Following is a list of scheduled live teleconferences and interviews with storm chasers, weather experts, graphic imagers, and other luminaries in the field of severe storm research.

These webcasts occurred in 1997.

Tuesday, May 20
10:00 a.m.

Harold Brooks, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Brooks will discuss computer visualization projects at NSSL, as well as challenges involved in visualizing and predicting tornadoes.


Wednesday, May 21
2:00 p.m.
Bob Wilhelmson, Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a founder of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
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Wilhemson will discuss the role of visualization techniques in weater research, as well as his groundbreaking work with virtual reality visualization.



Thursday, May 22
10:00 a.m.
Josh Wurman, University of Oklahoma and VORTEX

A member of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX), Wurman will discuss his project, Doppler on Wheels.


Thursday, May 29
10:00 a.m.
Perry Samson, University of Michigan
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Perry Samson will discuss the causes of severe storms and why they happen where they do. Perry Samson has also developed many tools and curricula for weather exploration by middle and elementary school students.



Saturday, May 31
2:00 p.m.
Habib Zagapor, Industrial Light and Magic

Members of the ILM special effects visualization team from the film Twister will discuss their work.


Tuesday, June 3
2:00 p.m.
Dennis Boccippio, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA
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Boccippio will speak about his work studying tropical storms, thunderstorms, squall lines, microbursts and, primarily, lightning. His work at Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA is to develop a new sensor to detect global lightning from space.



Thursday, June 5
2:00 pm
Alfred Bedard, Physics Professor at the University of Colorado, and Research Scientist at the Environmental Technology Lab of NOAA
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A member of the team that designed "Toto," the real-world model for tornado-tracking equipment seen in the film Twister, Bedard will discuss his experimental meteorology research work both in the laboratory and in the field.





Special thanks to:

Tom Grazulis, Director of the Tornado Project, a small company that documents tornado lore and history.




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