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NASA talks: the Jupiter System and the Galileo Mission

Rosaly Lopes Galileo Mission

NASA researcher Rosaly Lopes is coming to the National Weather Center beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20. Dr. Lopes, an expert on Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, was a member of the Galileo mission’s science team. She will tell the story of the mission and its discoveries, from the sizzling volcanoes of Io to the ice floes of Europa, and tell us what we can expect from future missions.

Immediately before the forum, visitors are invited to attend a complimentary reception accompanying the Galileo’s World exhibits at the National Weather Center.


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Oklahoma Schools Share $6 Million Award to Develop Weather Drones

The University of Oklahoma is one of four universities that are working together on an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that improve weather forecasting. The $6 million funding comes from the National Science Foundation over the next four years. 

The University of Oklahoma will be supporting this project through its established strengths in meteorology and radar engineering. Small UAS technology enables researchers to explore the region of the atmosphere immediately above the Earth’s surface called the atmospheric boundary layer.  OU has considerable experience in boundary layer meteorology and the addition of small UAS will considerably impact future studies. Additionally, OU will begin to explore the challenging question of how small UAS can be integrated into studying the impacts of climate change on our society. From an engineering side, this project will enable researchers at the University of Oklahoma to continue developing improved methods of detecting and tracking small UAS and efficiently communicating with these aircraft.

“I very am excited to be part of this project because if allows us to fundamentally demonstrate the value of using small UAS to monitor and investigate the lower atmosphere. This research has the potential to be a real game changer for meteorology and weather forecasting.” - Dr. Phil Chilson, professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology & Advanced Radar Research Center


SEJ's 25th Annual Conference, Norman, OK, Oct. 7-11, 2015

The Society of Environmental Journalists is the only North-American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.

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OU Drum Major

Environmental Sustainability Major turned Drum Major - Meet Kyle Mattingly!
This year, the Pride of Oklahoma is lead by our own Kyle Mattingly. Kyle is a senior from Noble Ok and second generation Pride member. He has always looked up to the Drum Major and dreamed of holding this honor. "To be able to run out on the field and then 85,000 people just erupt because they’re excited the band’s here, football’s here, you know it’s time to beat so-and-so and we’re the ones leading the charge ... That’s really exciting, and it’s something you don’t get many times in your life." 

We are proud of all your hard work Kyle!


Congratulations Lance Leslie and Mike Richman
on your paper co-authored by Hamish A. Ramsay titled Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Predictions Using Optimized Combinations of ENSO Regions: Application to the Coral Sea Basin reaching #1 in J Climate and #3 in all AMS Journals! We are so proud of you!

Click here for the link to the paper.

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki - 1927-2015

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki, Professor Emeritus and a founder in the School of Meteorology passed away on March 12, 2015. 

Dr. Sasaki earned a Ph.D. in Science from Tokyo University in 1955. Born in Akita, Japan in 1927, Dr. Sasaki emigrated to the United States after World War II. He moved to the University of Oklahoma in 1960 to help found the OU meteorology program.  Dr. Sasaki holds numerous title and awards including the induction into the American Meteorological Society’s title of Honorary Member, the Fujiwara Award from the Meteorological Society of Japan, and was presented the “Order of the Sacred Treasure” by the Emperor of Japan and appointed as an Honorary Consul General of Japan. He held the title of George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus title at the University.

A memorial service is being planned and details will be provided once finalized. The college offers their deepest condolences to his wife, Koko, and their family. 


To see the full obituarary, click here (pdf).

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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