This year, we have witnessed the varied, and sometime inequitable, ways that science proficiency and competency impact our society. From the primary role of science communication and education to the crucial role of science in risk assessment and the decision-making process, science proficiency and competency play key roles in how society addresses challenges—it is though this lens that the AMS can continue to lead.
As both a scientific and a professional society, the AMS and its members play an essential role in defining and growing the scientific proficiency and competency for those engaged in the weather, climate, and water enterprise. This enterprise is diverse, not only in the breadth of activities we contribute to but also in terms of who we are, as the people that contribute to it. As a community, the AMS must strive to provide a reliable, sustainable, and equitable conduit for collaboration and communications across the diverse spectrum of its members. It is in the diversity of AMS that we foster one of our strongest assets. To take on the complex set of weather and climate challenges we face now and in the not-so-distant future, it is a necessity to embrace the diversity of the society. As a society we must work towards cultivating the communication across the breadth of our members to tackle our biggest challenges. By being intentional about the process, we can increase our relevance to the diverse community outside our AMS umbrella and grow the proficiency and competency of our science beyond our current weather, climate, and water enterprise.
Dr. Andrea Lopez Lang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is an active member of her department, where her research expertise spans synoptic to large-scale dynamics on the weather to subseasonal–to–seasonal (S2S) timescales. Outside of her role in developing a new M.S. Program in Applied Atmospheric Sciences, and serving on her department’s Graduate Curriculum and Inclusion & Diversity Committees, Dr. Lang has mentored students to successful careers in the public, private, and academic sectors.
She is committed to bridging the gap between academic experiences and employment in the breadth of careers for atmospheric scientists. She served as a co-organizer of the NSF sponsored “Mind the Gap” Workshop, which brought academic and industry leaders together to address educating the next generation of atmospheric scientists for industry needs.
In contributing to national and international projects, Dr. Lang serves as a co-lead for NOAA’s S2S Prediction Task Force and as a member of the Interagency Weather Research Working Group (IWRWG) coordinated by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology. Dr. Lang is also a member of the steering committee for the Stratospheric Network for the Assessment of Predictability, a WMO/WCRP/SPARC activity focused on investigating the role of the stratosphere in S2S prediction.
Dr. Lang was in the inaugural 2018 class of the AMS Leadership Academy and is currently a member of the AMS Board of Enterprise Economic Development and the AMS Middle Atmosphere Committee. She is currently is an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review and has served as an Associate Editor for Weather and Forecasting and as a Guest Editor for a Special Collection on S2S prediction in Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres and Geophysical Research Letters.
She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2011.