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Career Fair coming March 1, 2018

career fair

It’s back!!! The University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Career & Internship Fair returns in Spring 2018!  This fair will be attended by public and private employers looking for students in the fields of Meteorology, Geography, Environmental Sustainability, and Geographic Information Science.

The event will be held in the atrium of the National Weather Center on March 1, 2018 from 1:00-4:30pm and employers will have the option to stay and interview as well as attend a reception. The fair is free to attend for employers and lunch will be provided to them. Registration is required for employers; please contact Leslie Illston at or 405-325-3082.




The School of Meteorology of the University of Oklahoma is internationally recognized for innovative, state-of-the-art education and research in the atmospheric sciences. It is one of the leading programs nationwide in developing forward-looking curricula to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the 21st Century. The School is now seeking an outstanding individual to serve as its Director and the Mark and Kandi McCasland Chair in Meteorology.

The School is an academic program in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and is located in the National Weather Center on the University’s 271-acre Research Campus. The Campus brings together university programs with State and Federal research and operational facilities, including several NOAA organizations and several private-sector weather companies. This provides for a dynamic meteorological community, where learning extends beyond the classroom and research is linked directly with practical applications.

The School seeks a Director who will continue to advance its leadership position in meteorology, anticipate and react to the ongoing rapid changes in the field, work proactively with all stakeholders to implement the vision for the School, and interact effectively with the Dean of the College to augment the School's funding base from academic, government, and private sector sources. Specific qualifications for the Director include: career experience in academia, industry, or government sufficient to award tenure at the rank of professor; a strong commitment to excellence in education as demonstrated by instruction in institutions of higher education, in industry, or in government training/outreach programs; a distinguished record of scholarly achievement; demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in an academic, research, or similar setting; an appreciation of the diverse research disciplines in the School; and an ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, the Dean and other University administrators, alumni, and federal and industry representatives in a variety of venues. The area of research expertise is open.

This position is available on July 16, 2018. The new Director will be appointed in the School as a tenured faculty member with the rank of professor. Appointment as Director and McCasland Chair will be for an initial four-year term, with the possibility of renewal. The McCasland Chair provides salary support, as well as discretionary funds to support the Director’s work for the good of the School.

An application should include a letter of interest describing the applicant’s views on teaching, research, and leadership; a complete curriculum vitae; the names and addresses of six references. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017; applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications should be uploaded to ByCommittee at  Please contact Lee Anne Sallee at 405-325-3095 or email at for any questions.

Additional information may be obtained from the following web pages: (University of Oklahoma); (College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences); (National Weather Center); and (School of Meteorology).

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey: It dropped a record-breaking 50-plus inches of rain across parts of Texas and left behind widespread, devastating floods. Following in Harvey's wake, Hurricane Irma has spun another path of destruction.

Beyond the Harvey and Irma disasters, wildfires raged in California this summer, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Now, dozens have perished in Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century.

Read more here

Outstanding Junior

Outstanding Junior Application Now Available!

Outstanding Junior

The application for Outstanding Junior is now available! Simply fill in the entries on the form and either email to Assistant Dean Hempe ( or print and deliver to the A&GS Dean's Office (NWC 3630). The deadline for submission is 5pm on September 29, so complete your form today! 

OU SMART Radar Team Deployed to Hurricane Harvey

TX Radar loop

The OU Shared Mobile Atmospheric and Teaching radar team, led by Michael Biggerstaff, OU School of Meteorology, will depart Norman for Corpus Christi, Texas, this afternoon with the mobile C-band dual-polarimetric radar to study the landfall of what will become major Hurricane Harvey. The team will focus on tornadic circulations in the outer rain bands as part of the on-going VORTEX-SE research program objectives, as well as examine the inner core and eyewall circulations that produce inland flooding as part of the NASA Fellowship project.

OU is part of the Digital Hurricane Consortium, which is a group of university and federal government researchers who deploy sensors in advance of landfalling hurricanes. The DHC is part of the federal Disaster Impacts Assessment Plan, which is part of the COASTAL Act that is aimed at better understanding the roles of storm surge and extreme winds on the loss of houses and other buildings in the path of landfalling hurricanes.

The radar truck will be equipped with cameras provided as a result of a recent collaboration between OU, AT&T and The Weather Channel. OU SMART radar team members include Biggerstaff; Addison Alford, OU doctoral student; and Gordon Carrie, OU research associate. The team will be operational by Friday and will provide updates when possible.  

GeoCarb is hiring!

geocarb team

Check out this job for a Deputy Program Manager - Job number: 172598

OU CIMMS announces new Director

Greg McFarquhar

The University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and School of Meteorology announce the addition of Dr. Greg McFarquhar to their staffs.

McFarquhar will be the Director of OU CIMMS and School of Meteorology Professor starting this fall. Randy Peppler has been interim director after former OU CIMMS director and Meteorology Professor Dr. Peter Lamb passed away in May 2014.

"We look forward to Greg leading CIMMS in innovative ways in order to help address future NOAA research challenges in weather radar and mesoscale meteorology,” Peppler said.

McFarquhar comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He has worked at the university since 2001. He has also served as a visiting faculty fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado from 2015 to 2016.

McFarquhar’s PhD and his Masters of Science are in Atmospheric Physics and his Bachelors of Science is in Mathematics and Physics, all from the University of Toronto.

Director of the National Weather Center Dr. Berrien Moore said, “The University of Oklahoma is delighted to have a gifted scientist and extraordinary leader join the OU family as the Director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. The possibilities are endless!”

McFarquhar has been involved with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, the principal investigator for more than 100 different grants and involved in more than 20 field campaigns.

“After being involved in many different projects at other universities and research institutes over the past 25 years investigating the impact of clouds on various weather phenomena, I am looking forward to broadening my horizons with even more exciting work over the next several years at CIMMS and The University of Oklahoma,” McFarquhar said. “I am especially impressed with the credentials of the amazing people already working here. I hope that I can strengthen and improve the existing collaborations and partnerships already, as well as finding new avenues for improving the observation, analysis, understanding and prediction of weather elements and systems.”

CIMMS was established in 1978 as a cooperative program that unites the scientific and technical resources of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and OU into a center of research excellence. CIMMS was created to support NOAA’s Mission of Science, Service and Stewardship and thereby contribute to NOAA’s long-term goal of building a Weather-Ready Nation that is prepared for and responds to weather-related events. CIMMS research areas include weather radar, hydrometeorology, observations and numerical modeling of high-impact weather including severe storms, forecast and warning improvements, regional climate variations, the societal and socioeconomic impacts of weather and climate, and related subject areas.

OU Students can enter our logo contest!

GeoCarb Logo Contest

Greetings OU Students!

We need your help to create a logo for the NASA GeoCarb mission we recently won (read about it here)!  

Not only do you get bragging rights, you also get $595!! Only OU Students are eligible, so make sure to check out the contest and tell your friends!

All the official rules, details and contest entry can be found here!

We can’t wait to see what you design!

Ryzhkov named AMS Fellow

AMS Fellow Ryzhkov

The University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies is proud to announce the American Meteorological Society named an OU CIMMS senior research scientist during a recent release of awards.

Alexander Ryzhkov was one of more than 30 individuals recognized by AMS during a recent announcement of 2018 award winners and fellows. Ryzhkov was awarded the prestigious honor of AMS fellow.

To coninue reading, click here.  

Dr. Homeyer's 3D mapping of individual storm geometries

ozone research by Dr. Homeyer

Stratospheric ozone over the United States in summer linked to observations of convection and temperature via chlorine and bromine catalysis. Read more here!  

Convocation 2017!

We now offer a 5-year accelerated Bachelor/Master Degree!

5-year bachelor/master degree accelerated program

DGES & RCPL now offer an accelerated 5-year bachelor/master degree!

Earn your undergraduate degree in Geography, GIS, or Environmental Sustainabiity while also earning your Master of Regional and City Planning. Learn more by coming to our launch party on

April 12th at 3:30-5:30pm at Sarkeys Energy Center West Atrium. Contact Jamie Steele for details. 405-325-8736

Changing the Narrative of What a Scientist Looks Like

So proud of our own Dr. Ashton Robinson Cook and all he has accomplished!


NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma has been awarded a five-year, $166 million grant by NASA to advance understanding of Earth’s natural exchanges of carbon between the land, atmosphere and ocean.
The primary goals of the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, led by Berrien Moore, OU Vice President for Weather and Climate Programs, are to monitor plant health and vegetation stress throughout the Americas, and to examine the natural sources and processes that control carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane in the atmosphere.
“To say this is an extraordinary achievement by Dr. Berrien Moore and our research team is an understatement,” said OU President David L. Boren. “The grant is one of the most exceptional in the history of the University and is testimony to the outstanding national stature of our research team. I cannot think of a more exciting way to observe the holiday season than with the announcement of this remarkable grant.”
The mission will launch on a commercial communications satellite to make observations over the Americas from an orbit of approximately 22,000 miles above the equator.
The OU-led geoCARB team will build an advanced payload employing otherwise unused launch and spacecraft capacity to advance science and provide societal benefit.
Mission collaborators include the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California; SES Government Solutions Company in Reston, Virginia; the Colorado State University in Fort Collins; and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Colleagues and laboratories from France, Australia and Mexico also are contributing to the project.
The mission was competitively selected from 15 proposals submitted to the agency’s second Earth Venture - Mission announcement of opportunity for small orbital investigations of the Earth system.

NWC Research Exploration

Dr. Berrien Moore III, dean of the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences and director of the National Weather Center, discusses how the NWC impacts research and student engagement at The University of Oklahoma.

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