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Tau Beta Pi - Outstanding Graduate Research and Teaching Award - Jefferson Snider
July 25, 2012 — Jeff Snider has been a faculty member in the Atmospheric Science Department for twenty two years. He earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry (University of Oregon, 1980), he taught at the College of Ganado on the Navajo Indian Reservation (1979 and 1980), earned a graduate degree in Atmospheric Science (University of Arizona, 1984), and a doctoral degree in Atmospheric Science (Universityof Wyoming, 1989). In 1990 he started his tenure-track appointment at the University of Wyoming. In 1999 he spent a sabbatical year in France working with European colleagues at Météo Francein Toulouse. With student and staff collaborators from the Department of Atmospheric Science, Jeff has been involved in field research projects at a variety of national and international locations. His early research work was conducted at the Elk Mountain Observatory. Located 60 miles northwest of Laramie, the Elk Mountain facility was the site of experiments which investigated the formation of acid rain and other cloud-chemical processes. More recently, a research facility in Germany (Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig), northern Chile and the Caribbean have been bases for his investigations. Jeff acknowledges technical and engineering support provided to him by his UW colleagues, as well as interactions with UW staff and faculty, as the most significant factors in his professional development. Recent examples of research he has directed, in collaboration with UW graduate students, include, 1) radar measurement of microwave scattering and its relationship to snowfall intensity, 2) the vexing problem of measuring snowfall at mountainous locations in windy southeastern Wyoming, 3) the process of gaseous pollutant removal by snowfall, 4) atmospheric cloud condensation and freezing nuclei, and 5) particulate matter formed by combustion and its ability to nucleate water vapor condensation within clouds. Jeff is married to Maryalice. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Laurel, and son, Noah.