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2022 Steinbach Visiting Scholar

Professor LuAnne Thompson
University of Washington
Physical Oceanography
July 11 and 12

LuAnne Thompson is the Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Endowed Professor in the School of Oceanography and an Adjunct Professor in Physics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. She received a B. S. in Physics from the University of California at Davis, and then worked as an electrical engineer Varian Associates in Palo Alto California. While a graduate student in Physics at Harvard University, she was a WHOI summer student fellow with Harry Bryden. After completing her M.A. in Physics at Harvard, she obtained her PhD in Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program working with Bill Young and Glenn Flierl. She was a College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington before joining the faculty there. She received both the ONR and NSF Young Investigator Awards. She has been Director of the University of Washington Program on Climate Change for a total of seven years.  She has mentored 12 students to their Ph.D., 4 students to their M.S., 11 post-doctoral fellows and served on over 100 additional Ph.D. committees. She helped to found MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography to Increase Retention) and is currently co-leading the NSF funded GEODUC program that is focused on recruiting underrepresented community college students to marine geosciences majors at UW. At the graduate level she has taught Climate Modeling, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, and Climate Dynamics. At the undergraduate level, she has taught Coastal Oceanography, Ocean Circulation and Climate, and Current Research in Climate Science, and the capstone course for the undergraduate Climate Science Minor that she created while Director of the Program on Climate Change.  Her research covers a wide range of topics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Climate Variability including variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and El Nino, air-sea interaction, marine heatwaves, the impact of circulation variability on ocean biogeochemical cycles, and gender in oceanography. She is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Scheduled Talks
July 11:
Institution-wide seminar at 3 p.m. in Clark 507
Mentoring Oceanographers - Talk by Steinbach Scholar followed by panel discussion with Scholar, Claudia Cenedese (WHOI PO), and Meg Tivey (WHOI Dean)

July 12:
Informal Q&A and lunch for students at 12:00 p.m. in Clark 271
Department seminar at 3:05 p.m. in Clark 507
Regimes of Air Sea Interaction

Dr. Kakani Katija
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
July 25 and 26

Kakani Katija is a Principal Engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. She received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautic from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Aeronautics and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from  California Institute of Technology. Kakani was a Postdoctoral Scholar & Investigator, at WHOI from 2010-2014. Here's the link to her research description:

Scheduled Talks
July 25:
Institution-wide hybrid seminar at 3:00 p.m. in Redfield Auditorium
FathomNet and OceanAI

July 26:
Informal Q&A and lunch for students at 11:30 a.m. in the AVAST social hub, David Center

Public talk at 6:00 p.m. in Redfield Auditorium
The Ocean's Midwaters: Earth's Final Frontier