Professor McNeill Honored By NSF

Assistant Professor V. Faye McNeill of the Chemical Engineering department has been granted an NSF CAREER award for 2009-2014. In her proposal, entitled “CAREER: The Atmopsheric Chemistry of Ice and Snow,” Prof. McNeill presented a career plan to address a major challenge in atmospheric chemistry: understanding and quantifying the interactions of ice and snow with trace gases. Ice in the environment, in the form of ice particles in clouds, or sea ice and snow at the Earth’s surface, has a profound influence on atmospheric composition and climate. A quantitative physical understanding of trace gas-ice interactions is critical for predicting the effects of climate change on atmospheric composition, for the interpretation of ice core chemical records, and for modeling atmospheric chemistry. There are significant gaps in our current understanding of the uptake of gases by ice, including uncertainty regarding the microphysical location of adsorbed species and the potential role of a quasi-liquid or quasi-brine layer at the ice surface.

The McNeill Group will apply a set of powerful, complementary experimental and modeling approaches in order to gain new chemical and physical insight into gas-ice interactions in the environment and their effects on atmospheric composition.The results of these studies will enable researchers to more accurately constrain the effects of snow and ice chemistry on atmospheric composition for use in coupled atmospheric chemistry-Earth system models. The group’s research efforts will be complemented by an integrated education and outreach program designed to help fill a pressing societal need for scientific information about our changing environment, and enhance the science education of New York City area K-12 students. 

 

To learn more about the McNeill Group’s research and outreach activities, please click here: www.columbia.edu/~vfm2103.

 

 

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.


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