events. The Omaha-Offutt chapter and the local Na- profilers and the radio acoustic signal. Penc reviewed tional Weather Association chapter will be hosting a the studies he conducted concerning lake-effect snow- weather career night on 22 February 1999 in the fall and boundary layer depth.—John Zanfardino. Bellevue West High School cafeteria. Eight meteo- The Pennsylvania State University rologists representing both the government and civil- ian work force will discuss careers in weather and The chapter held its first meeting of the new year related sciences for graduating high school students. on 28 January 1999. The guest speaker for the evening Telfeyan then introduced the night's guest speaker, was Todd Miner of the Penn State Weather Communi- Richard Penc of Creighton University. Penc is an ex- cations Group. His talk was entitled "Hurricane Huron," pert in weather instrumentation. He explained his stud- which presented a case study of a peculiar storm that ies, both in the United States and abroad, of wind developed over the Great Lakes in mid-September 1996. New Environment Research Institute in Belgian Congo A large new institute of general scientific research which will be open to the scientists of the world is to be created in the Belgian Congo, according to Harlow Shapley, director of the Harvard College Observatory. The international char- acter of the new institute, which will have an initial endowment of $9,000,000 and an additional annual subsidy of more than $500,000, is emphasized through the recent appointment of Dr. Shapley, E. B. Worthington, English biologist, and A. Chevalier, French botanist, to the Board of Administrators by the Bel- gian Government. The director of the new scientific foundation, which will natu- rally specialize on problems of the tropics, is Louis van den Berghe, professor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and visiting professor of tropical medicine at Tulane University. The purpose of IRS AC (Institute pour la Recherche Scientifique en Afrique Centrale) is the fundamental study of the tropical environment, human, zoological, and botanical. Several re- search stations will be erected in the next two years, the main one, most probably, on the high plateau region between Lake Kiva and Lake Tanganyika. A second station will be erected be- fore the end of the current year in the Province of the Equator, not far from the mouth of the Congo, and a third in southeastern Katanga. Also, two stations, one in the east and another in the west, are planned for seismologic and ionospheric measurements. Field work has been started, or will develop soon, on the lines of social and physical anthroplogy, climatology, nutrition, hydrobiology, geology, plant and animal ecology, and a party is in the field searching for a most suitable site for high-altitude astronomical observatory. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc30, 153. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 7 717
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Published: Apr 1, 1999
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