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Kean University Students to Present at
Annual National Weather Association Conference

UNION, NJ – Sixteen Kean University students in the geology and meteorology program will present their research at the 34th Annual National Weather Association (NWA) Conference from October 17 through 22 in Norfolk, Virginia. The students will discuss their research findings and answer questions on a variety of topics, including wind energy, thunderstorm activity and fog patterns in New Jersey, urban environment monitoring, and operational forecasting and training.

The annual conference brings together persons interested in weather, including students and professionals, to share information, news, studies and concerns related to operational meteorology. The theme for this year’s conference is The Future is Now: New Technologies and Techniques to Support the Weather Enterprise and Society: 2010 and Beyond. The conference examines new technologies, including advances in radar and severe weather analysis. Emphasis will also be placed on marine and tropical meteorology, military weather forecasting, decision support for high impact events, and societal impacts of weather.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to share their research with the best and the brightest in the field," said Dr. Paul Croft of Woodbridge, N.J., former NWA president and professor of meteorology at Kean. “This conference brings them to the table to participate in the leading-edge of the atmospheric sciences.” Dr. Croft will also present at the conference along with colleague William C. Heyniger of Belmar, N.J., a technology services specialist in Kean’s geology and meteorology department.

The students will present a daily weather briefing during the conference and will assist in the teacher's education workshop (K-12) sponsored by the NWA Education Committee. The sixteen students include:

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Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.