Dear VASEM Colleague,
Dr. Ralph Cicerone lived an extraordinary life of service and was highly regarded as a gentleman, scholar, and leader. As a pioneering atmospheric scientist, he promoted an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving that inspired a generation of young scientists across the nation. Dr. Cicerone endorsed the value of state-based academies and their importance in communicating the benefits of science to local governments and citizens. He was an enthusiastic supporter of VASEM, and you may recall that he spoke at our inaugural Summit at the National Academy on Constitution Avenue in 2013. He will be greatly missed.
Patricia M. Dove
President, Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech