David Gochis, UA HAS Alum and NCAR Scientist, Named AMS Fellow

Photo David Gochis
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

David Gochis, UA HAS Alum and NCAR Scientist, Named AMS Fellow

Bravo to David Gochis, UA HAS alumnus and NCAR scientist, who was named a 2019 American Meteorological Society Fellow for his "outstanding contribution to atmospheric and hydrologic sciences through his career." David is currently the NCAR principal investigator on the WRF-Hydro Modeling System, an open-source community model that predicts streamflow and surface hydrology variables across the continental United States operating as the NOAA National Water Model.

Gochis, who has presented seminars, guest lectured, and served on graduate exams in the HAS department, completed his Ph.D. in hydrology under the supervision of recently retired W.J. Jim Shuttleworth, in 2002.

Congratulations, David!

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Terrie Thompson, Belled for Being Kind

June 12, 2018

Each week a person who makes Tucson better is “belled.”  On June 12th our very own Terrie Thompson received a Ben's Bell award for her generosity and kindness helping hungry students at the University of Arizona by bringing a variety of healthy snacks, treats, tea (and foam cups, sugar, creamer, stirrers, napkins), and even Costco-sized boxes of single-serving macaroni and cheese. She leaves them anonymously in the student conference room, with friendly notes that read: “Help yourself to a snack,” Whitaker wrote in her nomination letter. Thompson said she was leaving the food because,“It hardly costs anything to me, but for stressed-out, hungry students, it can make a world of difference.”

Thompson makes a difference for students who cannot always afford food or who might be struggling to balance studying with work and family obligations, and might forget to pack a meal, Whitaker wrote. “What Terrie has quietly created is a mini food pantry for our students. But more than that, it’s a consistent demonstration of kindness that lets students know someone cares,” Whitaker wrote. Students from several departments often congregate to study in the student conference room, and are surprised and touched by the kindness, she wrote.

More info and to nominate someone: Go to bensbells.org/BellingForm to submit a name. Go to bensbells.org or call 622-1379 for more information.  For additional pictures go to HAS Facebook.

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Alumnus Daniel B. Stephens Awarded Groundwater Resources Association of California Lifetime Achievement Award

November 20, 2017

Photo: Presentation of the 2017 Groundwater Resources Association of California's Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Daniel B. Stephens. (Left to right)  HAS department alumnus* Dr. Graham Fogg (Professor, University of California at Davis), HAS department alumnus* Dr. Daniel B. Stephens (Founder and Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.), Dr. Stephen Cullen (Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.), and Mr. Jeff Gilman (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission).

We extend our warmest congratulations to Dan Stephens, HAS alumnus, who recently received the 2017 Groundwater Resources Association of California's Lifetime Achievement award!  The award was recently bestowed in a ceremony held at the GRAC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California:

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.'s (DBS&A) Founder and Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., P.Hg, P.G., has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) of California's Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to individuals for their exemplary contributions to the groundwater industry, contributions that have been in the spirit of GRA's mission and organization objectives. Like past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Stephens has dedicated his career to the groundwater industry and has been a pioneer in his field of expertise; specifically, applied analyses of vadose (unsaturated) zone processes that play a vital role in quantifying groundwater recharge rates and understanding infiltration processes and contaminant transport. Dr. Stephens was recognized at GRA's Annual Conference in Sacramento, California, on October 3-4, 2017.

Fellow alumna (Ph.D., Hydrology, 1999 and M.S., Hydrology, 1996), Dr. Nicole Sweetland, Principal Hydrogeologist of DBS&A and President of DBS&A's parent company, Geo-Logic Associates (GLA), congratulated Dan on this recognition of his significant and enduring impact on the scientific community. "Dan has been a tremendous mentor to me in my career and I could not be more proud."

Dr. Stephens began private consulting in 1976 and founded Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) in 1984. With a modest start in Socorro, New Mexico, DBS&A grew to a $17-million corporation with seven offices in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. In 2015, DBS&A joined forces with Geo-Logic Associates (GLA) and now has 27 offices and more than 250 employees.

As an alumnus of UA (Ph.D., Hydrology, 1979), the founder of DBS&A, and a GRA member for 15 years, Dr. Stephens has aligned himself with the mission and objectives of the GRA, promoting his colleagues' professional development, and achieving technical excellence over his lifetime through research, innovation, and education. Learn more about Dr. Stephens at the company website.

*Both Graham Fogg and Dan Stephens were students of Professor Emeritus Shlomo Neuman, who also received the Groundwater Resources Association of California's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

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HAS Regents Professor Vic Baker Featured on NOVA 'Killer Floods' Program

November 7, 2017

Vic Baker, HAS Regents Professor and megaflood expert, will be featured on the upcoming NOVA program, "Killer Floods."  See a short trailer here. Baker's research focus areas include paleohydrology and related aspects of geomorphology (particularly flood processes), planetary geomorphology, Mars hydrology, Earth science in relation to public policy, the environment, and philosophy of science.

Discover how colossal floods transformed the ancient landscape of our planet in this exciting new program to be shown on several upcoming dates:

  • Wed, Nov 8 at 9 pm on PBS 6
  • Thu, Nov 9 at 3 am on PBS 6
  • Fri, Nov 10 at 2 pm on PBS 6
  • Sun, Nov 12 at 8 am on PBS 6
  • Sun, Nov 12 at 8 pm on PBS 6 Plus
  • Mon, Nov 13 at 1 am on PBS 6 Plus

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Chris Castro Features in Upcoming DoD Webinar on Resource Conservation and Resiliency in Desert Environments

August 2017

Christopher Castro, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, will feature in an upcoming DoD Webinar on October 5 at 9 am (PT), 12 pm (ET).  The title of Castro's talk is "More Extreme Monsoon Precipitation in the Southwestern United States and the Potential Implications for DoD Facilities."

SERDP & ESTCP have launched this webinar series to promote the transfer of solutions developed through projects funded by their environmental program areas. The DoD's Resource and Conservation Resiliency Program is also concerned about U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) lands in desert environments.

This #resourceconservation webinar on October 5th will discuss management needs in the Southwestern United States.  Register for the #SEWebinar today!  

Abstract and full details available at the webinar website: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Tools-and-Training/Webinar-Series/10-05-2017

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Francina Dominguez Wins 2018 AMS  Houghton Award for Pioneering Contributions to Hydrometeorology

August 2017

A round of applause, please, for HAS colleague and former faculty member, Francina Dominguez, on being selected for the 2018 AMS Henry G. Houghton Award in recognition of her pioneering contributions to terrestrial meteorology and improving our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions. Dominguez was among the founding faculty members of our department's Hydrometeorology program and served as its co-director. In 2015, she returned to her alma mater, the University of Illinois, where she has initiated a similar research group focused on hydrometeorology and land-atmosphere interactions. Dominguez will receive her award in a formal ceremony at the AMS annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in January 2018. Congratulations, Francina! 

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Dongxiao Zhang Elected to the US National Academy of Engineering

February 2017

Dongxiao Zhang, former doctoral student of Regents Professor Shlomo Newman, current member of the HAS Advisory Board, and Founding Professor and Dean of Engineering at Peking Universty, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  Zhang is one of 84 members recently elected to this prestigious appointment.  

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/ implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2017.  A list of the newly elected members and foreign members with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments can be found on the NAE website.

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Amber Sullins' Climate Change New Year Resolution

January 2017

Yale Climate Connections recently asked Amber Sullins, HAS Advisory Board Member and Chief Meteorologist for KNXV-TV ABC in Phoenix, to answer a very important question:

What's your New Year's Resolution as it relates to your work or interest in climate change?

Read Amber's response, and those of 12 other influential and nationally respected individuals, at the Yale Climate Change Connections link.

Happy New Year 2017!

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Jeff Kargel to Serve on Two New NASA Committees

May 2016

Jeffrey Kargel, HAS Senior Associate Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, was recently selected to serve on two committees for the NASA Advisory Panel, "Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds" (ROW), which is charged with developing mission concepts and exploration goals for the ice-covered ocean worlds of the outer Solar System, of which we know there are several and suspect many more.  The specific committees include one for Enceladus (Saturn's Arizona-sized moon that is actively shooting geysers sourced in an ocean) and one for Kuiper Belt Objects including Pluto.

Kargel noted that, "NASA has recently embarked on development of a massive outer planets exploration goal comparable to that which served Mars exploration for the past 18 years. There will be many, many missions, and this advisory activity is designed to help identify the goals, target objects, and missions...and a far otherwordly extension of hydrology."

Congratulations and good luck, Jeff!