New CMOS President: Marek Stastna

New CMOS President: Marek Stastna

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CMOS President, Marek Stastna

During the June 23, 2020 54th Annual General Meeting, CMOS welcomed its new incoming President, Marek Stastna. Marek received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 2001. After three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Atmospheric Physics group at the University of Toronto, Marek returned to the University of Waterloo where he is presently a Professor of Applied Mathematics.

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CMOS Recognizes 2020 Awards Winners at Virtual Congress

OTTAWA, June 12, 2020/ As part of its Alternative Congress and leading up to its Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS.ca) is pleased to announce that ten Canadian scientists, scholars, and researchers have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in advancing knowledge and understanding in the fields of atmospheric sciences, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography.

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CMOS Statement on Racism: A Time to Act

We witness with anguish the violent and fatal results of endemic anti-Black racism within the institutions of law enforcement in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. The subsequent tributes to George Floyd, and protests against police brutality and racism in both the USA and Canada have elevated the issue to the forefront of public attention, and remind us of the systemic injustices faced by Black communities.

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Message from the CMOS President: Alternative Congress & Virtual Sessions

– By Kimberly Strong, CMOS President and Professor & Chair, Department of Physics, University of Toronto –

Dear CMOS Friends and Colleagues,

Over the last two months, we have all had to adjust to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and CMOS is no exception. In March, we monitored the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, and on April 3, we decided to cancel the 54th Congress, which was scheduled for May 24-28 in Ottawa. This decision was based on the recommendations of local, provincial, and federal governments and public health agencies regarding actions needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities.

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Cancellation of the 54th CMOS Congress

Dear CMOS members and CMOS Congress participants, the 54th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), scheduled for May 24-28, 2020 in Ottawa, has been cancelled.

This decision was based on the recommendations of local, provincial, and federal governments and public health agencies regarding actions needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. It was made in collaboration with the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC), the Scientific Program Committee (SPC), the CMOS Executive and Council, and the Delta Hotel.

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Remembering Paul LeBlond 1938-2020

Paul Henri LeBlond

December 30, 1938 – February 8, 2020

Surrounded by his family, Paul passed away peacefully at home at the age of 81, after a lengthy illness. Paul was born in Quebec City and grew up in Chicoutimi.

His innate curiosity and love of learning led him naturally into science, earning his undergraduate degrees at Laval and McGill Universities. In 1963 he married Josee Michaud and together they moved to British Columbia,

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Call for Nominations for the Patterson Medal Award for Distinguished Service to Meteorology in Canada

– Communication from Diane Campbell, Chairperson, Patterson Medal Committee, Meteorological Service of Canada –

The Patterson Medal Award is given for distinguished service to meteorology in Canada. The medal was established in 1946 in honour of Dr. John Patterson, Controller of the Meteorological Service of Canada from 1929 to 1946. The Patterson Medal Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 recipient of this award.

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A Message from the
Incoming CMOS Bulletin Editor, Nicole Renaud

Hello from Edmonton and Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people. I am thrilled to be joining the CMOS team as the new Bulletin Editor! My passion for the environment has been a life long build up, with my interest in water security emerging while I lived in Mexico’s Sonoran desert, in the Baja peninsula. While there, I saw locals unable to afford water contrasted against empty golf courses outside of tourist season being draped in water.

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