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NOAA-CREST Fellow Wins 2017 AMS Poster Award

Posted on February 7, 2017

NOAA-CREST Fellow Wins 2017 AMS Poster Award

New York, NY, February 7, 2017– Chris Lunger, a mechanical engineering candidate in The City College of New York / CUNY Department of Mechanical Engineering, was among the top nine students to receive an Outstanding Student Conference Poster Award at the recent American Meteorological Society (AMS) conference in Seattle, Washington. Lunger’s poster about the impact of Saharan dust on the mid-summer drought in Puerto Rico was recognized among the top ten percent out of the 106+ posters participating in the competition. 

Held at Washington State Convention Center in January, this year’s AMS Annual Meeting theme was “Observations Lead the Way.” Conference and symposia sessions focused on observations and information critical to scientists, educators, students and professionals. 

“I got to see that climate science and meteorology are not stereotypical professions,” said Lunger. 

Lunger works with Dr. Nathan Hosannah, a postdoc researcher and Dr. Jorge Gonzales, the principal investigator for the Coastal Urban Environmental Research Group which studies the human and environmental impacts of weather events on coastal cities. It is a project that has far-reaching impact for island nations throughout the Caribbean. 

“Few things are more important than water on this planet. Understanding hydrology is key,” said Hosannah. 

Dr. Gonzales explains the goal of the multi-year research project: 

“To come to a greater understanding of the processes that lead to rainfall and the effect of aerosols on precipitation.” 

NOAA-CREST aims to educate and train a diverse group of students, early career scientists, and engineers to become competent professionals in NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) sciences. 

For more information, visit http://www.noaacrest.org.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Olga Joseph at (212) 650-8121 or email at noaacrest@ccny.cuny.edu

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