CIMSS Education and Public Outreach Staff
Margaret Mooney, Education & Public Outreach Director
Margaret Mooney is the Education and Public Outreach lead at CIMSS. As a former National Weather Service meteorologist, Margaret has ample experience working with formal and informal audiences, leveraging early career experience with a degree in public policy to promote weather and climate education as avenues towards stewardship and sustainability. Margaret is active in several education communities, including NOAA Climate Stewards, NASA Initiatives in Climate Education, the GOES-R Education Proving Ground, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).
Steve Ackerman, Weather Guy
Steve Ackerman is renown for his contributions in research, education and climate change communications. Along with being the previous Director of CIMSS (for 2 decades!) Steve is a Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW-Madison. He contributed to the 2007 IPCC report, earned the 2009 American Meteorological Society’s Teaching Excellence Award, NASA’s 2010 Exceptional Public Service Medal, and was Elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2014. Steve is also one of the Weather Guys, a popular and lively program on Wisconsin Public Radio (and weekly column in the Wisconsin State Journal) where he and Professor Jon Martin answer questions about weather and climate.
Maria Vasys, Education and Outreach Specialist
Maria Vasys provides critical coordination and logistical support for education, training, and public outreach at CIMSS. Maria routinely leads organizational efforts related to international conferences and educational workshops which includes creation and maintenance of conference websites, developing promotional materials, compiling manuscripts, and assisting with poster preparations. Maria’s efforts support CIMSS/SSEC connections with Federal agencies as well as collaborations and partnerships across the broader atmospheric science community.
Peter Janssen, Student intern
Peter plays a pivotal role in the CIMSS Student workshop each summer serving as a chaperone and social coordinator. He also leads school tours at the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences building (AOSS) where CIMSS is housed. When he isn’t helping with education and outreach at CIMSS, Peter works with Dr. Shane Hubbard in natural hazards and disaster management-related research.