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Episode 28 Science Based Decision Making

2/16/2018
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Episode 28 Science Based Decision Making by Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

Duration:00:26:35

Episode 27 Oldie But A Goodie - Commander Justin Kibbey Rebroadcast

2/9/2018
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Do you ever wonder how meteorologists get their hurricane data? On today’s show, host Dan Zehner gets the answers from Commander Justin Kibbey, one of NOAA’s “hurricane hunter” pilots. Kibbey flies NOAA’s P-3 Orion aircraft missions straight into hurricanes, multiple times, while a crew of weather experts and technicians gather data to predict the path and strength of the storm. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Kibbey spent 10 years doing aerial reconnaissance and wartime flights over places...

Duration:00:35:33

Episode 26 Natural Climate Solutions Make A Difference

2/2/2018
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Today, DesignSafe Radio host Dan Zehner talks with Joe Fargione, science director with The Nature Conservancy. The largest non-governmental organization in the world, The Nature Conservancy is also one of the first land trusts. Fargione explains how, by purchasing land in need of protection, the group saves natural environments with a non-confrontational approach. The group is also active in protecting oceans and freshwater areas. As a researcher with TNC, Fargione focuses on zero-carbon...

Duration:00:35:15

Episode 25 World's Worst Weather On Mount Washington

1/26/2018
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Episode 25 World's Worst Weather On Mount Washington by Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

Duration:00:44:44

Episode 24 Tsunami Resistant Evacuation Structures

1/19/2018
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Episode 24 Tsunami Resistant Evacuation Structures by Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

Duration:00:45:38

Episode 23 The Life Of A Scientist

1/12/2018
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Episode 23 The Life Of A Scientist by Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

Duration:00:32:29

Episode 21 Secrets Of The Stormy Seas

12/22/2017
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On this week’s episode, Dan Zehner interviews an expert on oceans and ocean storms. Dr. Philip Orton studies ocean physics and evaluates coastal problems, such as storm surge, at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Growing up on Lake St. Clair in Michigan, Orton developed an affinity for water early on. Perhaps it was surfing on those stormy lake waves that got him interested in studying storms and thinking like an oceanographer. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he...

Duration:00:33:19

Episode 20 Legends Of Hurricane Hunting Part 2

12/14/2017
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Today’s guest is Frank Marks, legendary NOAA meteorologist and tropical cyclone expert. Since the 1980s, he’s flown 10,000 hours on NOAA’s P3 Orion aircraft, including through many, many hurricanes. Marks, who now leads NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, clearly enjoys learning. He shares some of his favorite experiences with us. The P3 Orion Marks discusses the P3 aircraft capabilities and describes flying into his first hurricane, Hurricane Alan. After that ride, he explains, seeing the...

Duration:00:37:33

Episode 17 Tales of Natural Hazards

11/22/2017
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We all have a story to tell about how natural hazards have impacted our lives. Today, we hear from listeners and past podcast guests about their personal encounters with hazards and their aftermath.

Duration:00:17:47

Episode 16 Pioneers In Post Disaster Recovery

11/17/2017
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Engineer Tracy Kijewski-Correa has been doing post-disaster reconnaissance missions since 2005, after the Indian Ocean tsunami. On today’s episode, host Dan Zehner talks with Kijewski-Correa about assessing structural damage and the difficulty of rebuilding communities hit by a natural disaster. At Notre Dame, Kijewski-Correa holds a dual position in engineering and global affairs, the first engineer there to hold such a joint appointment. With her engineering background, she studies how...

Duration:00:25:03

NOAA Hurricane Hunters Ride Out The Storms

11/9/2017
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Do you ever wonder how meteorologists get their hurricane data? On today’s show, host Dan Zehner gets the answers from Commander Justin Kibbey, one of NOAA’s “hurricane hunter” pilots. Kibbey flies NOAA’s P-3 Orion aircraft missions straight into hurricanes, multiple times, while a crew of weather experts and technicians gather data to predict the path and strength of the storm. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Kibbey spent 10 years doing aerial reconnaissance and wartime flights over places...

Duration:00:36:23

Episode 14 Innovations In Disaster Reconnaissance

11/3/2017
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What does it mean to do “reconnaissance” after a natural disaster? To find out, host Dan Zehner catches up with Ellen Rathje, an earthquake engineer at the University of Texas, Austin. Among her many interests, Rathje is a founding member and co-chair of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association (http://www.geerassociation.org). Rathje explains that although she originally wanted to be a journalist, she really liked math in high school. When she learned that civil...

Duration:00:40:21

Episode 13 Story Of A Stormchaser

10/27/2017
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This week Dan meets storm chaser Warren Causey, founder of The Sirens Project. Causey, an engineer with a lifelong passion for weather, studies tornadoes from a safe distance, using unmanned aerial vehicles, drones. In the interview, Causey describes growing up in Georgia and chasing storms in the mountainous Southeast, in Dixie Alley. Hoping to design weather research systems, he studied mechanical engineering, including 3D modeling and drone development. Chemistry gelled with college...

Duration:00:43:11

Disaster risk and resilience in Haiti

10/16/2017
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Host Dan Zehner interviews Crystal Felima, a social anthropologist who focuses on natural hazard risks and recovery in Haiti. She collects stories from residents to better understand the country’s responses to hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes. Currently, Felima is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida at Gainesville. By providing a social understanding of how disasters affect vulnerable populations in Haiti, her work is a bridge to effective technical hazard research. Felima...

Duration:00:40:14

Lessons from Irma: Don’t bet your life!

10/10/2017
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This week, host Dan Zehner catches up with Tom Iovino, the public information director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County. Iovino, who mans the county’s emergency operations center during hurricanes, talks about storm preparation in the Tampa Bay area and about what he learned from Hurricane Irma. Although the Florida forecast was dire, precipitating the largest evacuation in the state’s history, Hurricane Irma took an unexpected eastward course, which improved the...

Duration:00:28:57

Episode 10 Just To Help Somebody For The Most Pure Reasons Possible

10/5/2017
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Nick Mrzlak from Team Rubicon joins Dan Zehner to talk about this unusual disaster-relief organization. We learn about the group’s trick of teaming veterans and first responders and its mission to focus on the underserved. With his background of serving in the U.S. Navy, working as an emergency medical technician, teaching EMTs, and volunteering with FEMA, Mrzlak is skilled and eager to help. A volunteer with Team Rubicon since 2010, he’s worked in places like Haiti, where he trained local...

Duration:00:43:24

Episode 9 Twister In Real Life

9/29/2017
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Host Dan Zehner talks with Dr. Jamey Jacob of Oklahoma State University about his research on how tornadoes form using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)to gather data by flying through thunderstorms. This research has been going on since the 1960s, but most of us heard about it during the 1990s with the movie Twister. The real 'Toto' that inspired the movie is actually at the National Weather Service about 60 miles from Dr. Jacob's lab! To find out more about his research, follow him here:...

Duration:00:32:04

Episode 8 - We Want To Prevent Natural Hazards From Turning Into Disasters

9/20/2017
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Host Dan Zehner talks with scientists whose jobs are forecasting and planning for stormsurge and flooding. Coastal engineer Cheryl Ann Blain works in the oceanography division in the Office of Naval Research. David Johnson is a professor of engineering and political science at Purdue University. At the Naval Research Lab in Mississippi, Blain develops storm surge models and forecasts with the ADCIRC tool. She discusses the history and importance of ADCIRC, one of the first hurricane...

Duration:00:49:26

Episode 7 The Beast Quake

9/15/2017
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DesignSafe Radio host Dan Zehner catches up with Dr. John Vidale, renowned geophysicist and seismologist. Until recently, Vidale directed the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Now he directs the Southern California Earthquake Center at USCCS. He discusses highlights of his research career. As a college physics student, he became enamored with geology – taking 11 geology courses in his senior year — and went on to study geophysics. He discusses the PNSN study called IMUSH, Imaging Magma...

Duration:00:38:33

Episode 6 We Grew Up On An Island Surrounded By Water, So That Calls For Trouble

9/8/2017
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For two engineering undergrads from Puerto Rico, working on the beach is a dream job. In this week’s edition of DesignSafe Radio, host Dan Zehner meets up with these two students, who took part in NHERI’s 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Civil engineering students Hector Colon Delacruz and Peter Rivera Casillas talk to host Dan Zehner about their summer working at Oregon State University’s Hinsdale Wave Lab, one of NHERI’s eight experimental sites. Both students attend...

Duration:00:28:17