CLaSP Seminar Series - Dr. Leslie Tamppari
April 6, 2017 - 3:30 pm
Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series is Dr. Leslie Tamppari, Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Please join us!
Title: "The Mars Exploration Program seen through the eyes of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter"
Abstract: NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has flourished over the last 1.5 decades, with a combination of orbiters, landers, and rovers. A strength of the program is the ability for orbiters and landers to complement and support each other both scientifically and technically. In particular, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) carries six instruments that observe from deep in the sub-surface to high in the atmosphere. This complement of instruments has proven invaluable in providing the data necessary to select scientifically interesting landing sites for current and future landers and rovers, and to certify those sites for engineering safety. Once on the Martian surface, the landers or rovers provide ground truth for the orbital measurements, the orbiters relay the surface spacecraft’s data to Earth, and collaborative scientific campaigns are performed, enhancing the science of both missions. An overview of the currently operating missions at Mars will be given, with a focus on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as a look forward to the next Mars rover to be launched in 2020.close
Michigan Geophysical Union 2017
April 7, 2017 - 9:00 am
The U-M Earth and Environmental Sciences department will be hosting the 13th annual Michigan Geophysical Union student research symposium this year, an event co-sponsored by Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP).
MGU is a friendly forum designed to showcase and reward outstanding student research in various aspects of Earth, oceanic, atmospheric, and space sciences, as well as foster interdepartmental dialogue and camaraderie. All faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend to learn about the exciting research that is taking place in the UM scientific community. We have 50 poster submissions this year in a broad array of subjects ~ so come check it out!close
CLaSP Seminar Series - Professor Gregory Jenkins
April 13, 2017 - 3:30 pm
Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be Penn State Professor of Meteorology, Gregory Jenkins. Please join us!
Title: "The flow of dust from the Sahara to the lower respiratory tract of individuals in West Africa: Challenges and opportunities"
Abstract: The flow of Saharan dust aerosols throughout the Northern Hemisphere during late fall through summer season pose a health risk due to poor air quality and the potential to pass pathogens into the respiratory system. In this seminar, I discuss the challenges tied to observations of particulate matter at the surface and from satellites and the efforts to build a country wide network in Senegal, which is aligned with district level health data. The prediction of dust events on short-term (days) to long-term (decades) using the WRF model are also presented and its implications for understanding respiratory disease in West Africa. Finally, I discuss the efforts on the ground in Senegal to identify pathogens from dust aerosols and to build an interdisciplinary team of scientists and doctors to address respiratory health and its linkages to the environment.close
CLaSP Special Seminar - Professor Shiliang Wu
April 17, 2017 - 10:00 am
Our guest for CLaSP Special Seminar is Michigan Tech Professor Shiliang Wu. Please join us!
Title: “GLASP: Global Arsenic Pollution”
Abstract: There have been increasing concerns on toxic pollutants in the global environment, such as arsenic and mercury. They can be transported long distances in the atmosphere before depositing to the Earth surface. We investigate the global source-receptor relationships for these pollutants as well as the perturbations in the context of global change. The source-receptor relationships among various regions around the world are quantified with the global chemical transport model GEOS-Chem. Our results highlight the importance of international collaboration in addressing these global environmental problems.close
CLaSP Special Seminar - Dr. Mary Barth
April 25, 2017 - 3:30 pm
Our guest for this CLaSP Special Seminar is Dr. Mary Barth, Senior Scientist in NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling (ACOM) Laboratory and Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Laboratory and head of the Regional and Process Modeling Group.
Title: "Thunderstorms and Atmospheric Composition: A Meeting of Cloud Physics, Dynamics, Lightning, and Chemistry"
Abstract: Upward motions in thunderstorms transport trace gases and aerosols from the boundary layer to the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Along the way, many complicated processes occur, including lightning and its production of nitrogen oxides (NOx), scavenging by precipitation, and chemical reactions. The consequence of these processes is high-altitude plumes of photochemically-active chemistry that produce ozone in the UTLS region where ozone acts as a greenhouse gas. To advance our understanding of how thunderstorms affect tropospheric composition, the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) field campaign was conducted over the central United States in May and June 2012. Examples of lightning-NOx production, scavenging efficiencies, ozone production, and stratosphere-troposphere exchange from the DC3 campaign will be presented.
Highlights of these analyses include the higher than expected scavenging of methyl hydrogen peroxide resulting in low mixing ratios of peroxides (100-300 pptv) and high formaldehyde mixing ratios (1000-1500 pptv) in the convective outflow plumes. These results suggest that formaldehyde may be the primary HOx source in the convective outflow plumes that then reacts with lightning-generated NOx to produce 10-15 ppbv ozone during the day following convection. However, another source of upper troposphere ozone is cloud-scale stratosphere-troposphere exchange caused by the thunderstorm dynamics. DC3 measurements often found stratospheric ozone alongside storm anvils, even wrapping around the anvil in one case, bringing high ozone concentrations into the upper troposphere. Thus, both in situ chemical production and cloud-scale mixing processes must be considered to understand ozone sources in the upper troposphere.close
Climate & Space Spring Graduate Reception
April 28, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Join us in the SRB Auditorium as we send our Spring 2017 graduates off to their next adventure. Climate & Space Chair, Professor Jim Slavin, will offer his message for the class of '17, followed by celebratory light refreshments. All are welcome!close
Rackham Graduate Exercises
April 28, 2017 - 10:00 am
Tickets: Tickets are not required for general seating at Rackham Graduate Exercises.
Since most main floor seating in Hill Auditorium is reserved for the graduates, we recommend that families and guests plan to sit in the first or second balconies.
Commencement Day Schedule
Rackham Graduate Exercises begin with an academic procession from the Rackham Building to Hill Auditorium.
At 8:45 a.m., graduates and candidates gather in the Rackham Auditorium, where faculty marshals and event staff will help them prepare for the procession.
- 8:45 a.m. Assemble at Rackham Auditorium to prepare for procession to Hill Auditorium
- 9:15 a.m. Instructions announced
- 9:30 a.m. Procession begins
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., families and guests may enter Hill Auditorium through the front and side lobby doors. All guests are asked to be seated by 9:45 a.m.
Since most seats on the main floor are reserved for graduates, family members and other guests should plan to sit in the first or second balconies.
In consideration of graduates and their guests, we ask that you mute all cell phones and other mobile devices. Restless children should be taken to the lobby—where a live audio feed of the entire event will be available.
Webcast and Social Media
Rackham Graduate Exercises will have a live webcast on the day of the ceremony. Visit this page on the day of the event for the webcast and social media posts featuring #RackhamGrad.
College of Engineering Spring Commencement Ceremony
April 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Location: Crisler Center, 333 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI
Registration: Students are asked to RSVP here (U-M log in required). Tickets are not required for guests.
Students are asked to enter Crisler Center through the north tunnel entrance which is located on the north side of Crisler Center, adjacent to the Michigan Stadium. Academic attire is required to attend. Students should proceed to their department seating on the main floor where they will find a name reader card on their chair. The card is to be filled out before coming to the stage for recognition.
Guests will enter through the main entrances and proceed to their seats through the concourse level. The main entrances will open approximately one hour prior to the ceremony. Seating for persons with disabilities is available.
If you cannot attend the ceremony in person please join us for the simulcast in real time at http://engin.umich.edu/grad-webcast.
A request from the College of Engineering:
We ask that you refrain from selfies as you walk across the stage during the conferral of degrees, not only in the interest of time but to maintain a sense of decorum. Students are encouraged to take photos pre & post ceremony.
Selfies are OK– just not up on stage! Be respectful to your fellow graduate – plan to stay until everyone has had their moment in the spotlight.close