Rita Roberts' Retirement Celebration

We are celebrating Rita Roberts' remarkable 38-yr career on January 29th, 3:30 – 5:00 virtually on zoom.

Rita was one of the original five employees of a research group that grew to become the Research Applications Program (RAP) in the 1980s, evolving into RAL in 2004. She was a member of the Joint Airport Weather Studies (JAWS) field program on microbursts and then the wind-shear detection-system development projects, alongside team members Jim Wilson, Cindy Mueller, Cathy Kessinger, Kim Elmore, Bill Mahoney, and John McCarthy.  Her research results on the evolution of microbursts are used in the radar-based operational system that warns pilots of dangerous wind-shear conditions when taking off and landing. Rita is internationally known for her research on convective storm nowcasting. Recently, she has been deeply involved in research activities to better understand the evolution of thunderstorms over Lake Victoria in Africa that cause thousands of lake-user deaths. She is a radar scientist known around the world for both her outstanding science and warm and welcoming personality.

Please join us by connecting to the zoom link below.  Several colleagues are scheduled to speak, but due to time constraints we can't schedule everyone, so please contact Rita directly to wish her well on her retirement.

Zoom coordinates for retirement event: https://zoom.us/j/95078703363?pwd=K0t2bXZQNndKVFhvckFTbWRyeCtHdz09

Meeting ID: 950 7870 3363

Passcode: 673714

If you would like to contribute photos or quotes to her memory book, please send them to griggs@ucar.edu by Jan 18th.


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Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 to Friday, January 29, 2021
Calendar Timing: 
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm MST

Posted by Karen Slater at ext. 2740, griggs@ucar.edu

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