CReSIS graduate student visits Colorado for STC meeting


By Vicky Diaz-Camacho
Summer 2014

CReSIS graduate student visits Colorado for STC meeting

(ABOVE) A group of program participants meet during the STC dinner. Credit: CMMAP

In mid-August, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets attended the annual National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center Directors Meeting in Fort Collins, Colo.

CReSIS representatives were Deputy Director Carl Leuschen, Managing Director Jennifer Laverentz, Education Coordinator Darryl Monteau, and Jay McDaniel, a second year Master’s student at KU CReSIS. This was McDaniel's first visit to an STC Directors Meeting.  CReSIS

Jay McDaniel, pictured, visited the STC Director's meeting for the first time this year. Credit: CReSIS

The Science and Technology Centers (STCs) program was established in 1987 as a way to foster complex research and education projects on a national level through long-term support. STCs provide an opportunity for academic institutions, national laboratories, and industrial organizations to collaborate on world-class research. The CReSIS grant was awarded in 2005 and renewed in 2010.


(LEFT) STC participants engage in science-related activities during a break. Credit: CMMAP


“I was floored by how diverse the centers were,” McDaniel said. “From mapping the brain to sea floors.”

McDaniel had the opportunity to speak with researchers from MIT and a co-director from Berkley. This year's STC Directors Meeting spanned Aug. 18 to 19.

Meeting activities included sessions with researchers, workshops, and presentations by top scientists. Several leading universities attended the meeting, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and Purdue University.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “To see [science research] in a nice, compact presentation with elite presenters from institutions.”

Participating centers engaged a wide spectrum of science missions, including atmospheric science, oceanography and biology. Many of the centers were involved in climate research.

This year’s meeting was hosted by the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes at Colorado State University. The Center is focused on understanding clouds and their roles in the global climate system, according to the CMMAP mission.

(RIGHT) Carl Leuschen, CReSIS Deputy Director, during his Ignite Presentation. Credit: CMMAP