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MEAS 2013-2014 Seminar and Defense Series

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Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec |
Jun 18
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Xue Feng, Marine Science, "Construction of Temperature and Salinity Climatology for the U.S. East Coastal Ocean and Intra-American Sea using Data Interpolating Variational Analysis"
Jun 20
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Ying-Jung Chen, Marine Science, "The Generation and Propagation of Internal Solitary Waves in the South China Sea"
Jun 26
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Kyle Dawson, Atmospheric Science, "Synergetic Observations of Sea Spray Aerosol Optical Properties"
Jul 10
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
F. Dale Jordan, Atmospheric Science, "Diagnosing Processes Modulating Precipitation Distribution during Landfalling Tropical Cyclones in the Carolinas and Virginia"
Jul 15
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Joshua Shinpaugh, Earth Science, "Geochemical Signatures of Potential Sediment Sources to Lake Quinault, Washington"
Jul 16
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 1:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Jason Davis, Atmospheric Science, "Radar Climatology of Tornadic and Non-tornadic Vortices in High Shear, Low CAPE Environments in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast"
Aug 12
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
B. Andrew Stieneke, Atmospheric Science, "The Role of Moisture and the Saharan Air Layer in the Tropical Wave to Cyclone Transition of Hurricane Ernesto (2006)"
Aug 26
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Catalina Segura, NCSU - MEAS, "Understanding River Systems through Multi-scale Eco-hydrologic Modeling" (hosted by W. Robinson)
Aug 28
Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 1:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Hui Qian, Marine Science,
"Ocean Circulation Dynamics and Transport Connectivity in the Intra-Americas Season Inter-annual, Seasonal, Synoptic and Inertial Time Scales"
Sep 3
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Jeffrey Craft, Atmospheric Science, "Wind Ramp Events: Forecast Verification and Climatology"
Sep 9
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Donald J. Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, School of Earth, Society, and Environment, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, "Climate Change Research: Recent Findings and New Directions" (hosted by W. Robinson) Abstract
Sep 16
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dr. Scott H. Ensign, Aquatic Analysis & Consulting, LLC, "Carbon Storage, Nitrogen Cycling, and Geomorphic Process in Tidal Freshwater Ecosystems" (hosted by D. Eggleston) Abstract
Sep 23
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Karl Wegmann, NCSU-MEAS, "Recent Rejuvenation of Topography in the southern Appalachians..., or how old are those pretty North Carolina Waterfalls?"
Sep 27
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Stephen Smith - "How Old is the Hangay? Using Paleo-topography to Constrain the Evolution of a Remote Mountain Range in Central Mongolia"
Rebecca Cumbie - "Estimating Soil Moisture Using the Standardized Precipitation Index"
Sep 30
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Cathy Manduca, Director, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) - Carleton College, and Executive Director, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, "Teaching Geoscience: A National Look at What is Happening in Undergraduate Classrooms" (hosted by D. McConnell)
Oct 4
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Richard Taylor - "Particle Flux and Climate Change on the West Antarctic Peninsula Shelf:  A Radiochemical Investigation" 
Richard Potter - "Modeling Ammonia Concentrations near a Hog Farm in North Carolina"
Oct 7
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Antonio B. Rodriguez, UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences, "Impacts of Sea-level Rise on Bay-head Deltas, Barrier Islands, and Oyster Reefs" (hosted by P. Liu)
Oct 11
Fall Break, No class
Oct 14
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Shannon Capps, EPA, National Exposure Research Laboratory, "Elucidating the Influence of Emissions on Atmospheric Trace Gases and Cloud Droplet Concentrations" (hosted by N. Meskhidze)
Oct 18
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
L. Daniel Rojas-Jimenez - "Investigating the Balance between Uptake and Export of Inorganic Carbon Discharged into Streams in a Costa Rican Rainforest by Regional Groundwater Flow"
Hayley Smith - "Starting to Flip the Class: Quality of Student Pre-class Work Improves with the Use of Online Just-in Time Teaching Methods"
Oct 21
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Xiaohai Yan, Mary A.S. Lighthipe Chair Professor, Director of Center for Remote Sensing, University of Delaware (hosted by R. He) CANCELED
Oct 25

M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1218 Jordan Addition.
John McGuire, Atmospheric Sciences, "Evaluating Data Assimilation for a High-Resolution Reanalysis in North Carolina's Upper Yadkin Valley"

M.S. Graduate Student Defense,
10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Emily Russ, Earth Science, "Geospatial Techniques for Analyzing Storm Impacts and Visualizing Coastal Topographic Change on the Outer Banks"

Graduate Student Seminar
, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
April Grissom - "Impact of Inquiry on Student Performance, Perception of Relevance, and Situational Interest in Introductory Rock and Mineral Labs"
Katherine Dzikiewicz - "Protein Time Machine: Molecular exploration of the American alligator"

Oct 28

Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Casey Burleyson, Atmospheric Science, "Environmental Controls on Marine Stratocumulus Cloud Fraction"

Department Seminar
, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Siddartha Mitra, East Carolina University, Dept. of Geological Sciences, "Application of Organic Geochemistry to Tempestology" (hosted by C. Osburn)

Oct 31
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Xin Zhang, Atmospheric Science, "Examining Aerosol Indirect Effects using a Regional Climate-Aerosol Model with Improved Aerosol Activation and Cloud Parameterizations"
Nov 1

M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 9:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Matthew Burnette, Earth Science, "Applicability of the Hvorslev Solution in Modeling Streambed Hydraulic Conductivity"

Graduate Student Seminar
, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Chris MacIntosh
- "Understanding the Dynamics Behind the 6 May 2010 Elevated Supercell During VORTEX2"
Brice Coffer - "Impacts of Increasing Low-level Shear on Supercells during the Evening Transition" 

M.S. Graduate Student Defense,
1:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Ashley Penrod, Atmospheric Science, "Examining the Impacts of Future Climate and Emissions on Regional Air Quality Using WRF/CMAQ: Application, Evaluation, and Sensitivity Study"

Nov 4
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Rudy L. Slingerland, Department of Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, "Deltas as Self-Organized Morphodynamic Systems" (hosted by P. Liu and K. Wegmann) Abstract and Bio
Nov 5
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Richard Potter, Atmospheric Science, "Understanding, Characterizing and Modeling Ammonia Dispersion near CAFOs" -Canceled
Nov 8
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Chao Li - "Petrologic and Geochemical Distinctions Along and Between Two Diabase Dike Systems in Central North Carolina"
Doug Czajka - "Improving Student Understanding of Geologic Time through the Use of Inquiry Based Activities"
Nov 11
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dr. Darrel Baumgardner, Chief Scientist, Droplet Measurement Technologies, "Commercial Airlines as Cloud Research Aircraft Doing Science While Avoiding Flight Hazards" (hosted by M. Petters and Y. Zhang)
Nov 15
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Mike Mohr
- "Petrology of Crystal-Rich and Crystal-Poor Ignimbrites from the Superstition Mountains, Central Arizona"
Bruce Riddell - "Investigating the Sedimentological Record of Long-Term Environmental Change in Lake Quinault, Washington"

Special Seminar,
TIME CHANGE: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall
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Dr. Litao Wang, Professor, The Hebei University of Engineering, "Air Quality Modeling and Observations in the Southern Hebei Area, China" Abstract
Nov 18
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Prof. Deborah Steinberg, Virginia Institute of Marine Science,
"Zooplankton and biogeochemical cycling in the changing ecosystem of the West Antarctic Peninsula" (hosted by A. Schnetzer) Abstract
Nov 22
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Andrew Hall, Atmospheric Science, "Life Cycle Characteristics of Marine Stratocumulus Precipitation in the Southeast Pacific"
Nov 25
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Jingqiu Mao, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab, Princeton University, "Heterogonous Chemistry and Its Potential Impact on Climate" (hosted by N. Meskhidze) Abstract and Bio
Nov 28-29
Thanksgiving Holiday - No Class
Dec 2
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Martin Baxter, Central Michigan University, "Complicating the Forecast: How Atmospheric Convection Can Disrupt Weather Predictions" (hosted by G. Lackmann) POSTPONED TO FEB. 10, '14
Dec 13
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Corey Davis, Atmospheric Science, "Fire Risk Climatology and Predictability in North Carolina and Surrounding States"

*Spring Dept. Seminars will be on Mondays unless otherwise noted.*
Jan 6
First Day of Classes
Jan 13
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Julie Libarkin, Geocognition, Michigan State University, "Communicating Science: Best Practices for Visualizations" (hosted by K. McNeal)
Jan 20
Holiday - no classes
Jan 24
Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 1:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Ashlee Lillis, Marine Science, "Habitat-Associated Soundscapes and Their Potential Role as a Settlement Cue for Estuarine Larvae"
Jan 27
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Havala Pye, US-EPA, "A Significant Source of Isoprene Aerosol Controlled by Acidity" (hosted by N. Meskhidze) Abstract & Bio
Feb 3
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
John Fountain, MEAS-Earth Science, "
Instructional Computer Adaptive Tests: a Method to Reduce the Need for Formal Lectures in Any Class"
Feb 7
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Rowan Argent, Atmospheric Science, "Customization of the WRF Model over the Lake Victoria Basin in East Africa"
Feb 10
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Martin Baxter, Central Michigan University, "Complicating the Forecast: How Atmospheric Convection Can Disrupt Weather Predictions" (hosted by G. Lackmann)
Feb 12
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 3:45 pm, 1214 Jordan Addition.
Christopher Marciano, Atmospheric Science, "Climate Change and Wintertime East Coast Cyclones" RESCHEDULED SEE FEB. 20
Feb 17
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Matt Parker, Savannah River National Lab, "Atmospheric Research at the Savannah River National Laboratory and Career Perspectives of an NC State Graduate" (hosted by W. Robinson) CANCELLED
Feb 20
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 3:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Christopher Marciano, Atmospheric Science, "Climate Change and Wintertime East Coast Cyclones"
Feb 21
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1220 Jordan Addition.
Chi Lu - "Natural and Human Impacts on Recent Development of Yangtze River Delta"
Jennifer Glass - "Holocene Sea-level Change & Evolution of Southeast Asian Deltas

Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Linda G. Waters, Marine Science, "Seeding of Red Tides: Using Artificial Plankton and Biophysical Models to Understand the Mechanics of Karenia brevis Bloom Formation"
Feb 24
NO Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Mar 3
NO Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Mar 7
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1220 Jordan Addition.
Allison Michaelis - "Changes in North Atlantic Extratropical Cyclones with Climate Change"
Bryce Tyner - "Sensitivity to the Planetary Boundary Layer Scheme for High-Resolution Simulations of Irene (2011)"
Mar 10-14
Spring Break - no classes or seminars
Mar 17
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
April Grissom, Earth Science, "Impact of Inquiry on Student Performance, Perception of Relevance, and Situational Interest in Introductory Rock and Mineral Labs"

Department Seminar
, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dargan Frierson, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, "
Tropical Rainfall: Past, Present and Future" (hosted by W. Robinson, sponsored by MEAS and Physics Depts.) Abstract
Mar 18
Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 1:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Laura Lukes, Earth Sciences, "Why do they do that? An Analysis of Student Learning Processes and Perceptions in Introductory Geoscience Courses"
Mar 20
Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 1:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Katherine Ryker, Earth Science, "An Evaluation of Classroom Practices, Inquiry and Teaching Beliefs in Introductory Geoscience Classrooms"
Mar 21
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 8:30 am, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Xia Sun, Atmospheric Science,
"An Investigation of the Role of Lake Surface Temperature on Precipitation Over Lake Victoria Basin Using a
Limited-Area Numerical Model"

M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:00 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Sofia Montalvo, Atmospheric Science, "Statistical and Dynamic Downscaling of Hurricanes affecting the Southeast US Coast"
Mar 24
NO Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.

M.S. Graduate Student Defense
, 1:30 pm, 1108 Jordan Hall.
Richard Potter, Atmospheric Science, "Characterizing and Modeling of Ammonia Dispersion Near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations"

M.S. Graduate Student Defense
, 2:45 pm, 1214 Jordan Addition.
Doug Czajka, Earth Science, "Two Case Studies in Reforming Undergraduate Geoscience Education: Instructional Change in a Lecture Class and Increasing Inquiry in a Geologic Time Lab"
Mar 25
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Hayley Joyell Smith, "What Do Students Find Relevant in an Introductory Geology Course? Implications for Changing Students’ Attitudes About the Relevance of Geoscience in Society"
Mar 28
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1220 Jordan Addition.
Xiangming Zeng - "Predictability of Loop Current Eddy Shedding Process in the Gulf of Mexico Using an Artificial Neural Network Modeling Approach"
Jubril Davies
- "A Seismo-acoustic Investigation of Microseismicity in the Lau Basin, SW Pacific"
Mar 31

Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dorothy Merritts & Robert Walter, Franklin & Marshall College, PA, Dept. of Earth and Environment, "What to do about these dammed streams? A New Restoration Design for the Appalachian Piedmont" (hosted by K. Wegmann)

Special Seminar,
4:30 - 5:30pm, 1220 Jordan Addition.
Rupp Carriveau, Dir. & Assoc. Prof in Turbulence and Energy Lab, University of Windsor, "The Impact of a Changing Operating Environment on Commercial Wind" (hosted by S. Basu)

Apr 7
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dr. Megan Mallard, US - EPA, "Using a Coupled Lake Model with WRF for Downscaling Applications"
(hosted by G. Lackmann)
Apr 9
Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 2:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Michael Diaz, Atmospheric Science, The Role of Energy Dispersion in the Genesis and Life Cycle of African Easterly Waves"

Apr 10
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 10:00 AM, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Jason Peters, Marine Science, "Oyster Demographic Rates in Sub-Tidal Fished Areas: Recruitment, Growth, and Mortality"
Apr 11
Graduate Student Seminar, 12:25 pm - 1:15 pm, 1220 Jordan Addition.
Ying Chen - TBD
Xiaoyu Long - "Dynamics of Arctic Spring Onset"
Apr 14
NO Department Seminar
Apr 17-18
Spring Holiday - No Class
Apr 21
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dr. Xiaohong Liu, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming, "Representations of Aerosols and Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in CESM-CAM5: Latest Development and Future Plans" (hosted by Y. Zhang)
Apr 23
Last Day of Classes
Apr 28
Department Seminar, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1216 Jordan Addition.
Dr. Verena Salman, Dept. of Marine Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hilll
May 7
Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 2:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
K. Stephen Hughes, Earth Science, "Does the Chopawamsic Fault Represent the Main Iapetan Suture in the Southern Appalachian Orogen? Geology, Geochemistry, and Geochronology of the Western Piedmont of Virginia and Insight into Local Intraplate Seismicity"
May 9
M.S. Graduate Student Defense, 2:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
L. Daniel Rojas-Jimenez, Earth Science, "Dry to Wet Season Organic Matter Dynamics and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Sources Mixing in a Tropical Rainforest, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica"
May 12

Ph.D. Graduate Student Defense, 1:30 pm, 1132 Jordan Hall.
Paul Paris, Earth Science, "Geomorphic Contrasts Between Natural and Human-Altered Barrier Islands: Outer Banks, North Carolina"


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