to Global Temperature Anomalies and Carbon Dioxide Concentrations, Tania Bacchus (Johnson State College) and Melissa Segall
Dr. Janel Hanrahan recently presented at the 2015 Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE) conference in Portland, Maine. Her session titled, “Using Mathematics to Understand the Science of Climate Change,” was well received by middle and high school mathematics teachers from around New England. The group was excited to learn how fundamental climate change concepts could be incorporated into their own classrooms. They used various online datasets and graphics to understand how carbon dioxide concentrations are changing, and to explore recent trends in temperature, atmospheric water vapor, and precipitation.
If you are interested in purchasing a stylish ATM-specific shirt/t-shirt, you can submit an order by the end of October here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12UfhRli1r5goBl-CK6A6H9dHhTT-eo3PmD5P4LNVces/viewform
The Lyndon State College Climate Change Assembly (CCA) group wrapped up a productive first year with a presentation at Lyndon Institute. Lauriana Gaudet and Haley Craig talked to juniors and seniors about the science of climate change and had a great conversation including ideas for mitigation. During the 2014-15 academic year, the CCA group met seven times to discuss the science of climate change, to practice assembly presentations, and to discuss ideas for future assemblies. For more information, check out the new Climate Change Communication web page.
Congratulations to the ATM class of 2015! We will miss you around here.