Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tiffant Shaw
We are happy to announce that Assistant Prof. Tiffany Shaw has been named a recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development award (also known as the CAREER award) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her work as a researcher, teacher and scholar. Through this program, the NSF emphasizes the importance on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

Shaw’s research component focuses on building a physical framework that explains the role of moisture transport in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) summer circulation, including Monsoons and subtropical anticyclones, and its variability and future change. The framework will be used to 1) test and understand the dynamical interactions of the NH summer circulation using idealized numerical model simulations and 2) create process-based diagnostics to validate the NH summer circulation in state-of-the-art climate models and analyze and interpret projected future changes in the circulation and the implications for wet and dry regions on Earth. 

The educational component involves engaging teachers in climate research and to incorporate physical concepts into secondary school earth science curriculum.  The educational activities involve collaboration with Columbia Secondary School (CSS) a selective sixth- through twelfth-grade title 1 science, engineering and math school. The activities will be coordinated with Columbia University’s Summer Research Program (CUSRP) for science teachers, an NSF supported program. The educational activities will 1) engage secondary school teachers in science, which has been shown to positively impact students and other teachers, 2) address a national need to educate the public about climate change science through the development of secondary school earth science curriculum that synthesizes weather and climate within a unifying physical science perspective and 3) encourage the participation of underrepresented minorities in climate science.

The NSF CAREER Award provides funding over the course of five years for the candidate’s study.  The award is a great boost in establishing the recipients’ integrated research and educational activities, while at the same time helping to address areas of important need. 

Congratulations Tiffany!