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Released: 13-Jul-2023 11:40 AM EDT
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expands statewide disaster response network
Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Disaster Assessment and Recovery, DAR, unit is expanding its statewide disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts following the appropriations to support the “Keeping Texas Prepared” initiative in the 88th legislative session.

Released: 14-Jun-2023 1:15 PM EDT
The heat is on! Don't panic. Get the latest news on heat waves and the dangers of heat in the Extreme Heat channel

As we enter the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere and the possibility of extreme heat becomes more common, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the science of heat waves and take measures to protect ourselves from this growing public health threat.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: College Student Recalls Harrowing Experience to Find Dog Lost During Devastating Arkansas Tornado
Released: 12-Apr-2023 10:05 AM EDT
College Student Recalls Harrowing Experience to Find Dog Lost During Devastating Arkansas Tornado
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

They say that cats have nine lives, but one UA Little Rock student-athlete believes it’s a miracle that she found her beloved dog, a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd named Remy, alive and well after he was trapped in her apartment for almost a day following the devastating tornado that struck Little Rock on March 31.

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Released: 4-Jan-2023 1:40 PM EST
Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Marine Science channel on Newswise, a free source for media.

Released: 2-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Wildfires are intensifying around the world. Here are the latest headlines in wildfires research for media

California’s McKinney Fire grew to become the state’s largest fire so far this year. The risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change. Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Wildfires channel on Newswise.

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Released: 9-Nov-2021 9:50 AM EST
Iowa State students learn disaster response during simulated tornado
Iowa State University

After nearly two years of pandemic response, Iowa State University emergency manager Clayton Oliver is bringing his knowledge of and experience in disaster response to ISU students in an honors seminar. The students applied what they have learned in a simulated tornado disaster at a university apartment.

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25-Oct-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Using Overpasses as Shelter From Tornado?
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Meteorologists and emergency workers continue to contest the popular thinking that waiting out a tornado under an overpass is safe. According to the National Weather Service, doing so could actually increase the risk of death, in part because the wind from a tornado is thought to accelerate as it flows under the overpass, in what's known as the wind tunnel effect.

Released: 24-Aug-2021 12:20 PM EDT
Would we still have severe thunderstorms over North America if the Gulf of Mexico were filled in with land?
Purdue University

The eastern half of the U.S is one of the principal hot spots for severe thunderstorm activity, especially tornadoes, globally.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Released: 3-Mar-2021 8:25 AM EST
Rating tornado warnings charts a path to improve forecasts
University of Washington

A new method to rate tornado warnings shows that nighttime tornadoes in the U.S. have a lower probability of detection and a higher false-alarm rate than other events. Summertime tornadoes, occurring in June, July or August, also are more likely to evade warning.

Released: 25-Feb-2021 10:55 AM EST
Risk Communication Experts Analyze Visual Responses to Tornado Warning Graphics
University at Albany, State University of New York

The analysis used a combination of eye-tracking methods and “think aloud” interviews to investigate what visual features attract attention and/or cue a call to action around an emerging threat.

1-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
Outside Oz, GLINDA Reports on Tornado Acoustics
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

During tornado formation, sound waves are produced at very low frequencies. And if your name is GLINDA, you do not need to be in Oz to hear them. Brandon White, at Oklahoma State University, is part of an engineering team that developed the Ground-based Local Infrasound Data Acquisition (GLINDA) system for the acoustic measurement of weather phenomena. He will discuss its design and capabilities at the 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Dec. 7-10.

Released: 20-Oct-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Predicting tornadoes on UK cold fronts for the first time
University of Leeds

Weather forecasters can more accurately predict when a tornado is likely to hit the UK thanks to a new tool devised in a partnership between the University of Leeds and the Met Office.

Released: 19-May-2020 4:45 PM EDT
S&T Brings Partners Together to InSPIRE Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Innovation
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

To help communities prepare for disasters and rebuild in the aftermath, DHS S&T partnered with NAPSG to convene experts from around the country to share best practices and identify practical solutions related to information sharing, geospatial technologies, and leadership.

19-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
Low Frequency Sound May Predict Tornado Formation
American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

How can you tell when a storm is going to produce a tornado even before the twister forms? Research from Oklahoma State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates prior to tornado formation, storms emit low-frequency sounds.

Released: 21-Nov-2019 1:45 PM EST
Schedule for the APS DFD Press Conferences with Live Webcasts from Seattle
American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

Press conferences for the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics in Seattle will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at the Washington State Convention Center. The conferences, which will be webcast, will focus on research into how flow control is making some MLB pitchers nearly unhittable, predicting tornado formation from the sounds that storms make and teaching fluid mechanics through dance, as well as other discoveries in fluid dynamics.

Released: 10-Jul-2019 10:00 AM EDT
Helping Marshalltown recover from tornado through research, outreach
Iowa State University

One year after an EF-3 tornado struck Marshalltown, Iowa State students and faculty are conducting research and outreach to help a community still in recovery. They’re using what they’ve learned to create a toolkit that communities can use to examine challenges that exacerbate a disaster’s damage and slow recovery efforts.

Released: 31-May-2019 4:05 PM EDT
The Storm After the Storm: Scam Contractors Who Prey on Those Suffering After a Natural Disaster
Baylor University

Following a natural disaster or strong storm, there is usually a second wave of potential destruction – scam artists looking to line their pockets.

Released: 24-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Missouri S&T wind engineer assesses Jefferson City tornado damage
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Less than 24 hours after tornadoes swept through communities across Missouri, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan was inspecting the damage in Jefferson City, one of the cities hit by Wednesday night’s tornado outbreak. Yan, an assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T, and three of her Ph.D. students visited the state capitol to assess the damage as part of her research on tornadic wind pressure.

Released: 9-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
VORTEX-SE delivers tornado formation research
University of Alabama Huntsville

Scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) are publishing research about tornado formation resulting from the multiyear Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment Southeast (VORTEX-SE) program.

Released: 8-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Texas Tech Researchers Collaborating to Study Tornadoes, Improve Forecasts
Texas Tech University

Christopher Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geosciences through the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University and an affiliate of the university’s National Wind Institute (NWI), is leading a group from Texas Tech to collaborate with other scientists and engineers around the country using drones and radars to learn more about supercell thunderstorms that produce tornadoes.

7-Feb-2019 11:30 AM EST
In Disasters, Twitter Influencers Get Out-Tweeted
University of Vermont

A first-of-its-kind study on Twitter use during 5 of the costliest U.S. natural disasters offers potentially life-saving insights. The research, in PLOS ONE, finds that Twitter users with small networks (100-200 followers) increase activity more than those with larger networks in these situations. It also finds that each disaster type (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) has a unique pattern of social media use.

Released: 28-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Best of 2018: Experts respond to wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters

See expert analysis and research from our members related to natural disasters

Released: 3-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
WIU Administrator, Students Help with Taylorville Tornado Damage Assessment
Western Illinois University

MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University administrator and two students were headed outside the classroom Monday morning to assist with assessing the damage caused by the tornadoes impacting central Illinois Saturday afternoon.

Released: 23-Oct-2018 2:45 PM EDT
Researchers studying Marshalltown tornado’s impact on renter, immigrant households
Iowa State University

A disaster researcher at Iowa State University is examining how the tornado that hit Marshalltown this summer affected housing and different types of households – particularly immigrant households and renters – in order to understand what can be done in the future to address disaster recovery needs in the United States.

Released: 12-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Hurricane Preparedness Tips From a Disaster Nurse
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

People who plan to ride out a storm must be prepared. They cannot rely solely on sandbags and luck to see them through. Understanding how a specific area will be affected by flood waters, power outages, and a prolonged need for self-sustainment are perhaps the largest contributors to successful survival of large weather-related events like hurricanes.

Released: 26-Sep-2018 3:45 PM EDT
Predictable, Preventable and Deadly: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning after Storms
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Severe weather events, such as summer hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter snow storms often result in widespread and prolonged power outages, interrupting essential household functions, including home heating. In such a scenario, people may use generators and risk carbon monoxide poisoning.

Released: 26-Jul-2018 10:45 AM EDT
Missouri S&T civil engineering professor preaches Midwest tornado preparation
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Growing up in northeast China, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States.But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T gradually found her calling.

26-Apr-2018 10:10 AM EDT
Decoding Tornadoes’ Infrasound Waves
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Tornado-producing storms can emit infrasound more than an hour before tornadogenesis, which inspired a group of researchers to develop a long-range, passive way of listening in on storms. During the 175th ASA Meeting, Brian Elbing will present his group’s work collecting infrasound measurements from tornadoes to decode information contained in waves about the formation processes and life cycle before potentially devastating storms hit.

Released: 16-Apr-2018 10:05 AM EDT
How Does One Prepare for Adverse Weather Events? Depends on Your Past Experiences
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

With much of the country now entering peak tornado season, the impact of these potentially devastating weather events will be shaped in large part by how individuals think about and prepare for them. A new study published in Risk Analysis shows that people’s past experiences with tornadoes inform how they approach this type of extreme weather in the future, including their perception of the risk.

Released: 5-Dec-2017 3:05 PM EST
Faculty Awarded NOAA Grant to Improve Tornado Warnings for Deaf
University of Alabama

Researchers at The University of Alabama will study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities.

8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Released: 23-Oct-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Evacuating Older Adults and Their Furry Friends: FSU Study Finds Florida Needs More Pet-Friendly Shelters
Florida State University

Florida needs more pet-friendly shelters, especially for older adults who represent 50 to 75 percent of deaths following disasters like hurricanes, according to a recent study from Florida State University.

Released: 23-Oct-2017 8:05 AM EDT
Tiny Tornados at the Dawn of the Universe
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Swirling soup of matter’s fundamental building blocks spins ten billion trillion times faster than the most powerful tornado, setting new record for “vorticity.”

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