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Two new endowments for the department

Posted: October 17, 2015

Two new endowments for the department

The Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering department recently received two endowments from members of the community.

One is from AOSS Alumnus Jeff Masters, co-founder and director of meteorology at Weather Underground. Masters earned his BS (’82), MS (’83) and PhD (’97) from AOSS. In fact, it was while working on his PhD that he co-founded The Weather Underground with Professor Perry Samson and fellow students. He has continued to be an active member of the community since his graduation. It is an honor to announce that he has strengthened his support for the department by creating an endowment of $200,000, plus $25,000 matching from the University.

The other gift comes from Professor Perry Samson, who has been with the department since 1979. Samson is well-known for his Extreme Weather course, which was featured in the New York Times in 2014. He also made headlines when he sold his software, LectureTools, to Echo 360, an educational technology company. After serving the department for more than 30 years, Samson has found a way to give even more support with an endowment of $100,000, plus $25,000 matching from the University.

These gifts will allow Climate & Space to pursue research and education initiatives today, and for years to come.

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