Information, Talks, and Publications about Atmospheres

This week’s Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (TAOS) seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 noon in Endeavour Hall 120. Dr. Nick Gorkavyi from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will present a seminar entitled “New Stratospheric Dust Belt Due to the Chelyabinsk Bolide: View from the Limb Profiler (NNP/Suomi Satellite).”  Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please

The following TAOS Seminars are now available on YouTube:

April 9: Brad Barrett, Oceanography Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD “Can Tornadoes and Hail Storms Really be Predicted Three or Four Weeks Out?” April 16: Michael Alexander, NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, “Moisture Sources for Heavy Precipitation in the Western US During Winter.”

There will be no Oceans and Atmosphere Colloquium this week.

The Friday Weather Discussion will take place on April 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Meteorology Laboratory, Endeavour Hall 139. Topic to be announced on day of discussion.

Faculty News

A faculty forum will be held on Wednesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Endeavour Hall 113.  Topics are as follows:    1. The Department of Homeland Security invites applications via two announcements to establish and sustain S&T Coastal Resilience Centers of Excellence including a lead center and three partner centers. Research will be conducted in three technical areas: coastal Infrastructure resilience, building resilient communities and disaster dynamics. One lead center award of $4 million is anticipated. Three partner centers may be established from an anticipated $500,000 in available funding. Program eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education. Applications for both announcements are due Jul 3. For the lead center award, DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001A is available at: For partner centers, DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001B is available at:   2. Department of Commerce Institutional Research Forums on Atmospheric, Climate, and Ocean Sciences Grant

Please let the Educational Programs Office know whether or not you plan to give a final.  Please send an email to indicating the course and whether or not alternate seating is required.

Student News

As a remainder, students who will be presenting at the annual Robert L. de Zafra Symposium on May 9, please send the titles of your talks to by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.  In the subject field of the email, please indicate “de Zafra Symposium.”  Thank you for your cooperation.


There will be a UUP “Spring Fling” membership meeting on Wednesday, April 23, at 12;00 noon at the Student Activities Center, Ballroom A.  Lunch will be be provided. Please RSVP

The UUP Women’s Concern Committee will host a seminar regarding heart disease by Dawn Blatt from Stony Brook’s Physical Therapy Program.  The seminar will take place on Monday, April 28, at12:00 noon in the Wang Center, room 201.

As a reminder, Earthstock takes place from April 21 to 25.  For information, please access

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