2013-14 Claritas Distinguished Visitor in the Sciences
Sonia Kreidenweis, Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Stretansky Concert Hall
Lecture: "Clearing the Air: 25 Years of Visibility Observations in U.S. National Parks...And What They Tell Us About Our World"
A professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, Kreidenweis initiated the Atmospheric Chemistry program in the early 1990’s. She holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow and Past President of the American Association for Aerosol Research and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. She has served on numerous scientific panels, including committee service for the National Academy of Science. She has also served as a consultant to the Atmospheric and Geophysical Sciences Division of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1993, the CSU Engineering Dean's Council Award in 1995; an USRA/Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Fellow Award in 1999; and the George T. Abell Outstanding Teaching and Service Faculty Award in 2008.
Kreidenweis has been interested in particles in the atmosphere for three decades. She has worked with the Visibility Branch of the National Park Service since the early 1990’s, analyzing data from their monitors in US Class I protected areas, and has also conducted special studies for the NPS to obtain more detailed information about particle characteristics. Her work has led to improved understanding of the role of particles in visibility reduction, and the chemical signatures in particle composition have also led to fascinating insights into their origins. In recent years her group has had a special focus on characterizing the impacts of prescribed burns and wildfires.