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Research meteorologist Doug Sisterson is keynote for Rall Symposium

May 09, 2017

Doug Sisterson, research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, will deliver the keynote address May 16 at North Central College’s 2017 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Sisterson is the instrument operations manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility.

His keynote address is titled “Understanding the Science of Climate Disruption.”

Sisterson has delivered more than 400 professional, educational and public outreach presentations on weather and climate topics. Most recently, he was a panelist at a Climate Change Forum hosted May 6 by the College and U.S. Congressman Bill Foster at North Central’s new Science Center.

Before turning to climate change, Sisterson’s experimental work from 1975 to 1980 covered foundational boundary layer meteorology and micrometeorology, wet and dry removal processes and pollutant transport. Studies between 1980 and 1990 emphasized the physical and chemical process that lead to acid precipitation. Sisterson was principal author of a cornerstone report: “The State of Science Report for the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program” in 1990. His earliest work focused on wind energy, and he has published more than 100-peer-reviewed articles and conference papers and technical reports.

North Central’s Rall Symposium is free and open to the public. Sisterson’s one-hour talk begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. This annual event welcomes students of all majors to present their work in a professional forum. Many symposium participants pursue internal grants for their projects, including the Richter Grant program.

The Rall Symposium was first held in 1998 as a showcase for excellence in student research and is now part of Honors Day, a daylong celebration of students and their excellence in the academic and cocurricular life of the College.

The symposium is named for Joseph Rall, M.D., Ph.D., a North Central 1940 alumnus and internationally renowned scientist and administrator at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rall played a critical role in attracting Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scholars to speak to Symposium attendees.

For more information about the Rall Symposium and schedule of events, click here.