1997-7 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 1997
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NCAR Scientist Elected to National Academy of Engineering
BOULDER--Margaret LeMone, a senior scientist at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, has
just been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering
(NAE). Election to the academy is one of the highest professional
distinctions accorded engineers and other technical specialists,
recognizing those who demonstrate "unusual accomplishment in
the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."
She will be inducted during a ceremony at the next annual NAE
meeting in Washington, D.C., on October 7.
LeMone is an observational meteorologist who studies the
behavior of large, organized storm systems and other aspects of
the lowest kilometer of the atmosphere, called the planetary
boundary layer. She is one of 46 women inducted into the
1,893-member academy since its creation in 1964. Her election
recognizes her "for advances in understanding the dynamics
of the planetary boundary layer and its role in the
predictability of atmospheric processes."
The academy's letter arrived deep inside a large box with
several books. Once she realized it was the election
announcement, LeMone was "completely surprised. It's quite
LeMone earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the
University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from
the University of Washington. She came to NCAR as a postdoctoral
Fellow in 1972. She is a Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological
Society (AMS) and has served on research committees and advisory
boards for those organizations as well as the National Research
Council. She served as editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric
Sciences and received its editor's award in 1989. LeMone was the
founding chair (1975-78) of the AMS Board on Women and
LeMone has contributed her expertise to three textbooks and an
elementary school science series. Three of her articles appear in
the World Book Encyclopedia (1989-present). She has made numerous
presentations to students, mentored teachers in Project LEARN
(Laboratory Experience in Atmospheric Research at NCAR), and
served as a coach for Odyssey of the Mind. She is currently
co-principal investigator for the second phase of Project LEARN.
NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.
Writer: Zhenya Gallon
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