What a day! On Monday, April 9, the 28th Annual El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera , the annual HAS student research conference, launched the School of Earth and Environmental Science's EarthWeek 2018 activities in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center.
EarthWeek activities continued on Tuesday with Tree Ring Day, on Wednesday with the SEES Joint Poster-Oral Plenary Sessions and the EarthWeek Keynote speaker, on Thursday with three primary sessions--GeoDaze, SWESx, and SNRExpo, and will conclude Friday with the final day of GeoDaze.
Our special guest luncheon speaker was Lt. Col. Stephen Maile, HAS advisory board member and Commander 25th Operational Weather Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and our guest keynote speaker was Sherri Goodman, member of the Center for Climate and Security's Advisory Board and Senior Advisor for International Security, Senior Fellow with the Wilson Center, and former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security).
HAS Assistant Professor Tom Galarneau moderated a highly anticipated panel on career paths and work/life balance which featured commentary and a Q&A session by Lt. Col. Stephen Maile, HAS advisor board member and luncheon speaker, Mekha Pereira, a recent HAS alumna working in private consulting, Margaret Snyder, Tucson Water hydrologist working in a city government agency, and Amber Sullins, HAS alumna and ABC 15 News Phoenix Chief Meteorologist.
Throughout the day, HAS graduate and undergraduate students made 12 oral presentations and 21 poster presentations and competed for juried awards and prizes. All conference attendees selected the best presentations overall to represent the department at Earth Week's Plenary Sessions. Congratulations to our People's Choice winners which included:
- ORAL PRESENTER
- Jack Anderson
- POSTER PRESENTERS
- Erin Gray
- Neha Gupta
- Jihyun Kim
- Jeffrey Klakovich
- Tao Liu
- Chandler Noyes
- Rebecca Stolar
- Samantha Swartz
- Nicole Weber
- Joshua Welty
Congratulations to all of our juried (judged) oral and poster winners, as well as our student-selected outstanding faculty and staff awardees:
Montgomery Prize Winner - Antonio Meira
Hargis Awards - Jihyun Kim (1st) & Rebecca Stolar (2nd)
Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Awards of Excellence - Jack Anderson (oral) & Andrew Daus (poster)
Donald R. Davis Undergraduate Distinction Award - Amanda Minke
Eugene S. Simpson Undergraduate Poster Award - Samantha Swartz
AquaMan Series - Tom Galarneau, Ty Ferré, Martha Whitaker, and Erma Santander
HAS Outstanding Faculty Instructor and Outstanding Staff Awards selected by entire HAS student body
Storm (X-Men) - Tom Galarneau
Captain Planet (Turner/DIC Entertainment) - Ty Ferré
AquaMan (DC Justice League) - Martha Whitaker
Atlas (Greek Mythology) - Erma Santader
We can't thank all of our generous sponsors, long-time supporters, and experienced judges enough! Heartfelt thanks and appreciation also go to all of the organizers--students, faculty, and staff--who have worked behind the scenes all year long to make this annual event possible. We could not have such a successful event without your continued encouragement and support.