Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ball State University Storm Chasing Program at Ball Center

Storm Quest: Ball State University Storm Chase Team Program Presented at Ball Center

David Call, Assistant Professor from the Department of Geography at Ball State University, will present a new Docent Forum, “Storm Chasing” at the E.B. & Bertha C. Ball Center on Friday, April 23 at 10:00 A.M.

Dr. Call led the Ball State University Storm Chase Team for the last two summers through the middle of America researching thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other extreme weather conditions. The team travels thousands of miles from Indiana as far west as Wyoming and then down to Texas in an effort to track major storms.

Dr. Call teaches classes in physical geography, elementary meteorology, severe local storms, and broadcast meteorology. His research interests center around how society copes with hazardous weather events, especially ice and snow. Dr. Call developed special lessons for his physical geography classes using topographic maps from the GIS Research & Map Collection. Students are able to learn about the development of communities based on the topography of the land.

Dr. Call received his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Penn State and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geography from Syracuse University. He also worked as a broadcast meteorologist for several years prior to arriving at Ball State in 2007.

The program at the E.B. & Bertha Ball Center is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please call 765/285-8975.

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