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Thompson Lecture Series

Thompson Lecture Series

In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.

Doctor Deanna Hence

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
Univerisity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Deanna joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a post doc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she studied tropical cyclones using the NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research aircraft during the NASA Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) multi-year Earth Venture Mission.

Her research interests include tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, remote sensing, mesoscale convective systems, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, and hazardous weather.

Complimenting her scientific interests, she is passionate about science communication and policy as well as expanding scientific literacy amongst the public. She is looking forward to a career of bridging the gap between science and other human interests to help science be more relevant and useful to the greater good.

May 22-24 2017


Remote Sensing: Multiscale Interactions in the Evolution of Tropical Convection


Science by and for all: Challenges and some possible solutions towards broadening pathways into the atmospheric sciences

Agenda <--- You can also sign up for an individual meeting at this link!

TLS group photo with Dargan Frierson
Having some fun with Doctor Frierson


Thompson Lecture Series Archive