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Contact: Jeff Theodore
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Grant Helps Students Expand Knowledge About Thunderstorms

UNION, NJ - A $12,000 grant secured through the National Weather Service is helping Kean University students learn more about the impact of thunderstorms.

The grant supports student stipends and conference travel for their studies about storms during the warm season between June and August. The students are charged with distinguishing between severe and non-severe storms. The goal of this is to provide a model that will improve short-term forecasts in a comprehensive and measureable manner.

Specific objectives of the grant include: determining forecasts to diagnose real-time activity; identifying mesoscale features and expanding operational interactions between cooperative partners, including participation in a weather symposium.

Six students involved in the project accompanied Dr. Paul Croft, a faculty member in Keanís Department of Geology and Meteorology, during a conference this month in Virginia to present their findings.

Croft, who served as principal investigator for the grant, has conducted research for weather conditions such as fog, snow, air quality and other hazards. He currently serves as director of the Center for Earth System Education and as a subject matter expert on the editorial board of the American Meteorological Society.

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. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a masterís 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.