ASR scientist pauses to reflect on her latest research and science leadership
The word “busy” has only four letters, but Atmospheric System Research (ASR)-funded Allison C. Aiken, an aerosol scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, is vigorously occupied with a whole alphabet of tasks.
In January 2021, Aiken took over as chair of the User Executive Committee (UEC), the user liaison group for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility.
“For the first time,” she says, “we want to develop subgroups to lead concentrated efforts on a few key topics.”
Along the way, the UEC will explore better communications with satellite-data communities, high-latitude researchers, and perhaps even budding scientists working at the undergraduate level.
That’s already a lot, but just two months before starting the UEC post, Aiken gave birth to her second daughter, Alexandria. (Older daughter Alisha, meanwhile, is not even 3.)
This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.