Since 1989, the fall American Geophysical Union meeting has featured the Bowie Lecture series; twenty-nine named lectureships highlighting top scholars across Earth and space scientists. This year, Ruby Leung, a Battelle Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is among them.
Leung was awarded the Jacob Bjerknes Lectureship, which annually honors a scientist for their contributions to “advancing the basic understanding of the atmosphere and Earth’s climate.” Leung gave her lecture, “A Quest to Understand and Model Regional Precipitation and Their Future Changes,” on December 7. She discussed how the atmospheric energetic framework can be used to understand regional precipitation changes and how important understanding and modeling convection is for advancing that framework.
With the conference’s virtual format, Leung pre-recorded her lecture via Zoom. After the lecture video played, Leung engaged in a live Q&A with attendees for 15 minutes. “Despite the limitations of the virtual format, this was a memorable experience for me. My lecture was a culmination of the excellent teamwork that happens every day at PNNL. I was glad to receive recognition for and positive feedback about our research,” said Leung.