[Grad-postdoc-assn] TSL speaker, Garvin Schmidt, April 6th to April 8th, 2011

Barbara Scherllin-Pirscher pirscher at ucar.edu
Wed Mar 23 10:54:24 MDT 2011

Dear all,

Dr. Garvin Schmidt from the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will be our next 
Thompson Lecturer, and will come to NCAR from *April 6th to April 8th, 
Dr. Schmidt is a well-known climate scientist at NASA Goddard Institute 
for Space Science. He works mainly on coupling the atmosphere and ocean 
systems in climate models, and modeling both the recent and more distant 
(paleo) climate. Dr. Schmidt is also very active in media outreach, and 
is a contributing editor of the well-known http://www.realclimate.org/ 
blog. He has published in top journals such as Science, Nature, and 
PNAS, and was listed as one of Scientific American's "Top 50 Research 
Leaders" of the year. More info on Gavin Schmidt is at 
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/gschmidt/ and 

The agenda for his visit can be found on the NCAR wiki:

He will give two seminars, one general interest one on "Using Earth 
System Models to provide better policy-relevant information" at the 
Foothills Lab, FL2 1022, Large Auditorium, on April 6th at 11:00 am, and 
a more specialized seminar on "Can we use paleo-climate to enhance the 
credibility of future projections?" at the Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room 
on April 7th at 03:30 pm.
We will also have two roundtable discussions with him, one on careers 
and one on science. To make the most of these discussions, please think 
about questions or topics you would like to talk about and send them to 
the moderators ahead of time (Barbara (pirscher at ucar.edu) for the Career 
discussion and Lulin (xuel at ucar.edu) for the Science discussion).
On the evening of April 7th, we will have a Potluck dinner at the Mesa 
lab with the speaker (starting at 5:30 pm). To facilitate planning, 
please let Alex (ajahn at ucar.edu) know if you'll come and if you'll bring 
someone (families welcome!) before April 1st. And to make sure we have a 
good variety of food to eat, please list what dish you'd like to bring 
on the wiki, also before April 1st:
The rest of Garvin Schmidts visit will be devoted to individual meetings 
with postdocs at NCAR. These meetings (30 minutes long) are a great 
opportunity to meet renowned scientists. And even if Garvin Schmidt is 
in a very different field than you, don't be afraid to sign up, because 
the speakers we invite normally have a breadth of interests and can also 
offer you interesting insights on career development. So rush to sign up 
for a meeting, we only have 16 spots. You can sign up here:

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions,

The TLS Committee
Alex, Barbara, Jasper, Jia, Lulin
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