Endowment established for weather analysis and forecasting

A graduate of meteorology and his wife recently pledged $250,000 to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology to support faculty contributions to teaching, research and public service.

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November 5, 2013
Kelly O. Henry

The couple, who wishes to remain anonymous, created this endowment to focus specifically on weather forecasting and communications. 

“This endowment will provide state-of-the-art educational experiences for our students in weather analysis and forecasting,” said Bill Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. “The objective of the endowment is to educate and develop future leaders in the U.S. weather and climate enterprise. This objective directly complements the goal of the college’s new Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.”

“Applying weather and climate information to decision-making is becoming increasingly important for our economy and society,” stated Bill Brune, head of the Department of Meteorology. “To prepare our students for emerging careers in weather and climate risk, we must expand our program in risk while staying on the cutting-edge in forecasting and communications. This endowment will help to keep Penn State Meteorology at the forefront of weather and climate forecasting and communications education and research opportunities.”

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