Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs Team

CNSP employee recognized by American Meteorological Society

March 13, 2019

TULSA, Okla. – Dr. Gina Eosco, a risk communication expert with Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs and NOAA’s Office of Weather & Air Quality, has been awarded the 2018 Award for Early Career Achievement. Eosco was presented with the honor during the American Meteorological Society’s annual awards banquet last month.

The social scientist is being recognized as an accomplished facilitator and champion in her field, who is dedicated to embedding social science into the weather enterprise through risk communications.

“This award gave me the humble opportunity to reflect on my achievements. There are so many mentors, colleagues, friends and family that helped me along the way,” Eosco said. “With this award come the responsibility and honor of mentoring other early career professionals with similar ambitions.”

The AMS’ Early Career Achievement award recognizes individuals and organizations within the weather, water and climate community who demonstrate excellence in their profession, reflect a deep understanding of their expertise and exhibit a high level of service to their community, society and discipline.

"We are very excited for the opportunity to support NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality and its important mission," said John "JC" Coffey, executive director of Unmanned Systems for Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs. "Dr. Eosco has been an incredible innovator and leader in the weather community, and we are proud of her work through the Cherokee Nation."

Throughout the past 15 years, Eosco has facilitated engagement activities, conducted social science research and translated science into policy documents. Her prior efforts with Eastern Research Group Inc. and AMS include the Hazard Simplification Project, an evaluation of the National Weather Society watch, warning, and advisory program, as well as working with scientific agencies such as the National Hurricane Center and NWS on evaluating map designs of storm surges and assessing probabilistic snow information.

In her current position with OWAQ, she is helping demystify the Readiness to Operations process between social and behavioral science researchers and the NWS, as well as helping create a better understanding of how NOAA-readiness levels function for SBS research.

Eosco earned her Ph.D. in weather risk communication from Cornell University. Much of her research focuses on visual effects in the risk communication domain, with a specific focus on hurricane graphics, including hurricane track uncertainty and storm surge maps. She also has an M.S. in communication from Cornell and a B.S. in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs delivers solutions by collaborating with clients, including the Department of Defense and other federal clients. CNSP is a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses and is headquartered in Tulsa.

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