Researchers honored for achievements in research, outreach

Two NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory researchers were recently recognized by NOAA for their outstanding achievements in research and increased outreach.

Jeff Snyder was awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for leading cutting-edge research using weather radar to improve the detection and short-term forecasts of severe thunderstorms, large hail and tornadoes.

Jeff Snyder.

“I feel fortunate for the support I’ve had since graduate school and throughout my career,” Snyder said. “Such support and encouragement allows me to investigate meteorological matters and continue great research.”

Snyder’s work seeks to improve the detection of hail 20-30,000 feet above ground. Hail grows in this part of the atmosphere but can be difficult to detect until it is closer to the ground. Snyder said this work will increase warning lead times of severe thunderstorms, particularly those with large, destructive hail. Other research focuses include improving radar detection of debris produced by tornadoes in densely forested areas, and exploring artificial intelligence options for weather modeling to improve forecasts.

Since its 1996 inception, NOAA has participated in PECASE, which has recognized 43 of its best and brightest early-career scientists, including seven NSSL researchers.

Bob Rabin

Also honored was Bob Rabin, who received the 2019 Society of American Indian Government Employees Leadership Award for supporting American Indian outreach activities and for serving as a mentor.

Rabin said he was surprised to be nominated for the SAIGE award.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share my enthusiasm of NOAA science with Native American and Alaska Native youth and to explore ways to connect that science with traditional knowledge and indigenous science,” he said.

The purpose of the SAIGE awards is to recognize individuals who have made contributions in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of American Indian/Alaska Native employees in the Federal workforce.

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