[Grad-postdoc-assn] Nominations for Fall 2007 Thompson Lecture Series

Andrea Sealy asealy at ucar.edu
Fri Jun 15 11:20:51 MDT 2007

Hello all

The Thompson Lecture Series committee is soliciting nominees for the Fall
2007 series. We are requiring that you not only submit a name for
consideration, but a short statement about the nominee and why you think
they should be a Thompson Lecturer. Additionally, we will continue to use
the UCAR swiki system to manage the nominations, comments and discussion.
The nomination statement is meant to be short, not more than 4-5
sentences, detailing the nominee's research interests, current and past
positions, outstanding accomplishments to the field and any personal
insight you may have into the nominee that makes him/her an exceptional
candidate. You are also encouraged to provide a link to your nominee's web

As an example of what we are looking for, here is a statement about the
Fall 2006 Thompson Lecturer, Dr. Bob Houze:
Dr. Robert Houze has been a professor of atmospheric science at the
University of Washington for nearly 35 years. His research interests lie
in the fields of mesoscale, radar and tropical meteorology, precipitation
processes, cloud dynamics and microphysics, and storm  dynamics. Dr. Houze
has written over 200 scientific articles and is the  author of the
graduate text book "Cloud Dynamics".  He was elected a fellow of the
American Meteorological Society in 1984 and has received  numerous awards
from the society including its highest honor, the  Carl-Gustaf Rossby
Research Award, in 2006. Dr. Houze has participated in numerous
international field campaigns and is a leading expert in utilizing
observations from field campaigns to improve our understanding of the
atmosphere. More information can be found about Dr. Houze at

The nomination process is designed to encourage all postdocs, regardless
of division or field, to take an active role in selecting the Thompson
Lecturer and participating in their visits. It is our hope that by
requiring more information about the scientists being nominated, that all
postdocs will carefully consider potential nominees in all fields and
learn something about the distinguished members of the science community
being nominated.

We are asking you to post your nomination statements directly to the 
Thompson Lecture Series swiki at http://swiki.ucar.edu/thompson-lecture 
(you will need your UCAS username & password to log in) by Friday July
13th, 2007. The swiki system is extremely easy to use (all the user
information you need is contained in the links to the left after you log
in). By using this system, everyone can see the nominations throughout the
process and comment on the nominees. We are hoping this will be a great
forum for discussion and feedback.

After the nomination period is over, we plan to have a social sometime
during the week of July 15th, 2007 to discuss the nominees in an informal
setting and to vote for a fellows' recommentation. To faciliate the
informal discussion, the nominator will be invited to introduce his/her
nominee(s) and to provide more information. As we did the last selection
discussion, we will discuss  how the nominee's scientific fields are
different to the previous 3-4 lecturers.

It is our goal to have the next Thompson Lecturer selected by the end of
July so that we may have him/her visit NCAR sometime in the fall (most
likely by late October or the beginning of November). Please visit
http://www.asp.ucar.edu/thompson/thompson_lecture.jsp to read about the
history of the series and view a list of our previous distinguished
lecturers. We look forward to seeing your nominations posted to the swiki
over the next few weeks!

Thanks and regards,
ASP Thompson Lecture Committee

Andrea M. Sealy
ASP Postdoctoral Fellow
Climate and Global Dynamics Division
National Center for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Office: (303) 497-1344
Fax: (303) 497-1695

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