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July 10, 2018

Erik Nielsen awarded Best Student Poster Presentation at AMS conference

Ph.D. candidate Erik Nielsen, advised by Russ Schumacher, was selected for one of three Best Student Poster Presentation awards at the 29th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting/25th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction held by the American Meteorological Society June 4-8 in Denver. Nielsen’s winning poster, “Dynamical Insights into Extreme Short-Term Precipitation Associated with Supercells and Mesovortices,” examined how rotation can potentially lead to enhancement of short-term rain rates. A paper on the subject by Nielsen and Schumacher recently was accepted in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.

Nielsen has received two other presentation awards from AMS: a second-place poster award in 2017 for “An Updated U.S. Geographic Distribution of Concurrent, Collocated Tornado and Flash Flood Events and Look at those Observed during the First Year of VORTEX-SE,” and a second-place oral presentation award also in 2017 for “Observations of Extreme Short-Term Precipitation Associated with Supercells and Mesovortices.” (There were no placements given for the recent award, just three overall poster selections.)