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Patrick Ealy Attends International AISES Conference

Patrick Ealy, a BSIS-ATM student at SDSM&T and member of the local AISES chapter, attended the national AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society ) Conference in Anchorage, Alaska in November, 2012. Patrick's oral presentation entitled "Comparative Analysis of Atmospheric Thermal Inversion Conditions Reported by South Dakota WRAN Network" placed second in the undergraduate section of the conference. He was awarded $400 and a new IPAD for his presentation.

The conference was attended by thousands of native students in STEM fields from over 400 nations. SDSM&T was represented by Abena Songbird, Program Assistant, Multiculural Affairs and Co-Advisor to AISES; Jesse Herrera, OMA Director and AISES Advisor, and our SDSM&T AISES Officers Gabriel McPherson, President, Domingo Tamayo, Vice President and members, Adonnis Martinez and Derek Youngman.

Congratulations, Patrick!

(Posted 11/19/12)

Poster Presentations by the students of  ATM 450: Synoptic Meteorology

During the fall 2012 semester, undergraduate and graduate students in Darren Clabo's synoptic meteorology class studied the synoptic-scale processes responsible for the development of precipitation and severe weather phenomena. They analyzed surface synoptic weather, upper air, and vertical temperature-moisture soundings, and the structure of extratropical storms. They made use of  software tools such as GEMPAK and NCL for analyzing observed data and model output.

Their end-of-semester exercise included the preparation and presentation of a poster depicting their analysis of a severe storm event. Other faculty in the atmospheric sciences department, as well as second-year masters students, quizzed and  critiqued each presenter. Poster topics included Hurricane Sandy; March 2010 Tornado outbreak; the blizzards of  1990, 1993, and 1996-97; Hurricane Irene; the 2012 Duluth, MN flood; the Colorado tornado outbreak, and South Pacific Convergence Zone modeling dilemma. Students presenting were Jacey Wipf, Trisha Michael, Jed LeMaster, John Hamilton, Kenny Miller, Kelsey Kramer, Cody Moldan, Aaron Ward, Aaron Shaw, and Anna Robertson.

(Posted 12/11/12)






Gretchen Berg, MS graduate in 2012, demonstrates how tornadoes form.

Jacey Wipf, BSIS-ATM student, teaches students how to be safe during severe weather.






Fourth graders ask great questions about why lightning happens. Alana Ballweber, current M.S. student, explains the process.

Students fire away tough questions about dew to Erin Walter, M.S. student in Atmospheric Sciences at SDSMT.








WAY TO GO! SDSMT Weather Club wins the Circle K Trick or Treat for Canned Goods contest!!

Members that participated, from left to right, Erin (Lucy), Alana (Peppermint Patty), Ryan (Charlie Brown), Cody (Snoopy), and Chip (Linus).

Last week, several members of the club formed a team and competed in the Circle K trick or treat for canned goods. The canned food drive benefited Feeding South Dakota. Awards were given out to the best dressed and the top three teams that generated the largest amount (weight-wise) of canned food from trick or treating throughout the city. Teams had about two hours to try to get the most weight. The club, dressed as the famous Peanuts characters, obtained over 100lbs of canned goods-enough to take the 1st prize by a large amount! Great job guys!

(Posted 11/5/2012)







Atmospheric Science Float Awarded Best Overall in Homecoming Parade

The students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences outdid themselves for this year's float in the Mines Homecoming Parade, Saturday, October 13, 2012. The theme for homecoming was "Stars Shine Brighter at Mines", and in keeping with that theme, and the fact we are a "weather" group, the students chose the Wizard of Oz for their float. Congratulations! We also wish to thank all those who contributed props for this entry.

Check this link for more photos: Cast of characters

(Posted 10/15/12)









Jacey Wipf, Trisha Michael, and Anna Robertson (pictured left to right), BSIS-ATM juniors at SDSM&T, recently received news that they have been awarded a summer internship with NASA.

Jacey and Anna will be going to California for an internship in NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP). It is organized by the NASA Airborne Science program by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC). NSERC is an agreement between NASA and University of ND. The program will run for eight weeks starting June 17. The first half of their internship will be spent in Palmdale, CA in the Hilton Garden Inn. During this time, they will learn about and fly on the NASA P-3B at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility. They will take air quality samples while there. The second half will be spent at the University of California Irvine, where they will do analytic work. They will also be required to present on a topic they choose when they enter the program.

Trisha will be in an eight-week internship program at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD from May 28th to Aug. 3rd.  She will be assisting in a program to analyze Mesoscale Convective Systems.

The students had to write several essays, submit applications, and send letters of recommendation in order to apply for the program.

(Posted 5/5/2012)

Dopper radar Students Looking down the stairway of the Doppler Students and Mr. Bye

Dr. French and his class have a question and answer session with Mr. Pat Baye, National Weather Service Electronics Systems Analyst.

Students visit Doppler radar tower

As has become a custom, students in the Department of Atmospheric Science at SDSM&T were able to visit the Doppler radar tower near New Underwood, SD. All photos John Hamilton, ATM MS student.The Doppler radar tower is used to detect the location and intensity of approaching storms. Radio waves emitted from the antenna are reflected back to the antenna based on objects encountered, such as raindrops, snow crystals, and hailstones. The radar equipment detects the frequency change in these waves, and its computer then uses this information to detect direction and speed of the wind near these storms. Meteorologists use these pictures of the storms and wind motions to predict what is occurring and what might be expected to happen within a short time.

(Posted 4/2/2012)

Emily French with her poster at the fair







Students Attend the American Meteorological Society's Career Fair in New Orleans

Several School of Mines Atmospheric Sciences students attended the  AMS annual Career Fair, held in New Orleans January 22-27, 2012. M.S.-degree-seeking students Emily French, pictured at left, and Gretchen Berg, each presented posters about their research work. Others in attendance were  Theresa Aguilar and Dan D'Amico, masters degree students, and Eric Hout, BSIS-ATM undergrad. Associate Professor Dr. Bill Capehart accompanied the students.

Attendance at the career fair is always an exciting time for the students, as they get to meet other professionals in their field of study, and they meet with the next group of college students who are interested in the atmospheric and environmental sciences.

(Posted 1/26/2012)

Heather Caye at AGU meeting







Heather Caye Attends AGU Meeting in San Francisco

The students in the Atmospheric Sciences Department are often given the opportunity to attend scientific conferences, at which they will present a talk or poster on their research work. It also gives them a chance to network with other students, as well as professionals in their field of study.

Heather Caye, second-year master's degree student in Atmospheric Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines, presented a talk entitled "Electrification of the 29 June 2000 Supercell Thunderstorm" at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting held in San Francisco in early December, 2011. Heather is completing her degree work under the direction of Dr. Andrew Detwiler. Heather is from Allen Park Michigan.

(Posted 1/10/2012)