Colloquia for Spring 2021

Polarization Difference - the scientific story behind one variable and its practical applications

March 04, 2021

Jie Gong from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Hosted by Christine Chiu

Cloud ice and snow microphysical characteristics play an important role in determining cloud radiative effect. They are also closely connected to the details of surface precipitation characteristics. Ice orientation is one microphysical property that is traditionally believed to have trivial impact on the weather systems/climate, and it is hard to measure from space. In this presentation, I…

Applying a multicultural mentoring model to broaden participation in atmospheric sciences: Best communication practices for mentoring underrepresented students

February 18, 2021

Leticia Williams from Howard University NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

Hosted by Leah Grant (on behalf of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee) and Christine Chiu

Mentoring has become a leading intervention strategy to increase diversity of underrepresented students (e.g., women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The ability to communicate with male or female protégés from various cultures is essential to STEM mentors’ ability to support and advise Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx atmospheric…

Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells (TORUS)

February 11, 2021

Adam Houston from the University of Nebraska

Hosted by Russ Schumacher

Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells (TORUS) aims to improve the conceptual model of supercells by explicating the relationship of storm-generated boundaries and coherent structures within storm outflow to the generation/amplification of near-surface rotation. New insight will be enabled through coordinated and tightly-focused deployments of new and established remote and in…

Understanding Tropical Convection and its Mesoscale Organization: The Vital Role of 50 years of Field Campaigns

January 28, 2021

Edward Zipser from the University of Utah

Hosted by Steven Rutledge

Beginning in the 1960s, with the encouragement of President John F. Kennedy for the U.S. taking a leadership role in Science (also leading to the moon landing in the same decade), the Charney Report highlighted the need to understand and parameterize tropical convection if global models were to approach their potential of useful 1-2-week weather prediction. Stimulated by Verner Suomi promising…