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September 4, 2009

ULM faculty member selected for national committee

University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty member Dr. Anne Case Hanks was recently appointed to the national Unidata Users Committee, which is comprised of researchers whose task is to provide feedback on data systems and tools in the Earth sciences field.

Case Hanks is an assistant professor in the department of geosciences and was selected based on her experience with the program. “We currently use Unidata to collect information about weather patterns, which is used in our classes,” she said.

The university also has input in improving Unidata’s program through Case Hanks’ involvement. It also offers opportunities to try new and emerging data collection methods.

“This is a great benefit for our school and students,” Case Hanks said. “By serving on the Users Committee, I can introduce students and faculty to programs and data that they may not have been exposed to previously.”

Unidata is a community of over 160 institutions whose goal is sharing data, as well as tools to access and visualize that data. The program is affiliated with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a hub for research, education, and public outreach for the atmospheric and earth system science community.

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