2007 Desouza Awardee
James T. Moore
James T. Moore, St. Louis University
The Russell L. DeSouza Award honors “individuals whose energy, expertise, and
active involvement enable the Unidata Program to better serve the
Professor James Moore, St. Louis University (posthumous) received the 2007 DeSouza
Award at the AMS annual meeting on January 18, 2007. Jim was recognized
for efforts and contributions through the years that truly reflect
the goals and ideals of the Unidata program.
Jim served on the Users' committee as the IDD became the backbone of Unidata's data
delivery system. Jim struggled with the technology, but supported
its premise even though SLU had technology issues that delayed full
participation in the IDD until several years later. Jim often spoke
his mind as a user of Unidata software, asking how it would help
him in teaching and research.
As a Policy Committee member, Jim served with distinction as its liaison to the Users
Committee. Throughout his tenure on Unidata committees, Jim was always
willing (and eager) to provide a contextual pun to liven up a long
day of meetings. Jim continued to serve Unidata and began entraining
other faculty at SLU into Unidata and its products. Jim's long association
with Unidata enriched its community and Program Center.
Jim used the fruits of Unidata's labor to bridge the gap between the meteorology
in the classroom and the weather happening on the other side of the
classroom window. Of the Ph.D. students who worked under Jim, nearly
all of them are former or current professors of synoptic meteorology,
who use Unidata products in their classrooms and labs, thereby continuing
his profound legacy to new generations of students.
Throughout his tenure on Unidata committees, Jim was always willing (and eager) to
provide a contextual pun to liven up a long day of meetings. Jim
continued to serve Unidata and began entraining other faculty at
SLU into Unidata and its products. SLU is now entrenched in the Unidata
world, relying on the IDD and Unidata-supported software in teaching
Jim probably felt that everyone serving on Unidata's committees with him was more
deserving of the DeSouza award than he; he felt that he was just
an old-fashioned synoptic meteorologist. To those he left behind
as colleagues, students, and friends, he was so much more. As such,
we must respectfully disagree with his self-assessment there is no
one more deserving of this prestigious award.
Unidata is eternally thankful to Jim for these and many other activities that have
had a lasting impact on our community.
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