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Roberta Johnson to Share Insights into Geoscience Education

Dr. Roberta M. Johnson will present a special seminar as part of the Center for Teaching Excellence Silver Anniversary Series. The seminar, titled “On the Front-Lines of K-12 Geoscience Education” is co-sponsored by the College of Geosciences and will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 11, in room 203, in the Eller Oceanography and Meteorology Building. Johnson will discuss concerns, trends, connections, curriculum, and innovations that work for classroom teachers. Visitors for Dr. Johnson’s lecture should park in the Central Campus Parking Garage.

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Zhang Studys Air Quality in Beijing

- by Keith Randall

China’s air quality has been a hot topic in recent months because Beijing is hosting the Olympic Games, and a Texas A&M University professor is involved in determining the status of air quality in the world’s most populated country. Renyi Zhang, professor of atmospheric sciences, has participated in a project to study the air in Beijing and learn exactly what’s in it. The project is partially funded through the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

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Scorching heat a matter of latitude for North Texas

Dr. Kenneth Bowman, head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and Dr. Gerald North, a professor of atmospheric sciences and oceanography, were quoted at length in an article in Tuesday’s (July 22) Dallas Morning News. As air conditioners kick into high gear and bottles of water become a pedestrian’s best friend, the article examines the factors that make Texas summers some of the hottest in the nation. Bowman has done wide-ranging research on the troposphere and stratosphere, and North’s research focuses on overall climate trends; both men are considered leaders in their fields. See associated story “Scorching heat a matter of latitude for North Texas”.

 

New Atmospheric Sciences Website Launched

The College of Geosciences has launched a new website for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences that offers users a number of new features and streamlines access to information. The site is located at http://atmo.tamu.edu/ .

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Soot Problems Affecting World's Weather

By Keith Randall

Attention residents of Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City and anywhere else that has ongoing air pollution troubles: you could also be facing soot problems that could affect everything from your weather to your health, and the situation may get worse, according to a study from a Texas A&M University group published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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