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Julie WinklerJULIE A. WINKLER. Professor, Department of Geography, Michigan State University. PhD, MA (Minnesota, 1982, 1977); B.S. (North Dakota, 1975).

Service to Geography: Member and Chair, AAG Nominating Committee (2009); Member, AAG Publications Committee (2007-2009); Member, AAG Affirmative Action and Minority Status Committee (2006-2007); Elected Member, AAG Honors Committee (2004-2005); Co-Chair, AAG Membership Committee (2002-2006); AAG Secretary (1999-2001) and National Councillor (1998-2001); Chair, Climate Specialty Group (1992-1994); Associate Editor, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (1996-2000); Editorial Board, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2011- , 2000-2009, 1993-1996); Editorial Board, The Professional Geographer (2005-2010).

Other Service: Member, NOAA Environmental Information Services Working Group (2009- ); Core Team Member, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (2010- ); American Meteorological Society (AMS) Planning Commissioner (2011-2012); Member, AMS Fellows Committee (2010-2012); AMS Commissioner for Education and Human Resources (2003-2009); Chair, AMS Board on Higher Education (1998-2000); Member, Department of Energy Climate Science Program Product Development Advisory Committee (2006-2008); Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2006-2010); multiple NSF review panels and site visit teams.

Awards, Honors, Grants: American Meteorological Society Charles Franklin Brooks Award (2010); Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geography, University of North Dakota (2009); Fellow, American Meteorological Society (2005); Fulbright Senior Specialist (2003); National Research Council Associateship (1984); PI or co-PI on research grants from federal agencies including NSF, EPA, NOAA, USDA, DOE.

Professional Experience: Assistant to Full Professor, Michigan State University (1987-present); Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1982-1987); Research Associate, National Weather Service Techniques Development Laboratory (1984-1985); Lecturer, San Diego State University (1981-1982).

Research and Teaching Interests: My long-term research interest is synoptic climatology, which relates atmospheric circulation to local and regional climate. Recent research focuses on the impact of low-level wind maxima on the precipitation and temperature climatology of central North America. I have also applied my background in synoptic climatology to the investigation of the impacts of climate variability and change at the local and regional scale, with an emphasis on agricultural impacts. I am concerned with the development and communication of climate scenarios and the incorporation of temporal and spatial dynamics, such as spatial differences in adaptation, into assessment strategies. Another long-term research interest is the participation of women in geography and atmospheric science. I teach courses in introductory meteorology, climate change, weather analysis and forecasting, and physical geography.

Publications: Author or co-author of over 70 articles, book chapters and conference proceedings including papers in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Climatic Change, Geography Compass, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Monthly Weather Review, Nature Climate Change, Physical Geography, Professional Geographer, and Weather and Forecasting.

Statement: Geography has an unlimited, but not yet fully realized, potential for contributing to social and scientific discourse, discovery, and application. The AAG can help amplify the collective geographic voice for addressing today’s challenging societal and environmental issues, as well as promote the current and potential contributions of geographers to basic research endeavors. Furthermore, the AAG can provide a forum for geographers to collectively confront changing professional expectations and responsibilities, and, in so doing, strengthen geography’s voice, relevance, and contributions to interdisciplinary problem solving. I will work with AAG members, the AAG Executive Director, and Meridian Place staff to enhance Geography’s participation in interdisciplinary problem solving by 1) communication of its already strong contributions through innovative knowledge environments and other social media, 2) strengthened linkages between the AAG and other disciplinary professional societies, and 3) promotion of AAG journals as outlets for synthetic research encompassing the physical and social sciences. I will also encourage discourse on redefining and balancing our professional activities in a manner that allows geographers to compete for the resources necessary to address large scientific questions that demand multi-investigator efforts, novel technologies, and substantial time commitments and investments. Additionally, in order for the AAG to effectively serve as an “amplifier” and advocate of Geography’s contribution and potential, it must represent the entirety of the discipline, serve as the professional home for geographers from all employment sectors, and reflect the diversity of our society. It is essential that the AAG strives to keep young professionals involved in the AAG beyond graduation, continue and further enhance efforts to increase diversity in order to better position geography to address issues of concern to all members of society, and promote interactions between the public, private, and academic employment sectors through joint projects, panels, and investigative endeavors. In promoting Geography’s contributions to interdisciplinary problem solving and addressing issues of diversity, greater cross-sector interactions, retention of young scholars, and competition for large-scale resources, we can all make the discipline of Geography a louder, resonating voice in the choir of scientific pursuits.