AMS Exhibit Program Provides a Valuable Service to Members Spectacular satellite imagery. Cutting edge in- The role of the AMS exhibitor is multifaceted: struments. Workstations. Software packages. promoting products and services, building client re- Books. Radars. Weather graphics. Vendor-client lationships, providing employment opportunities, partnerships. All items are a sampling of what can and supporting the scientific and technical confer- be found at an AMS exhibit. ences that AMS sponsors. At the 77th AMS Annual The AMS Commercial Exhibit and Combined Meeting, exhibitors were responsible for the opera- Book and CD-ROM program brings more than 100 tion of four T1 lines that were used by presenters exhibitors to the annual meeting each year. Smaller, at various conferences in addition to the exhibitors; focused exhibit programs also are conducted at the workstations and other equipment that were some specialty conferences each year. Exhibitors used by authors when presenting their scientific pa- represent government agencies, universities, re- pers and posters; access to computers so that at- search institutions, and the private sector. The ex- tendees could access their own computers re- hibits expose members to the latest in software, motely, the Electronic Theater presentation; daily weather briefings; evening programs; job fair; and hardware, and systems used in support of opera- the Daily Bulletin. More than 30 exhibitors also tional forecasting, research, and training in the have been supporting the AMS/Industry Fellow- fields of meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, ships and Scholarships program. and the related environmental sciences. The benefit of the program is threefold: it allows The exhibit program also allows meeting attend- ees to expand their knowledge base by providing AMS meeting attendees to receive hands-on expo- a large publications display. Many of the major sure to new technologies in their field, it provides publishers of books and periodicals on meteorol- an opportunity for the vendors and their clients to build a partnership by interacting face to face at the ogy, oceanography, hydrology, and the related meetings, and it gives students an opportunity to sciences bring their publications to the Combined see the breadth of career options available. Book and CD-ROM display each annual meeting. The exhibition program has seen a large amount of In addition, these publishers provide an atmo- growth over the past 10 years from a modest partici- sphere where attendees can pitch book ideas and pation of 6 companies to over 125 organizations, in- where the publishers can recruit authors for pub- cluding a number of firms based outside of the United lishing ventures. This display is the home to many States. Much of the recent growth is due to an in- small software and CD-ROM vendors, which pro- crease in participation by small companies support- vide hands-on demonstrations. ing activities associated with the National Weather The AMS Exhibit Program is managed by staff Service Modernization Program and NASA's Mis- members of the Washington, D.C., office, led by Yale sion to Planet Earth. Schiffman. • Hallgren to Leave Executive Director Role On 25 April, Richard E. Hallgren officially an- The AMS Executive Committee is currently nounced that he is stepping down as the Society's ex- forming a search committee. The search commit- ecutive director in January 1999. tee will present a list of candidates to the AMS Coun- Hallgren, who has been executive director of the cil, who will then select a candidate to be Hallgren's successor. • Society since 1988, will continue to serve it in a number of capacities for two additional years. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1203
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 1997
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