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April 18: Dr. Truman Wood Memorial Lecture

Alumnus Daniel Dix to discuss the science of severe weather communications.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relatons Office News Release, 4-11-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Daniel Dix, a former senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel, will discuss “Communicating Severe Weather: The Convergence of Social Sciences and Meteorology” in the annual Dr. Truman Wood Memorial Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Dix’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Dix, a Minnesota State Mankato alumnus, will talk about the science of communicating and getting the message out when severe weather is imminent. He will discuss the weather community’s increasing awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of conveying pertinent weather information. He will describe how the human psyche relates to communicating weather information as well as helping local communities improve their understanding of weather situations.

Dix is currently an air quality dispersion modeler at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He is also a volunteer “Metro Skywarn” severe weather spotter trainer. Previously he served for 16 years as a senior graphics engineer/program coordinator and senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel in Atlanta.

While with The Weather Channel, Dix was involved in weather graphics design and presentation, specifically forecast weather, weather alerts, satellite and radar imagery, and online map products.
The annual Dr. Truman Wood Memorial Lecture is organized by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board and features alumni speakers.

For more information, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at 507-389-5699 or

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

For Minnesota State Mankato events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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