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November 19, 2020

COVID-19 update: Department office hours and staff contact information

The department office currently has reduced in-person staffing due to the pandemic. The office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All staff members will be available by email or phone during normal business hours. Effective Nov. 30, all buildings except the chemistry building will be locked during the day, and you will need your key card to enter them. ATS West will be unlocked…
February 23, 2021

In memory of former department machinist Charlie Wilkins

Charlie Wilkins, who made instruments for the department and worked as a weather research engineer in one of the many fulfilling careers throughout his life, passed away Feb. 13. His obituary can be viewed online. A funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Wilkins, a U.S. Air Force veteran, flew several aircraft for weather research projects during his time at CSU: a T-28, Queen Aire, McDonnell F-101B (the…
February 12, 2021

Several recent papers by department researchers highlighted by AGU

Three papers authored by students in the department recently have been highlighted by the American Geophysical Union. The papers by Ph.D. candidate Ting-Yu Cha and recent graduates Ben Toms and Steven Brey were featured in the AGU publication Eos. Cha's paper, "Polygonal eyewall asymmetries during the rapid intensification of Hurricane Michael (2018)," with co-authors Associate Professor Michael Bell, Wen-Chau Lee (NCAR) and Alex DesRosiers, was chosen as an Editors' Highlight.…
February 11, 2021

FORTCAST hosts FEMA public affairs specialist Minh Phan at next virtual event

You can shape your career path based on your passions. FEMA public affairs specialist Minh Phan will share how he has done just that at FORTCAST’s What’s Brewing in Weather and Science talk Tuesday, Feb. 16. Minh will discuss how his interest in weather contributed to his career and research. The virtual talk will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q-and-A session. FORTCAST will send out the meeting link…
February 9, 2021

Melissa Burt and Emily Fischer star in national campaign urging action on climate change

Melissa Burt and Emily Fischer are accomplished climate researchers – familiar faces at scientific meetings, and around the halls of Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science. But to millions of Americans meeting Burt and Fischer for the first time, they are moms – and that’s what they hope will be the difference. Burt, Fischer and their adorable families are stars of a national media campaign called Science Moms that…
February 8, 2021

A tribute to Nobel Laureate and former CSU Adjunct Professor Paul Crutzen

Science lost a brilliant researcher and the planet lost a steadfast advocate with the death of Paul Crutzen on Jan. 28. Crutzen, an atmospheric scientist, was one of the first to link human activities to ozone deterioration, leading to the worldwide ban on ozone-depleting substances. He was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, with Mario Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland, for discovering the chemical processes that cause ozone depletion.…
February 5, 2021

Sam O’Donnell receives first-place AMS student poster presentation award

M.S. student Sam O'Donnell, advised by Associate Professor Jeff Pierce, was recognized with a first-place Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award by the American Meteorological Society's 23rd Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry.   O'Donnell's poster covered his research using aircraft and surface-based data to investigate the profile and drivers of atmospheric new particle formation as it relates to planetary boundary layer dynamics. He and his colleagues developed a 1-D model to help…


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