Yale Scientist Receives American Meteorological Society's Meisinger Award

Steven Sherwood, assistant professor of geology and geophysics at Yale University, has won the 2005 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, given by the American Meteorological Society(AMS), the nation’s leading professional society for those in atmospheric and related sciences.

Sherwood earned the award “for fundamental studies of the interactions among cumulus convection, aerosols and cloud microphysics, and large-scale dynamics.” The Meisinger award is given to an individual for research development that is, at least in part, aerological in character and concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motions on all scales.

A contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment report due in 2007, he is working on a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration study on temperature trends in the lower atmosphere.

His research includes creating simple climate models, estimating climate change over time, studying relative humidity distribution with changing climate, the role of atmospheric aerosol particles in the control of storm intensity and cloud properties, and the relationship between atmospheric gases and past climate changes.

Sherwood joined the Yale University faculty in 2001, after nearly three years with Universities Space Research Association in Seabrook, Md., and earned the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2002 for his work.

Sherwood received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in engineering physics from the University of California in San Diego. His Ph.D. was completed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The AMS, founded in 1919, promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The Society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education and outreach programs across the country. Additional information on the AMS is available on the Internet at http://www.ametsoc.org

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