Information, Talks, and Publications about Atmospheres

This week’s Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (TAOS) seminar will take place onWednesday, April 9, at 12:00 noon in Endeavour Hall 120. Dr. Brad Barrett from the Oceanography Department at the U.S. Naval Academy will present a seminar entitled “Can Tornadoes and Hail Storms Really be Predicted Three or Four Weeks Out?”  Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please email

This week’s Oceans and Atmosphere Colloquium will take place on Friday, April 11, at 12:00 noonin Endeavour Hall 120. Professor David McGee from the Program in Atmospheres, Ocean and Climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will present a seminar entitled, “Drivers and Impacts of African Dust Emissions Since the Last Glacial Period.” For further information, please contact Steve Ortega at 2-8781.

The Friday Weather Discussion will take place on April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Meteorology Laboratory, Endeavour Hall 139. Topic to be announced on day of discussion.

Faculty News

SoMAS awards for best Ph.D. and M.S. theses will be given at the Convocation ceremony onThursday, May 22.  To nominate a student, please send an email and a copy of the thesis to Professor Henry Bokuniewicz (

We are seeking nominations for the Nuria Protopopescu Memorial Teaching Award, an award recognizing outstanding teaching by a SoMAS graduate student.  Details are posted on the ITPA bulletin board in Endeavour Hall.  Deadline is April 25.

The annual campus-wide celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) will take place on Wednesday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Student Activities Center. Faculty are asked to encourage their students to present their research at this event.  Details may be accessed at

There will be a National Science Foundation workshop on Wednesday, June 4, at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  The workshop is targeted at junior faculty but others may also find it useful and informative.  The workshop begins with registration at 7:45 a.m. and ends with a reception at 4:30 p.m  Additional details are posted on the ITPA bulletin board in Endeavour Hall, or you may contact George Wilson at the National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7733.

Student News

The link to the next paper in MAR 595 (New Stratospheric Dust Belt Due to the Chelyabinsk Bolide) may be accessed at


The SOMAS Electronics Shop is need of packing peanuts. If you can donate, please contact Tom Wilson at 2-8706 or feel free to drop them off.  They may be left in the blue barrel outside of the E-shop door.

The annual Flax to Vax race will take place on Saturday, April 26.  If you would like to participate, please sign up on the sheets posted outside of the mail room.

Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to submit entries for the weekly ITPA E-newsletter. Please send your submissions to Gina Gartin at