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General Information

All Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1 p.m. in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in for WebEx before the seminar starts.

Contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch (301-713-2600 ext. 140) or Albert (Skip) Theberge (301-713-2600 ext. 118) for further information or to set up a Brown Bag.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, when available, can be found on the Archive Brown Bags page.


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Upcoming Seminars

Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management


Speaker: Liz Ryan, on detail to the NOAA CFO Risk Office

Abstract: This is an introduction to Enterprise Risk Management. Learn what it is, why it is coming up in the federal sphere, and some best practices on how some agencies have approached it. We will highlight basic frameworks and stories from other agencies on how Enterprise Risk Management has helped their organizations.

About the Speaker: Liz Ryan is currently completing an assignment in Enterprise Risk Management for the NOAA CFO Risk Office. She is a member of the National Marine Fisheries Service Buyback Program and is currently participating in the Executive Leadership Development Program at the Department of Commerce.

Note: This seminar is sponsored by the NOAA Evaluation Training and Capacity Building Committee

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.

The Impact of Lightning on Intensity Forecasts Using the HWRF Model: Preliminary Results

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Ms. Keren Rosado, Graduate Research and Training Scholar, NOAA EPP/MSI CSC. Keren Rosado is a doctoral candidate at Howard University's NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science.

About the Speaker: Keren Rosado is a PhD candidate in Atmospheric Science at Howard University under the supervision of her academic advisor Dr. Gregory Jenkins. Miss Rosado is a fellow of the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP). Miss Keren Rosado research interest is tropical cyclone intensification and its correlation with lightning. Miss Rosado is currently doing her thesis research at NOAA NCEP under the supervision of Dr.Vijay Tallapragada. Her research involves the implementation of a lightning parameterization into the HWRF with the goal of use this tool as corroboration of the intensity forecast of the model.

Abstract: In this research we are investigating the role of lightning during the life cycle of tropical cyclones using the HWRF hurricane model. The hypothesis is that an improvement in the forecast of lightning will lead to corresponding reductions in the HWRF hurricane model intensity bias. This research is designed to address the following two questions: "How well does the HWRF model forecast lightning spatial distributions before, during, or after tropical cyclone intensification?" and "What is the functional relationship between atmospheric moisture content, lightning, and intensity in the HWRF model?" In order to address these questions a lightning parameterization called the Lightning Potential Index (LPI) was implemented into the HWRF model. A 120 hours simulation of an Idealized tropical cyclones and Atlantic hurricane Earl 2010 was performed. Preliminary results from this investigation had shown: the correlation between lightning and intensity changes exists; the potential for lightning increase to its maximum peak hours prior to the tropical cyclone reach it maximum speed.

NOAA Sponsors: Jacqueline Rousseau and Audrey A. Trotman, OEd EPP

Preserving the Working Waterfront: Stories from Around the Nation

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Stephanie Showalter-Otts, National Sea Grant Law Center and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law,

Abstract: In 2014, the National Sea Grant Law Center, Maine Sea Grant, and NOAA's Office for Coastal Management received funding through the NOAA Preserve America Initiative to capture and preserve oral histories showcasing working waterfront preservation efforts. Ten working waterfront champions were invited to share the story of their community's working waterfront initiative. The resulting "Preserving the Working Waterfront" oral history collection, archived with NOAA's Voices of the Fisheries, includes audio recordings of the full interviews, transcripts of the interviews and audio slideshows highlighting key elements of their stories. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, discuss the value oral histories can add to working waterfront outreach efforts, and feature a screening of several audio slideshows. The presentation will also provide information on the related Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit and its existing case studies and tools. For more information on the project and to view the slideshows, please visit the National Working Waterfront Network's website at:

About the Speaker: Stephanie Showalter Otts is the Director of the National Sea Grant Law Center and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Stephanie received a B.A. in History from Penn State University and a joint J.D./Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Mississippi. As Director, Stephanie oversees a variety of legal education, research, and outreach activities, including providing legal research services to Sea Grant constituents on ocean and coastal law issues. Her duties also include the supervision of law student research and writing projects and providing assistance to organizations and governmental agencies with interpretation of statutes, regulations, and case law. Stephanie also teaches a foundational course on ocean and coastal law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Her research on natural resources, marine, and environmental law issues has been published in a variety of publications.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.

Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series


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