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Teams of scientists looking for lessons in storm’s aftermath

A devoted cadre of scientists bent on untangling information and explanations from the debris has toured Joplin, hoping to learn some lessons from the rubble about surviving tornadoes such as the one that hit May 22. Three researchers from Iowa — Bill Gallus, Partha Sarkar and Chris Karstens — focus on structural damage. They want …Continue reading “Teams of scientists looking for lessons in storm’s aftermath”

Meteorologist looks for clues in tornado’s aftermath

When Bill Gallus Jr. was 12, the budding weather junkie witnessed the 1977 Johnstown flood and its aftermath — a community rebuilding following a deadly natural disaster. Now an accomplished meteorologist and a professor at Iowa State University, Gallus spent last week in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., studying the effects of 200-mph winds on homes and …Continue reading “Meteorologist looks for clues in tornado’s aftermath”

Tornado research part of MSI exhibit in Chicago

Iowa State University’s Tornado/Microburst Simulator and two Iowa State professors, Partha Sarkar and Bill Gallus, are part of the new Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. A panel within the tornado portion of the exhibit shows a photo of Sarkar, a professor of aerospace engineering, and Gallus, a professor of …Continue reading “Tornado research part of MSI exhibit in Chicago”