'Sunday Scientist' to explore extreme weather May 15 at Morrill Hall

Released on 05/10/2011, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Sunday, May. 15, 2011

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets [map]

Lincoln, Neb., May 10th, 2011 —
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Tornadic supercell in southern Kansas, May 29, 2004. (Copyright Adam Houston)
Tornadic supercell in southern Kansas, May 29, 2004. (Copyright Adam Houston)
The unmanned aircraft system group of VORTEX2 with the Tempest unmanned aircraft.
The unmanned aircraft system group of VORTEX2 with the Tempest unmanned aircraft.
UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Clint Rowe conducting field work in Greenland.
UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Clint Rowe conducting field work in Greenland.

The University of Nebraska State Museum will host a Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families to learn about extreme weather from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 15 at Morrill Hall. Morrill Hall is south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

Scientists in the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will provide interactive activities and demonstrations to help visitors learn the basic causes of extreme weather phenomena, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and blizzards. Visitors will also learn about the tools and methods scientists use to observe, study and predict extreme weather.

Presenters will include professor Clint Rowe, assistant professor Adam Houston, assistant professor Deborah Bathke, and graduate students. For more information about the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, visit http://eas.unl.edu.

Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlights the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting their science on site. Sunday with a Scientist programs are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month.

Upcoming Sunday with a Scientist Topics: June 19 -- Tissue Mechanics; July 17 -- Fish; Aug. 21 -- Climate Change; Sept. 18 -- Plants; Oct. 16 -- Fossils; Nov. 20 -- Viruses; Dec. 18 -- Minerals.

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is celebrating its 140th anniversary. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone the museum at (402) 472-3779, visit its Web site or Mueller Planetarium's Web site, www.spacelaser.com, or contact Kathy French, Education Coordinator, at (402) 472-6647 or by email.

WRITER: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum, (402) 472-3779