CORVALLIS - A doctoral student in the Department of History at Oregon State University has won a prestigious $15,000 fellowship from the American Meteorological Society.

Kristine C. Harper, whose studies are in the Program for History of Science, was selected for the award from an international pool of applicants. Her thesis work examines the development of numerical weather prediction models by U.S. Navy scientists from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Despite the importance of computer modeling in our understanding of modern meteorological processes, experts say surprisingly little is understood about how these models were devised, evaluated and implemented.

Her American Meteorological Society fellowship will allow Harper to investigate significant archival records involving Navy meteorology across the U.S. She hopes to conduct a series of interviews with senior scientists who contributed to the creation of important meteorological models.

Harper received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California-Riverside, and has a master's degree in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School. She previously worked as an active duty Navy meteorologist and oceanographer, and has taught physics, meteorology and oceanography at Western Oregon University.

The Program in History of Science is administered through the OSU Department of History.

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Marilyn Bethman, 541-737-3421