Part I: 2:30-3:20pm a. Presenter: Rebecca Beadling Location: Allegheny Room, HUB Title: Using
Climate Models to understand the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
and its Role in Earth’s Climate. Abstract: The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) plays a critical role in Earth’s climate system. This density driven ocean circulation transports warm and
upper ocean water from low latitudes to the Labrador and Greenland – Iceland – Norwegian (GIN) Seas where the waters are cooled through atmosphere – ocean interactions, become dense, and sink to great
depths. The AMOC transports an enormous amount of heat northwards in this process, helping to maintain the relatively warm surface
waters found in the North Atlantic. The AMOC is not only critical for redistributing heat, but also plays an important role in the storage and distribution of carbon in the world’s oceans. In response
to a warming climate, all of the latest climate models project a decline in AMOC strength by 22-40% during the 21st century. However, due to the lack of dynamical ice sheet components in these models, none
of these projections have included the potential impacts of Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) meltwater on AMOC. To
investigate the potential impacts of the additional freshwater on the AMOC, we have carried out a series of 21st century projection runs with the earth system model, GFDL-ESM2Mb, forced with
realistic GrIS meltwater. The results of this study as well as the mechanisms behind AMOC and its role in climate will be discussed.
So you have a STEM degree, now what? Should you go to grad school or get a job?
Where can you work and where should you look for a job? The job search in STEM fields can often be quite difficult because the job title does not always explicitly state mathematician or scientist.
However, in today’s world of big data, STEM majors are needed now more than ever to develop analytics. So, where is this big data and where can STEM majors work? In this talk, Craig will share her internship experiences
providing examples of how STEM majors can apply their knowledge to positions in industry and government. Additionally, Craig will share her experience as a graduate student at Clemson University, including
her research in bi-objective facility location problems with interaction Part II: 3:35-4:50-- Career and Graduate School Panel Location: Susquehanna Room, HUB Panel: Rebecca Beadling,
Geosciences PhD program, University of Arizona, Ashleigh Craig, Mathematical Sciences MS program, Clemson University, Sarah Papa (Raneri), Lead Business Analyst, UPMC Health Plan
Rebecca Beadling graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2014 with a B. S. in Chemistry, B. A. in Biology, and a minor in Mathematics. While at IUP, Rebecca carried out crystallography and solid
state chemistry research under the guidance of Dr. Charles H. Lake of
the Chemistry Department, and biology research under the guidance of David H. Pistole. After graduating from IUP, Rebecca used her diverse educational background to pursue a Masters of Geoscience at the University of
Arizona (UA) where she carried out climate modeling experiments to understand the potential impact of the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). Upon graduating with her Masters
in the spring of 2016, Rebecca has been awarded the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (EPA-STAR) three year fellowship to continue her research into her Ph.D. Her research focuses
on understanding the AMOC’s role in climate and how it is projected to change into the future as the climate continues to warm. More broadly, Rebecca’s research combines climate modeling experiments with observations
to understand the ocean’s role in climate. Rebecca is also an instructor for the UA Sky School program located in the nearby Catalina Mountains, which provides unique inquiry-based science education programs to Arizona K-12 students.
Ashleigh Craig is a 2014 graduate of IUP with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics. She was also a student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College. Craig is currently
pursuing a Master of Science in Mathematical Science at Clemson University, where she will graduate in December 2016. Her interest is in Operations Research and her Master’s project focuses on bi-objective facility location
problems with interaction. Throughout her educational career, Craig participated in several internships at several companies including The Goldman
Sachs Group, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and the U.S. Government.
Sarah Papa is currently Manager of the Integrated Analytics team for UPMC Work Partners. The integrated analytics team supports several UPMC Work Partners products including group health, wellness, absence, short
term disability, worker’s compensation and FMLA. In her role, Sarah provides decision support to senior management by identifying key financial trends and
opportunities. Her analyses support the strategy development for managing the risk of the commercial group health population.