Extraordinary Student Scholars and Leaders for 2018-2019
Photo Image (left to right): Chloé Fandel, Adriana Arcelay, Rebecca Stolar, Katarena Matos, Jack Reeves Eyre, Sheila Solis-Arroyo, Erin L. Gray, and Victoria Hermosilla.
Early in May--just before final exams--a small but select group of students was called to a mysterious meeting with Dr. Martha Whitaker, Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Graduate Studies, only to be whisked down the hallway to find a overflowing assembly of cheering students, faculty, and staff waiting to celebrate them as this year's extraordinary student scholars and leaders!
Following the announcement of the individual awards by Dr. Tom Meixner, Associate Department Head, the shocked but happy group enjoyed a delicious cake with ample lashings of cold milk.
We owe an immense debt of gratitude to our founding faculty scholars whose work and lifetime achievements inspired these endowments AND to our wonderful alumni and donors whose contributions maintain them, so we extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed, past and present.
For the upcoming year, Fall 2018-Spring 2019, a fantastic group of young men and women will join the rosters of these prestigious awards. Rest assured, the future of hydrology and atmospheric sciences is in good hands!
Philip Krider Endowed Fellowship in Atmospheric Sciences
This year's award was bestowed by Professor Emeritus Phil Krider who joined the festivities!
- Jack Eyre
John and Margaret Harshbarger Doctoral Fellowship in Subsurface Hydrology
- Chloe Fandel
Donald R. Davis Endowment Scholarship for Undergraduate Excellence
- Sheila Solis-Arroyo
Chester C. Kisiel Scholarship for Application of Statistics in Hydrology
- Erin Gray
Shlomo and Yael Neuman Graduate Scholarship in Hydrology -- The inaugural year!
- Yu-Li (Eric) Wang
Sol D. Resnick Scholarship for Graduate Research in Hydrology
- Rebecca Stolar
Eugene S. Simpson Scholarship in Groundwater Hydrology
- Adriana Arcelay
Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Extraordinary Leadership Awards
- Victoria Hermosilla (HASSA President and Coordinator, 2018 El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera)
- Katarena Matos (HASSA Vice President and Coordinator, 2018 El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera)
Our warmest congratulations to our extraordinary student scholars!
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Yiyi Huang Selected as 2018 Carson Scholar
A round of applause and warm congratulations to Yiyi Huang, HAS doctoral student, who has been selected as a 2018 Carson Scholar!
The Carson Program, named for legendary scientist, conservationist, and author Rachel Carson, supports graduate students who are committed to interdisciplinary research on environment and society and is designed to further their capacity to communicate their work to the public and decision makers through training in writing, media, and outreach.
Carson Scholars are financially supported by the UA Institute for the Environment (which administers and sponsors the program) with additional support from the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, Biosphere 2, the College of Science Galileo Circle, and private donations. Every fall and spring semester the College of Science Borderlands Brewing Company Science Café Series showcases Carson Scholars and their current work.
Yiyi completed her undergraduate degree at Sun Yat-sen University, China, graduating with a BS degree in atmospheric sciences. Since January 2015, she has been working on Arctic cloud, radiation, and their feedbacks on Arctic sea ice with Professor Xiquan Dong. Under the background of global climate change, Arctic sea ice has been declining rapidly in the past few decades.
Based on multiple satellite/surface observations, reanalysis, and model simulations, Yiyi's current work focuses on the investigation of relationships between springtime cloud/radiation properties and September sea ice minimum so that we can better understand the Arctic sea ice trend and variability, both in the past and in the future. Thus far, she has published two first-authored articles in high-impact academic journals on this topic.
In general, her doctoral research will improve our understanding of the Arctic cloud-radiation-sea ice feedback mechanism which will not only help us to better predict the global state of climate, but also help local communities in the Arctic regions and other international communities adapt and respond to a changing Arctic.
Congratulations, Yiyi, for this well-deserved award. We look forward to hearing your science café talks next year!
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Ravindra Dwivedi Receives 2017 AGU Horton Research Grant
Our heartiest congratulations go to Ravindra Dwivedi, HAS doctoral student, who has been selected to receive the 2017 AGU Horton Research Grant. He will receive his award in a formal ceremony at the AGU Annual Conference in San Francisco this December. This nationally competitive award recognizes superior achievement in research related to hydrology, water resources, and closely related fields. The awards are limited to one to three students annually.
Dwivedi's doctoral research, directed by Tom Meixner, Professor and HAS Associate Department Head, is using a multi-tracer approach coupled with numerical models to characterize and improve understanding of water sources and flowpaths contributing to streamflow in high elevation mountain catchments. Dwivedi presented a poster and oral presentation on this topic at the 2017 El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera, the HAS department's annual student research conference.
Dwivedi completed a Master of Science degree in hydrology at New Mexico Tech in 2009, a Bachelor of Technology in mining engineering from the Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) in 2004, and plans to complete his UA doctoral dissertation by May 2018.
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Congratulations, Students, for Another Successful El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera!
EarthWeek 2017 started off with a bang, as the students from the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences organized another successful El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera. The annual student research conference, held in the Student Union Memorial Center's Grand Ballroom, was bigger and better than ever!
This year's event featured HAS graduate and undergraduate students who made 13 Oral Presentations--including our HAS department representative for the EarthWeek Plenary oral competition--and 22 Poster Presentations--including several from local high school students representing The Gregory School in Tucson and the Immaculate Heart High School in Oro Valley.
A robust and invigorating Round Table Discussion, focused on the broad topic of communicating the science of climate change, had four breakout groups and was moderated by Chris Castro and Peter Troch, Jennifer McIntosh and Hoshin Gupta, Tom Meixner and Ty Ferré, and Martha Whitaker and Brittany Ciancarelli. The smaller groups discussed four subtopics:
Should we be moving towards more applied sciences to better address societal changes? Do we need to change the way we, as scientists, are educated by broadening or adding more soft skills/social science? To what extent do scientists need to be involved in decision making? How much responsibility do scientists hold for increasing public understanding and awareness of scientific/environmental issues?
Our luncheon speaker, Amber Sullins, Chief Meteorologist with ABC15 in Phoenix, Arizona, and our afternoon keynote speaker, Scott Denning, Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, inspired the audience--truly--with their talks on the urgency and the profound importance of better communicating the science we do.
Following all talks and poster sessions, this year's student and faculty awards were presented:
Montgomery Prize Winner - Alissa White
Hargis Awards - Neha Gupta (1st) & Nicole Weber (2nd)
Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Awards of Excellence - Tyler Rockhill (oral) & Furrukh Bashir (poster)
Donald R. Davis Undergraduate Distinction Award - Erin Gray
Eugene S. Simpson Undergraduate Poster Award - Mekha Pereira
High School Student Poster Presenters
Aqua Person Awards - Jennifer McIntosh, Thomas Meixner, & Ave Arellano
Scholarship and Fellowship Awards
John W. Harshbarger Doctoral Fellow - Alissa White
Chester C. Kisiel Fellow for Applied Statistics in Hydrology - Rodrigo Valdés-Pineda
Sol D. Resnick Graduate Scholar - Yi Nan
Donald R. Davis Undergraduate Scholars - Jack Anderson, Nicole Weber, Mekha Pereira, Erin Gray
A huge THANK YOU to all our wonderful and generous sponsors, the organizers (students, faculty, and staff), and to our experienced judges. We could not have a successful event without your continued encouragement and support.
Congratulations, again, to all of our student and faculty winners. Well done!
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HAS Graduate Student Receives NSF Fellowship
Congratulations to Hydrology MS Graduate Student, Katarena Matos, who will receive a National Science Foundation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. Katarena, who completed her BS in Environmental Hydrology at the UA in May 2016, was selected amoung a list of distinguished graduate students for her potential to obtain a Ph.D., which is the objective of the program. BRAVO Katarena!!
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Official Haboob Report Published
Congratulations to Aishwarya Raman, HAS graduate student, and co-authors of the newly published National Weather Service Report #290. Blowing Dust and Dust Storms: One of Arizona's Most Underrated Weather Hazards. Finally, a concrete report on Arizona haboobs! Congratulations as well to co-authors Glenn Lader, Jeffrey Davis, and Ken Waters.
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HASSA Student Officers Elected for AY2016-2017
Please welcome the newly elected officers for the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Student Association for the coming year! They include:
- Tirthankar Roy, President
- Tim Lahmers, Vice President
- Tao Liu, Treasurer
- Mohammad Moghaddam, Social and Fundraising Chair
- Jack Eyre, Social and Fundraising Chair
- Erin Gray, Undergraduate Representative
- Mekha Pereira, Undergraduate Representative
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College of Science Graduate Student Awardees for 2016
Applause, applause! Congratulations to our 2016 College of Science Graduate Student Awardees in Scholarship, Service, and Teaching. Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences awardees include:
- Rodrigo Valdes (Hydrology-Teaching)
- Ben Paras (Hydrology-Scholarship)
- Brianna McClure (Hydrology-Service)
- Kerrie Geil (Atmospheric Sciences-Service)
- Timothy Lahmers (Atmospheric Sciences-Teaching)
- Wenfu Tang (Atmospheric Sciences-Scholarships)