Several dozen colleagues and friends of COAA
enjoyed immensely the lecture by Professor Zou
, who shared her personal stories, dreams, experiences, research and academic achievements.
Zou and Liang COAA's honorary member awards from Dr. Weng.
Prof. Xiaolei Zou is a Named Professor, J. Charney, of Florida State University, an AMS Fellow, and recipient of several prestigious awards from both China and the US.
is not only well known for her
outstanding academic achievements in the fields of data assimilation and numerical weather prediction, but also much admired by her
friends and colleagues for raising two exceptional children.
As one of the earliest scholars who came to the USA after China's open policy began, Prof. Zou
encountered and overcomed many personal and professional difficulties.
What was the secret to her
first distinguished scholar symposium, Prof. Zou
passionately shared stories of her
family, childhood, college, advisors, friends, students and children.
showed many pictures marking her
growth from a little girl born into a typical Chinese intellectual family to an accomplished scholar of international fame.
extraordinary characters, wisdom and persistence, were made evident as she
told stories about her
grandfather, who taught her
what was benevolence, and stories about her
parents and siblings from whom she
inherited high intelligence, good character and strong discipline.
She shared fond memories of attending the Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, and of the classmates, professors and MS and PhD advisors who influenced her life and shaped her earlier career.
even shared motherhood tips about raising two highly talented, disciplined and well-rounded children.
Even though switching her
field of study from mathematics to meteorology was not her
original idea when entering the graduate program and she
loves math, she
embraced every obstacle and challenge with passion and determination until one day she
loves meteorology and finds the beauty of it.
personal and professional successes seem to be a perfect combination of passion, perseverance, intellectual capability, and a loving and caring personality.
also reported her
recent involvement in Chinese Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and climate initiatives.
As recipient of China's 'One Thousand Talents Program' through her
alma mater Nanjing University of Information and Technology (formerly Nanjing Institute of Meteorology), and Science Director of China Meteorological
Administration (CMA) NWP Center
, Prof. Zou
is working closely with scientists in China to improve numerical weather forecasting skills and to educate the next generation.