Thompson Lecture Series

In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.

Second Lecturer of the 2016 Thompson Lecture Series

Dr. Dargan Frierson:
Dr. Frierson is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He uses a hierarchy of models to understand large-scale features in the climate system, with particular interest in the effect of water vapor on global circulation. Prior to becoming a professor in 2007, Dr. Frierson was an NSF graduate student fellow working with Isaac Held and a NOAA postdoctoral fellow working with Ray Pierrehumbert. As a professor, he has received multiple teaching awards from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2009, 2012, 2014) and the NSF CAREER Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2009. Find out more about Dr. Frierson from his website (

Wednesday November 30th - Friday December 2nd 2016

General Lecture:
Wednesday November 30 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
What's the usefulness of idealized models? Of climate outreach?

Science Lecture:
Thursday December 1, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. @ Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room
How the land, sea, ice, and mountains move the rain

Group Photo with Ruth DeFriesGroup photo with Ulrike Lohmann of ETH, Zürich

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