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February Staff Updates and News

February 14, 2018

AMS Meeting

The Beginning of the 2018 year was off to a fast start. Several AGS staff traveled to the AMS meeting in Austin, TX and had a great time chatting with PIs and other fellow researchers.

AGS Staff at AMS 2018

Pictured here (Left to right): AGS Science Assistant Liz Baugher and Program Officers, Nick Anderson and Manda Adams.

Arecibo Observatory

The Arecibo Observatory has been very busy and active with AGS research and recovery from hurricane Maria the last couple of months. AGS Division Director Paul Shepson, Geospace Section Head, Mike Wiltberger, and Program Officer, John Meriwether recently went to check it out.

Socrates Field Campaign

Photo Credit: EOL observatory labs, Pavel Ramashkin

The SOCRATES field campaign is currently deployed, with flights of the NCAR Gulfstream V from the airport in Hobart, Tasmania.  The campaign seeks to understand the properties of clouds in the cold sectors of frontal weather systems over the Southern Ocean. You can find more on the Earth Observing Laboratory Website.

New AGS Staff Appointment (February 4, 2018)

Dr. Anjuli Bamzai has been appointed Section Head of the Atmosphere Section. The Atmosphere Section has four programs - Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology, and Paleoclimate. Dr. Bamzai's breadth of experience includes 20 years of service as a scientific program manager across three federal agencies, NOAA, DOE, and NSF. She earned two Ph.D. degrees - a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and a second Ph.D. in 1997 in Earth System and Global Change, from the Institute of Computational Sciences and Informatics, George Mason University - laying the foundation for her expertise and leadership in Earth System Science. The following year, she began managing federal programs as an Associate Program Manager in the Climate Dynamics Program at NSF where among other responsibilities, she served as the Geosciences Directorate representative to NSF's CAREER Coordinating Committee during the initial years of the flagship program. This was followed by a two year stint as Program Manager for the Climate Dynamics and Experimental Prediction at NOAA.  In 2004, she began a six-year term at DOE as Program Manager for the Climate Change Prediction Program. In 2010 she returned to NSF as Program Director in the AGS Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics Program and in 2016 she joined the NSF Office of Polar Programs as a Program Director in Arctic Natural Sciences. In that year, she served as an Embassy Science Fellow for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy at Seoul, Republic of Korea. Since August of 2017, she has been acting Atmosphere Section Head in AGS. Congratulations to Anjuli and AGS!

AGS Division Director Job Announcement

Finally, the AGS Division Director Position is still open and closes March 6, 2018 and can be found at USA Jobs.

Click on Image to Link to Powerpoint Version of AGS Organization Chart (February 2018)



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