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State climatologists honor Glen Conner

State climatologist emeritus Glen Conner was awarded honorary member status by the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) during a recognition ceremony at the association’s annual meeting July 7-10 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Glen Conner (center), state climatologist emeritus, was honored by the American Association of State Climatologists. Presenting him with the honorary member status award were Ken Crawford (left), Oklahoma state climatologist; and Nolan Doesken, Colorado state climatologist and president of the AASC.

Glen Conner (center), state climatologist emeritus, was honored by the American Association of State Climatologists. Presenting him with the honorary member status award were Ken Crawford (left), Oklahoma state climatologist; and Nolan Doesken, Colorado state climatologist and president of the AASC.

AASC Past President Paul Knight said Conner was selected for the honor because of his contribution to the organization. “Glen Conner has enhanced service climatology to the nation through his faithful example in Kentucky and his utmost attention to details,” Knight said. “The AASC is proud of Glen Conner and has expressed its appreciation for his steadfast work with the award.”

Conner, state climatologist from 1978 until 2000, joined WKU in 1977 and retired as associate professor in June 2000 after serving 23 years in the Department of Geography and Geology.

Conner has remained active with the Kentucky Climate Center, located on WKU’s campus, and continues to work with state climatologist Stuart Foster.

“Glen Conner is held in the highest esteem by his colleagues from all over the United States,” Foster said. “His efforts have truly helped to bring national prominence to the Kentucky Climate Center and Western Kentucky University. He is a true gentleman and the epitome of a service climatologist. I continue to learn from his example.”

Foster said Conner’s role in climate research has anything but slowed since his retirement. “I tell him all the time he needs to come out of retirement and go back to work so he’ll have more free time,” Foster said.

The pair along with a graduate assistant will continue to work on various research projects documenting weather histories and the impact of times of observation on climate records.

The honorary member status from the AASC is a national recognition that is not granted lightly. It will allow Conner, who has been to every meeting since the organization’s inception, to continue his involvement despite no longer serving as state climatologist.

Conner said he feels proud not only of the work being done by Foster and himself, but also of the recognition he has received. “I really feel honored by this award,” he said. “It’s one that I think is not given often.”

According to Geography and Geology Department Head David Keeling, “Glen continues to represent the department and WKU around the country at conferences, workshops and seminars, and he has certainly been the most active of the department’s emeritus faculty over the past decade. This AASC award is well deserved and is recognition of Glen’s many outstanding contributions to his discipline.”

Contact: Stuart Foster at (270) 745-5983.

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