The organizers of the International Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges (ISEC) would like to extend an invitation to members of the media to attend a talk by Yoshi Sasaki, University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology professor emeritus, on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., on OU’s Research Campus. A reception for attendees will immediately follow Sasaki’s talk.


The ISEC is the second summit between OU and Kyoto University. The goal of the symposium is to bring together scientists and engineers from around the world to share recent advances in the study of the Earth. Areas of interest at the meeting will be Earth system science; radar and satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere; hydrometeorology and the water cycle; modeling and data assimilation; and weather and climate variability.


Sasaki’s talk will focus on the origins of OU’s relationship with Kyoto University. Sasaki was educated at the University of Tokyo immediately following World War II and was a founding faculty member of the OU School of Meteorology in 1960.


The full ISEC symposium will be held Sept. 14 to 16 at the National Weather Center. More than 110 people are expected to attend. Out of those attendees, 25 will have traveled from Kyoto. For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit


The first joint symposium between OU and Kyoto University, the International Symposium on Radar and Modeling Studies of the Atmosphere, was held on Kyoto University’s Uji campus in Japan in November 2009.


**Please RSVP to Amy Buchanan, 405-325-1819 or, if you plan to attend the talk and/or reception. If you are unable to attend, but interested in the ISEC, arrangements also can be made to speak with organizers at a different time during the symposium.