2016 AMS Awards

The American Meteorological Society announced winners of the 2016 AMS Awards to be presented during their January annual meeting, and two NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory researchers were among the honorees. Winners were selected from nominations provided by AMS members, who submitted names of deserving colleagues and peers.

James F. Kimpel  was selected to receive the Charles Franklin Brooks Award for “decades of faithful service and enlightened leadership in the Society, guiding it to remain vigorous, relevant, and focused on the future.” Dr. Kimpel served as the director of NSSL for thirteen years, and was elected president of the AMS in 2000.

Richard J. Doviak was chosen to receive the 2016 Remote Sensing prize for “fundamental contributions to weather radar science and technology, with applications to observations of severe storms and tropospheric winds.” Dr. Doviak joined NSSL in 1971 and has been noted for his extensive work on Doppler radar and remote sensing. He has received multiple awards over the years and has been invited to speak at conferences around the world.

doviakFor a complete list of the 2016 AMS Awards, please visit: https://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/ams-awards-fellows-and-honorary-members/2016-ams-award-winners/

Congratulations to all the winners!

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National Weather Association annual meeting awards

NSSL/CIMMS researchers were in Charleston, SC last week to share recent research with the weather community at the National Weather Association (NWA) annual meeting. The theme of the event was, “High-Impact Weather Communications: Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm.” The main goal of the conference was to share physical and social science to determine how the weather enterprise can encourage people to take appropriate action during high-impact weather events, while realizing there are still limitations of each discipline.

Two University of Oklahoma-CIMMS and NSSL graduate students received NWA awards:

Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation: Robert “Race” Clark, University of Oklahoma-CIMMS and NOAA/OAR/NSL, Norman, OK, for A CONUS-wide analysis of flash flooding: simulations, warnings, and observations. His co-authors were JJ Gourley, Yang Hong, Zac Flamig, and Ed Clark.

Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation: Benjamin Herzog, Univ of Oklahoma/CIMMS, Norman, OK, for Total Lightning Information in a 5-Year Thunderstorm Climatology. His co-authors were Kristin M Calhoun and Donald R. MacGorman.

We also wanted to celebrate our retired scientist Charles A. Doswell III (CIMMS) who received the Special Lifetime Achievement Award “For his exceptional service and contributions to the operational forecasting and research communities through high–quality scientific research, educational workshops, and mentorship of colleagues and students.”

There were two other NWA successes from our partners in the National Weather Center:

Operational Achievement Individual Award
Richard Smith – National Weather Service Forecast Office Norman, OK
For outstanding service through the advancement of social media and other visionary tools to save lives, and for selfless service in support of NWS operations before, during and after Oklahoma’s deadly tornadoes of May 2013.

The Larry R. Johnson Special Award
Oklahoma Mesonet
For operating a comprehensive observing network with a 20–year legacy of exemplary service for the residents of Oklahoma that earned the title of America’s ‘gold standard ’ network from the National Research Council.

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Dave’s most significant awards

2011:  American Meteorological Society Fellow

2010:  NASA Space Flight Awareness Team Award as a member of the NASA and USAF Lightning Advisory Panel (2010) for work developing lightning launch commit criteria.  Presented by the NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director to Dave and team.

2008:  NASA Certificate of Recognition for helping develop a radar-based product to detect conditions conducive to the triggered lightning hazard for rocket launches

2000:  OAR Outstanding Paper Award for coauthored graduate level textbook, “The Electrical Nature of Storms,” Oxford University Press.

2000:  Certificate of Appreciation from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

1995:  U.S. Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal Award as part of NSSL for research leading to network of Doppler radars

1994:  The Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research

1988:  U.S. Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal Award for “Research accomplishments in understanding atmospheric electrification and extraordinary contributions to the Nation’s aviation and space programs.”

1988:  Distinguished Alumni Lecturer, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

1996:  Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) Fellow

1986:  NASA Group Achievement Award:  Lightning Mapper Science and Sensor     Concept

1985:  NASA Group Achievement Award:  Optical Lightning Detection Experiment

1980:  Election to Sigma Xi

1977:  NASA Robert H. Goddard Trophy:  Viking Mission to Mars

1977:  The Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research   (the first awarded)

1976:  NASA Group Achievement Award:  Apollo-Soyuz and related launch support

1976:  U.S. Dept. of Commerce Silver Medal Award for “Contributions . . . in suppressing lightning strokes in thunderstorms.”

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NSSL researcher wins honors in AMS Artificial Intelligence competition

Kim Elmore
Kim Elmore

NSSL/CIMMS researcher Kim Elmore received second place in the American Meteorological Society Artificial Intelligence Competition.  This is the third year of the contest.
To compete, participants are given a data set, then tasked with defining or detecting some weather-related phenomena based the provided data.  The entrants are also requested to present a paper on the method used.

This year’s task was to make probability forecasts of moderate or greater turbulence for airline flights using over 100,000 observations and 130 variables. Elmore, along with co-participant University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology Professor Mike Richman, used an ensemble tree regression method to solve the problem, and were awarded second place.

Elmore and Richman co-chaired last year’s competition, and was invited to compete in the 2009 event.  As a result of Elmore’s efforts, he has been invited to become a member of the AMS Committee on Artificial Intelligence.

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NSSL researcher honored by AMS

Jack_Kain_for_AMS_awardsNSSL’s John S. Kain was honored at the 90th American Meteorological Socity (AMS) Awards Banquet Meeting in Atlanta, GA on January 20, 2010.  Kain received an Editor award “for constructive and timely reviews that improved the quality of papers published in the AMS journal, “Monthly Weather Review.”  Kain is a research meteorologist in the Forecast and Warning Research and Development Division at NSSL.

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Two NSSL Scientists Named Presidential Early Career Award Recipients

Michael C. Coniglio and Pamela L. Heinselman, NSSL research scientists studying improvements in tornado forecasting and new radar systems were named as recipients of the 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. An award ceremony is planned in Washington, D.C. in the fall.

“It is quite remarkable to have two researchers from NSSL win this prestigious award in one year,” said James Kimpel, National Severe Storms Laboratory Director. “It speaks well for the future of our lab to have these outstanding young people on board.”

Worki090613_Texas3_Conigliong in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed, Coniglio is a key player in collaborations to evaluate experimental numerical weather models and bring that cutting edge research to forecasters, ultimately improving forecasts. This spring he helped set up the Operations Center and joined scientists in the field for VORTEX2, the largest and most ambitious field experiment in history to explore tornadoes.

Heinselman_Pam20043Heinselman has led the National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar Demonstration project for several years. Her research focuses on the use of radar data to improve tornado warning lead times. She has served as a mentor to numerous undergraduate and graduate meteorology students, encouraging the next generation of scientists.

“In honoring these scientists early in their careers, we recognize both their achievements to date and the promise of their continued contributions to the nation,” said Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. “NOAA takes great pride in these individuals and in its entire complement of stellar science.”

NSSL scientist David Stensrud and former NSSL researcher Erik Rasmussen are past recipients of the honor.

The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals and contribute to all sectors of the economy. Nine federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers — researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America’s leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.

The awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.

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NSSL researchers receive prestigious awards from AMS

The American Meteorology Society (AMS) has announced the recipients of the 2009 AMS Awards including two NSSL researchers. Awardees will be honored at the AMS Conference January 11-16, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.


Dusan S. Zrnic, is honored “for pioneering and substantial contributions to improvements of meteorological radars for both research and operational applications.” The Remote Sensing Prize is granted biennially to individuals in recognition of advances in the science and technology of remote sensing, and its application to knowledge of the earth, oceans, and atmosphere, and/or to the benefit of society. The award is in the form of a medallion and a check.

ABBE Award

Former NSSL Director Robert Maddox, now of the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ is honored for a lifetime of service to Atmospheric Science through seminal contributions to scientific research, inspirational leadership, and exemplary program management that promoted important interactions between research and operations. The Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Sciences by an Individual is presented on the basis of activities that have materially contributed to the progress of the atmospheric sciences or to the application of atmospheric sciences to general, social, economic, or humanitarian welfare.

AMS Fellow

David Stensrud, NSSL’s Chief of Forecast Research and Development has been elected to the grade of AMS Fellow. Those eligible for election to Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their application during a substantial period of years. Stensrud joins seven current NSSL scientists (Don Burgess, Dick Doviak, Dave Jorgensen, Dusan Zrnic, Jeff Kimpel, Bob Davies-Jones and John Lewis) and three retired scientists (Ed Kessler, Bob Maddox and Ron Holle) honored with this distinction.

Significance: Honors NOAA’s preeminent research

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