Richard E. Orville has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). ‘Fellow’ is a distinguished title given annually to only one in every thousand AGU members. It is reserved for members who have “attained acknowledged eminence in the geophysical sciences.” Orville joined Texas A&M in 1991, and has since gained acclaim for his research, which focuses on characteristics of lightning.
Courtney Schumacher has received the Dean's Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Teaching. Schumacher came to Texas A&M in 2003. She received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospherc Sciences from the University of Washington. Her student ratings are among the highest in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
Renyi Zhang has received the 2009 Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Research. This award is presented to one faculty member each year by the Texas A&M University Office of International Programs in recognition of the international preeminence that faculty member’s work has achieved. Zhang's research covers a wide variety of areas in atmospheric chemistry.
Thomas Wilheit has been named the recipient of the 2008 Verner E. Suomi Award. This national award, given by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), recognizes significant technological achievement in the atmospheric and related sciences. Wilheit earned his B.A. degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, his M.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Richard E. Orville has been selected by the Texas A&M University Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, to receive their Distinguished Scientist Award for 2008. Orville is one of the world’s foremost experts on lightning. His research contributions include advances in the physics of lightning, such as developing and implementing the National Lightning Detection Network.
Ping Yang has been honored with the Association of Former Students College Level Teaching Award, designed to honor those whose dedication to teaching has made an impact on the lives of students. Yang came to Texas A&M in 2001 and was promoted to associate professor in 2005. He has a B.S. from Lanzhou University, an M.S. from Lanzhou Institute of Plateau Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Fuqing Zhang has been honored with the 2009 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award given by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The award highlights atmospheric scientists under the age of 40 who have shown outstanding ability. Zhang earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing University in China, and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Zhang joined Texas A&M in 2001 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2006.
Sarah Brooks was honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed on outstanding young scientists by the U.S. government, at a White House awards ceremony November 1, 2007. Dr. Brooks was nominated by the USDA (News Release) in recognition of her work on assessing the impact of aerosols from agricultural sources on air quality and climate change.
Gerald North has been named as the 2008 recipient of the American Meteorological Society Jule G. Charney Award. The award is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. Dr. North is cited "for groundbreaking research on climate models, atmospheric statistics, and satellite mission development."
Courtney Schumacher won the College of Geosciences Robert C. Runnels Excellence in Advising Award, 2007. Schumacher came to Texas A&M in 2003. She received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospherc Sciences from the University of Washington.
Craig Epifanio was the recipient of the 2007 Association of Former Students College Level Teaching Awards, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University. Epifanio's research focuses on the idealized modeling and theory of mesoscale and meso-synoptic scale dynamical processes in the atmosphere, with a goal of understanding the waves and related circulations produced by flow of the atmosphere (or the oceans) over mesoscale hills and mountains.
Bob Duce, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was elected as one of the first 4 Fellows of The Oceanography Society. Duce is Co-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee reviewing the US government Joint Subcommittee on Science and Technology's Ocean Science and Technology Plan for Ocean Research for the Next Decade. The report is being published by the NRC in September, 2007.
Don Collins was the recipient of the 2007 Dean's Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Research, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University. Collins came to Texas A&M in 1991 as an Assistnat Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. He received his B.S. from Virginia Tech University and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. Collins' research focuses on the properties and effects of atmospheric aerosols.
Fuqing Zhang shared the UCAR/NCAR 2007 Outstanding Publication Award with his co-author, Chris Snyder, of NCAR's Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division. They were honored for their 2003 paper, which was published in Monthly Weather Review (Vol. 131, pp. 1663–1677) and has stimulated efforts applying the technique to observations. It now serves as the proof of concept for the use of the EnkF in assimilating radar data.