Franci s K. Davis, retired dean of Drexel spent three years in the Defense Evaluation and Re- University's College of Science, was awarded a Doc- search Agency as managing director of operations, tor of Science, honoris causa, from the university dur- before taking up appointment as chief scientist in ing commencement weekend, 13-14 June 1997. 1994. Davis, who had been with Drexel for 17 years, joined Drexel after service with the U.S. Army Air Weather Lynn Thomson was recently honored by Ricks Service, where he was a member of the weather fore- College, Rexburg, Idaho, with the 1996 Exemplary cast team for D-Day. He was the first director of Faculty Award. The annual recipient is chosen by fel- Drexel's Department of Environmental Engineering low Ricks Faculty Association members based on sev- and Science and in 1970 became dean of what is now eral factors, including recognition of his or her posi- the university's College of Arts and Sciences. tive influence on students and maintenance of the high- A pioneer in the emerging field of broadcast me- est standards and excellence in teaching. teorology 50 years ago, Davis became one of the Thomson has taught meteorology and physical sci- nation's first full-time television weathercasters on ence at Ricks for 30 years. He is a graduate of Utah Channel 6 in Philadelphia. In 1947 he joined the me- State University, chair of the Ricks Physics Depart- teorological staff of WFIL-AM and a year later, the ment, founding vice president of the Eastern Idaho staff of WFIL-TV (now WPVI). chapter of the AMS, and is a climate observer and se- Davis, a Fellow of AMS, was the first person to vere weather spotter for the National Weather Service. receive AMS's Seal of Approval for both Television Upon receiving the award at a faculty banquet, and Radio in 1959. He and fellow weathercaster Wally Thomson stated that, "There has never been a morn- Kinnan, who at the time was working at Channel 3 in ing I haven't looked forward to coming to school. My Philadelphia and who holds the second Seal of Ap- goal is to become a good teacher before I retire." proval for Television and for Radio, were instrumen- tal in implementing the Seal of Approval program at AMS. Both received honorary seals in order to set a standard for the program. Davis is a graduate of West Chester State Teachers tr, College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peter David Ewins has been appointed to the po- sition of chief executive of the U.K. Meteorological Office (Met Office). Ewins replaces Julian Hunt, whose appointment ended on 30 June 1997. Ewins joins the Met Office from the Ministry of UUVISIONSMKOfflPPMVfll Defense, where he was a chief scientist. He was edu- cated at Imperial College, London, where he gradu- ated in aeronautical engineering in 1964. He earned 927 Edward S. Buckner 1997 an M.S. in design from the Cranfield Institute of Tech- 928 Daniel Corbett 1997 nology in 1966. 929 Eric W. El well 1997 Ewin began his career at the Royal Aircraft Estab- 930 Steven B. Norris 1997 lishment in 1966 and later spent three years in the cabi- 931 Julia Gray Stabley 1997 net office on civil service personnel policy, before re- turning to the Ministry of Defense. He subsequently Vol. 78, No. 9, September 7 997
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1997
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