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Disaster Recovery Expert Available; Meteorology, Tornado Expert Available

November 18, 2013


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Disaster Recovery Expert Available

Dr. Jack L. Rozdilsky, assistant professor of health sciences, and Emergency Management Program Coodinator at Western Illinois University, is available to serve as an expert source regarding the short- and long-term recovery efforts surrounding the tornado outbreaks that struck Illinois, particularly central Illinois, Nov. 17.

Dr. Rozdilsky areas of expertise include tornado disasters in the midwest United States, Near Earth Object (Asteroid) threats, long-term disaster recovery, community betterment after crisis, disaster field research, emergency management higher education, disasters in arts and culture, and various emergency management practice-related topics.

He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for such classes as as Foundations of Emergency Management, Hazards and Disasters in Emergency Management, Principles of Emergency Management, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Dimensions of Disaster (disaster social science), Business Continuity, and Disaster Film.

Dr. Rozdilsky is active in post-disaster field studies and he has done research in communities stricken by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic hazards, and technological/environmental disasters. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA).

He can be reached directly at JL-Rozdilsky@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1621. The Office of University Relations can be reached at (309) 298-1993.

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Meteorology, Tornado Expert

Dr. Marcus Büker, assistant professor of meteorology at Western Illinois University, is available to serve as an expert source regarding the weather phenomenons surrounding the tornado outbreaks that struck Illinois, particularly central Illinois, Nov. 17.

As part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, Marcus is currently studying the fundamental physics behind tornado development, specifically how tornadoes form and how vortices interact with each other to create a funnel. Currently, the research is focusing on how vortex features in a storm behave when they come in contact with one another.

Dr. Buker's classes include introduction to weather and climate, severe and hazardous weather, and meteorological data analysis.

He can be reached directly at ML-Buker@wiu.edu or (309) 298-3033. The Office of University Relations can be reached at (309) 298-1993.





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