Editor’s Note: This story is one in a series of notable spring 2021 graduate profiles.
Julia Marturano believes in “good accidents”. Originally entered Arizona State University to become a broadcast journalist, Marturanoo was enrolled in the university. joint journalism and meteorology program but soon realized that broadcast journalism was not for her. Instead, by chance, she found her love for the weather.
Julia Marturano is a founding member of ASU’s Sun Devil Weather and Climate Club, a student organization created in spring 2020 to connect like-minded undergraduate and graduate students on weather and climate.
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“It was definitely an accident. I realized that I didn’t like journalism at all, but I really liked everything about meteorology, and that suited me perfectly, ”said Marturano, who graduated in May from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning with a Bachelor of Science in Geography (Meteorology-Climatology) and Certificates in Atmospheric Sciences and Geographic Information Sciences. “It was kind of an accident, but it was a good accident.”
Marturano, who is also a Barrett, The Honors College student, changed her major shortly thereafter, and in the years that followed she became a founding member of ASU Sun Devil Weather and Climate Club – a student-run organization created in spring 2020 to connect like-minded undergraduate and graduate students on weather and climate.
“I really like the community aspect of our weather club; it’s really fun connecting with people who have the same interests as you, ”said Marturano, who was part of the organization’s leadership team in charge of community outreach. “It gave us the opportunity to put into practice what we learned in class, to apply it on our own outside of our studies and to meet a lot of really cool people. It really is a great community.
The organization held weekly meetings and regularly invited guest speakers – such as local and national weather experts – to hold movie nights and social events. Marturano, alongside the organization’s entire student council, volunteered his time to create a space that is both educational and rewarding for his peers.
“Julia has attended all of the Sun Devil Weather and Climate club leadership meetings, and our club has benefited greatly from her creativity and professionalism,” said Erin saffell, Senior Lecturer at the School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning and Educational Advisor of the Sun Devil Weather and Climate Club. “As an initial member of the club, she designed, built and maintained our website. Our site has so much useful information for our members or anyone interested in weather and climate.
After graduation, Marturano will go to the University of Miami to pursue a Master of Science in Climate and Health.
Marturano’s tip for students interested in the weather: “Get involved.
“It’s a really great community, you get to meet a lot of really cool people, and we’re learning a lot too,” Marturano said. “I think some of the coolest connections are with people learning the same things in school.”
We asked Marturano a few questions about his time at ASU:
Question: What did you learn at ASU – in class or elsewhere – that surprised you or changed your perspective?
Reply: I think the world is so fascinating. I like to learn more. When I talk about climate change or anything in that regard, it’s never from a political point of view, it’s very scientific.
Question: Why did you choose ASU?
A: The weather is nice. Since I was little my parents always talked about Phoenix and we came here for vacation. I thought this would be a really cool place to spend four years and see what it was like, and wanted something different from western Pennsylvania.
Q: Which teacher taught you the most important lesson during your time at ASU?
A: I had six lessons with Dr Randy Cerveny; his biggest lesson was not to kill people. If you want to be a meteorologist, you have to be quick and quick and do everything to the best of your ability, but you have to be quick.
In addition, I took a course with Dr Jenni Vanos. It was a climate and health class, and I learned that there are so many different ways that climate impacts human health.
Question: What is the best advice you would give to those who are still in school?
A: Keep trying different things, then if you find something you like, develop it and get involved. I think the coolest things I learned were outside of the classroom.
Question: Where was your favorite place on campus, whether it was studying, meeting friends, or just thinking about life?
A: I used to go to the underground part of the Hayden Library all the time and sit outside where the tables are. It was a very good place.
Question: If someone gave you $ 40 million to solve a problem on our planet, what would you tackle?
A: There are so many problems to be solved. I would love to solve climate and health issues, and there are so many ways to do it. I want to help vulnerable populations against the impact of the climate and ensure that everyone has access to what they need.