American Meteorological Society Teaching Excellence Award goes to Don Johnson


The American Meteorological Society (AMS) honored University of Wisconsin (UW) Professor Emeritus Donald R. Johnson with the 2005 Teaching Excellence Award, given annually to an individual in recognition of sustained outstanding teaching and mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students in atmospheric, oceanic and related sciences. AMS presented the award January 12 during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego. Johnson began teaching at UW-Madison in 1965; former students include many active and influential members of the atmospheric science community. Johnson currently receives funding from Department of Energy’s Climate Change Prediction Program to develop an isentropic atmospheric model that provides the potential to advance the accuracy of numerical prediction. Besides being influential with his research into numerical modeling and atmospheric energetics, Johnson has helped more than three dozen students graduate with Master’s or Ph.D. degrees. He has also served as president of the American Meteorological Society and served on numerous national and international science committees and boards. He is a fellow of AMS and the AAAS.