AMS 2016 Student Awards


The American Meteorological Society announced last week the award winners from January’s AMS Annual Meeting.  Among those selected were several representatives from OU CIMMS.

Research Associate Katie Bowden was chosen as a 1st Place Winner in the Oral Presentation Category of the 32nd Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT) competition. Her work, entitled “Eye-Tracking Applications to Assess Impacts of Phased Array Radar Data on Forecasters’ Cognitive Processes” was done in collaboration with NSSL’s Pam Heinselman and OU’s Ziho Kang. Katie is currently working toward her Ph.D. at OU.

Greg Blumberg, a researcher with CIMMS and NSSL, was awarded 2nd place in the EIPT competition. His presentation was called “Monitoring the Evolution of Deep Convection Through the Use of Ground-Based Spectral Infrared Thermodynamic Sounders.” He worked alongside University of Wisconsin/CIMSS’ Timothy Wagner and NSSL’s Dave Turner.

Tomer Burg, a student in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, received the 3rd place prize in the EIPT competition. Tomer presented in the Crowdsourcing Data session on his study called “Assessing the Skill of Updated Precipitation Type Diagnostic for Rapid Refresh with mPING.” He conducted his research with OU CIMMS’ Kim Elmore and Heather Grams.

Mallory Row was selected as a 2nd place winner in the 28th Conference on Climate Variability and Change. Her study on “Synoptic and Local Influences on a Summertime, Long-Lived, Mixed-Phase Cloud Event Over Summit, Greenland: A Modeling Perspective” was done in conjunction with OU’s Steve Cavallo and NSSL’s Dave Turner.

Ryan Lagerquist earned 3rd place in the 14th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences Student Competition for his abstract, “Real-time Prediction of Damaging Straight-line Winds Produced by Thunderstorms.” He worked with OU’s Amy McGovern, Climate Corporation’s Valliappa Lakshmanan, and CIMMS/NSSL’s Travis Smith.

Dave Harrison received Honorable Mention in the 11th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice (11SOCIETY) Student Competition for “A Statistical Overview of Operational Storm-Based Warnings.” His abstract was an extension of his work with CIMMS/NSSL via the NOAA Hollings program last summer under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Karstens.

Sam Bush was selected as the recipient of Second Place Student Oral Presenter award for his talk at the 14th Symposium on the Coastal Environment. Sam is a Master’s student in OU’s Civil Engineering and Environmental Science program, which is funded through CIMMS by Sea Grant.

Congratulations to the winners!