Michael Ventrice, a former Master’s student and newly accepted Ph.D. student with the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, recently won the award for best student paper presented at the American Meteorological Sciences (AMS) 29th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology. Mr. Ventrice’s paper was concerned with the mechanisms that gave rise to the formation of tropical cyclone Debby in the summer of 2006. This is the second time that a student from the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences has won this award in the past four conferences. The Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences had one of the biggest representations at the AMS conference held in Tucson, Arizona from May 10, 2010 through May 14, 2010.
Six faculty members (Lance Bosart, Daniel Keyser, John Molinari, Paul Roundy, Chris Thorncroft and Ryan Torn) attended the meeting along with 12 students, one post-doc, and a member of the research staff. Nine of the students gave oral presentations. Additionally, four posters were presented by the students. Of the nine students short-listed, four were from the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, including the eventual winner, Michael Ventrice.