Mason Graduate Students Showcase Research at Forum

Posted: March 29, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

John Lindeman’s head is in the sky. His research on atmospheric patterns and modeling helps keep him grounded in his studies as a PhD student in the School of Computational Sciences.

This week, Lindeman will be one of five students from Mason representing exemplary graduate work at the Virginia Council on Graduate Schools (VCGS) Graduate Student Research Forum in Richmond, Va. The purpose of the forum, which takes place on March 29, is to showcase graduate student research at all public universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students will be presenting their research to a non-technical audience and will showcase how it may benefit Virginia.

Lindeman’s research focuses specifically on the effects of mountains on atmospheric flows. Mountains affect regional and global atmospheric circulations, says Lindeman, and these circulations are often poorly represented by weather forecast models. Using high resolution grids, his research aims to capture the effects and improve weather forecasting.

The research will also help to more accurately forecast aircraft turbulence in mountainous regions. Lindeman, who is supervised by associate professor Zafer Boybeyi on this project, is also working with Dave Broutman at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Other students from Mason attending the forum are:

  • Kae Livsey, a PhD student in nursing, who is working on a study on the current training activities and preparedness of health care service institutions in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region.
  • Bryan Millis, a PhD student in biodefense, who is looking at anthrax research and its pathogenesis.
  • Lisa Fowler, a PhD student in public policy, who is studying the residential location patterns of recent U.S. immigrants.
  • Kimberly McDuffie, a PhD student in special education, who is studying the effects of co-teaching and peer tutoring on seventh grade science classrooms.

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