Space scientist earns nod from meteorologists

Bob McCoy
Robert McCoy, director of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Diana Campbell

Robert McCoy has been named a fellow of the American Meteorological Society for his work with meteorological and space weather scientists.

McCoy is the director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. He has advocated for partnerships between the two sciences, specifically organizing 11 space weather conferences at AMS annual meetings.

“He is a superb leader in the space weather community,” said Jon Malay, AMS past president and chair of the AMS Fellows selection committee. “I met Bob McCoy over 20 years ago and, even then, he was considered the Navy’s premier expert in the science and applications of solar physics.”

The AMS recognized McCoy Feb. 2 at the association’s annual meeting in Atlanta. He was also recognized for his research in upper atmospheric observations from space and funding oversight of space weather assimilation models.

McCoy came to the GI directorship in 2011 with 30 years of space weather research experience. He previously served as a program officer and research physicist with the Office of Naval Research.

Founded in 1919, AMS is the nation’s leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences with a membership of more than 12,000 professionals, professors, students and weather enthusiasts.

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