Dear CSG members,
There will be many CSG sponsored events and sessions at the AAG in April. Here are a few highlights
that you may want to put in our calendar.
April 22nd, 7pm CSG Business Meeting. Everyone welcome to attend.
April 22nd, ~8pm-8.15pm CSG party will begin after business meeting. Party will be at Morton's
The Steakhouse (65 E. Wacker Place | Chicago, IL 60601). This is very close to the conference hotel.
delighted to announce that Tom Skilling will be our 2015 CSG invited
speaker in Chicago (currently waiting on program to come out for
date/time info, but we have requested Wednesday). More information on
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Jennifer Collins, Climate Specialty Group Chair
Acclaimed broadcast meteorologist and filmmaker Tom Skilling will be the 2015 AAG
Climate Specialty Group Invited Speaker
Skilling is the chief meteorologist for Chicago’s WGN TV. After
career at age 14, Skilling has emerged as one of the nation’s most
respected and familiar voices in weather broadcasting. Acclaimed
elements of his program include state-of-the-art technology and
animation, forecast accuracy, and in-depth reporting. Beyond
WGN TV, Skilling and his staff provide content for the Chicago Tribune
newspaper, WGN radio, and a wide range of online forums. Special
television programs created by Skilling over his career include “Ten
Inches of Partly Sunny” and “Alaska: Where Winters Are
Skilling’s documentary films have received accolades ranging from Emmy
Awards (for “The Sears Tower Versus Mother Nature”) and nominations (for
“Tsunamis on American Shores”) to environmental reporting recognition
from the Audubon Society. His documentaries
“It Sounded Like a Freight Train” (on tornado science) and “When
Lightning Strikes” have been widely adopted for use in educational and
public awareness efforts.
In recent years Skilling has partnered with eminent climate scientist
Don Wuebbles of the University of Illinois-Champaign to improve public
education and communication surrounding climate change. In this capacity
Skilling has been an invited contributor to
panels and discussions led by leading scholars and activists across the
globe. A passionate follower of weather and climate research, Skilling
enthusiastically shares with audiences the evolution of his personal
views regarding human influence on climate as
shaped by his experience in operational meteorology.
Skilling was trained in meteorology and journalism at the University of Wisconsin
and holds honorary doctorates from Lewis University (Illinois) and St. Mary's University (Minnesota). Attendees
of the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting are welcome to come to his featured
address hosted by the Climate Specialty Group, encouraged to attend the
CSG sponsored session organized by Dr. Dan Bedford and Dr. John
Harrington on climate literacy and education where Tom Skilling will
serve as a panel member, and invited to tune into his
dependable and entertaining weather forecasts each night on WGN TV.
Jennifer Collins PhD
President, West Central Florida Chapter of the American
School of Geosciences
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave NES 316
Tampa, Florida 33620
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