April 2014 was the Inaugural year of inviting atmospheric science students to the AMS Washington Forum; and their participation helped make the event quite successful.  Howard University doctoral candidates; Millersville University masters candidates and University of Maryland undergrads (high level juniors and seniors) served as scientific note takers for each session.

On April 23, 2015, Howard University NCAS Fellows presented during the Washington Forum at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Ms. Denna Geppi, Ms. Emily Saunders, and Ms. Kar’retta Venable.

Ms. Saunders remarked, “…I believe it was a wonderful networking opportunity because there were many important figures from the atmospheric sciences, climate, meteorology, and weather community that attended the meeting. I was able to meet new faces and introduce myself to high level individuals at NOAA.”

2015 Theme


The 2015 AMS Washington Forum focused on end users of weather, water and climate data, returning to the theme of past years’ User Forum events conducted by the AMS. As the enterprise evolves and adapts to changes in budgets and cost-sharing paradigms, heightened attention to the needs of its end users is key to success for all stakeholders. Particular attention must be given to key areas of industry, such as health and the various modes of transportation. The 2015 Forum will promote dialogue between the enterprise and its end users toward that end.

Keynote Speaker
•  Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

Special Guest Speaker:
•Dr. Stephen Volz, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite Information Services

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