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ESOM Graduate Symposium held at George Mason

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The Department of Atmospheric Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES) hosted the 2024 Earth System Observations and Modeling (ESOM) Graduate Symposium Friday, March 22. Organized by George Mason University graduate students, the symposium featured talks and posters by students from universities in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Delaware.

The morning keynote address was delivered by Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy, director of the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). Ramaswamy is an IPCC lead author, fellow of AGU, AMS, and AAAS, and coordinating lead author on the WMO assessments on stratospheric ozone and climate.

Michael R. Farrar, director of NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), gave the afternoon keynote. The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) serves as a starting point for nearly all weather forecasts in the United States. Farrar, a U.S. Air Force meteorologist for 24 years, has also served as a Senior Vice President at University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and Director of the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center, among other leadership positions.

As in past years, the symposium included Q & A for students with a career panel. This year’s panelists included AOES Climate Dynamics alumna Abheera Hazra (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and Victoria Ford (Eagle Rock Analytics). For more information, see the ESOM Symposium Home Page, 2024 Symposium Agenda, and AOES Seminar Page.