Key NOAA official to highlight ISETCSC Day symposium on weather and climate change

One of the top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be the featured guest next week at the third annual ISETCSC Day symposium addressing weather and climate issues.

Dr. Craig N. McLean, acting assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research, will speak at the lunch session of the daylong event on Friday February 11.  U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is also invited to speak at the lunch.  The event is organized by the Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center (ISETCSC) at North Carolina A&T.  The center is funded by NOAA.

McLean is responsible for operation and administration of NOAA’s research enterprise.  He spent 25 years in uniform as a member of NOAA’s Commissioned Officer Corps, which operates 19 ships and 12 aircraft that carry out NOAA’s environmental and scientific mission.  He is an attorney and an accomplished research diver.

Symposium presenters will include researchers from George Mason University, Howard University, Penn State University, and three NOAA labs.

The ISETCSC provides research support to NOAA in such areas as chemical, meteorological, and oceanographic sensors; modeling tools and algorithms for analyzing weather data; and data assimilation, fusion, and mining.  North Carolina A&T is the lead school in the ISETCSC consortium, which includes California State University Fresno, City College of New York, Fisk University, North Carolina State University, the University of Alaska Southeast, and the University of Minnesota.

The day’s events will include research activities for 80 local high school students and tour of labs.

The event will be held in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center.  For more information on the event, go to http://www.noaaiset.org/isetcsc_day_2011/index.php Information on the NOAA ISETCSC is at http://www.noaaiset.org/.

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