IP about our members Jennifer Barnett was ing and Observations to Benefit the Environment recently awarded the (GLOBE) Program. firs t national Peter GLOBE is a worldwide network of students, B. Wagner Memorial teachers, and scientists at more than 6000 schools Award for Women in At- working together to expand scientific understand- mospheric Sciences by ing of the earth's environment. the Desert Research In- In May, FSU received a $410,000 grant from stitute. Barnett, a Ph.D. the National Science Foundation to begin working candidate in the Depart- with the students in their daily observation of cloud ment of Meteorology at cover and cloud type and to develop a new rela- the University of Utah, received the award and tive humidity observation standard. Although $1000 prize from former Nevada Lieutenant Gov- GLOBE students have been collecting and report- ernor and Desert Research Institute (DRI) employee ing data via the Internet since 1995, relative humid- Sue Wagner. ity will be a new measurement for GLOBE students. Barnett's paper submission was titled "A Method Ruscher will be working with students from 15 for Retrieval of Physical and Infrared Radiative schools, mostly in Florida, to develop the instru- Properties of High Clouds Using a Polarization Li- ments to measure relative humidity, as well as the dar, an Infrared Radiometer, and a Radiative Trans- observation standards to be implemented in the fer Model." It was chosen from papers submitted international program. fro m the University of Colorado, Boulder; the The GLOBE program is designed to produce University at Albany, State University of New datasets that scientists will use to study various York; the University of Oklahoma; the University meteorological issues and to monitor climate. The of Texas at Austin; the University of Delaware; the goal is to give students a sense of appreciation for University of Utah; the University of California, San the value of objective, carefully taken scientific Diego; the University of Illinois; and the Massachu- observations, and the scientific process. setts Institute of Technology. Ruscher and fellow meteorology associate pro- Wagner created the award in memory of her late fessor Kevin Kloesel and research associate pro- husband, Peter Byrne Wagner. Wagner, a DRI atmo- fessor David LaHart of the Florida Energy and spheric scientist, was killed in a 2 March 1980 plane Environmental Alliance at FSU are in charge of crash while conducting research. The national award GLOBE data collection along with two under- was designated to be given to a woman pursuing her graduate students. The team will work closely with master's or Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related teachers across the state of Florida through EX- program at a university in the United States. PLORES!, one of the university-directed K-12 out- The Greater Reno Zonta Club helped underwrite reach programs. • the national award by granting $1000 to the award fund. Paul Ruscher, associate professor of meteorol- ogy at The Florida State University (FSU), has re- ceived a four-year grant for atmospheric 1003 Joseph G. Murgo 1998 observations. The grant is to engage K-12 students 1004 Tim Drawbridge 1998 in more than 70 countries in collecting scientifically 1005 Lisa F. Mozer 1998 useful atmospheric data as part of the Global Learn- Vol. 79 , No. 7 7, November J 998
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1998
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