the college placed sixth out of the 28 participating to be named, but the topic was to be severe weather. colleges. Chapter Treasurer Cegeon Chan placed first The chapter also planned to appoint members to the for the college. From this past forecast period, there membership, program, and publicity committees and were 11 people that did not qualify. Forms were made to elect chairpersons as per the bylaws. available at the end of the meeting for any member Information about future meetings of the chapter can be found online at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/ who wanted to drop out of the contest. Arnott an- ams.htm.—Ed Kieser.+ nounced that preparations for the panel discussion at the Storm Conference was going well, as three out of the five slots were filled. Freedman and Chapter Secretary Tracy McCormick said they were working on listing all of the people that Climate and Skin Cancer had registered for the Storm Conference in a spread- sheet. McCormick said she was also working on put- ting together the Storm Conference booklet, which While the United States is included all of the oral presentation abstracts for the within the temperate zone of cli- conference. Additionally, she was in the process of get- mate, the size and geographical ting the science fair underway, and had already been in arrangement of our country give touch with three local schools that would like to par- wide climatic variations of inso- ticipate. She asked if any member wanted to be a judge lation, temperature, moisture, or to give meteorology lab and television station tours. wind, altitude, dust, and indus- Chan announced that the budgeting process was un- trial smoke... . In general, there derway. He said approximately 25% of the money cut is more skin cancer in the southern states than at the house meeting was from the AMS budget. He elsewhere, with a maximum incidence in the invited members to come and support their club at Southwest and with the best data from Texas. . . . these meetings. Chan thanked everyone who helped This disease is so common in Texas and its out at the Winter Ball, noting there was a record-break- neighboring states that the doctors there have ing turnout this year. He said there would be another always known it. . . this area [is] a perfect one car-wash fund-raiser this spring, and club members for study of this disease because in the South- were invited to help plan a nature walk for children to west we have long hours of insolation, extensive be held on Spring Day (28 April 2001). dry and dusty areas, little industrial "smog," and a population about half of whom engage in some McCormick announced that Dr. Atkins's wife went into labor that evening and that there would be another type of outdoor occupation. . . . The sunshine meeting after Winter Break for student members to map of the Weather Bureau shows insolation is sign a card and see the gift that the chapter would be greatest in the southwestern United States. In giving to Dr. Atkins and his wife. general, skin cancer is greatest there also. The area of most sunshine (3,800 hours per year) is Two raffle prizes were given out at the end of the in our far Southwest, with much of it in Arizona; meeting. Raffle winners were Mike DiVirgilio and Tony Mandella.—Tracy L. McCormick. and, if great exposure to the ultraviolet element of sunshine alone were the cause of skin cancer, Centra l Illinois then the population of that state should show the greatest incidence. . . . Medical statistics from The most recent meeting was held on 5 December Arizona record the incidence of skin cancer as 2000, at Maverick Steakhouse in Clinton, Illinois. A short not so high. Of the sun-rich states of Arizona, business meeting was followed by a speaker, Charles New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, the largest Schweighauser, professor of astronomy and physics at number of skin cancers is recorded from the lat- the University of Illinois at Springfield. His program was ter . . . this fact [is] a final argument that climate titled "Stars and Galaxies." He spoke on the formation, is not the only factor in producing skin cancer. structure, and end of stars, and then focused on the Milky Way galaxy. Schweighauser's presentation in- cluded many slides from the Hubble Space Telescope. The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for 1 Bull Amer. Meteor. Soc32, 187. March 2001 in Lincoln, Illinois. The speaker was yet Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 104 1
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