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ATMO PROFESSORS RECEIVE GRANT EXTENDING PARTICIPATION IN NOAA's VORTEX-SE Project - Sept. 2016

Drs. Chris Weiss, Eric Bruning and Johannes Dahl received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast (VORTEX-SE) project. This grant builds on and extends previous work using the TTU StickNet platforms and the Ballooning and Observation Laboratory for Thunderstorms and complementary efforts utilizing high-resolution storm-scale numerical models. This new grant includes additional field observations in Tennessee and Alabama in Mar-Apr 2017.

RESEARCH AWARD WINNERS

Ph.D. student Vanna Chmielewski, a member of Prof. Bruning's research group, is among the 2017 winners of the TTU Horn Professors Graduate Research Achievement Award. This award recognizes and rewards outstanding research or creative activity performed by graduate students while at Texas Tech University. She will receive an award check and certificate at the Faculty Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 18th at 3:30 p.m.

M.S. student Lexie Herdt, a member of Prof. Vanos's research group, received an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award from the AMS Board of Urban Environment for her presentation at the AMS Annual Meeting in January 2017 in Seattle, WA. Her presentation was titled "Urban Microclimate Monitoring in Seoul, Korea: Fine Scale Summer Heating along the Cheonggye Stream Renewal Project."

Ph.D. student Vanna Chmielewski, a member of Prof. Bruning's research group, was selected to receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award for her oral presentation at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, "An analysis of small changes in environment which resulted in diverse charge structures on 4 June 2012 in West Texas."

Ph.D. student Brock Burghardt, a member of Prof. Ancell's research group, was awarded 1st place among all student poster presentations at the 2016 AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms for his work "Improving Spread Characteristics in a Convection Allowing Ensemble."

Dr. Brian Ancell has received the Texas Tech University Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award. This award is given annually to a small number of TTU faculty who demonstrate excellence in a variety of high-impact research activities.

LIGHTNING STUDY FEATURED AS AN AGU RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT - Nov. 2015

A lightning study from Prof. Bruning's group was featured as an AGU research spotlight: FIND OUT MORE

ATMO PROFESSORS RECEIVE GRANT FOR THE VORTEX-SE PROJECT - Sept. 2015

Drs. Chris Weiss, Eric Bruning and Johannes Dahl received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationas part of the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast (VORTEX-SE), which will take place in Tennessee and Alabama Mar-Apr 2016. Observations from the StickNet platforms and the Ballooning and Observation Laboratory for Thunderstorms will complement efforts utilizing high-resolution storm-scale numerical models.

ATMO PROFESSOR FUNDED THROUGH NSF BIG WEATHER WEB PROJECT - Sept. 2015

Dr. Brian Ancell received an NSF grant as part of the Big Weather Web project to address big data issues involved with numerical weather prediction. He is collaborating with other atmospheric and computer scientists to create a distributed database model to support research and education associated with probabilistic ensemble weather forecasting.

DR. CHRIS WEISS RECEIVES NSF AWARD STUDYING HOW UNMANNED AIRCRAFT CAN IMPROVE SEVERE STORM FORECASTS - Sept. 2015

Dr. Chris Weiss has been awarded a grant to investigate how adaptive observations from unmanned aircraft systems can be used to improve forecasts of specific hazards within severe thunderstorms. More information on this project can be found HERE.

ATMO PROFESSOR RECEIVES DOE GRANT TO IMPROVE WIND POWER FORECASTS - Sept. 2015

Dr. Brian Ancell is part of a collaborative government, academic, and private industry team that has been awarded a DOE gr ant entitled "The Wind Forecast Improvement Project in Complex Terrain", also known as "WFIP2". This project focuses on improving Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model physics to improve the prediction of wind power in complex terrain where the atmosphere is strongly forced by local and regional topography.