Seraphima Lapina has PhD in geography, she has worked as a senior lecturer and associate professor of the Department of Meteorology and Climatology. For ten years she served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Geography, SSU, and for many years worked as the Academic Secretary of the Head Council for Geography. Since 2003, Seraphima Lapina has been a member of the Presidium of the SSU Veterans Council. She has the title of Honourary Worker of Education of the Russian Federation.
Since childhood, Seraphima Lapina was fascinated by geography, she was fascinated by cumulus clouds, and that love has influenced her life and determined her scientific path. The geographer's range of interests includes synoptic meteorology, the section of climatology dealing with climate fluctuation and change, medical climatology, ecology, and economic meteorology. She teaches the last discipline to students of the Faculty of Geography, SSU.
Her total working experience is 67 years, of which seven years she worked at the aviation meteorological station of Saratov Airport, and the rest of her life, up to today, Seraphima Lapina has devoted to work at the Faculty of Geography, SSU. During this time, she has written more than 80 papers on various topics. In addition, she often publishes memoirs about her colleagues and teachers. She wrote The Female Meteorologists in My Life book, and in 2016 published The Childhood Scorched By War book.
For her active long-term work, Seraphima Lapina has been repeatedly awarded the letters of appreciation and medals, including the Governor's Certificate of Honour, the Gratitude of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation for many years of work, the Veteran of Labour medal, and the jubilee medal in connection with the 100th anniversary of the university.
In the interview titled Clouds as People, she commented on her passion for geography, which began when she studied at school, about entering Leningrad University, numerous internships, and literary work. The interview was uploaded in the Research City section for her anniversary. You can read it here.
The staff of Saratov University congratulates a researcher and talented teacher Seraphima Lapina on her 90th birthday and wishes new scientific discoveries, active and inquisitive students, strength, and good health.