Message from Dr. Christopher Thorncroft, Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Christopher Thorncroft

ASRC has had a very successful year, with 23 new awards totaling close to $4.7 million. Every one of these new grants is important, but I specifically wish to mention Dr. Sara Lance’s prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award to support cloud chemistry research at the Whiteface Mountain Field Station. Dr. Lance is the first ASRC faculty member to receive this highly competitive award.

This year we celebrate 50 years of research at the ASRC’s Whiteface Mountain Field Station. We’ve planned a number of special events to give Whiteface the recognition it deserves, including science meetings, public outreach events, and a banquet, to name just a few. You can read about Whiteface’s rich past and present, as well as get a glimpse of its future, in ASRC’s 2020 Annual Report.

Indeed, it would be remiss of me not to comment on the trying and strange times we are all experiencing as we continue to work during the ongoing pandemic. The transition to remote work happened quickly and not without problems, but I am very proud of the way that everyone at the ASRC adapted to the situation. They continued their research, submitted new grants (many were funded!), presented well-attended seminars, and successfully completed their PhDs and master’s degrees, to the credit of all.

I look forward to another successful year, crowned by moving to the new ETEC building with several of our key partners (soon-to-be neighbors), including the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences; the National Weather Service; the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; and the Department of Environmental and Sustainable Engineering. Great times ahead!