CIMSS Science Symposium Debuts

On 12 December 2012, CIMSS Director Steve Ackerman welcomed participants and audience to the first CIMSS Science Symposium. Held in the Marquee Theater of Union South, the Symposium was the first of what is hoped to be a biannual event where CIMSS researchers can present brief descriptions of their latest and ongoing work.


In its early days, CIMSS was much smaller – the entire organization was located on the 2nd Floor of the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) Building. “It was easy for folks to run into each other,” Ackerman said in his opening remarks. “We could see what each other was doing, and collaborate. Then we expanded up to the 4th Floor and things became more challenging. Now we’re spread out to 2, 4, 6 and 10. Connections have to be made purposefully.”

CIMSS Director Steve Ackerman

CIMSS Director Steve Ackerman

An annual Poster Session for researchers in the AOSS Building is now a regular event, with its third year coming up soon. Periodic bagel and coffee breakfasts in the Library help with cross-communication.

“The more interaction we can achieve, the better,” Ackerman said. “This Symposium is dedicated to talking about new things that are happening in our building.” Eight presentations were chosen for this first CIMSS Symposium.

Video recordings of each presentation are available on YouTube.

Online versions of the slide presentations are available below:

pierce title slide

Brad Pierce:
TEMPO – Keeping the Beat With Air Quality
cimss_menzel_schmit_title_200 Tim Schmit and Paul Menzel:
Fact Checking on GOES-Imager and ABI
Thinking Outside the Grid: Aggregating Data Into Information Nadia Smith:
Thinking Outside the Grid: Aggregating Data Into Information
cimss_bennartz_kulie_title_200 Mark Kulie and Ralf Bennartz:
Exploring New Frontiers in Microwave Remote Sensing
cimss_weisz_title_200 Elisabeth Weisz:
Atmospheric and Cloud Parameter Retrievals from Hyperspectral Infrared Radiances
cimss_zhenglongli_title_200 Zhenlong Li:
How Much Do We Know About Infrared Land Surface Emissivity (LSE)?
cimss_mooney_title_200 Margaret Mooney:
Climate Education and CIMSS Education and Outreach
cimss_gumley_title_200 Liam Gumley:
Trends in Large Scale Data Processing