CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 4, 2002
Sept. 11 lecture focuses on thunderstorms and lightning
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
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 worlds first educational television station
and directed the operation of the experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during
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.