August 19, 2011
For the second year in a row, Texas Tech University’s Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) is listed in Popular Science magazine as one of the best places to pursue science in the United States.
The article invites readers to forget stuffy lecture halls and humming fluorescent
lights, and check out “You Call This College? The 25 Coolest Labs in the Country.”
WISE appears as image 8 of 25 in the photo gallery, and depicts atmospheric science students as they observe Texas Tech’s wind cannon
hurling planks at a wall to measure hurricane damage. Information gathered here has
led to building designs that will hold up better in hurricanes or tornados.
The article also credits WISE for having the only complete record of the intensity of Hurricane Katrina’s eye at landfall and the creation of the Enhanced Fujita Scale for measuring the force of tornados.
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CONTACT: John Schroeder, associate professor of atmospheric sciences and director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE), (806) 742-3476, or firstname.lastname@example.org.