MSISA Activities

MADAAG and PGS Meetings

Frostburg, MD and State College, PA | November 2014

The MSISA Program was represented at the regional meeting of the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association of Geographers on November 7, 2014 in Frostburg, MD, as well as at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society on November 14, 2014 at Penn State University.

Amber Hill
MSISA program assistant Eric Hout (at front of room) gives an oral presentation on the MSISA program to prospective undergraduate students at the MADAAG Regional Meeting.
Amber Hill
Eric beside the MSISA exhibit at the MADAAG Regional Meeting.

Discover-AQ Research Project

Golden, Colorado | July-August 2014

Students in the MSISA program participated in a research program called Discover-AQ (Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality). This program involves the collection of air quality data from a vertical column of the atmosphere in order to improve air quality forecasts, more accurately determine the sources of pollutants in the air, and more closely determine fluctuations in emissions levels. More information on the Discover-AQ program can be found at: http://discover-aq.larc.nasa.gov.

Amber Hill
MSISA graduate students and Millersville undergraduates in front of a NASA P-3 research aircraft.
Amber Hill
Dr. Clark, MSISA program coordinator, tugging at a balloon to assist it in gaining altitude.

NASA's 2014 Earth Day Global Selfie Project

April 22, 2014

The Global Selfie mosaic project was created to encourage environmental awareness and to recognize the space agency's ongoing work to protect the earth. Click here to learn more.

Amber Hill
MSISA students take a break from their coursework to pose for a picture as part of NASA's 2014 Earth Day Global Selfie campaign.
NASA MOsaic Selfie Composit
Global Selfie: 36,422 photos; 113 regions and countries; one good lookin' planet.

2014 AMS Washington Forum

At the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences building in Washington DC | April 1-3, 2014

Students from the MSISA program attended the 2014 AMS Washington Forum at the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences building in Washington DC in April 2013 where they market the MSISA program and learned about the current state of the weather and climate enterprise. Students in the MSISA program, along with students from two other universities, served as rapporteurs during the conference.

2014 AMS Washington Forum at the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
Pictured here are seven MSISA students along with Dr. Richard Clark, MSISA program coordinator.

2014 American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting

Atlanta, Georgia | February 2-6, 2014

Several MSISA students had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Weather Channel while attending the 2014 American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amber Hill
Amber Hill (pictured above) is one of many students who participated.
Amber Hill
MSISA student Amber Hill poses with Dr. Greg Forbes of the Weather Channel.

OWLeS Research Project

Finger Lakes region, New York | Winter of 2013-2014

The OWLeS project examines the formation mechanisms, cloud microphysics, boundary layer processes, and dynamics of lake-effect systems (LeS) at unprecedented detail using X-band and S-band dual-polarization (dual-pol) radars, an aircraft instrumented with particle probes and profiling cloud radar and lidar, a mobile integrated sounding system, a network of radiosondes, and a surface network of snow characterization instruments.

Mike Charnick
Mike Charnick, MSISA student, poses by an aircraft used to profile clouds.
Radiosonde
Here, students release a radiosonde to sample a lake-effect snow system.

Discover-AQ Research Project

Huron, California | January 2013

Students in the MSISA program participated in a research program called Discover-AQ. This program involves the collection of air quality data from a vertical column of the atmosphere in order to improve air quality forecasts, more accurately determine the sources of pollutants in the air, and more closely determine fluctuations in emissions levels.

Discover AQ Project Millersville University
MSISA student, Chris Prebish calibrates the internal compass of a tethersonde before attaching it to a balloon.
Discover AQ Project Millersville University
Mike Charnick, Chris Prebish and Dr. Richard Clark, MSISA program coordinator, attach a tethersonde to a tetherline of the balloon. Chris is holding the tethersonde in place, and Mike is about to attach the orange wind vane to the back of the tethersonde.