Traveling Cross Country for Staff
With COVID waning and the ability to travel and meet people in person now available, SPS | CPAESS Director Hanne Mauriello and Deputy Director Cindy Bruyère have been on the road connecting with CPAESS’ over 100 scientists and scientific staff across the country.
Among other things, discussions have included the CPAESS Supervisory Structure, UCAR Significant Accomplishment awards (and other awards), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and other opportunities available to them as UCAR staff, the upcoming Performance Evaluation process, and opportunities to share their science with the CPAESS Discovery Seminars. At the different visits, staff that typically work remotely are flown in to participate in person. So these are unique and fulfilling gatherings for everyone involved.
Thus far Hanne and Cindy have visited with CPAESS staff working at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey. This visit occurred from March 7-11, 2023. Of the visit SPS | CPAESS Director Hanne Mauriello shared, “It is so wonderful to be able to see people in person again after the pandemic. There is just no replacement for shaking hands with people and watching their eyes light up as they share their work with us.”
UCAR | CPAESS Staff members at GFDL include: Dennis Adams-Smith, Software Engineer/Programmer IV; Jason Alvich, Software Engineer/Programmer III; Jan-Huey Chen, Project Scientist II; Wenhao Dong, Project Scientist I; Raphael Dussin, Associate Scientist III; Liwei Jia, Project Scientist II; Feiyu Lu, Project Scientist II; Matthew Morin, Associate Scientist III; Hiroyuki Murakami, Project Scientist III; Matthew Thomas, Associate Scientist III; Hans Vahlenkamp, Software Engineer/Programmer III; He Wang, Project Scientist II; Baoqiang Xiang, Project Scientist III; and Liping Zhang, Project Scientist II.
From April 24-25th Hanne and Cindy visited staff and sponsors in Miami, Florida at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), where CPAESS employees are the bulk the NHC’s Storm Surge Center staff including: Joshua Alland, Associate Scientist III; Jim Applegate, CPAESS | NHC Web Developer III; Lixion Avila, (Casual) Administration /Clerk III; William Booth, Associate Scientist IV; Luis Cortes-Hernandez, Program Specialist I; Ethan Gibney, Associate Scientist IV; Andrew Penny, Associate Scientist IV; Tarah Sharon, Associate Scientist IV; and Ben Trabing, Associate Scientist III.
Also in Florida was a visit to sponsors and staff at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and NOAA’S Southwest Fisheries Science Center from April 26-27th. CPAESS’ staff at AOML include: Sean Casey, CPAESS Project Scientist I; Jakir Hossen, CPAESS Project Scientist I (Oceanographer); Benjamin Johnston, Project Scientist I; Mike Mueller, Project Scientist I; Connor Nelson, CPAESS Project Scientist I - Atmospheric Science; and Christopher Riedel, Project Scientist I. CPAESS staff at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries include both Alexis Fischer, Associate Scientist II and Lynne Hodge, Associate Scientist I. Both Hanne and Cindy had a wonderful time meeting and connecting with our co-workers in person, some for the first time.
Next on the travel agenda is a weeklong visit to Washington, D.C. from June 5-9th to meet with the extensive staff CPAESS has in both D.C., and the many NOAA offices in Silver Spring, Maryland and College Park, Maryland. Both Hanne Mauriello and Cindy Bruyère greatly look forward to meeting with everyone!