Leslie Hartten receives NOAA OAR 2016 EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service
February 22, 2016
CIRES researcher Leslie Hartten of ESRL's Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) has been selected to receive the NOAA OAR 2016 EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service "for serving as a mentor to many interns of various ethnic backgrounds at NOAA Boulder. She has also participated in conferences focusing on women in science, technology, engineering, and math —subjects collectively known as STEM—and was a member of the AMS Board of Women and Minorities". She will be recognized at a NOAA OAR Diversity Town Hall meeting on Friday, February 26, 2016.
Hartten has mentored numerous students for more than a decade through the Significant Opportunities in Atmsopheric Research and Science (SOARS) program. SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. It is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists, and a supportive learning community.
A member of PSL's Dynamics and Multiscale Interactions Team, much of Hartten's scientific work has focused on the weather over the tropical Pacific and its interactions with the underlying ocean and with global climate. She's also been involved in various investigations into the uses and abuses of data collected by wind profiling radars. Recently, she has been branching out into the Indian and western Atlantic basins, and has begun using Linear Inverse Modelling (LIM) as a tool to study ocean/atmosphere relationships.