Congratulations NCAS-M Grads!!

NCAS-M is celebrating graduates!!

NCAS-M Fellow, Daniel Yeager earned a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Howard University in May 2019. His thesis titled, “Radiative Properties of Aging Saharan Dust Plumes Entering the Tropical Atlantic”, examined the Saharan dust plumes as they enter the tropical parts of the Atlantic Ocean. After graduation, Dr. Yeager will be employed at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). NCAS-M Center Director, Dr. Vernon Morris served as both, his mentor and advisor.


NCAS-M Fellow, Mi’Chael Wright earned a Master of Arts in Sociology and Criminology from Howard University in May 2019. Her thesis titled, “#KnowBetterDoBetter: An Examination of Twitter on Disaster Literacy”, looks at the role of and understanding of the effectiveness of Twitter during a disaster. After graduation, Mi’Chael will be attending the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities to pursue a PhD in Sociology.


NCAS USIP (Undergraduate Summer Internship Program) alum, Christian O. Diaz-Caez, earned a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Electrical Engineering from Howard University May 2019. The title of his thesis is “Development of A Web-Based Collaboration Platform for Human Terrain Data Analysis”. This summer, Christian is traveling to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China to conduct research. He will return to Howard in August to start his doctoral studies in Electrical Engineering.


Mariam Almedwah earned a Master of Science in Chemistry at Howard University May 2019. Her thesis is titled “Infrared Transmission and Ozone Decomposition Characteristics of Selected North African Mineral Dusts”. The primary focus of her research is to understand the infrared transmission characteristics of selected North African mineral dusts as a function of temperature exposure and the particle size distribution. As well as determine the effect of the heterogeneous decomposition of ozone in the presence of mineral dust particles by evaluate the changes in the surface characteristics after exposed the dust particles to different ozone concentrations. NCAS-M Director, Dr. Vernon Morris served as her advisor. Mariam plans to stay in the Washington, DC area. She is looking for a position in Atmospheric/ Environmental Chemistry.


NCAS-M Fellow, Julio Ceniceros, earned a Master of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Texas- El Paso May 2019. His thesis titled, “MESACS: A Multi-method Environmental Science Study over the Arctic Chukchi Sea” is a field, lab, and remote sensing study looking into the changing physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the Chukchi Sea in the past 18 years. Specifically, he aimed to quantify how the distribution and concentration of marine surface biomass effects the physical and optical properties of clouds aloft. Julio has been accepted to the doctoral program at UTEP where he will be studying Environmental Science and Engineering.

Brianna Cymone Ross, a NCAS-M Fellow, earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Jackson State University May 2019. Her research focused on the effect of meteorological conditions on ground level ozone. Air quality simulations were done to understand the air quality index. Brianna plans on returning to school.


Catherine Lui earned a Master of Science in Meteorology from San Jose State University May 2019. Her thesis, titled “Asian Long-Range Transport in Relation to Atmospheric Rivers in Northern California”aims to understand the effect of Asian aerosol long-range transport on the 2017 AR events in Northern California and assess how aerosols are correlated with precipitation associated with AR events.

Catherine has just accepted a position at Research Associate at the Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education (CAARE).

Cassandra A. Shivers-Williams earned a PhD in Social Psychology from Howard University Summer 2018. Her dissertation, “The Effects of Values, Expectations, and Mortality Reminders on Individuals’ Choices Between Alternatives”, focused on understanding the roles of values and expectations in individuals’ choices and how these relations changed as a function of thinking of one’s own death and in response to severe weather threats. Dr. Terri Adams served on her dissertation committee and was her NCAS-M faculty advisor and mentor. Dr. Shivers-Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) in Norman, OK.