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Kira Nugnes, or
Maureen Moses
202-737-1043 or
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This project has been supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. GEO-0119740 (NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program) and DUE-0126032 (NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement - National Dissemination Program). Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.





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At a Glance:
»The Challenge We Face
»An Invitation to Join the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
»Accepting Our Invitation
»Diversity Project Goals
»NWSTC Workshop
»NWSTC Workshop Staff
»NWSTC Facilities
»NWSTC Workshop Participant Support and Housing
»AMS Annual Meeting Workshop
»For More Information





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Faculty workshop participants investigate how weather observations are made.





At a Glance:
»The Challenge We Face
»An Invitation to Join the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
»Accepting Our Invitation
»Diversity Project Goals
»NWSTC Workshop
»NWSTC Workshop Staff
»NWSTC Facilities
»NWSTC Workshop Participant Support and Housing
»AMS Annual Meeting Workshop
»For More Information





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Professor Jasper Harris of North Carolina Central University discusses course recruitment strategies.





At a Glance:
»The Challenge We Face
»An Invitation to Join the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
»Accepting Our Invitation
»Diversity Project Goals
»NWSTC Workshop
»NWSTC Workshop Staff
»NWSTC Facilities
»NWSTC Workshop Participant Support and Housing
»AMS Annual Meeting Workshop
»For More Information





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Storm Prediction Center Director Joseph Schaefer discusses severe weather watches.





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Poster presentations at AMS Annual Meeting.

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Including Faculty Course Implementation Workshop at the

National Weather Service Training Center
Kansas City, Missouri
17-22 May 2009

and at the

90th AMS Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia
17-21 January 2010

* The AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project is for eligible institutions using the complete course package.

* Click here for the AMS AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project License Order Form

Jump to...
*The Challenge We Face
*An Invitation to Join the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
*Accepting Our Invitation
*Diversity Project Goals
*NWSTC Workshop
*NWSTC Workshop Staff
*NWSTC Facilities
*NWSTC Workshop Participant Support and Housing
*AMS Annual Meeting Workshop
*For More Information

The Challenge We Face
Our nation faces a serious challenge in attracting young people to science and science-related careers (including teaching). This is particularly true for members of groups underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology and is especially acute in the number of minority college students majoring in the geosciences.

A formidable obstacle in attracting students to the geosciences has been lack of access, that is, no opportunity to enroll in an introductory geoscience course simply because none is offered at their college or university. To help alleviate this problem, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is making available an introductory weather and climate course, AMS Weather Studies, which can be added to an institution's general education offerings. This highly successful course has been implemented at over 400 colleges and universities nationwide. The AMS encourages course adoption by more institutions serving large numbers of minority students and has been supported by the National Science Foundation's Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) and Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement-National Dissemination (CCLI-ND) programs. Over 150 of these institutions have or are implementing the course through the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project.

An Invitation to Join the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
The AMS, in cooperation with NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), is inviting minority-serving institutions to join the effort to provide student access to learning opportunities in the geosciences by implementing AMS Weather Studies. For the purposes of this AMS Diversity Project, eligible colleges and universities include those listed by the U.S. Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian (AN/NH) Serving Institutions. Also eligible are other accredited post-secondary institutions that can document a total minority enrollment of at least 25% of the total student population. Minority students are defined as members of African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander groups.

To encourage institutional participation, the AMS Diversity Project offers the following:

  • Attendance by course instructor at a one-week course implementation workshop at the NOAA National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) in Kansas City, MO. The next NWSTC workshop will be held May 17-22, 2009. All travel, room, board, and instructional costs are paid by the Project and the instructor in attendance will receive an additional $250 stipend to help with other costs.
  • Waived registration and abstract fees for course instructors who choose to attend the subsequent Annual Meeting of the AMS (17-21 January 2010, Atlanta, GA).
  • Ongoing course implementation assistance by AMS program staff and experienced AMS Weather Studies instructors who teach in similar academic environments.
  • An academic advising/mentoring opportunity facilitated by course instructors for students who demonstrate interest and potential for further studies leading to possible careers in the atmospheric sciences or other geosciences, including teaching.
  • Reduced course licensing fees of $49 per semester or $79 per year for the first three AMS Weather Studies licenses.

Details concerning the AMS Weather Studies course are available at: http://www.ametsoc.org/weatherstudies

Accepting Our Invitation
Post-secondary institutions that meet the program's eligibility requirements can accept our invitation by submitting the AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project License Order Form signed by an authorized institutional representative, which commits the institution to offering the course for at least one semester. Send us the Form with the license fee or a purchase order.

NWSTC workshop participation is on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the date-of-receipt of the License Order Form. Institutions which have participated in the AMS Ocean Studies National Dissemination/Diversity Project are eligible to apply for this program upon successful implementation of the ocean course. In order to grow AMS diversity programs to their fullest extent, these institutions are encouraged to nominate a course instructor who did not attend AMS Ocean Studies Diversity Project workshops.

Individual instructors at a particular institution are eligible to participate in workshops for one AMS Diversity Project in a given year.

Diversity Project Goals
The NWSTC workshop is designed for faculty members who already teach meteorology and those who have little or no formal training in the atmospheric sciences. Participants will be introduced to AMS Weather Studies by exploring the latest technologies for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather, examining teaching strategies that promote critical thinking, and reviewing an array of classroom and laboratory applications. Each course instructor will be provided with AMS Weather Studies course materials and will demonstrate:

  • The ability to interpret and analyze weather information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the environment.
  • An understanding of the properties and life cycle of the principal weather systems, especially those responsible for hazardous conditions.
  • The design of student investigations that promote critical thinking skills through technology.
  • Their offering of AMS Weather Studies at their institution.

Subsequent to the NWSTC workshop, participants will:

  • Become part of an interactive network to share best-practice ideas in science content and teaching strategies related to their offering of AMS Weather Studies.
  • Participate in a mentoring program that networks students with professional meteorologists and provides opportunities for internships, summer research, and career counseling.
  • Be encouraged to present a paper or poster at the Education Symposium at the AMS Annual Meeting.

NWSTC Workshop
The intensive week-long workshop will be held at the NWSTC in Kansas City, MO and include lectures, tutorials, seminars, hands-on laboratory exercises, and a field trip. National Weather Service and other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, and experienced weather educators will present a variety of topics dealing with sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather as well as meeting the challenges of teaching meteorology.

Topics include:

  • Radar and Satellite Imagery Interpretation
  • Severe Weather Systems
  • Probing the Upper Atmosphere
  • Tropical Storms and Hurricanes
  • The Latest on Global Climate Change
  • Online Learning Pedagogy
  • Critical Thinking Through Technology
  • Getting the Most Out of AMS Weather Studies

Formal workshop activity will begin with a Sunday evening meeting at the hotel, followed by sessions at the NWSTC from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with the workshop ending at noon on Friday. There will be several evening activities. Most participants should arrange to depart late in the day, Friday, 22 May.

NWSTC Workshop Staff
Workshop Faculty:

James A. Brey, Director, AMS Education Program, Washington, DC (Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography/Geology, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Menasha, WI)

Robert S. Weinbeck, Associate Director, AMS Education Program, Washington, DC (Associate Professor, Department of the Earth Sciences, State University of New York, College at Brockport, NY).

Joseph M. Moran, Associate Director, AMS Education Program, Washington, DC (Professor Emeritus, College of Environmental Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, WI).

Thomas Kiley, Meteorologist, AMS Education Program, Washington, DC.

Emily Ruwe, Meteorologist, AMS Education Program, Washington, DC.

Jasper L. Harris, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

Topic Presenters:

Jack Hayes, Director, National Weather Service, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD.

Louis W. Uccellini, Director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, Washington, DC.

Joseph T. Schaefer, Director, Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service, Norman, OK.

Bill Read, Director, Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, Miami, FL.

NWSTC Facilities
NOAA's NWSTC is one of the best-equipped facilities of its type in the world. It features NWS computer workstations, satellite and radar display systems, state-of-the art laboratories and classrooms, and a professional staff of instructors and support personnel. The NWSTC is co-located with the NWS Aviation Weather Center, which is responsible for commercial and private aviation weather forecasting for the nation. The NWS Forecast Office in Topeka, Kansas will be the site of the field trip.

NWSTC Workshop Participant Support and Housing
NWSTC Workshop participants will receive:

  • Stipend of $250.
  • Single hotel room for 5 nights at no cost.
  • Meal allowance.
  • Air travel (or equivalent for land travel) for one round trip between home and Kansas City, MO.
  • All instructional and laboratory supplies.

Participants are expected to stay in hotel accommodations arranged by the American Meteorological Society, which are adjacent to the NWSTC. The workshop is intensive and will require evening meetings and informal interaction amongst participants is an integral component of the workshop. Also, participants are encouraged to attend without families if their presence is likely to detract from full participation. Participants are responsible for all expenses arising from the presence of accompanying persons.

AMS Annual Meeting Workshop
Participating faculty members at eligible institutions for the AMS Diversity Project who implemented AMS Weather Studies at their institutions during the prior year will be invited to the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting to present a poster or paper describing their implementation experience, attend a one-day workshop focusing on diversity issues related to the course, and attend the Meeting's extensive scientific sessions and exhibits.

AMS Annual Meeting registration and abstract submission fees, and some meals will be covered by the AMS.

For More Information
Please direct all communications concerning the program to:

Emily Ruwe
AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
American Meteorological Society
1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 202-737-1043 or 1-800-824-0405
Fax: 202-737-0445 or 1-800-258-1176
E-mail: onlinewx@ametsoc.org

In selecting faculty participants and otherwise administering the workshop, the American Meteorological Society will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and status as a Vietnam Era or disabled veteran.

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