Katye Gilliland’s first scientific conference...
- ...turned out to be more of an adventure than she expected when enough snow to shut down roads and the airport at a ski resort fell on Aspen, Colorado.
- "It was one of the prettiest things I've ever seen," said Gilliland, a UAHuntsville sophomore majoring in Earth system science. After the Aspen airport closed, "they bused us from Aspen to Denver on closed roads."
- Gilliland won a scholarship to attend the NCAR symposium on research into connections between the sun and the Earth's climate.
- "I was interested in learning more about sun-climate relations," she said. "A lot of the physics was over my head, but a lot of it was really interesting. And I go a better idea of what people in the field are doing that I might be interested in studying later. The last day was on science journalism and how to get people to understand what scientists are doing."
- A native of Killingsworth Cove in eastern Madison County, Gilliland became interested in studying the weather when she took a meteorology class in high school.
- "I did a research paper on hurricanes that hit the Gulf coast," she said. "Ever since then I fell in love with it. Now I want to do research for NASA or NOAA."