At the chapter meeting held on October 29, President Alex Forbes announced the keynote speakers for the upcoming 18th Annual Southeast Severe Storms Symposium: Ken Graham, Kim Klockow-McClain, Janice Dean, and Brad Panovich.
Ken Graham is the director of the National Hurricane Center and a Mississippi State University graduate. Prior to moving to Miami, Graham was the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service in New Orleans/Baton Rouge. He has also served at Systems Operations Chief at NWS Southern Region Headquarters and Chief of Meteorological Services at NWS Headquarters. Graham received a Bachelor’s of Atmospheric Science Degree at the University of Arizona, and attended Mississippi State University where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Geosciences.
Kim Klockow-McClain is a research scientist and the societal applications coordinator for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS). She additionally serves as the group lead for the newly formed Societal Impacts Group within the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). Kim’s research applies behavioral science methods to address pressing issues in the management of weather and climate risk, especially in the communication of forecast uncertainty and response to hazardous weather warnings. In her other roles, Kim coordinates multidisciplinary research projects and works to build new capacity for the conduct and implementation of social scientific research. She completed her Ph.D. in human/hazards geography from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2013 and also holds an M.S. in professional meteorology from OU and B.S. degrees in economics and synoptic meteorology from Purdue University.
Janice Dean is the senior meteorologist for FOX News Channel. In addition, she is the morning meteorologist for FNC’s FOX & Friends (weekdays 6-9AM/ET). She joined the network in January 2004. During her time at the network, Janice covered a slew of devastating storms including: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Sandy, Irene, Igor, Earl and Katrina. In addition to her role at FOX News, Dean is the author of “Freddy the Frogcaster,” a series of children’s books tailored towards teaching the weather. Most recently, Janice donated all of the earnings from her book to Team Rubicon, an organization dedicated to providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters. Dean recently published "Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainest Days." Dean holds degrees from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology and Mississippi State University.
Brad Panovich is the chief meteorologist at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC. Panovich is known on #wxtwitter as @wxbrad, pioneering new ways to communicate information to the general public. He joined WCNC in 2003 from WWL-TV in New Orleans. Even though he left in 2003, Panovich helped WWL with their coverage of one of the worst hurricanes in United States history, Hurricane Katrina. Shortly after, he also helped with Hurricane Rita. Prior to working in New Orleans, Panovich held jobs in Dayton, OH and Traverse City, MI. He has his bachelor's degree in atmospheric sciences from Ohio State University.
The 18th Annual Southeast Severe Storms Symposium is set to be held on March 21-22, at Memorial Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. Registration will open within the next week.
Sheyenne Kirkland was named Symposium Chair for the 18th annual Southeast Severe Storms Symposium, by the executive board, at the general chapter meeting on September 17.
Kirkland is currently a junior at Mississippi State University from Hewitt, TX. Additionally, she is an intern with Nashville Severe Weather and has been a member of the chapter since her freshmen year.
By taking on this role, Kirkland also joins the executive board of the chapter through April 2020.
The committee heads for the 18th annual Southeast Severe Storms Symposium were also announced Tuesday Afternoon.
President Alex Forbes said at the meeting on Tuesday afternoon, " We had a record number of applicants this year and we feel this line up will make one of the best symposiums yet."
He later added, "We have already begun the planning process and hope to have initial details for Symposium shortly."
The Southeast Severe Storms Symposium is the southeast's largest weather conference hosted annually in Starkville, Mississippi by the East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA and AMS.
The National Weather Association announced Thursday afternoon that the East Mississippi Chapter has been awarded the Local Chapter Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.
This marks the second year in a row the East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA and AMS has been recognized by a national organization. The Chapter accepted the Student Chapter of the Year Award from the AMS in January 2019 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The National Weather Association awarded the chapter for providing unique opportunities to career growth and improving the connection between chapter members with the local community and national organizations.
The officers for the year awarded were
Alex Forbes, current President said, "I have been involved in the NWA since my high school years and the organization has already had a tremendous impact on my future career. It is an honor to be recognized for the work our entire team did as a whole. This award belongs to everyone who made last year as successful as it was."
Forbes is serving as President and has held the roles of secretary from 2018-2019, and Symposium Chair from 2017-2018. He is a junior at Mississippi State from Alpharetta, GA.
Lauren Pounds, former President said, “Our goal for the East Mississippi Chapter of the AMS and NWA was to make known the opportunities available, as well as provide our members with the means needed to go after challenging, but rewarding opportunities. The reward of the chapter’s efforts are chapter members shining through during summer internships, graduate school, and new jobs, and we are humbled to receive national NWA recognition.”
Pounds served as President between 2018-2019, and as secretary from 2017-2018. She graduated with a B.S. in Geosciences in 2019 from Mississippi State University and is currently in Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma.
Student representatives will accept the award from the National Weather Association at their annual meeting located in Huntsville, on September 11, 2019.
Caroline MacDonald has been announced as the 2019-2020 Graduate Advisor for the East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA and AMS. MacDonald previously served as Vice President for two terms (2016-2018) and has been a member of the organization for the past 5 years. She is currently a graduate student at Mississippi State.
According to the constitution, the President is responsible for selecting and appointed the Graduate Advisor position and that it must be done by the second general meeting of the academic year. MacDonald assumed her role upon her acceptance.
Kristopher Boone has filled the role of Vice President for the 2019-2020 academic year, effective immediately. Boone was appointed by the executive board following our previous Vice President's voluntary departure. Boone has been a chapter member for the past 3 years. He is currently a senior broadcast meteorology student at Mississippi State.
The only open position remaining is Symposium Chair. The application process for the role will open after August 20 and will be filled next fall.
Tonight, the East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA and AMS elected new officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations to those who won:
The roles of Graduate Advisor and Symposium Chair will be filled by the executive board by this fall. The new officers assumed their roles following the election meeting.