CV

Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Associate Professor of Meteorology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Education

PhD, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. (2008).

Dissertation/Thesis Title: Analysis of the Synoptic Forcing of Greenland Precipitation in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Advisor:  John Cassano

MS, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. (2006).

BS, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. (2004).


Employment

Associate Professor of Meteorology, Metropolitan State University of Denver.  (August 2015-present)

Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Metropolitan State University of Denver. (August 2010 - August 2015).

Visiting Professor, Metropolitan State College of Denver. (August 2009 - May 2010).

Lecturer, Our Changing Environment, 180 students, University of Colorado, (Spring 2010).

Post-doctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Advisor:  Cora Randall. (January 1, 2009 - August 15, 2009).

Research and Teaching Assistant, Instructor, University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science. (August 2004 - December 2008).
    I alternated between a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Instructor for the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department as well as Teaching Assistant for the Geography department during my time as a graduate student.

Publications

Schuenemann, K., Wagner, R. G. (2014). Using Student-Generated Blogs to Create a Global Perspective on Climate Change. Themed Issue:  Climate Literacy Journal of Geoscience Education, 62(3), pp. 364-373. http://nagt-jge.org/

Schuenemann, K., Cassano, J. J. (2010). Changes in synoptic weather patterns and Greenland precipitation in the 20th and 21st centuries: 2. Analysis of 21st century atmospheric changes using selforganizing maps. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 115(D05108). http://www.agu.org/journals/jd/

Schuenemann, K., Cassano, J. J. (2009). Changes in synoptic weather patterns and Greenland precipitation in the 20th and 21st centuries: 1. Evaluation of late 20th century simulations from IPCC models. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 114(D20113). http://www.agu.org/journals/jd/

Schuenemann, K., Cassano, J. J., Finnis, J. (2009). Synoptic Forcing of Precipitation over Greenland: Climatology for 1961–99. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 10(1), 60-78. http://journals.ametsoc.org/loi/hydr

Non-peer reviewed Publications
Cook, J., Schuenemann, K., Nuccitelli, D., Jacobs, P., Cowtan, K., Green, S., Way, R., Richardson, M., Cawley, G., Mandia, S., Skuce, A., & Bedford, D. (April 2015). Making Sense of Climate Science Denial. edXhttp://edx.org/understanding-climate-denial

Contribution to "Letters" article in Science Magazine (Published)
Schuenemann, K.,  (2015). NextGen's Course Catalog. In Jennifer Sills (Ed.), (6217th ed., vol. 347, pp. pp. 22-25). Science. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6217/22.full

Presentations
Oral Presentation
Schuenemann, K., Cook, J., AMS Annual Meeting 2016, "Making Sense of Climate Science Denial MOOC videos: a resource for educators and meteorologists," New Orleans, LA.  (January 12, 2016)

Invited Oral Presentation
Schuenemann, K., Cook, John, AGU Fall 2015 Meeting, "Using 'Making Sense of Climate Science Denial' MOOC videos in a college course," San Francisco, CA.  (December 14, 2015)

Poster
Schuenemann, K. (Author & Presenter), Wagner, R. G. (Author), Regan, E. (Author), American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, "The planetary wave amplification hypothesis and its relationship to heat waves and polar air outbreaks over North America," AMS, Phoenix, AZ. (January 7, 2015).

Poster
Schuenemann, K., American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013, "Using Just in Time Teaching in a Global Climate Change Course to Address Misconceptions," American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA. (December 12, 2013). https://www.dropbox.com/s/9d7z0n1f1j0k7lj/Schuenemann_AGU2013.pdf?dl=0

Oral Presentation
Schuenemann, K., Communicating Climate Science:  A Historic Look into the Future, "Using Student-Generated Blogs to Create a Global Perspective on Climate Change," American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference, Granby, CO. (June 11, 2013). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfiXmyzfXsU

Oral Presentation
Schuenemann, K., American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012, "Using Student-Generated Blogs to Create a Global Perspective on Climate Change," American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA. (December 6, 2012).

Poster
Schuenemann, K. (Author & Presenter), Wagner, R. G. (Author), American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, "Global Climate Change Pilot Course Project," American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 5, 2011).

Poster
Schuenemann, K., American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2009, "Changes in Synoptic Weather Patterns and Greenland Precipitation in the 20th and 21st Centuries," American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 15, 2009)

Non-Refereed Presentations

Oral Presentation
Schuenemann, K. (Author & Presenter), Hay, C. M. (Author & Presenter), EchoHawk, B. (Author & Presenter), Freiheiter, M. (Author & Presenter), Rossi, C. (Author & Presenter), Bradbeer, G. (Author & Presenter), Powers, A. R. (Author & Presenter), MSU Denver Teacher-Scholar Forum, "Techniques for enhancing science literacy in introductory science courses," Center for Faculty Development, Denver, CO. (February 22, 2013).

Oral Presentation
Schuenemann, K. (Author & Presenter), McCarver, V. (Author), Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, "Facilitating Interdisciplinary Content with Student Generated Content," MSU Denver, Denver, CO. (October 26, 2012).

Poster
Wagner, R. G., Janke, J., Schuenemann, K., Metro State Spring Forum, "Climate Change and Sustainability Education at Metro State." (Spring 2012).

Poster
Schuenemann, K., Spring Forum, "Using Daily In-Class Activities to Facilitate Active Learning in the Science Classroom," Center for Faculty Development at MSU Denver, Denver, CO. (March 30, 2012).

Poster
Fleck, B. (Author & Presenter), Klimek, K. A. (Author & Presenter), McCarver, V. (Author & Presenter), Miyashita, T. L. (Author & Presenter), Potter, M. D. (Author & Presenter), Schuenemann, K. (Author & Presenter), Spring Forum: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, "Annotated Syllabi: Making Visible our Collaborative Work in Instructional Development," Center for Faculty Development, Metropolitan State University of Denver. (April 2011).

Poster
Schuenemann, K. (Author & Presenter), Janke, J. (Author & Presenter), Spring Forum, "An assessment of learning-centeredness of Earth and Atmospheric Science classes pre- and post- General Studies Natural and Physical Sciences revisions," Metropolitan State College of Denver's Center for Faculty Development, Denver, CO. (Spring 2011).

Grants 

Schuenemann, Keah (Principal), "Dean Faculty Mini Grant," Sponsored by MSU Denver LAS Dean's office, Metropolitan State University of Denver (May 2014).

Schuenemann, Keah (Principal), "Dean Mini Grant for Undergraduate Research," Sponsored by MSU Denver LAS Dean's office, Metropolitan State University of Denver (May 2014).

Schuenemann, Keah (Co-Principal), Brazeau, Randi (Co-Principal), Heuwinkel, Mary Kathryn (Co-Principal), Horan, Deborah A (Co-Principal), "Title III:  Integrated Science/Teacher Education Co-curriculum Project," Sponsored by Title III, Metropolitan State University of Denver, $2,000.00. (July 1, 2013 - August 19, 2013).

McCarver, Virginia (Principal), Schuenemann, Keah (Co-Principal), "FYS Course Enhancement Grant," Sponsored by First Year Success Program, Metropolitan State University of Denver, (June 2012 - August 2012).

Schuenemann, Keah, "Dean Mini Grant," Sponsored by LAS Dean's Office, Metropolitan State University of Denver (Fall 2011).

Research in Progress

"The planetary wave amplification hypothesis and its relationship to heat waves and polar air outbreaks over North America" (On-Going)
          With the help of a directed study student, the following research is underway.  Northern Hemisphere synoptic weather patterns are hypothesized to respond to Arctic amplification.  As the Arctic warms disproportionately to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, the weakened north-south temperature gradient may favor larger amplitude planetary waves, a northward shift in the jet stream, and as a result, a change in the mid-latitude weather systems and patterns in the Northern Hemisphere.  Larger amplitude planetary waves may lead to a stagnation of the patterns, resulting in an increase in persistent cold air outbreaks, or, on the other hand, heat waves, and therefore, drought.  Several studies have explored this relationship and its complexities, and even used that information to attempt to attribute extreme events such as cold air outbreaks or heat waves.  This study will explore the climatology using a different method entirely. This hypothesis will be analyzed using the self-organizing map (SOM) technique to create a relevant climatology of these weather patterns.  Daily ERA-Interim reanalysis data will be fed into the SOM algorithm to identify the synoptic weather patterns commonly seen in the Northern Hemisphere, with a focus on North America.  These patterns will then be analyzed for any increased frequency in high-amplitude patterns and for stagnation, or slowing down of synoptic weather system movement.  General Circulation Model data ran for the CMIP5 will also be mapped to the SOM to identify predicted future patterns.  Finally, the 2013-14 extreme winter with the anomalously cool eastern half of the United States and dry west coast will be analyzed in the context of the climatology.

"Palmer Divide Convection" (On-Going)
            Three of our students planning to graduate in Spring of 2016, who work at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder as interns, came to me and proposed an undergraduate research project they would like to work on during the remainder of their time at MSU Denver, and possibly beyond.  The three students (Dwight Blanche, Andrew Schwartz, and Reid Doyle) are highly qualified meteorology majors who participated in a severe weather observing course last summer.  Their proposal is to study convection along the Palmer Divide.  Severe storms pop up during our severe weather season in May and June and again in August along the Palmer Divide, a ridge between Denver and Colorado Springs that separates the Arkansas River basin and the Missouri River basin extending from the mountains to Limon, Colorado.  The topographical features of this ridge forces surface convergence, leading to a birthing point for convective thunderstorms.  The students are interested in measuring the moisture, wind, and temperature variables in this environment in order to understand what causes this region to be such an active severe weather producer, eventually improving forecasting for the region.  In the literature, this region is referred to as a region of convective initiation, but the literature suggests a gaping hole of observations to tell us why it is so efficient in producing thunderstorms capable of producing flash floods, lightning, hail, and even tornadoes.  They are currently taking measurements using weather stations along the Palmer Divide and analyzing data.

"Making sense of climate science denial MOOC, Denial101x" (On-Going)
          I am helping the skepticalscience.com team create a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) through the University of Queensland and EdX.  I am in charge of writing, recording, and creating visuals for several of the lectures.  An announcement for the course was released here:  http://www.skepticalscience.com/Upcoming-MOOC-makes-sense-climate-science-denial.html and here:  https://www.edx.org/course/making-sense-climate-science-denial-uqx-denial101x#.VO0yFlPF_tI

Faculty Development Activities Attended

Conference Attendance, "American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting," AMS, Phoenix, AZ. (January 4, 2015 - January 8, 2015). http://www.ametsoc.org
Workshop, "UCAR 2014 Annual Meeting," University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, CO. (October 14, 2014 - October 16, 2014).
Conference Attendance, "21st Conference on Applied Climatology," American Meteorological Society, Westminster, Colorado. (June 9, 2014 - June 13, 2014). http://www.ametsoc.org/MEET/fainst/201421appliedclimate.html
College Course Guest, "MTR 390A Weather Analysis and Observation," MSU Denver Meteorology, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming. (May 19, 2014 - May 23, 2014). http://drkeah.blogspot.com/2014/05/storm-chasing-class-week-1.html
Initiative, "Blended Learning Initiative (BLI)," MSU Denver Provost's Office, Denver, CO. (January 24, 2013 - December 2013).
Conference Attendance, "American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013," San Francisco, CA. (December 9, 2013 - December 13, 2013).
Conference Attendance, "Technology Conference Symposium for Teaching and Learning," MSU Denver, Denver, CO. (October 25, 2013).
Conference Attendance, "Climate Science:  A Historic Look into the Future," AGU Chapman Conference, Granby, CO. (June 8, 2013 - June 13, 2013).
Conference Attendance, "2013 American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting," Denver, CO. (June 6, 2013 - June 8, 2013).
Faculty Learning Community, "Science Literacy Faculty Learning Community," Center for Faculty Development, Denver, CO. (August 2012 - May 2013).
Conference Attendance, "MSU Denver Teacher-Scholar Forum," Center for Faculty Development, Denver, CO. (February 22, 2013).
Conference Attendance, "American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012," American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA. (December 3, 2012 - December 7, 2012).
Conference Attendance, "Next Generation STEM Learning:  Investigate, Innovate, Inspire," AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities), Kansas City, Missouri. (November 8, 2012 - November 11, 2012).
Conference Attendance, "Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology," MSU Denver, Denver, CO. (October 26, 2012).
Conference Attendance, "Symposium for teaching and learning with technology," MSU Denver, Denver, CO. (October 12, 2012).
Conference Attendance, "Spring Forum," Center for Faculty Development at MSU Denver, Denver, CO. (March 30, 2012).
Conference Attendance, "American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011," American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 5, 2011 - December 9, 2011).
Workshop, "Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments," American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 4, 2011).
Workshop, "7 Revolutions Institute," Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fresno, CA. (October 27, 2011 - October 29, 2011).
Conference Attendance, "UCAR Academic Affiliates Meeting," University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO. (October 4, 2011).
Workshop, "Integrating Satellite Data and Products into Geoscience Courses with Emphasis on Advances in Geostationary Satellite Systems," Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, CO. (August 8, 2011 - August 12, 2011).
Faculty Learning Community, "New Faculty Learning Community," Center for Faculty Development at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO. (September 2010 - May 2011).
Conference Attendance, "11th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography," American Meteorological Society (AMS), Boston, MA. (May 2, 2011 - May 5, 2011).
Conference Attendance, "Spring Forum," Center for Faculty Development at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO. (April 1, 2011).
Conference Attendance, "Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Graduate Student Poster Conference," University of Colorado department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Boulder, CO. (December 1, 2010).
Conference Attendance, "University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Members Meeting," University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, CO. (October 5, 2010 - October 6, 2010).
Conference Attendance, "American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2009," AGU, San Francisco, CA. (December 14, 2009 - December 18, 2009).

Faculty Learning Community Facilitator (2012-2013)
          I proposed a faculty learning community to the Center for Faculty Development at MSU Denver.  The proposal was accepted and I facilitated the community of 11 professors from a variety of departments during the 2012-2013 school year.  We met 10 times for 2 hours each.  I was in charge of running our meetings, preparing readings, and pushing the faculty to create a final product, which was presented at the Teacher-Scholar Forum.

FLC description:  This Faculty Learning Community is a way for Metro State science professors to join together and find scholarly approaches to successfully teach science literacy in the introductory science college classroom.  The new Natural and Physical Sciences General Studies requirements require us to focus on science literacy, the scientific method, and general science skills, rather than just a slew of information we tend to throw at students on a particular topic in our introductory courses.  Rather than approaching our courses as “An Introduction to My Topic” and treating it like the first class they will take in our field, perhaps we should treat it as the LAST science course our students will ever take.  How can we prepare our non-science majors to use science, logic, math, technology, and skeptical, critical thinking in their everyday lives as citizens?  We can use each of our fields as the channel by which we actively teach our students the scientific way of thinking, rather than focusing only on a body of knowledge.  This FLC will use a scholarly approach to search for pedagogical ways to accomplish this in the science classroom, integrate the methods into our courses in the spring, and share successful methods with all of Metro’s science faculty, as well as the broader college science professor community.

Service (not listed for public-facing CV)

Professional Memberships

American Geophysical Union.
American Meteorological Society.