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University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams Retires

Ellen D. Williams, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland and director of the university’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), retired on December 30, 2023, after 42 years at the university. Following her official retirement, Williams is now a research professor of physics and executive director of ESSIC’s Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS).

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Brenda Torney smiles alongside Director Ellen Williams

ESSIC Celebrates 2023 Peer Awards

As a now traditional part of the ESSIC end-of-year Holiday Party, two annual peer awards were presented to honor the year’s Best Paper and the Employee of the Year. This year, Director Ellen Williams presented these awards to Chelsea Parker, Assistant Research Scientist, and Brenda Torney, Payroll Coordinator.

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ESSIC Hosts Python Workshop

Earlier this month, Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) held a virtual workshop on Python hosted by Rebekah Esmaili from Science and Technology Corp (STC).

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Jing Wei pictured with his advisor, Zhanqing Li

Jing Wei is 2022 AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section James R. Holton Award Recipient

Jing Wei was announced as American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2022 Atmospheric Sciences Section James R. Holton Award recipient. The James R. Holton Award is awarded usually to one young scientist across all disciplines of atmospheric sciences to acknowledge their outstanding scientific research and accomplishments at an early stage of career within three years of receiving Ph.D. Wei is the youngest winner of this award since its establishment in 2004 with a little over one year after Ph.D.

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