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Zhien Wang, associate professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Atmospheric Science, has been appointed the Templeton Faculty Fellow.
Funded by the Nell Olson Templeton Endowment, the competitive award is for faculty members who make “significant contributions to a research area of major importance to the University of Wyoming.” It recognizes Wang for his findings involving the acquisition and analysis of remote-sensing data to enhance understanding of cloud properties.
Wang’s research and teaching is focused on the multiple aspects of clouds. His primary focus is to better observe clouds from different platforms leading to a greater understanding of cloud physical processes and improving cloud-related physical processes in climate models.
Wang has received a NASA group achievement and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, and has more than 70 published papers. He also is the chief scientist of UW’s King Air research aircraft, an NSF-supported lower atmospheric observing facility.