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The American Philosophical Society Welcomes New Members for 2021
05-10-2021
The American Philosophical Society is pleased to welcome new Members elected to the Society in 2021. Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its Membership is composed of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Dr. Joseph S. Francisco of Purdue EAPS was elected for Class 1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Atmospheric professors awarded grant for flexible, portable kit-based lab instruction
03-31-2021
A group of atmospheric professors have recently been awarded a 2020-2021 Instructional Equipment Grant from the Office of the Provost for their proposal entitled “Flexible, Portable Kit-Based Laboratory instruction in Atmospheric Science.” This grant funding will be used to create lab kits that students can check out and use remotely.

We’re underestimating the destructive power of tornadoes, study shows
03-24-2021
It’s unusual to see violent tornadoes near Chicago in the late summer, which is why weather watchers were stunned when a high-powered twister tore through Plainfield, Ill., on a hot August afternoon in 1990. Karen Kosiba, who was a child at the time living in nearby Homer Glen, remembers its terrifying force. The tornado killed 29 people, leveled 470 homes and left a path destruction up to a half-mile wide.

EAPS professor makes unexpected changes in atmospheric class to maximize student experience during the pandemic
12-07-2020
How do you teach a class that typically has hands on applications and field work when a pandemic threatens to shut class down at any point in the upcoming semester? That’s the question many professors faced when classes began in August 2020. Whether the class was offered in person or as a hybrid online/in-person class, the threat of shutdowns loomed due to the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Robin Tanamachi, Assistant Professor of Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science (EAPS) struggled with how to create a class experience that would give her EAPS 22700 students the full exposure to meteorological instrumentation and came up with solutions that could work no matter the climate.

Warmer seas keep hurricanes stronger for longer, study says
11-12-2020
Warmer seas caused by climate change are making hurricanes stronger for longer after landfall, increasing the destruction they can wreak on impact, a new study has found. Researchers warn the finding suggests inland communities -- which may be less prepared than coastal regions to face hurricanes -- are increasingly at risk.

 

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