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ATMOS Briefing - October 2020 Issue
 
 
 

For inquiries about the UIUC Atmospheric Sciences briefing, contact Rebekka Delaney. (rebekka2@illinois.edu) 

 
   
   
 
 
Notes from the Head
 
 
 

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, who earned his M.S. and Ph.D. under the mentorship of (Emeritus) Prof. Bob Wilhelmson, was honored as an LAS Distinguished Alumnus during a virtual ceremony last Thursday evening. As most of you probably know, Dr. Droegemeier currently serves as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House. At one point earlier this year, he also served as the (interim) Director of the National Science Foundation. So, his career thus far has truly been distinguished!  On a personal note, Dr. Droegemeier was one of my favorite professors while I was a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, and some of the content in my versions of ATMS 314 and 514 is inspired from classes he taught at OU. Because we couldn’t properly celebrate with him on Thursday, LAS plans to invite Dr. Droegemeier as well as the other awardees back to campus in October 2021, for an in-person event that will include opportunities for faculty and student meetings.

We’ll look forward this to event next October as well as to separate alumni activities hosted by our newly formed Alumni Council (AC), which held its first meeting a few weeks ago. The AC is comprised of five alums and one student representative, and is chaired by Lisa Michaels (B.S. 2016). We’re thankful for their willingness to help improve interactions between alums and the department, and will be working with them to assist in their development of new initiatives. 

On a final, alumni-related note, the ATMS alumni relations committee made several recommendations to the faculty last week regarding undergraduate scholarships. New scholarships for a rising sophomore and rising junior will be announced in the coming months, as will scholarships from the newly formed Atmospheric Sciences Field Studies of Convection Class Experience Fund. Stay tuned for application information!

Have a great November, and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeff

 
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
Publications
 
 
 

Wuebbles, D., A. Sharma, A. Ando, L. Zhao, and C. Rigsbee, 2020: Converging on solutions to plan sustainable cities. Eos, 101, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EO150149.

Kinnison, D., G. Brasseur, S. L. Baughcum, J. Zhang, and D. Wuebbles, 2020: The impact on the ozone layer of a potential fleet of civil hypersonic aircraft. Earth Future, 8, e2020EF001626. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EF001626.

Wuebbles, D. J., 2020: Effects of particles on climate remain unsettled. EOS, https://eos.org/editorhighlights/effects-of-particles-on-climate-remain-unsettled.

 
   
   
 
 
Presentations
 
 
 

Riemer, N., 2020: “Aerosol Mixing State: Synthesizing Measurements and Models”, Seminar at the Center for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science, Bristol, UK, Oct 1, 2020.

Riemer, N., 2020: “Aerosol Mixing State: Synthesizing Measurements and Models”, presentation at the Planning Meeting on Atmospheric Sciences and Aerosol Research - New Instrumentation at NSLSII, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, USA, Oct 2, 2020.

Riemer, N., 2020: “Enhancing aerosol predictions on the global scale with particle-resolved modeling and machine learning”, ESMD-E3SM PI Meeting, Oct 29, 2020.

Yao, Y., J. Curtis, N. Riemer, 2020: “Quantifying the Effects of Mixing State on Aerosol Optical Properties”, AAAR 38th Annual Conference, Oct 5-9, 2020.

Nandy, L., Y. Yao, N. Riemer, 2020: “Predicting Effect of Organic-Inorganic Internally Mixed Particles on Water Uptake and Optical Properties of Atmospheric Aerosols”, AAAR 38th Annual Conference, Oct 5-9 2020.

Nesbitt, S., Chase, R., McFarquhar, M., 2020: “A GPM-DPR neural network falling snow retrieval: evaluation and comparison to CloudSat”, NASA PMM Annual Science Team Meeting, Virtual, 21 Oct 2020.

Nesbitt, S. W., 2020: “A storm safari in Subtropical South America: proyecto RELAMPAGO” Department Seminar, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, Purdue University, 15 October 2020.

Wuebbles, D., 2020: “A Look at Climate Modeling Datasets for NCA5”, USGCRP Planning Working Group, Washington DC (virtual), October 19, 2020.

Wuebbles, D., 2020: “Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES)”, Big 10 Workshop on Urban Issues, virtual workshop, October 1, 2020.

Wuebbles, D., 2020: “Crossing Pillars to Advance Research Addressing Sustainability and Climate Resiliency”, Keynote Presentation for the 25th Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium Conference, Cutting Through the Academic Silos to Advance Sustainability, UIC, October 30, 2020.

Wuebbles, D., 2020: “The Uneasy Relationship Between Science and Politics”, Panel Discussant for event sponsored by IGI Global STEAM Working Group and Applied Research Institute, University of Illinois, October 1, 2020.

Wuebbles, D., 2020: “Why Does Climate Change Matter?, Rotary District 6490 Annual Conference”, invited speaker, October 3, 2020.

Yao, Y., N. Riemer, J. H. Curtis, J. Ching, 2020: “Quantifying the effects of mixing state on aerosol optical properties”, Oral presentation at AAAR, online, October 8, 2020.

Zheng, Z.,  M. West, N. Riemer, 2020: “Error in Aerosol Mixing State Induced by Aerosol Representation Assumptions”, AAAR 38th Annual Conference, Oct 5-9 2020.

 
   
   
 
 
Awards and Activities
 
 
 

Don Wuebbles taught 1.5 hour class with a presentation on climate change for an agriculture and policy course at Illinois State University on October 13, 2020.

Jeff Trapp was the co-chair of the 22nd Biennial AMS/AGU Heads and Chairs Meeting, held virtually on 8-9 October.

Nicole Riemer was a co-organizer of the 2020 ASR/ARM Topical Workshop on Machine Learning and Statistical Methods for Observations, Modeling, and Observational Constraints on Modeling, October 19-20, 2020

Nicole Riemer was an organizer of Virtual Aerosol Lectures, Fall 2020, Lecture 2: Thermodynamics and kinetics of aerosol-gas partitioning, Sarah Suda Petters, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Oct 14, 2020.

Steve Nesbitt served on the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives, Earth and Environmental Sciences Review Panel on 28 October 2020.

Zhuo Wang has been named a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar by the College of LAS. This is in recognition of her outstanding achievements in research and leadership on campus and beyond. 

 
   
   
 
 
Outreach Activities
 
 
 

Don Wuebbles had an interview with national ABC News (held on October 16) appeared online in specials segment on climate change on October 22, 2020.

 
   
   
 
 
Announcements
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
Seminar Schedule
 
 
 

11/10 - Sarah Brooks, Texas A&M University

11/17 - Doug Miller, ATMS Student

12/1 - Rebecca MorssNCAR

12/8 - Matt ParkerNorth Carolina State University

 
   
   
 
 
November Birthdays
 
 
 
 
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Graduate Students:

Spencer Guerroro

Seung Uk Kim

David Lafferty

Jesse Loveridge

Sujan Pal

Itinderjot Singh

Yu Yao

Faculty/Staff:

Larry Di Girolamo

Deanna Hence

Bob Rauber

 
   
   
 
 
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