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ISU AMS Meeting Minutes
September 25, 2007
A special thanks goes out to
everybody that helped out at all of the community outreaches opportunities
of the past month. This gets the AMS involved and recognized by
the community and informs them about severe weather and meteorology
The ISU AMS would like to send
our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Eric Nygun.
Eric was well known in the meteorology community and a great photographer
of severe weather. He will be deeply missed.
The ISU AMS wishes Graduate Student Jimmy Correia the best of luck in the future as he is leaving Iowa State and continuing his meteorology career.
A presentation was given by
Rachel Butterworth on her REU research experience at the National Weather
Center in Norman, Oklahoma. This is a great opportunity for anyone
interested in research or just wondering what research meteorology is
all about. This is a ten week all expenses paid summer research
program at the National Weather Center, in Norman, Oklahoma. The
NWC is a collaboration of the Storm Prediction Center, National Severe
Storms Laboratory and the Oklahoma University?s meteorology program.
Along with getting to know some of the best known researchers in the
U.S., you get to go on trips with fellow students and go storm chasing
in the heart of tornado alley. You actually perform research and
give a presentation at the end the program. To apply you should
be of at least junior status. Applications are available at www.caps.ou.edu/reu in December and are due in February.
For further information and to see Rachel?s presentation, email email@example.com.
As a chapter, we order
apparel that supports ISU AMS on them. This apparel varies from
sweatshirts to windbreaker jackets. They are really snazzy and
you get to represent the ISU AMS! We need at least twelve people
interested in each of the items in order to even consider them.
A show of hands was taken to who was interested in what. Further
information on apparel will either be emailed out or discussed at next
meeting. Here are the options:
Hooded Sweatshirts in red with white lettering and grey with red lettering
Polo in red with white lettering and navy with white lettering
Windbreaker Jacket in red with white lettering and navy with white lettering
in red with white lettering or grey with red lettering
AMS Snowfall Contest
The AMS is sponsoring a snowfall contest for anyone who wishes to participate.
The contest is to forecast
the first full inch of snow from the observation at the Ames Municipal
Airport. In order to enter just write your name on the calendar
in the map room to which day you think there will be the first inch
of snow. Only one person per day, so first come first serve!
The prize for the person who is the closest is a $25 gift card from
Target. Sign up now!!
The ISU AMS is looking
into getting its members CPR certified. CPR is something everyone
should know how to do; you never know when you might be able to save
somebody?s life. A sign up sheet was passed around during the
meeting. If you weren?t there and are interested in the training,
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further updates will be given
at a later time.
National AMS Meeting
American Meteorological Society has an annual meeting every year that
anyone can attend. The meeting is January 20-24, 2008 in New Orleans,
LA. Travel grants and assistantships are available. For
more information about them see http://www.ametsoc.org/amsstude
Thanks to those of you who helped Sept. 21
If anyone is interested
to help on Thursday Oct 25th, 2007 sign up at meeting or
email email@example.com. Science Bound is a program
that involves high school students and tries to get them interested
in meteorology after high school, while at the same time answering questions
that they may have. It is a bunch of fun and gets the AMS involved
with the community, which is always a good thing.
The Road Less Traveled
The next opportunities
to help are: October 11, 18, 25 2007 from 1-2pm in the Memorial Union.
This a program that involves middle school and high school female students
and tries to get them geared up towards a science field after high school.
It is fun to work with the students and teach them a thing or two about
the weather. If interested in helping out email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Dues for membership in
the ISU AMS were $10 and were due last Friday September 28th,
2007. If you haven?t paid yet and still want to be a member
get it to Bree Sullivan ASAP!
The tornado machine committee
met right after the meeting on Tuesday September 25th, 2007.
Topics to be covered were new paint scheme, naming the machine and formulating
a way to make it leak-proof. Also the motion for reimbursing Mr.
Dave Flory for paying for the new mister that is currently in the tornado
machine was passed. The value was approximately: $100.
We are planning on selling weather calendars as a fundraiser for the club. We are looking for any weather pictures that you think might look good on a calendar. The calendar committee will then look over the pictures and select their favorites. Send any pictures to email@example.com. These calendars make a great Christmas present and can be shipped to their destination! Further information will be given at a later date on prices, ect.
Keep on the ams forums
to see for possible review sessions. Otherwise don?t be afraid
to ask upperclassmen questions about homework and tests. Thank
you to all of the members who are serving as section leaders.
Your help is greatly appreciated and helps our major succeed in the
Please pay $3 for broomball if you are participating for it. Sheets for volleyball, dodge ball and racquetball were sent around during the meeting. If you didn?t get on those sheets email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on intramurals. The social event for October will be Friday October 5th, 2007 at McFarland Park. It will consist of playing football, maybe some volleyball, sitting around a campfire and socializing with fellow members of the AMS! Also don?t forget about the smores! Address and directions were printed on the back of the meetings agenda. If you still need them email email@example.com for further information. Also an annual event is coming up, the Student Faculty Dinner at Hickory Park! You can chat with your favorite meteorology professor while dining at one of Ames best restaurants. Further information will be given at a later date.
The National Contest is
currently forecasting for Cape Hatteras, NC. This period will
go through October 4th, 2007. If you are competing
in the WXChallenge and haven?t paid your $5, please get it to Bree
The Local Contest is currently forecasting in Lamoni, IA for day 2 conditions. Congrats goes to Justin Wittrock who won the first period for Iowa City. This period will also go until October 4th, 2007. If you are interested in the contest and haven?t entered yet, you can still get in on the action!! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and get registered. It costs nothing and you get to compete against your fellow meteorologists!
ISU AMS Photo Forum
Please sign up on the AMS
forums to put and view pictures of fellow members! Ben would like
to know your opinion on what you think about the forum, so give it to
him at webmaster.isuams.
Cys Eyes on the Skies
Cys Eyes is going good;
$5 dues are due soon. Everybody is still encouraged to help out
at shows, either on or off camera. The more help the better.
This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the green screen or
running cameras and props off screen. Next show at 6Pm September 26th,
2007 in the communications building. If you can?t be there,
be sure and watch on ISU TV!
Please pick up pictures
in map room or they will be discarded of. Still looking for any
pictures of members of the AMS doing activities, ect. Also looking
for someone to take some pictures of members playing in intramurals
events. Email pictures to historian.isuams or just give them to
The nominees gave a talk
on why they should be sophomore chair. The nominees were: Andy
Mair, Justin Wittrock, Matt Hoffman and Amanda Bakley. A special
congrats goes to Matt Hoffman was elected Sophomore Chair.
The next AMS meeting will
be Tuesday October 30th, 2007 at 7pm.
It will be a Halloween theme, so wear your scariest costumes because
we will be having a contest for the best costume.