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AOSC Departmental Seminar
December 3, 2015

PURE* Ice Cloud Nanophysics; *Powered by Undergraduate Research

Nathan Magee
The College of New Jersey

Dr. Nate Magee, Associate Professor of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) will present images, video, and implications from recent high-magnification, high-definition measurements of ice crystals made by environmental cryo-scanning electron microscopy.  The complexity of ice crystal shapes has long been widely appreciated ("no two are alike!") and understood to play a significant role in the large scale evolution and radiative interactions of ice-containing clouds.  The new images reveal another aspect to this complexity, with extensive sub-micron topography that challenges the traditional view of the ice crystal surface, leading to new questions about our understanding of cirrus-modulated radiative forcing.  Dr. Magee will also discuss the central role of undergraduate research in this work and at TCNJ in general, with a focus on approaches to maximize the value of undergraduate research for students, mentors, and programs.