92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Sunday, 22 January 2012
Metropolitan State College of Denver Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Christopher J. Johnston, Metropolitan State College, Denver, CO; and K. Bond, K. Lukancic, and A. Gilliland

The Meteorology program at Metropolitan State College of Denver is host to Denver's Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (SCAMS). With an ever-growing membership, the SCAMS club strives for student involvement. This year, the club will be hosting events including an alumni night, exploring research opportunities, and visiting nearby national weather facilities to expose our fellow students to branches of meteorology they may pursue. Also, our distinguished faculty sponsors add to the student member's experience outside the program by encouraging participation and discussing their own research. The club's officers have invited guest speakers including Dr. Morris Weisman, Dr. Chuck Doswell, and Tim Marshall to share their expertise with the Denver weather community. As an active student organization, we have planned several field trips for our members to visit a number of national facilities that Colorado is host to, including the National Weather Service Forecast Office, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office (NOAA), and the CHILL National Radar Facility in Greeley. Around the holidays, members will enjoy taking calls and making forecasts for viewers during a special news broadcast called the 7-News Weather Hotline. Our faculty sponsors have all contributed extensively to both the program and club by sharing research topics including Greenland ice sheet/arctic cyclone phenomena, methodology of mesoscale snow bands, and climate change and sustainability. Motivated through internships and/or personal interest, many student members of the club pursue independent research as well, such as the CHILL radar and precipitation forecasts, the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (space physics), instruments that work best to predict aircraft icing (NCAR-NASA Icing Remote Sensing System), retrieval of in-situ measurements of tornadoes, and improving thermodynamic model data. Through field experience incentives, active participation, and faculty sponsors, the SCAMS club is a great extension to each of the student member's educational experience at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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