Professor Daniel Keyser Receives
Teaching Excellence Award
Dan Keyser, Feb. 5, 2014 (photo courtesy of Dr. John Knox,
University of Georgia)
department is very pleased to announce that Professor Daniel Keyser received
the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award at the annual meeting of the
American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Dan formally accepted the award on Thursday, February 5, during the AMS
Awards Banquet, which took place in the Murphy Ballroom at Atlanta’s Georgia
World Congress Center. Outgoing AMS
President J. Marshall Shepherd presented Dan with his award. The included photo shows Dan giving his
acceptance speech during the banquet.
Keyser received the B.S. with highest distinction in 1975, the M.S. in 1977,
and the Ph.D. in 1981, all in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State
University. He began his professional
career through an internship as a meteorological technician at the Franklin
Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1964 and 1971, was employed as
a research meteorologist at the Naval Postgraduate School during the 1977–78
academic year, and was an instructor in the Department
of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University during fall 1980. After receiving the Ph.D., Dr. Keyser was
affiliated with the Severe Storms Branch of the Laboratory for Atmospheres,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, until 1987, when he joined the Department of
Atmospheric Science, now the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental
Sciences, at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he
holds the rank of Professor. Dr. Keyser
has taught lower-division courses in introductory atmospheric science,
upper-division courses in atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamics, and graduate
courses in synoptic-dynamic meteorology, the structure and dynamics of extratropical cyclones, and mesoscale
dynamics. To date, he has sponsored or
cosponsored five postdoctoral scholars and has advised or coadvised
40 graduate students. Dr. Keyser’s research interests are
in synoptic-dynamic and mesoscale meteorology; his
research has consisted of phenomenological and process studies conducted
through the application of dynamical models and diagnostics to selected types
of weather systems, such as extratropical and
tropical cyclones, fronts, jet streaks, coherent tropopause
disturbances, banded precipitation systems, and inertia-gravity waves. Dr. Keyser began his affiliation with the American
Meteorological Society as an undergraduate student and was elected to the rank
of Fellow in 2005. He was a member of
(1984–87) and subsequently chaired (1987–1990) the American Meteorological
Society Committee on Mesoscale Processes; he also served as an Associate Editor
(1986–90, 1994–97, 2004–06) and Editor (1991–93) of the Monthly Weather
Review. Dr. Keyser has been
recognized by the American Meteorological Society at various stages of his
career through conferral of the Howard H. Hanks, Jr., Scholarship in
Meteorology (1974), Howard T. Orville Scholarship in Meteorology (1975), Clarence
Leroy Meisinger Award (1989), and the Editor’s Award
(1989), prior to his now receiving the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence
the award bestowed upon him, Dan addressed the nearly 1,000 assembled students
as part of the AMS Annual Student Conference on Sunday, February 2. Additionally, as part of the Symposium on
Education, he presented a talk on Tuesday, February 4, entitled “Teaching
Atmospheric Dynamics at the Education—Research Interface”, on behalf of his
co-authors, Ph. D. students Alicia Bentley and Kyle MacRitchie. Dan also was co-author on four additional
papers, presented by his graduate students and a post-doctoral fellow.
citation nicely captures the spirit which motivated his legions of past and
present students to advance his nomination.
Specifically, the award is given to Dan “For
his meticulously crafted and inspiring lectures, his individualized mentoring
and unwavering commitment to students, and his landmark contributions to
synoptic and mesoscale meteorology education.”
prepared remarks in acceptance of his award appear below. From all of your friends and colleagues in
the department, university, and community-at-large, hearty congratulations for
a job well done!
Acceptance Speech for the 2014 Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award
I never expected to receive an award for teaching, let alone an award
named after Ed Lorenz.
I offer my heartfelt thanks to my former and current students who
nominated me for the Lorenz Award and to the Selection Committee
for conferring the Award.
It is an honor and a privilege to join the list of prior Lorenz Award
winners, many of whom I have known, admired, and been inspired
by from the start of my professional career.
I will now share some words of wisdom about teaching that I have
collected during my academic career:
Teaching allows you to leave students better off than you found them.
Teaching allows you to learn more from your students
than they learn from you.
Teaching allows you to amplify your impact.
Teaching requires you to listen more and talk less,
for me an acquired skill.
It takes a faculty, not just an individual faculty member,
to educate a student.
In closing, it has been said that to save a life is to save the world.
These words of wisdom may be adapted for the teaching profession to
say that to educate a student is to change the world.