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October 14, 2019

AMS 2021 meeting will feature symposium named for emeritus professor

The American Meteorological Society will feature Emeritus Professor Richard Johnson in a named symposium during its 2021 Annual Meeting. Only two or three named symposia are included in each year’s program, reserving this recognition for the most outstanding individuals who have significant achievements in their field, whose contributions make them worthy of consideration as an honorary member of AMS.

AMS previously recognized Johnson with the Verner E. Suomi Medal in 2013. Johnson was a leader in the department’s mesoscale meteorology program from the time he joined the faculty in 1980 through his retirement in 2015. He served as department head from 2007-11. Johnson continues to be active in research from his home in Oregon with interests in tropical convection, dynamics of the MJO, and monsoon processes.

The 2021 Johnson Symposium succeeds the 2020 AMS Schubert Symposium honoring Emeritus Professor Wayne Schubert. The two have been collaborators and leaders in the department for many years.