SPEAKER: Warren Washington
Warren M. Washington is an internationally recognized expert on atmospheric science and climate research. He has specialized in climate modeling and the use of such models for understanding climate system. More recently, he and Jerry Meehl have been heading a group at NCAR that performs climate model simulations of future climate change. He has served as a science advisor to former presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. In 2010, President Obama awarded Warren the National Medal of Science. Washington became one of the first developers of groundbreaking atmospheric computer models in collaboration with Akira Kasahara when he came to NCAR in the early 1960s. These models, which use fundamental laws of physics to predict future states of the atmosphere, have helped scientists understand climate change. As the second African-American to earn a doctorate in the atmospheric sciences, Washington has served as a role model for generations of young researchers from many backgrounds. He has mentored dozens of graduate students, as well as undergraduates in the SOARS program. In 1999, Washington won the Dr. Charles Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society "for pioneering efforts as a mentor and passionate support of individuals, educational programs, and outreach initiatives designed to foster a diverse population of atmospheric scientists."
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