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Nov 21 2011

FYSEM: Beauty/Brains- Women in the Sciences (Scientist of the semester- Dr. Inez Fung)

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I will be creating a blog on Inez Fung (1949-) –
Climate Scientist. This blog is for my First Year Seminar: Beauty/Brains –
Women in the Sciences at the University of Mary Washington.

 

 

 

Inez Fung

InezFung
(Powerpoint Presentation)

Climatology is the science of the climate
including its causes, types, changes in time, and its distribution over the
earth’s surface. The scientist I chose, Inez Fung, is a climatologist!

I was motivated to select Inez Fung as my
scientist to research due to the fact that I had never heard of her and wanted
to learn more. I am also very interested in the weather and thought she would
be interesting to research.

Inez Fung was born on April 11, 1949 in Hong
Kong. She grew up on Hong Kong Island located in the South China Sea. She loved
to swim in the bays and look at the clouds. Later on in her life she married an
oceanographer named Jim Bishop. She loves to go to concerts and movies, go on
long walks, and reading science fiction. Her hobbies include playing the piano
and cooking big meals with family and friends. A fun fact that I found was that
she plans on swimming across the San Francisco Bay on her 6oth birthday!

Inez Fung attended schools throughout her
childhood. In Hong Kong, education was extremely important and how well you did
determined what you would end up becoming. As a teenager, Inez Fung was drawn
to and good at both science and math. Following high school, she traveled to
the United States in order to attend Utica College located in New York. She
later transferred to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in order to
study math. After she earned her bachelor’s degree, she decided to pursue her
graduate degree in meteorology. Inez Fung was the second woman to graduate MIT
with a doctorate in meteorology.

Inez Fung currently lives in Berkeley,
California. She works as a Professor of Atmospheric Science at Berkeley, the
University of California. She is also the current director of the Berkeley
Institute of the Environment. One of her research interests is “how will
CO2 and climate co-evolve, and what can we do about it.”

From 1977-2007 Dr. Fung achieved 19 major
accomplishments. She has been awarded many prestigious awards, medals, and has
been named a fellow and a member of various organizations. An important
accomplishment is that Dr. Fung was a contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
that was awarded to UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme and IPCC
(Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change). Another interesting and cute
honor she received is that she was named “Scientist of the Month” by
Ms. Maggie Owens’ 2nd grade class, Marin Elementary School, Albany, California
in 2006. Here is a complete list of her accomplishments:

•1977 C.G. Rossby Award for the outstanding thesis of the year,
Department of Meteorology, MIT

•1987, 1993 NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Peer Award

•1989 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

•1990, 1996 NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Most Valuable
Paper Award

•1991 NOAA Distinguished Authorship Award

•1992 – 1997 NASA Goddard Senior Fellow

•1994 Fellow, American Meteorological Society

•1996 Fellow, American Geophysical Union

•1997-2002: Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in
the Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley

•2001: Member, National Academy of Sciences

•2002: Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecturer in Global Change
Science, MIT

•2004: Roger Revelle Medal, American Geophysical Union

•2005: Scientific American 50, Scientific American

•2006: Fellow, World Technology Network; Winner, 2006 World
Technology Network Award for the Environment

•2006: “Scientist of the Month” Ms. Maggie Owens’ 2nd grade class,
Marin Elementary School, Albany, California

•2007: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community
Climate System Model (CCSM) Distinguished Achievement Award

•2007: Contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Intergovernmental Panel for
Climate Change (IPCC)

 

I do believe that Inez Fung would make a good role model. She would
encourage women to invest in their education and to select careers in the
sciences. Dr. Fung is also a good role model because she is a professor and
teaches students about subjects she is passionate about. She is also a leader
due to the fact that she is the director of the Berkeley Institute of the
Environment. She also says this quote on own of her biographical sites: “I
welcome enquiries from prospective students with strong analytical skills, and
strong background in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and engineering.”
I think that this means that she is willing to teach those who have already
taken initiative and who are willing to learn.

Annotated

Bibliography

Doney, Scott C., Keith Lindsay, Inez Fung, Jasmin John, 2006:
Natural Variability in a Stable,

1000-Yr Global Coupled Climate–Carbon Cycle
Simulation. J. Climate, 19, 3033–3054.

doi: 10.1175/JCLI3783.1

http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/JCLI3783.1

This site contains a lot of scientific facts and information
dealing with carbon and

Earth’s climate. It is extremely accurate, informative, and contains authority

and validity. For a person with little knowledge of this topic, it is rather

difficult to comprehend. This site describes the carbon cycle and carbon’s
effect

on Earth’s climate. This site would be useful for displaying an example of what

Professor Inez Fung works on a normal basis.

Fung, Inez. Earth & Planetary Science University of
California, Berkeley
. UC Regents, n.d.

Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://eps.berkeley.edu/development/view_person.php?uid=96093

This site contains biographical information about Professor Inez
Fung. It also

includes information about her teaching schedule, office hours, and contact

information. It is informative and

contains validity due to the fact that Professor Inez Fung included the

information listed on this site. This site would be extremely useful to those

who need a primary source with biographical information.

Fung, Inez. Inez Fung. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://www.atmos.berkeley.edu/~inez/#pubs

This site contains biographical information about Professor Inez
Fung. It includes

information about her academic background, honors, research interests, and

selected publications. It is a valid and accurate site. It would be useful for

someone who needed a primary source with a lot of professional biographical

information.

Fung, Inez Y., Doney, Scott C., Keith Lindsay, Jasmin John, 2005:
Evolution of Carbon Sinks in

a Changing Climate. PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences of the United States of America).
, vol. 102 no. 32,
11201–11206. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0504949102

http://www.pnas.org/content/102/32/11201.full?sid=44e9bfef-537e-4345-adec-358d768c58c0

This site contains a lot of scientific facts and information
dealing with the

evolution of carbon sinks when it comes to the changing climate. It is

accurate, informative, and contains validity and authority. It may be difficult

for a person with little knowledge of this topic to understand it fully but it

is not impossible. This site would be useful for displaying an example of

Professor Inez Fung’s work.

I Was Wondering . . . A Curious Look At Women’s Adventures In
Science.
The National

Academies, n.d. Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://www.iwaswondering.com/inez_scrapbook_childhood.html

This site contains biographical information about Professor Inez
Fung. Its purpose

is to provide information about women scientists to middle school aged

children. Therefore, it would be considered valid and accurate. This site talks

about Professor Inez Fung’s childhood, academic career and scientific work. It

would be useful for those who need a secondary source.

Vance, Erik. “Stop Global Warming.” What a Leading Scientist
Has to Say.
Change.org. 11

Dec. 2009. Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://web.archive.org/web/20091214023814/http://globalwarming.change.org/blog/view/what_a_leading_climate_scientist_has_to_say

This site contains an interview with Professor Inez Fung. It
discusses what Professor Inez Fung hopes

will happen during and as a result of the Copenhagen conference. This site is

accurate and valid due to the fact that it is a direct interview with Professor

Inez Fung. This site is considered a primary source and would be useful to
anyone who needed biographical

information.

 

 

 

Comparison of Dr. Inez Fung with a contemporary
male scientist, Dr. John R. Christy

Dr.
John R. Christy
(Powerpoint Presentation)

I chose to research Dr. John R.
Christy because he is very similar to Dr. Inez Fung. They are both experts in
Climatology. They both are also professors at Universities. Since they had
these similarities I thought it would be appropriate to compare and contrast
them.

I will now compare and contrast Dr.
John R. Christy and Dr. Inez Fung. Dr. John Christy has a Bachelor’s Degree in
Mathematics, a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences, and a Ph.D. in
Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Inez Fung has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied
Mathematics and a Doctorate in Meteorology. Dr. John Christy is a Distinguished
Professor of Atmospheric Science, a Director of the Earth System Science
Center, and is Alabama’s State Climatologist. Dr. Inez Fung is a Professor of
Atmospheric Science and is a Director of the Berkley Institute of the
Environment. Dr. Inez Fung has 19 major accomplishments and Dr. John Christy
has only five (similar to some of Dr. Inez Fung’s) and they include:

1991 NASA’s Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement

1996 Selected to receive a Special Award by the American
Meteorological Society

2002 Inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

(1992, 1994, 1996, and 2007) Contributor for the U.N. reports by
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

2001 Lead Author for the U.N. reports by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change

Both Dr. John Christy and Dr. Inez
Fung are married. Dr. John Christy is married to Babs Christy and Dr. Inez Fung
is married to Jim Bishop. Dr. John Christy has two children: a daughter,
Alison, and a son, Brian. I did not find any reason why family responsibilities
positively or negatively affected either scientist’s careers.

Due to the fact that Dr. John
Christy has more degrees, I believe that he would acquire a higher salary. This
fact would also probably make him more readily hired for a permanent position
with opportunities for advancement than Dr. Inez Fung. I do not believe that
either of them was promoted quicker than the other. With all of this
information, I have come to the conclusion that gender did not influence the
careers of these scientists. As I said in the beginning, they are similar in
the fact that they are both experts in climatologists and they are both
professors. I believe that their differences counteract each other. For
example, Dr. John Christy has more education and probably earns a higher salary
but Dr. Inez Fung has won fourteen more awards/accomplishments than him.

 

Works Cited

  • Department
    of Atmospheric Science: The University of Alabama in Huntsville                                      http://www.nsstc.uah.edu/atmos/christy2011/about.html
  • Doney,
    Scott C., Keith Lindsay, Inez Fung, Jasmin John, 2006: Natural Variability in a
    Stable,

1000-Yr Global
Coupled Climate–Carbon Cycle Simulation. J. Climate, 19, 3033–3054.

doi:
10.1175/JCLI3783.1

http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/JCLI3783.1

  • Dr.
    John R. Christy

http://web.archive.org/web/20070307104715/http://science.nasa.gov/ssl/PAD/sppb/NSSTC-CSPAR_Colloquia/FAL-01/christy_bio.html

 

  • Fung,
    Inez. Earth & Planetary Science University of California, Berkeley.
    UC Regents, n.d.

Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://eps.berkeley.edu/development/view_person.php?uid=96093

  • Fung,
    Inez. Inez Fung. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://www.atmos.berkeley.edu/~inez/#pubs

  • Fung,
    Inez Y.,  Doney, Scott C., Keith Lindsay,
    Jasmin John, 2005: Evolution of Carbon Sinks in

a Changing Climate. PNAS
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the

United

States of
America).
, vol. 102 no. 32, 11201–11206. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0504949102

http://www.pnas.org/content/102/32/11201.full?sid=44e9bfef-537e-4345-adec-358d768c58c0

  • I
    Was Wondering . . . A Curious Look At Women’s Adventures In Science.
    The
    National

Academies, n.d.
Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

http://www.iwaswondering.com/inez_scrapbook_childhood.html

  • Vance,
    Erik. “Stop Global Warming.”  What a
    Leading Scientist Has to Say.
    Change.org. 11

Dec. 2009. Web. 12
Sep. 2011.

http://web.archive.org/web/20091214023814/http://globalwarming.change.org/blog/view/what_a_leading_climate_scientist_has_to_say

 

 

 

Organization

Sigma
Delta Epsilon
(Powerpoint Presentation)

I chose to do this
presentation on the organization of Sigma Delta Epsilon/ Graduate Women in
Science.  GWIS is basically a non-profit
association that helps the participation, recognition, and advancement of women
in science and also fosters research through fellowships, awards, and grants.
It was formed in 1921; only one year after women received the right to vote.
The group was originally formed as an “old girl’s club” which provided women in
science an opportunity to interact with each other in an informal and powerful
way as men in science did. It is still in existence today and there are
currently 1500 scientists in this organization. There are fifteen regional
chapters in 11 states and in District of Columbia and one chapter-at-large. The
GWIS National Office is located in St. Paul, MN.

The
mission statement of GWIS is as follows: “To advance the participation and
recognition of women in science and to foster research through grants, awards,
and fellowships.” “Graduate Women in Science is an inter-disciplinary society
of scientists who encourage and support women to enter and achieve success in
science  through full participation in
their scientific research and its applications; in the development and
advancement of women;  in the integration
careers, personal goals, and society’s needs; and by professional networking
and mutual inspiration.” You do not have to be a woman to join, but you do need
at least a bachelor’s degree in scientific discipline to become a member of
GWIS.  Disciplines vary and include
mathematics, computer science, and the natural and physical sciences. Members
include post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and professionals in
industry, government and higher education. There are approximately 1500 women
scientists in this organization who have at least a bachelor’s degree in
scientific discipline. There are annual dues that vary depending on which kind
of membership you would like and what chapter you join. The range is $0 – $650.

The
University of Mary Washington does not have a chapter of this organization. The
closest chapter is located in Washington, D.C.  I do believe that Dr. Inez Fung would likely
belong to this organization. I am actually surprised that she is not already a
member.  I feel like this organization
supports her views. It advances the participation of women in science like Inez
Fung does by teaching. I believe that Inez Fung would encourage this
organization to make a scholarship/grant for women in other countries to be
able to travel to the United States in order to further their education in the
sciences. I believe that this is a wonderful organization. However, I would not
consider joining because I am not planning on obtaining a degree in science.

Works Cited

Sigma Delta Epsilon/ Graduate Women in
Science

http://www.gwis.org/about.html

 

 

Sigma Delta Epsilon/ Graduate Women in
Science

http://www.gwis.org/membership.html

 

 

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