Professional Development

Penn State Summer Professional Development

Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:36 PM

July 16-20, 2018
Deadline to apply:  March 1, 2018
Predicting weather, especially dangerous storms, relies on the understanding of numerous scientific theories, as well as merging data from diverse observational platforms. One tool that meteorologists use routinely is weather radar.  Radar provides unparalleled information on precipitation location and amount, and information on storm structure.  Weather radar is the foundation of severe weather warnings, and also provides information on wind fields under clear air conditions.
In this workshop, teachers will engage in activities that illustrate how radar data are used to better understand atmospheric circulations near the Earth’s surface that can influence severe weather. The activities will include a series of practical exercises with readily accessible data sets that will reveal how physics, earth science, math, and computer science complement each other in weather forecasting. With support from the meteorologists and CSATS, teachers will develop classroom lessons that are tied directly to their curriculum and appropriate for their students.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
83406 Activity Points

Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:12 AM

Thanks for sharing this info! I saw on the brochure that the course is free, free lodging and two meals per day, travel is reimbursed up to $300, and a stipend of $250 is paid. I've been to PSU summer seminars similar to this one, and they are very good. Also as a PSU grad, I took several meteorology courses and the department is nationally recognized for its excellence. Go for it!

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
7505 Activity Points

Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:24 AM

Hi Pamela! I've attended CSATS programs before and they are outstanding! There's a ton of resources either on or near campus. Matt Johnson does a terrific job on workshops. I wouldn't hesitate a second!

James Johnson
James Johnson
93625 Activity Points

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