LSC attends Vermont Weather Analytics Project meeting hosted by IBM

Lyndon State was well represented at the Vermont Weather Analytics Project meeting hosted by IBM. Faculty members Dr. Jason Shafer and Dr. Janel Hanrahan presented their work, and the team engaged in fruitful conversations throughout the day-long meeting. This project aims to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting in Vermont and its applications to the electric grid.

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LSC Students Attend the Vermont Weather, Climate, and Climate Change Roundtable Meeting

Three Lyndon students attended the first Vermont Weather, Climate, and Climate Change Roundtable meeting in Montpelier, VT on March 31st. Allison LaFleur, Arianna Varuolo-Clarke, and Melissa Segall joined Dr. Hanrahan for a one-day gathering of state and federal agencies to discuss issues related to extreme precipitation/emergency management, agriculture/forestry, and human health issues under climate change. They learned about new data tools at the federal level that can be used to understand and address projected challenges across the state of Vermont.

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ATM Seminar with Craig Johnson

You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 12:30pm in ASAC 319 with Craig Johnson.

Craig is a Lyndon State graduate (2012) and holds a Masters of Science in Climate Science and Policy. He currently works as an Analyst at Optimal Energy, Inc., where he focuses on energy efficiency projects. Craig will share his recent graduate school experiences and describe what Optimal Energy, Inc. does in the field of energy and energy efficiency.

His talk should be particularly interesting for those of you working on the private industry, climate change, and/or environmental sciences concentration(s).

This is the last scheduled seminar of the spring semester!
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ATM Seminar with Wendy Abshire

You are invited to attend an ATM seminar on Thursday, 26 March at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with Wendy Abshire.

Wendy is a Senior Project Manager with the COMET program, which works as part of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, CO. She has managed the development of a variety of educational modules, in addition to holding other responsibilities at UCAR. Her career has focused on, “leading, inspiring, and working with others to increase earth-system science knowledge and awareness leading to informed weather-related decision making and ultimately socially responsible science policy decisions.”

Wendy will speak about a mix of her career, share advice, and a little bit about COMET and MetEd.

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ATM Seminar with John Murphy

You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 19 March at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with John Murphy.

Mr. Murphy will speak about his 30-year weather career in the United States Air Force, and his new role as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Weather Service (NWS). His presentation will discuss ways in which you can break into a military career with a weather background.

Mr. Murphy is a 1982 Lyndon State graduate, and he was just announced as the Chief Operating Officer of the NWS, which includes the management of the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate, and space weather products, services, and information, as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs.

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ATM Seminar with Dr. Corey Potvin

You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on:
Thursday, March, 12 2015 at 12:30pm in ASAC 319 with Dr. Corey Potvin.

Dr. Corey Potvin is a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and NOAA National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma, as well as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology. Dr. Potvin is an expert in convective-scale processes, analysis, data assimilation, and prediction. He is a member of NSSL’s Warn-On-Forecast team, whose objective is to develop and implement a real-time convection-allowing ensemble modeling system that will provide valuable forecast guidance to severe thunderstorm and tornado warning operations.

The NOAA Warn-On-Forecast (WoF) project envisions an increasingly critical role for convection-allowing ensemble modeling systems in NWS operations. This paradigm is expected to increase warning lead times for tornadoes, flash flooding, and other convective storm hazards. Dr. Potvin will be discussing recent WoF research efforts at the NSSL, as well as advice for students considering careers as professors or research scientists.

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LSC Climate Change Assemblies

Under the supervision of Dr. Hanrahan, Lyndon State College students are visiting local schools to educate students about the scientific understanding of climate change. The LSC Climate Change Committee has been meeting regularly to discuss the science and to learn about ways to effectively communicate scientific ideas to the general public. The first assembly was presented by Kayla St. Germain and Arianna Varuolo-Clarke at Burke Town School on February 9th. The group will be visiting several other local schools in the upcoming months, including Lyndon Institute, Thaddeus Stevens School, and Newark Street School.
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LSC Faculty Gives Research Seminar at McGill University

Dr. Hanrahan was recently invited to give a seminar for the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. She spoke about her research work on the configuration of a regional climate model in complex terrain, and discussed methods for the validation of simulated rainfall in central Alberta. This work will inform the design of future hydrologic infrastructures that will account for changes in extreme rainfall under climate change.McGill

ATM Seminar with Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer

Please attend the ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 19 February, 2015 at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer.

Dr. Wiedinmyer will speak about emissions of pollutants from fire to the atmosphere and how they impact us with a focus on wildfires and cooking fires.

Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer is a Scientist III in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Wiedinmyer’s research emphasizes the identification and quantification of various emission sources and modeling the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere. Her research interests include evaluating ways in which climate, technology, and policy impact air quality. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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