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Dr. Wu Awarded Prestigious CAREER Grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


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Dr. Yutian Wu has been awarded prestigious CAREER grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) is a highly competitive funding opportunity that supports junior faculty who are working to effectively integrate science and education. Dr. Wu’s award is titled, “CAREER: Monsoon and the Upper Troposphere Lower Stratosphere.”

“It was a great honor to receive this CAREER award from NSF,” said Dr. Wu.  “It aims to provide stable five-year support for early-career faculty so that they can develop careers not only as outstanding researchers, but also as effective, committed educators.” 

For Dr. Wu, this combination of research and education objectives is a perfect fit.

“My long-term research goal is to advance the understanding of troposphere-stratosphere coupling and its impact for the climate system, and my long-term educational goal is to improve math and data analysis proficiency in both K-12 and undergraduate education,” she said.  “This CAREER award is very encouraging and will certainly help build a firm foundation for my long-term contributions to research and education.”

By analyzing troposphere-stratosphere coupling, Dr. Wu aims to gain a greater understanding of Asian and North American summer monsoons.  Then, she plans to integrate this research with K-12 education.  Dr. Wu will collaborate with local high school teachers, allowing them to use real-world atmospheric data in projects and active learning activities with students. 

The award will provide five years of funding, totaling about $750,000.

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