Category: AMS

NOAA supercomputers: 200 trillion calculations per second


flossiehwrf18hourprecipforecast.jpgAs we enter the height of hurricane season, forcasters have a new model to improve their work. Newly upgraded supercomputers of NOAA’s National Weather Service are now more than twice as fast in processing sophisticated computer models to provide more accurate forecasts.

The scientific data and insights that these newly upgraded supercomputers will provide are essential to help government officials, communities, and businesses better understand and manage the risks associated with extreme weather and water events.


"Given recent events like the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma or Superstorm Sandy, federal weather resources and personnel should be considered vital national assets. These upgrades assure world-class capabilities and a continued pathway to keep American lives and property safer," said J. Marshall Shepherd Ph.D., president of the American Meteorological Society and Professor at the University of Georgia. "As a father of two children and a scientist that understands looming weather threats, I take comfort in these developments."

Shepherd's tenure at the AMS continues to bring honor and attention to our program in atmospheric sciences in the department of geography. Public understanding of climate and its relationships to weather has perhaps never been as important. These upgraded computers have a direct bearing on public safety and awareness.

Image: Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model showing the Tropical Storm Flossie precipitation forecast for the Hawaiian Islands on July 29, 2013, courtesy of NOAA.

Inaugural AMS Fellows


Our mathematics faculty is a very distinguished group, a fact highlighted in the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society:

Five University of Georgia faculty members are among mathematical scientists from around the world named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013, the program's initial year. The inaugural class of 1,119 Fellows represents more than 600 institutions, with the number of AMS Fellows targeted at 5 percent of the total membership.

"The mathematics department at UGA is internationally recognized for its strong tradition of inquiry and creative research in fundamental areas of mathematics," said Malcolm Adams, professor and head of the department of mathematics. "This is built on the strength of its faculty members together with an atmosphere of open discussion and collaboration. That we are so well-represented in this inaugural group of AMS Fellows, from emeriti faculty to those in mid-career, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of these individuals."

"The Fellows of the AMS" designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and use of mathematics. One of the program's goals is to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession.

Congratulations to Valery Alexeev, James Cantrell, Jon Carlson, Henry Edwards and Daniel Nakano on their AMS Fellowships and ours thanks for the honor they bring to the university and to the Franklin College. 

Shepherd elected president of AMS


Marshall_Shepherd.jpgCongratulations to professor of geography Marshall Shepherd, who was recently voted president-elect of the American Meteorological Society:

Shepherd, who directs the university’s Atmospheric Sciences Program, will begin a one-year term as president-elect on Jan. 22 at the annual meeting of the society in New Orleans. In 2013, he will assume the presidency of the society, which was founded in 1919 and has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students and weather enthusiasts.