Named for the late Physical Sciences Professor Sallyann Giuffrida, the weather station is actually located on the roof of the Applied Technologies Building and visible in a Natural Science Center laboratory.
Known to students as Mrs. G, Professor Giuffrida passed away in March 2014 after an illness. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1978, one of the few women in science at the time. She started at SUNY Broome as a technical/lab assistant that same year, and later taught physics, physical science courses and their corresponding labs.
Mrs. G’s true love was in meteorology, and she designed the curriculum and labs for the Meteorology course that is still taught to this day. The Sallyann Giuffrida Memorial Scholarship Fund was established through the Broome Community College Foundation in her memory, and provides scholarships for students planning to further their education in science.
The station named in her honor – a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro Plus 2 – includes a weather webcam that displays current conditions on campus, and transmits data to both the college’s Weather Underground site and to a computer in the NSC, where it is archived. The NSC kiosk is run by an iPad pro display locked to the Weather Underground station page, and presents opportunities for students to interact with a display.
“This is especially helpful in this region because often conditions on our hilltops will vary from what is happening in the valley,” said Professor Kennie Leet, chair of the Physical Science department. “National Weather Service forecasts often rely on weather webcams throughout the forecast region to see what is happening in different locations.”
The event will include the SUNY Broome community, Professor Giuffrida’s former students and members of her family. Light refreshments will follow the event.