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Head in a Cloud – Back, and better!

January 23rd, 2007 by Sean Davis · No Comments

As school (and ski season) has taken its toll on my ability to write posts for this blog, I have grown increasingly aware of the fact that to maintain the longevity and activity of this blog, I need help!

Last fall I solicited for this help, and I have been blessed by the show of support from four of my colleagues here at CU. We’ve decided to slightly change the format of this blog to include a broader scope that reflects the diversity of research interests of the new authors. Each author has commited to posting once a month so that the Head in a Cloud post volume can be revitalized and maintain an average of about a posting per week.

I hope you enjoy the changes, and as usual, comments are welcome! And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to receive email notifications (approx 1 per week) of new blog entries.

Without further ado, here is a brief introduction of the new Head in a Cloud Authors:

ChristaChrista Hasenkopf graduated with a B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Penn State in 2003. At PSU she studied the accretion disc structure of Active Galactic Nuclei and Cataclysmic Variables. She also studied IR properties of Jupiter’s atmosphere at NASA-JPL. After graduation, Christa spent two years in Teach for America, teaching geometry in a Baltimore City high school. She is now a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado and studies the optical properties and possible indirect effects of simulated Titan and early Earth organic haze aerosols.

tanyaTanya Phillips was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but grew up in Wasilla, AK. After high school she moved to Dallas, TX for her undergraduate career and received a B.S. in Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. During her undergraduate career, she participated in two internships through the REU program, one of which was at the MIT Haystack Observatory studying neutral oxygen in the upper atmosphere (120 km to 500 km). In 2006, she entered the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado. Her goal is to receive a Ph.D from research conducted in the middle atmosphere (mesosphere and stratosphere) at CU.

brian seokBrian Seok is a graduate student at the University of Colorado in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Brian came to Colorado to study biosphere-atmosphere interactions and snow-atmosphere gas exchange in alpine ecosystems. He is currently conducting trace gas flux experiments through the snowpack at the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research (NWT LTER) site. Brian’s 3 big goals in life are: 1) to winter over South Pole, 2) to winter over North Pole, and 3) to be in National Geographic magazine.

More meJamison (Jamie) Smith hails from America’s Dairyland. He successfully defected to Colorado in 1996 and has been busy clmbing rocks and pounding moguls ever since. In his spare time, he studies aerosol plumes and clouds. Some time ago, he managed to wrangle a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado. He also took a few courses from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences pertaining to things like the atmosphere, clouds and climate.

His past research projects have included:

- Porous ceramics for separations and catalysis
- Photoelectrochemical cells
- Laser ablation and mass spectrometry for measuring the kinetics of physical processes on ice surfaces and within the bulk (e.g. desorption and diffusion)
- Simulation of water vapor transport and isotopic fractionation in convective clouds

Jamie is currently a research associate in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. His current efforts are aimed at improving the treatment of aerosol plumes and clouds in general circulation models and simulating the life of aerosol particles within individual clouds.

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