19th Presidential Forum and Annual Meeting Welcome

Presidential Forum and Annual Meeting Welcome will kick off the Annual Meeting on Sunday, 6 January 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

19th Presidential Forum and Annual Meeting Welcome Live Video

AMS is excited to announce the Presidential Forum topic and keynote speakers for the upcoming 99th Annual Meeting:

Building Resilience to Extreme Political Weather: Advice for Unpredictable Times

Annual Meeting Welcome

After the Presidential Forum, please join AMS President Roger Wakimoto for his review of major events from the past year. Each of the AMS Commissioners will give a brief report highlighting the key elements of the many programs and initiatives that are a success owing to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers in the Society. Join us as we introduce and honor the newly elected AMS Fellows and present several featured awards. Jenni Evans will then present her goals and vision for her upcoming year as AMS President.

Speaker Biographies

David Goldston

David Goldston became Director of the MIT Washington Office in May 2017. Prior to that, he was Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental group for eight years, where he helped shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies, and communications. Before his time at the NRDC he spent more than 20 years on Capitol Hill, working primarily on science and environmental policy, including serving as Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006.

After retiring from government service, Goldston was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and at Harvard University Center for the Environment. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled, “Party of One.” Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report: “Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy,” which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Division of Environment and Life Sciences, and has served on numerous panels of the Academy and other science policy organizations. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Henry

Mike Henry directs FYI, which delivers authoritative news and resources on federal science policy with a focus on the physical sciences. FYI is widely read by policymakers and leaders throughout the scientific community as an effective means of keeping current on important policy and funding developments. Before coming to AIP, Mike was government relations manager for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and Washington, D.C., and a legislative aide for Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland. He has an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College.

Roger Wakimoto

Roger M. Wakimoto is Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA. Roger was previously a faculty member in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences at UCLA, before becoming the Director of the Earth Observing Laboratory at NCAR. He subsequently became NCAR Director. Most recently, Roger was Assistant Director of the Geosciences Directorate (GEO) at the National Science Foundation before returning to UCLA. It has been estimated that GEO funds over 60% of all university research in the geosciences. His primary expertise is in the area of severe local storms. Roger has been an active AMS member. His activities in support of the AMS includes chairing two STAC Committees, serving as STAC Commissioner and as a Councilor.