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September 18, 2020

"Experiences Within A&GS" Survey Still Available

Hello again!  My name is Cassandra, and I am a Research Scientist with OU CIMMS.  Thank you so much to those who have already taken the time to participate in our study.  We have received great feedback thus far and we look forward to hearing from everyone!  As a reminder, my colleagues and I are conducting a study examining individuals’ experiences within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (A&GS) specifically.  If you are interested in participating, please use this link [https://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9pedKOyDaXEjvT] to take the survey, which is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  If you have already participated in this survey, we thank you; there is no need to take the survey twice.  More information can be found on the consent page at the beginning of the survey.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Dr. Cassandra Shivers-Williams directly (cs-w@ou.edu).

A&GS Experiences Survey

Welcome from the A&GS Dean's Office

Fifteen members of the A&GS Dean’s Office gather for an informal picture on the third floor of the National Weather Center.
A&GS Dean’s Office Staff (L-R): Leslie Illston, Jim Davis, Jenny Spade, Christine Reed, Kyle Sandidge, Claire Chastain, Jason Glass, Berrien Moore, Petra Klein, Mary Anne Hempe, Debbie Farris, Greg Leffler, Tanya Guthrie, Heather Murphy, Lee Anne Sallee

A&GS Degree Programs

Are you considering a degree offered by OU's College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences?  Click the button below to learn more!

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Oklahoma is in the top five states when it comes to installed wind power capacity
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A circular illustration, in dark red and white, of a handshake, a mortarboard, and the title A&GS Student Emergency Fund.

 

 

The A&GS Student Emergency Fund is an assistance program for students to access short term financial help in times of need. Due to the current public health crisis, many students lack the financial cushion needed to travel home, to find alternate housing arrangements, or to simply afford food. Some may even lack the hardware and high-speed internet access needed to successfully take classes online. The A&GS Student Emergency Fund provides a lifeline for these students. All donations will go directly to students in need.

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A&GS Spotlights

Showcasing Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Friends of the College

September 15, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Jana Houser, MS (2008) and PhD (2013) in Meteorology

Jana Houser standing in front of an OU Rapid X-Pol radar truck. Whipserwatt 7000. OU Rapid X-Pol.
Jana Houser stands in front of an OU Rapid X-Pol radar truck. (Photo credit: NOAA)

Dr. Jana Houser’s passion for severe weather began in her second grade science class and she’s been hooked ever since.  She became further enthralled after viewing educational science programs on The Weather Channel focused on tornadoes and hurricanes.  Houser ultimately decided to pursue a career related to the study of tornadoes finding them captivating, combining both beauty and destruction all in one vessel.  Houser acknowledges that tornadoes are often powerful and dangerous but when they develop in a field somewhere far from populated areas, they also display an element of grace.

Houser is currently an associate professor of meteorology at Ohio University where she teaches synoptic meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, radar meteorology, intro to meteorology, a severe storms seminar, and physical geography.  She received an undergraduate degree from Penn State University before attending OU where she received a MS in 2008 followed by a PhD in 2013.  She credits OU professors Dr. Howard Bluestein, who served as her graduate advisor, and Dr. Robert Palmer as being the most influential in her academic career.  Houser, a self-professed “weather junkie” was initially “star stuck” by Dr. Bluestein having grown up watching him in multiple videos where he was conducting research and taking measurements during severe weather events.  Houser remains grateful to have been a part of Bluestein’s research group and credits the experience with her success and affording her opportunities for networking and the pursuit of field work.     

Houser’s advice for women pursuing STEM degrees is not to be afraid to ask questions.  Even though Houser came to OU with confidence borne from excellent undergraduate grades and the receipt of a prestigious AMS Fellowship, she openly admits to struggling to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate education as well as being overwhelmed by the volume and breadth of study materials.  “Even once I started bringing it all together, I still wished I had not been so afraid to ask questions.  I think I was afraid of looking stupid, but now as a faculty member myself, I want my students to ask questions.  The students who come to me with questions open up a meaningful dialogue that benefits me as well as them.”  Houser believes that women often hold back because they are sensitive to competition and fear judgement by others.  She thinks this is a woman’s biggest burden and they shouldn’t allow themselves or their careers to suffer because of fear.   Houser stresses that this advice applies to all students because no one is the perfect student or the perfect scientist.  Each person should value their contributions and not try to live up to what everyone else around them is doing.

As for the future, Houser sees the field of meteorology needing to diversify and incorporate social sciences in order to reach a broader audience.  Climate change and communicating weather and climate impacts is a hugely important direction for the field.  Being able to communicate with the public and engage others to catch the ears of political leaders is especially important.  Getting the public to understand that weather is more than severe weather, general precipitation, and temperature, and then linking that understanding to what is happening today in terms of climate change will be the greatest task for the future.  Houser believes that with improved modeling and technological improvements, there will be a deeper understanding of atmospheric processes leading to improved forecasts.     

Houser’s final note to current students and recent graduates is to soak in every opportunity and make sure to keep all options open.  She fondly recalls the comradery of her fellow graduate school students and the excitement that all shared being at the epicenter of the severe storms community.  Shared experiences, such as struggling with challenging dynamics homework, allows students to bond together and build a support group which is important during stressful times.  Houser ends by stating that at the end of the day, each person graduates and her advice is “make sure you don’t pigeon-hole yourself into what you think is the correct career path for a meteorologist to pursue.”

A&GS Friends Society

A&GS Friends. A group dedicated to helping A&GS thrive for future generations. OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The University of Oklahoma.

To support the amazing activities happening within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the College and its Board of Visitors is proud to establish the Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Friends Society. Funds raised from memberships will be used to support the educational learning experience for the college’s students, faculty, and staff.

Benefits of membership include an annual membership party, AGU and AMS reception tickets, as well as special access to College events. We encourage you to make a financial contribution to support these worthy efforts and to get involved with our friends!

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