HUPAS-NCAS Alumni October 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016, thirteen (13) Alumni from the atmospheric sciences enterprise at Howard University gathered for an inaugural alumni coalition visioning session at the new HU Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB).  The attendees represented a range of Alumni attaining degrees in 1999 (Colon, Physics) to 2016 (Sium, Atmospheric Sciences РATMS).

While this gathering represented¬†only a small snapshot of the 50+ graduate degrees awarded from HU in ATMS¬†and related theses; it also forged¬†a strong start to reinvigorating the relationship between Alumni and the HU Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS). ¬†Additionally, the session is fostering¬†a renewed relationship amongst¬†Alumni and current students, for continued and future research collaboration. ¬†According to Churchill Okonkwo (ATMS 2014), “…‚ÄúThe Alumni met yesterday and resolved to¬†contribute to the strengthening of ATMS program at HU through volunteering, collaboration and representation.‚ÄĚ

The above photo was taken in the lobby of the IRB at the close of the session.  The meeting began with a tour of the Atmospheric and Environmental Collaborative Laboratory (AECL) spaces on the rooftop/penthouse and 4th floors of the $80M IRB.  IRB, a silver certified LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) building, has a total laboratory footage of 43,400 square/feet, with 3000 square/feet for retail and a community-based lobby space.

The building is being promoted as a user-based facility that will provide ‚ÄúState of the Art‚ÄĚ laboratories to research faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in a number of disciplines. The IRB design fosters a collaborative environment that will promote rapid discovery, the key for meeting the needs of translational and developmental research.

The AECL will enable an unprecedented spectrum of physical, chemical, and biological measurements of the urban canopy and lower atmosphere of Washington, DC; supporting research funded by NOAA, NASA, DoD, NIH, and EPA.

Photo Credit: HU Security, IRB