A research laboratory's success depends on both outstanding scientific
achievement and dedicated staff support. Working behind the scenes to support
cutting-edge research, Nina M. Liebig demonstrates how this works best.
To recognize her steadfast efforts, she is being honored as NOAA's August
Employee of the Month.
Nina is a budget analyst at NOAA Research's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological
Laboratory in Miami. Despite a hefty pile of responsibilities, and tugs
from staff often grappling with administrative concerns, Nina is described
as having an uncanny ability to detect an error, tease out the reason it's
occurring, and determine the best way to solve it.
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Calling him a "renaissance
man," NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations has named Captain
Christopher McMahon NOAA's Team Member of the Month. Active in the
U.S. Maritime Service, this captain is an ordained minister with graduate
degrees in business, counseling and theology.
He has traveled the globe aboard vessels engaged in worldwide trade, served
as associate professor and sailing master at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
(under the Department of Transportation), and is current head of the Academy's
Global Maritime and Transportation School. He is also one of NOAA's biggest
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Texas Sea Grant science editor, filed this report about uncovering
D-Day wreckage off Normandy's coast. Supported primarily by NOAA,
Sea Grant partners with government, universities and industry to strengthen
understanding and use of marine resources.
GRANDCAMP MAISY, France -- Fifty-seven years after the Allies
landed at Normandy and liberated Europe, a team of nautical archaeologists
is surveying wreckage off the Omaha and Utah beaches. Designated as
Project Neptune 2K, this three-year initiative is designed to learn
more about what happened on D-Day and its naval operations.
Soon after the project began last summer, six to eight Sherman tanks
and more than two dozen World War II wrecks were identified off the
Normandy coast. Some of these wrecks are believed to be from vehicles
that ferried troops and tanks from larger offshore ships to the beaches.
The team also found several tanks rigged to float. But these sank
as soon as they left ship, taking their crews down with them.
On a tank discovered this summer, the team discovered remnants of
a structure that was supposed to keep the tank afloat. They found
machine guns in place on the front hull. And the tank hatches open.
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NOAA's Female Trailblazers
Cited as "Technology All-Stars"
NOAA All-Stars, all from the National Weather Service, were honored
last month for distinguishing themselves in the fields of technology,
math and sciences. The achievements of Brenda Taylor, Ruth Aiken and
Angela Downing were recognized at the “Women of Color Government
and Defense Technology Luncheon in Washington, DC. Each received technology
all-star awards for excellent and distinct contributions. Each is
also a trailblazer.
When Brenda Taylor graduated from Kansas State University in
1978 with a degree in computer technology, it was rare to find women,
especially women of color, working in technology. Today Brenda is
an information technology strategic planning officer at National Weather
Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Ruth Aiken, a senior meteorologist at the Raleigh, North Carolina
forecast office, has helped advance the state of weather forecasting
– and inspired others to do the same. Ruth is a frequent speaker
at local schools, promoting meteorology and meteorology and opportunities
for women in math and the sciences.
As an aviation resource meteorologist at the Miami Air Route Traffic
Control Center, Angela Downing forecasts hazardous weather
that could affect the safety of aircraft flying within 500,000 square
miles of the Miami Center. After studying meteorology in NOAA’s
Graduate Scientist program, she trained at the Charleston, West Virginia
forecast office, where she learned to forecast thunderstorms, tornadoes,
snow storms and aviation weather. The latter became her passion.
NOAA Home Page
Hits 19.2 Million!
With weather events continuing to drive home page
traffic, NOAA's Home Page had over 19.2 million hits in July. The
average number of monthly hits this year has ranged between 15 and
16 million -- that's nearly 112 million hits so far this year. The
top five sites are the weather page; site map; storm watch; search;
and satellites. Greg Hernandez and Janet Ward manage the site with
steady captivating input from NOAA's public affairs staff, one of
many excellent reasons that CNN routinely promotes it.
|COMING UP IN SEATTLE
NOAA's bringing together the world's foremost tsunami research scientists
and mitigation enginners this week. They'll be exploring technical
advances in tsunami science at the International Tsunami Symposium
at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Focus will be on tsunami generation, prediction, simulation, warning,
preparedness, instrumentation and observation. Also scheduled is a
field trip to the site of the 1700 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami
All NOAA employees and contract support staff are invited
to attend the 2nd NOAA TECH conference to be held October 23 - 25
in Silver Spring, Maryland. NOAA TECH 2002 will serve as a showcase
for NOAA's achievements in high-end computing and web applications.
Register early and be eligible to win
a custom poster!
Visit our web site at http://www.noaatech2002.noaa.gov/
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