Student With ‘Head in Clouds’ Selected For Prestigious Nat’l Meteorology Workshop

Emily Morgan

MIAMI — June 7, 2011 — The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) selected University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science undergraduate student Emily Morgan to attend their annual Undergraduate Leadership Workshop this month. Just one student from each university can be nominated to attend the workshop. “It’s a very big honor. Only 15 students in the entire country will attend the event. I am very proud to be going and representing the University of Miami and the Rosenstiel School.” Emily is the third Rosenstiel School student to have been accepted since the program’s inception.

Morgan was nominated and accepted because of her work with Rosenstiel School Associate Professor Paquita Zuidema analyzing the structure of clouds and working on ship tracking data off the coast of Chile in the southeastern Pacific. Because of the relatively thick and stable cloud coverage, satellite images are compared with manual images taken from boats to re-confirm whether satellites in orbit are transmitting accurate readings.

The weeklong workshop in Boulder, Colorado covers topics including research and career opportunities in the field of meteorology, various forms of communication, and is a major networking opportunity with some of the emerging bright young minds. Emily will bring what she learned back to the Atmospheric Science Club (ATMO) at UM, for which she is the Secretary. “I want to make our organization worth participating in, and am excited to share what I have learned.”

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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