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Release: Sept. 4, 2002

Sept. 11 lecture focuses on thunderstorms and lightning

"Chasing Thunderstorms and Lightning" is the title of the annual Kurtz Lecture to be given at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Sponsored by the UI College of Engineering department of electrical and computer engineering, the lecture will be delivered by Don MacGorman (left), senior research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory. MacGorman is also is an adjunct professor of meteorology and adjunct associate professor of physics at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches a graduate course on storm electricity, directs graduate research for several students and, since 1992, has been a resident fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. His research involves the use of lightning mapping systems to study relationships between lightning and storms. He is a co-author, with David Rust, of a graduate textbook, "The Electrical Nature of Storms," published by Oxford University Press.

The annual Kurtz Lecture is named for the late Edwin B. Kurtz, professor and head of the UI electrical engineering department between 1929 and 1960. He was the architect of the world’s first educational television station and directed the operation of the experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during the 1930s.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department of electrical and computer engineering in advance at 335-5197.