University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

March 15, 2006
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6640

USA Hosts 13th Annual Research Forum

Faculty and graduate students will showcase their research, scholarly and creative projects at the 13th Annual USA Research Forum, which will feature a speaker and weeklong poster display March 27-31 in the Student Center Lobby.

Dr. Mark Powell, atmospheric scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami, will speak on “Hurricane Intensity Uncertainty” at 1:30 p.m., March 29 in the Student Center Ballroom.

Powell has been active in many aspects of atmospheric science including real-time global tropical cyclone wind field monitoring, hurricane landfall forecast accuracy, wind damage assessment, boundary layer and wind structure, hurricane rain-band thermodynamics, and development of standards for the measurement and archival of surface winds. He is also leading the meteorological effort in the development of a public hurricane wind damage projection model for the state of Florida.

Powell received his master of science degree from Penn State, his doctorate from Florida State, and his Certified Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society.

He is published in Nature, Journal of Geophysical Research, Monthly Weather Review, Weather Forecasting, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Coastal Research, and Shore and Beach.

Following Powell’s lecture, refreshments and dialog with research forum participants will be held at the forum displays in the Student Center Lobby.

The forum display is a celebration of the extensive and diverse contributions of all the University’s disciplines. It also gives the public and University community an opportunity to talk with faculty from across campus about their work and to take a look at the breadth of talent at USA. This year's forum will include 34 displays from 21 academic departments.

Last year, USA faculty generated more than $53 million in external funding for research and outreach projects. This allows USA to be involved in a wide range of important issues, including improving science and math education in public schools, making advances in health care, protecting the environment and coastline, exploring alternative fuel sources, and many others.

For more information on the research forum, Contact De Patterson at 460-6310.
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