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04/30/2011 Dr. Marshall Shepherd on NPR: "Deadly Tornadoes Remain Hard to Predict" and the role of La Nina in contributing to deadly southern tornadoes
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11/16/2010 Principal Investigator Dr. Marshall Shepherd named winner of the national Charles E. Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society.
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09/01/2009 Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux in's Success Stories: "UVM Climatologist seeks to expand pipeline of minority students pursuing careers in climate science"
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TTU-UGA Doctoral Opportunity for Minority Student

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) invites applications for a PhD position effective August 2011.

This position is expected to be funded through the Southern Regional Educational Board Fellowship that includes a $20,000/year stipend and $5000/year in expenses (conference travel, books, etc.). Tuition will be provided by the University. Applicants from under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. An MS degree in Civil Engineering or a closely aligned STEM field is desirable.

The successful applicant will pursue research on an emerging field of research in water resources and climate that addresses challenges anticipated in the 21st century. In particular, the applicant is expected to work on mesoscale atmospheric modeling and land use change for understanding human modification of the water cycle by artificial reservoirs and large dams. This PhD-level research will be a close collaboration with the world's leading researchers on the human impact on climate from the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. Collaborating scholars at the University of Georgia have a rich history of research in hydroclimate studies and recently formed the Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to address pipeline issues related to diversity in climate science fields. D-ClimNet is a partnership with the University of Vermont and the University of California-LA and provides good opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and networking.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to leverage the newly established Stonecipher endowment on High Performance Computing (HPC) at TTU. This new HPC initiative is aimed at enhancement of computational resources of TTU for research in the physical and mathematical sciences. TTU is home to three state-funded centers of excellence on water, energy and manufacturing. Notably, the Center for Management, Protection and Utilization of Water Resources provides state of the art facilities for laboratory/analytical chemistry and geoinformatics. The newly established Oakley STEM research center is a campus-wide initiative for new strategies in the teaching and learning that can foster growth for a strong education agenda for applicants considering a future faculty position after graduation.

Interested applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for 3 professional references, a current CV, all combined as one pdf file and emailed to with the subject 'SREB Fellowship Application'. Inquiries on the position may be directed to Dr. Faisal Hossain or Dr. Marshall Shepherd

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