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CAST 2011 Keynote Speaker:

Reed Timmer of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers

Date & Time: 1:00 pm  Thursday, November 17  (Open to all CAST attendees)


About Reed Timmer:

Reed's first official storm chase was at the age of 13, when he intercepted a severe storm in his front yard and was pelted by golf-ball size hail that destroyed his family's video camera. Ever since that day, he's been obsessed with extreme weather and storm chasing. Reed pursued this passion by studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. After documenting a massive F5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, Reed became even more obsessed with extreme storm chasing. Since then, he has driven over 50,000 miles every year from the Mexican Border to Canada, and has captured over 200 tornadoes on film. In addition to storm chasing year-round, Reed is currently working toward a PhD in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. In 2003, Reed started, a company devoted to extreme storm chasing footage and research.

During the first season of Storm Chasers, a 300 pound TVN tornado probe was successfully deployed the in the path of a fast-moving twister in Kansas, and captured High Definition video from inside the circulation. During the off-season, Reed took his mission to the next level, and developed an armored research vehicle, the TVN Dominator. Outfitted with a mobile radar, the vehicle was designed to measure vertical winds at the base of tornados. This year, Reed has improved The Dominator by adding military-grade Rhino lining to the exterior, and upgrading to half-inch polycarbonate Lexan windows. The shape of the vehicle has also been altered for superior aerodynamics. Enhanced mobile radar and new probe-launching tornado canons will boost the team's research capabilities. The team is equipped to handle extreme conditions better than ever before.

CAST 2011 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Rich Allen 

Date & Time: 10:15 am  Friday, November 18  (Open to all CAST attendees)

Keynote Title:  “From Tuning Out to Turning On:  Engaging Modern Scientific Minds”

Today’s teachers are facing a truly unique challenge – how to cross the biggest ‘generational divide’ education has ever seen!  Gen X and Gen Y teachers, attempting to teach Gen Z students, need a completely different set of skills and choices when designing and conducting their classrooms.  This keynote offers a menu of exciting possibilities that have been proven to work by real teachers, in real classrooms, with real students.

About Rich Allen:

Richard Allen, Ph.D., is a highly regarded educator and master trainer with more than 25 years experience coaching teachers. Founder and President of Green Light Education, he is the author of many popular books in the field of education, including: TrainSmart: Effective Trainings Every Time, Green Light Classrooms, High-Impact Teaching in the XYZ Era of Education; High Five Teaching K-5; and most recentlySparking Student Synapses.  He has taken his dynamic – and sometimes highly unusual – teaching strategies beyond the United States and Canada, to such diverse countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil.

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