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Prof. Daniel Chavas receives AMS Outstanding Career Award


Learning how hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storms work is of vital importance. Associate Professor Daniel Chavas conducts severe weather research at his lab in the Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and his team studies how hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes work, what controls where and when they occur on Earth, and how they impact society. His goal is to make his discoveries directly useful for real-world forecasting and risk management.

For this reason, he has been awarded the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Scientific and Technical Activities Commission (STAC) Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclone Outstanding Early Career Award. This award is only granted once every three years to an individual within ten years of having earned their highest degree, or are under 40 years of age when nominated, who has made significant contributions to the discipline and is on a path to becoming a science leader in the community.

 “I am so proud but also humbled that my colleagues, who are themselves wonderful scientists, would choose me for this award,” says Chavas. “I've been so fortunate to have fantastic students and postdocs at Purdue and colleagues at Purdue and many other institutions who have lifted me up in my career. This award is a testament to their hard work and creativity in working together to try to solve important problems in weather and climate.”

STAC helps to advance science and technology by promoting the open exchange of ideas, strengthening disciplinary communities, enhancing collaboration and dialog among these communities, embracing diversity, celebrating and fostering excellence, and cultivating the next generation of scientists and leaders.  The Scientific and Technological Activities Commission Awards recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions further the goals of the STAC.


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The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) combines four of Purdue’s most interdisciplinary programs: Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, and Planetary Sciences. EAPS conducts world-class research, educates undergraduate and graduate students, and provides our college, university, state and country with the information necessary to understand the world and universe around us. Our research is globally recognized, our students are highly valued by graduate schools, employers, and our alumni continue to make significant contributions in academia, industry, and federal and state government.


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